|Increase the Resiliency of Your Relationship: 6 Strategies
||“Well, you two certainly have a very resilient relationship!” our marital therapist exclaimed to my husband and me several years ago, with obvious surprise and relief detectable in her face and her voice. She was responding to our report that we had nicely recovered from our Armageddon conflict from last week and were in...
|My Opinion on Second Opinions
||Are you unsure whether your doctor is providing the best treatment for you or a loved one? When should you seek a second opinion? And who should provide that critical medical advice? In order to "Own Your Health," you need to know!
|The Lasting Impact of Early Life Stress on the Brain
||Results from a study of 128 children who had experienced neglect, abuse or other serious, chronic stressors early in life.Advertisement:→ A new PSYCHOMETRIC TEST on WHAT BEAUTY MEANS TO YOU is at http://CitiesBeautiful.org
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|Asexualities: First-Ever Collection of Scholarly Essays
||I first wrote about asexuality in 2009 after getting repeated requests to address the topic. At the time, there was very little scholarly research on the topic. Now, just five years later, a collection of scholarly essays on asexualities has been published – the first of its kind. Asexualities: Feminist...
|Conscientious People Might Use More ‘Filler Speech’ (Um, You
||Turns out it isn’t what you say — but how you say it, that matters. There aren’t many guys roaming the earth who’d honestly define their type as the superficial and super-naïve Cher Horowitz from Clueless. The valley-girl persona has always been associated with a narrow world view and, well,...
|Why teenagers act crazy
||Because of a quirk of brain development, adolescents, on average, experience more anxiety and fear and have a harder time learning how not to be afraid than either children or adults.
|If Everybody Hates “Game Playing” Why Does It Happen?
||Who's the game player, the person who criticizes indirectly or the person who blocks direct criticism? Perhaps both but we're more likely to accuse the former.
|Stop Telling People To 'Cheer Up'
Psychologists have known for some time that uplifting encouragement is not always well-received by people with low self esteem. Now, in a paper published in the latest issue of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers examine why this is, and come away with some counterintuitive suggestions....
|Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect Adult Behaviors
||Adverse childhood experiences negatively affect adult life, says a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). One in four young adults were severely maltreated during childhood and approximately half of adults in England have suffered an adverse experience during their childhood. Roughly one in ten adults have experienced...
|Sensitive Responsiveness and the Bigger Picture
||Is it enough that our children survive? Is it enough that our children grow up into adults who can be functioning members of society–who can choose to marry and have children, who can get and keep a job and pay their bills? Should we be thinking about the bigger picture?...
|Sleep & the Bipolar Mind
||Sleep is so important to the bipolar mind. I expect that quite a few of you will post comments telling me that you relate. There is some strange connection between getting the right amount of sleep and mania, or even just plain moodiness, for me. Maybe my body feels that...
|Spike activity 27-06-2014
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Slate has a piece on developmental psychology’s WEIRD problem. Most kids in child psychology studies are from very restricted social groups – rich, educated families. Facebook manipulated stories in users’ newsfeeds to conduct experiments on emotional contagion. Don’t remember signing the consent form for […]
|Study: Infants benefit from implants with more frequency sounds
||A new study from a UT Dallas researcher demonstrates the importance of considering developmental differences when creating programs for cochlear implants in infants. Dr. Andrea Warner-Czyz, assistant professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, recently published the research in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. “This is the first study to show that infants process [...]
|5 Parenting Lessons; Parenting Tips I’ve Learned While
||Throughout my education and various professional experiences, I have gone through classes, seminars, and trainings to learn about parenting skills, child development, and children’s mental health. My education and work experiences have trained me to be knowledgeable about the supposedly “right” ways to help kids as well as how to...
|Cost-saving, coordinated brain care model for older adults attracting nationwide interest
||The patient and caregiver-centered Aging Brain Care program, developed by researchers at the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, is attracting nationwide interest for its ability to improve health outcomes and quality of care for those with cognitive impairment while dramatically lowering costs to patients and health care systems. On May [...]
|Implacable optimism: Steven Pinker on human nature, violence, feminism and religion
||Oliver Burkeman explores human nature, violence, feminism and religion with one of the world’s most controversial cognitive scientists. Can he dent Steven Pinker’s optimism? In the week that I interview the cognitive psychologist and bestselling author Steven Pinker in his office at Harvard, police release the agonising recordings of emergency calls made during the Sandy [...]
|The Alzheimer’s enigma: The disease that has troubled the science world’s best detectives
||The cause of Alzheimer’s disease has troubled the science world’s best detectives. Michael Regnier asks: can such a mystery really be solved if we gather enough clues? The King of Crete demanded that, to atone for the death of his son, the city of Athens send him seven young men and seven young women every [...]
|Novel protein fragments may protect against Alzheimer’s disease
||The devastating loss of memory and consciousness in Alzheimer’s disease is caused by plaque accumulations and tangles in neurons, which kill brain cells. Alzheimer’s research has centered on trying to understand the pathology as well as the potential protective or regenerative properties of brain cells as an avenue for treating the widespread disease. Now Prof. Illana [...]
|Preschool teacher depression linked to behavioral problems in children
||Depression in preschool teachers is associated with behavioral problems ranging from aggression to sadness in children under the teachers’ care, new research suggests. The study identified one contributing factor to this link: a poor-quality atmosphere in the child care setting that exists as a result of the teacher’s depressive symptoms. In this study, “teacher” refers [...]
|Men and women use mental health services differently
||Women with chronic physical illnesses are more likely to use mental health services than men with similar illnesses; they also seek out mental health services six months earlier than those same men, according to new study from St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). “Chronic physical illness can lead to depression,” [...]