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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,” [...]
Researchers identify brain circuits involved in stress-induced fevers When we feel mentally stressed, we often also feel physiological changes, including a faster heart rate and an increase in body temperature. This increase in body temperature is known as psychological stress-induced hyperthermia, which is a basic stress response broadly observed in mammals. The response is helpful for warming up the muscles during “fight or [...]
Can you supercharge your brain? The U.S. military is very interested In the summer of 2010, Ryan Clark twisted his ankle during a gym class. It was painful, but inconvenient more than anything. He was put on crutches for a week and his ankle healed. Then, six weeks later, the pain returned – only this time, it was a lot worse. Ryan ended up in a [...]
The Pain Detective: On the hunt for new ways to treat pain Where do the drugs we take every day come from? What journey do they take from the minds of scientists working in the pharmaceutical industry to the shelves in a dispensary? The Pain Detective follows Colin Froy, a retired policeman living with cancer, chronic pain and a wry sense of humour, as he becomes our [...]
Reconnecting to Our Authentic Selves Many things can stand in the way of reconnecting to our true selves. “Adulthood is filled with all kinds of stressors, responsibilities, and sacrifices that can leave us feeling disheartened and disillusioned,” said Casey Radle, LPC, a therapist who specializes in anxiety, depression and self-esteem. These never-ending responsibilities and productivity...
Psychology Around the Net: June 28, 2014 This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers everything from online dating and trophy wives to music and lessons in depression. Social Psychology and Why Wearing Red Improves Your Online Dating Chances: Wearing red can remind potential partners of flushing, blushing, and even dominance! America’s Most Depressing Jobs? Hint: if you...
A spook’s guide to the psychology of deception Last February, a file from the Edward Snowden leaks was released from a 2012 GCHQ presentation called ‘The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations’. It describes the ‘Online Covert Action Accreditation’ course which draws heavily on the psychology of influence and persuasion. This post will look at how they’re piecing together the science […]
Hypo-Mania It hits me every time without warning! One day all of a sudden I stop sleeping even though I’m utterly exhausted. I become creative, I start many different projects and my motivation and drive goes through the roof. I should have noticed it was happening a few weeks ago when...
Black men can be emotional eaters, too Stress eating or emotional eating seems to be something people seem to expect only women to do.