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Feeling Pressured To Create One kind of pressure is feeling an intense urge to create; it is probably an inherent part of being a creative person. But other pressures can lead to stress and overwhelm, and being pulled away from the joys of creating. Annemarie Roeper (founder of the Roeper School and The Roeper...
Memory and Summer Math Review   Dear Friends, Many students believe it’s best to leave their summer math review for the end of the summer; they fear that if they do the work too early they will have forgotten the material again by September. In fact, the best way to make learning stick is to...
Death in the Family: How I Found Myself After How I lost her but learned a lot about myself along the way. I would like to start this by saying that this isn’t a typical love story about a woman who wakes up one day and falls face first into self-discovery — but it comes pretty close. When I...
I Will Teach My Daughter Not to Be Afraid “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” ~ George Bernard Shaw About a month ago, my wife and […]
The Fat Shaming Epidemic I’ve been thinking a lot about body shaming and fat shaming. It’s all over the media lately. And although kids being teased for their weight is nothing new, the power of the internet takes it to an entirely new level. Carleigh O’Connell, a 14 year old girl from New Jersey, became...
Adam Levine is Packing Major Life Lessons Adam Levine: Five Life Lessons The Adam Levine engagement period is over. The mega-watt celebrity officially tied the knot on July 19th, 2014 in Cabo San Lucas Mexico to Victoria Secret model Behati Prinsloo. In the weeks leading up to the wedding, interest in Levine and his fiancé reached a...
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.