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Best of Our Blogs: February 28, 2017 How do you define wellness? Would it look like an illness-free or symptom-free life? Would it mean the ability to maintain a steady job, exercise regularly, or cultivate healthy relationships? And how will you get there? Would wellness entail eating certain foods, taking time to rest, … ...
Experiencing Life with Bipolar Disorder Living with bipolar disorder can be incredibly difficult. There are periods of mania in which people can feel high levels of energy or irritability. There are also periods of depression … ...
hormones, brain and behaviour, a not-so-simple story There’s a simple story about sex differences in cognition, which traces these back to sex differences in early brain development, which are in turn due to hormone differences. Diagrammatically, it looks something like this: Cordelia Fine’s “Delusions of Gender” (2010) accuses both scientists and popularisers of science with being too ready to believe overly simple, … Continue reading "hormones, brain and behaviour, a not-so-simple story"
These personality traits are linked to fruit and vegetable consumption in young adults New research suggests that personality traits play an important in healthy eating habits in early adulthood. The research, published in Frontiers in Psychology, was based on the widely recognized “Big Five” personality traits: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. The study of 1,073 young adults at the University of Otago in New Zealand [...]
Falling in love in virtual reality could be a deeper experience than real life The vast majority of us are constantly connected to the things we like and those we are close to through technology – to the point where we may even have problems managing without it. So when something as exciting as virtual reality (VR) comes along, it can quickly become part of our already tech-reliant lives, [...]
Female submissives have reduced empathy to others’ suffering, study on BDSM finds Female “subs” show reduced empathic responses to others’ suffering, according to preliminary research on BDSM practitioners. “Our behavioral and neuroimaging findings cast new light on the relationship between BDSM activities and empathy by yielding evidence that BDSM experience might moderate empathic tendencies an empathic neural responses,” the researchers wrote in their study, which was published [...]
Dogs and toddlers show similarities in social intelligence Most dog owners will tell you they consider their beloved pets to be members of their families. Now new research suggests that dogs may be even more like us than previously thought. Evan MacLean, director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center at the University of Arizona, found that dogs and 2-year-old children show similar patterns [...]
Study: Given the choice, patients will reach for marijuana over prescribed opioids Chronic pain sufferers and those taking mental health meds would rather turn to cannabis instead of their prescribed opioid medication, according to new research by the University of British Columbia and University of Victoria. “This study is one of the first to track medical cannabis use under the new system of licensed producers, meaning that [...]
Faulty genomic pathway linked to schizophrenia developing in utero, study finds The skin cells of four adults with schizophrenia have provided an unprecedented “window” into how the disease began while they were still in the womb, according to a recent paper in Schizophrenia Research. The paper was published online in January by researchers at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at [...]
New studies illustrate how gamers get good We all know that practice makes us better at things, but scientists are still trying to understand what kinds of practice work best. A research team led by a Brown University computer scientist has found insights about how people improve their skills in a rather unlikely place: online video games. In a pair of studies [...]
Millennials in PR don’t feel ready to give companies advice on moral dilemmas, study finds Millennials pursuing careers in public relations don’t feel ready to give advice on moral dilemmas to their companies. In fact, they don’t expect to face ethical dilemmas at work, according to a Baylor University study. Millennials — generally identified as those born between 1981 and 2000 — are projected to make up one third to [...]
Study suggests autism risk genes were favored by natural selection Genetic variants linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may have been positively selected during human evolution because they also contribute to enhanced cognition, a new Yale study suggests. A genome-wide association study of ASD of more than 5,000 cases and an analysis of evolutionary gene selection showed that inherited variants linked to ASD were found [...]
Kids want parental help with online risk, but fear parental freak outs Although it may come as no surprise to the Fresh Prince, kids think that parents just don’t understand what it is like to be a teen in an internet-connected world and this lack of understanding may hinder the development of skills necessary to safely navigate online, according to a team of researchers. In a study, [...]
The 4 Down-to-Earth Character Archetypes In Film 1. The Everyman, the Orphan, Regular Person, also referred to as the realist, the working stiff, or the boy or he next door. The Everyman archetype is embodied by a … ...
Researchers Created a Song to Help Combat Anxiety Play on. People with anxiety handle how they grapple with the disorder in different ways. Some ignore it, others use medication, others seek out talk therapy. 12 Things Only People With Anxiety Can Teach You About Life I have tried all three of those and … ...
If You’ve Seen One, You’ve Seen Them All? Single experiences sometimes lead to stereotypes. Attention to differences can reduce prejudice.
Hero or Victim: How do You Deal with a Crisis? There are three basic responses to the challenges that come along in life, which one are you?
How your brain makes articles go viral Activity in the self-related, mentalizing, and positive valuation regions of the brain combine unconsciously in our thoughts to determine what we want to read and share, such that brain scans from a small group of people can predict large-scale virality, say researchers. New fMRI research reveals what goes on in the brain when people decide to share news articles with others. The researchers then used this neural activity in 80 people to accurately predict the virality of 80 New York Times health articles.
Good People, Evil Actions Can anyone become a monster? We like to think that only unusual and horrible people do evil things. But what if anyone, even a basically good person, will perform evil actions?
Intellectual Bullies: What You Need to Know About Them When we think of childhood bullying, we’re likely to conjure images of a vulnerable child’s being mocked to tears, or having to endure some form of sadistic physical abuse. But...