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She’s 90, Has Always Been Single, and Would Do Starting in the early 1800s, some of the young women in the Guangdong section of China made a most unusual decision – they committed to staying single for the rest of their lives. They are called zishunu — self-combed women. When they left their parents’ home, it was to work,...
Psychology Around the Net: July 26, 2014 Learn how to keep a regular meditation schedule, anxiety-proof your moments, find inspiration from famous names who manage depression and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Travel-Proof Your Meditation Practice This Summer: 6 Simple Steps: Keeping a regular schedule for anything is tough when you’re on the road,...
Child Abuse: Just My Imagination? Are memories of childhood adversity nothing but self-defeating stories we tell ourselves? It’s easy to question the way childhood hardship lingers on the mind. Does thinking about the past do more harm than good? A few years ago, after a book and a meditation retreat  raised these issues around the same time but...
Non-Medication Strategies for Reducing Chronic Pain: Use and Effectiveness About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Lasting longer than six months, such pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, inconvenient or totally incapacitating. For too many, chronic pain is an invisible and debilitating condition. Often employers and even spouses can’t quite appreciate the impact of a...
To Pucker Up… Or Not: How Cosmetics Can Affect Are you making the right makeup choices in order to find — and keep the one? As a woman, it’s no surprise to you that just about every lady has an interesting relationship with makeup. You may have a daily routine with lipstick, eyeshadow or a magic concealer that you...
Mutated gene linked to both autism and intellectual disability Autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability often occur together and may even share similar genetic causes. Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Cell Reports have now linked mutations in a particular gene to the two disorders in humans. By revealing these genetic changes and their potential impact on common brain processes, researchers may uncover treatment approaches [...]The post Mutated gene linked to both autism and intellectual disability appeared first on PsyPost.
Companies with narcissistic CEOs have higher stock prices and earnings per share Narcissism, considered by some as the “dark side of the executive personality,” may actually be a good thing when it comes to certain financial measures, with companies led by narcissistic CEOs outperforming those helmed by non-narcissistic executives, according to recent research co-authored by faculty at the USC Marshall School of Business. The study, “CEO Narcissism [...]The post Companies with narcissistic CEOs have higher stock prices and earnings per share appeared first on PsyPost.
Immune response may cause harm in brain injuries, disorders Could the body’s own immune system play a role in memory impairment and cognitive dysfunction associated with conditions like chronic epilepsy, Alzheimer’s dementia and concussions? Cleveland Clinic researchers believe so, based on a study published online by PLOS ONE. The study focuses on the role of a protein known as S100B, which serves as a biomarker [...]The post Immune response may cause harm in brain injuries, disorders appeared first on PsyPost.
Brain’s dynamic duel underlies win-win choices People choosing between two or more equally positive outcomes experience paradoxical feelings of pleasure and anxiety, feelings associated with activity in different regions of the brain, according to research led by Amitai Shenhav, an associate research scholar at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University. In one experiment, 42 people rated the desirability of more [...]The post Brain’s dynamic duel underlies win-win choices appeared first on PsyPost.
Experiences at every stage of life contribute to cognitive abilities in old age Early life experiences, such as childhood socioeconomic status and literacy, may have greater influence on the risk of cognitive impairment late in life than such demographic characteristics as race and ethnicity, a large study by researchers with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the University of Victoria, Canada, has found. “Declining cognitive function in older adults [...]The post Experiences at every stage of life contribute to cognitive abilities in old age appeared first on PsyPost.
Why do men prefer nice women?: Responsiveness and desire People’s emotional reactions and desires in initial romantic encounters determine the fate of a potential relationship. Responsiveness may be one of those initial “sparks” necessary to fuel sexual desire and land a second date. However, it may not be a desirable trait for both men and women on a first date. Does responsiveness increase sexual [...]The post Why do men prefer nice women?: Responsiveness and desire appeared first on PsyPost.
Manipulating key protein in the brain holds potential against obesity and diabetes A protein that controls when genes are switched on or off plays a key role in specific areas of the brain to regulate metabolism, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found. The research potentially could lead to new therapies to treat obesity and diabetes, since the transcription factor involved – spliced X-box binding protein 1 [...]The post Manipulating key protein in the brain holds potential against obesity and diabetes appeared first on PsyPost.
Anti-inflammatory drug can prevent neuron loss in Parkinson’s model An experimental anti-inflammatory drug can protect vulnerable neurons and reduce motor deficits in a rat model of Parkinson’s disease, researchers at Emory University School of Medicine have shown. The results were published Thursday, July 24 in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease. The findings demonstrate that the drug, called XPro1595, can reach the brain at sufficient levels [...]The post Anti-inflammatory drug can prevent neuron loss in Parkinson’s model appeared first on PsyPost.
Slow walking speed and memory complaints can predict dementia A study involving nearly 27,000 older adults on five continents found that nearly 1 in 10 met criteria for pre-dementia based on a simple test that measures how fast people walk and whether they have cognitive complaints. People who tested positive for pre-dementia were twice as likely as others to develop dementia within 12 years. [...]The post Slow walking speed and memory complaints can predict dementia appeared first on PsyPost.
What sign language teaches us about the brain By Sana Suri, University of Oxford The world’s leading humanoid robot, ASIMO, has recently learnt sign language. The news of this breakthrough came just as I completed Level 1 of British Sign Language (I dare say it took me longer to master signing than it did the robot!). As a neuroscientist, the experience of learning [...]The post What sign language teaches us about the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
5 Steps to Taming Perfectionsim Perfectionism: friend or foe? The promise and perils of unrealistic aspirations.
Perfectionism: Friend or Foe? Perfectionism: Friend or Foe? The promise and perils of unrealistic aspirations. By Max Belkin, Ph.D.
Introducing Your Best Self While there are thousands of books and blogs on self-improvement, each person approaches the topic differently and with a different focus. Some focus on their own personal experiences that have informed their approach to improving one’s life. Others focus on tried-and-true techniques and exercises. The good news is that virtually...
The Value of Being Valued   Yesterday was a very special day. As a Human Resources Director I had the amazing privilege of making 350 employees happier. These employees were formally recognized for the first time in 40 years for their loyalty and dedication. And what really surprised me was that it was not the...
21 Signs That Your Worries Are Out of Control Bad things happen from time to time, do they not? And it makes a lot of sense to prevent them from happening. Yet, sometimes the bad things in life just show up. Does worrying about it help? Well, worry is a signal that something bad might happen. It’s useful. Worry...