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Who Cares? People with Mental Illness Overwhelm US Justice Americans just don’t seem to care that we’ve moved treatment of serious mental illness from inpatient hospitals to jails. We’re the only industrialized nation to do this on the kind of massive scale that we have. Instead of getting people with serious mental illness into treatment, we’re perfectly content as...
Misperceived cues? Study traces mental illness stigma back to behavioral immune system biases The evolved behaviors that humans engage in to avoid contact with infectious diseases could help explain the pervasive stigma against mentally ill people, according to a new study. “In response to the recurrent threat of infectious disease, a variety of species appear to have evolved behavioral adaptations to counter pathogen threat,” the study’s authors, Erik M. Lund [...]The post Misperceived cues? Study traces mental illness stigma back to behavioral immune system biases appeared first on PsyPost.
Are You A Collaborative Hero? Chaos Theory tells us that the movement of a butterfly’s wings on one side of the world affects weather patterns on the other side. What does this mean for us? For one thing, it means that every time we so much as send a tweet we’re setting in motion a ripple effect-one with the power to topple dictators and transform our world.
Awaiting a theory of neural weather In a recent New York Times editorial, psychologist Gary Marcus noted that neuroscience is still awaiting a ‘bridging’ theory that elegantly connects neuroscience with psychology. This reflects a common belief in cognitive science that there is a ‘missing law’ to be discovered that will tell us how mind and brain are linked – but it […]
Stress tied to change in children’s gene expression related to emotion regulation, physical health Children who have been abused or neglected early in life are at risk for developing both emotional and physical health problems. In a new study, scientists have found that maltreatment affects the way genes are activated, which has implications for children’s long-term development. Previous studies focused on how a particular child’s individual characteristics and genetics [...]The post Stress tied to change in children’s gene expression related to emotion regulation, physical health appeared first on PsyPost.
Stronger early reading skills predict higher intelligence later, study finds A new study of identical twins has found that early reading skill might positively affect later intellectual abilities. The study, in the journal Child Development, was conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh and King’s College London. “Since reading is an ability that can be improved, our findings have implications for reading instruction,” according to [...]The post Stronger early reading skills predict higher intelligence later, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
How does Fido really feel? Jealousy is not just for humans By Paul Morris, University of Portsmouth Are animals jealous? How would we know? Scientists are educated to have a deep scepticism about attributing sophisticated mental abilities to non-human animals. Anthropomorphism is regarded as a scientific sin. However, the paradox is that scientists are all Darwinists, and Darwin’s great contribution to psychology was the argument for [...]The post How does Fido really feel? Jealousy is not just for humans appeared first on PsyPost.
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Cultural stereotypes may evolve from sharing social information, study finds Millenials are narcissistic, scientists are geeky, and men like sports — or so cultural stereotypes would have us believe. Regardless of whether we believe them to be true, we all have extensive knowledge of cultural stereotypes. But how does this information become associated with certain groups in the first place? Research published in Psychological Science, a journal [...]The post Cultural stereotypes may evolve from sharing social information, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Study explains how losing your job could kill you, but recessions could be good for your health Being unemployed increases your risk of death, but recessions decrease it. Sound paradoxical? Researchers thought so too. While previous studies of individuals have shown that employees who lose their jobs have a higher mortality rate, more comprehensive studies have shown, unexpectedly, that population mortality actually declines as unemployment rates increase. The research community has often [...]The post Study explains how losing your job could kill you, but recessions could be good for your health appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers explore early warning sign for babies at risk of autism Some babies are at risk for autism because they have an older sibling that has the disorder. To find new ways to detect Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) earlier in life, researchers are exploring the subtleties of babies’ interactions with others and how they relate to the possibility and severity of future symptoms. A new study [...]The post Researchers explore early warning sign for babies at risk of autism appeared first on PsyPost.
Scientists use artificial intelligence to identify the musical progression of the Beatles Music fans and critics know that the music of the Beatles underwent a dramatic transformation in just a few years, but until now there hasn’t been a scientific way to measure the progression. That could change now that computer scientists at Lawrence Technological University have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can analyze and compare [...]The post Scientists use artificial intelligence to identify the musical progression of the Beatles appeared first on PsyPost.
Election surprises driven by partisan media’s wishful thinking erodes trust in government When asked who is going to win an election, people tend to predict their own candidate will come out on top. When that doesn’t happen, according to a new study from the University of Georgia, these “surprised losers” often have less trust in government and democracy. And the news media may be partly to blame, [...]The post Election surprises driven by partisan media’s wishful thinking erodes trust in government appeared first on PsyPost.
A protein couple controls flow of information into the brain’s memory center Neuroscientists in Bonn and Heidelberg have succeeded in providing new insights into how the brain works. Researchers at the DZNE and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) analyzed tissue samples from mice to identify how two specific proteins, ‘CKAMP44’ and ‘TARP Gamma-8’, act upon the brain’s memory center. These molecules, which have similar counterparts in humans, affect [...]The post A protein couple controls flow of information into the brain’s memory center appeared first on PsyPost.
Texting, phone calls, Facebook and Twitter: Study shows role of media in sharing life events To share is human. And the means to share personal news — good and bad — have exploded over the last decade, particularly social media and texting. But until now, all research about what is known as “social sharing,” or the act of telling others about the important events in our lives, has been restricted [...]The post Texting, phone calls, Facebook and Twitter: Study shows role of media in sharing life events appeared first on PsyPost.
Remnants of a Life on Paper - A Book Review by Dr. Lloyd Sed If you are looking for reasons to believe in God, they abound in this book. If you are looking for reasons not to believe in God, they abound in this book.
The Fallible Jerk's Cloak of Infallibility Want early retirement from doubt and inquiry forever more, a way to live off your accumulated beliefs for the rest of your days? It's easy. Just pledge these five simple stances, and you've got it.
Mood Over Matter: How Emotions Can Affect Your Health You’ve probably heard your share of stories like the following told by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN, on the site “Women to Women“: A patient came in to see me describing constant heavy bleeding menorrhagia. We tried dietary changes, supplements and other purely physical approaches, with only minimal improvement. I began to...
Why You Should Talk To Strangers Study asked some commuters to make an effort to speak to strangers, while others sat in solitude.Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Stop Being Socially Lazy and Start Enjoying Yourself Friends Share More Similar DNA Than Strangers Movie-and-Talk: Can This Simple Exercise Help Save a Marriage? Promises: The Psychology of Making, Breaking or Exceeding Them Why Do We Enjoy Listening to Sad Music?
10 Ways to Feel Better about the Way You Look Like it or not, our outward appearance provides important cues to others about our inner qualities. If you feel that there’s a mismatch between the way you look and the way you feel, these 10 tips will help you bring them both into line.