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Protecting Your Teen From Online Predators Parents a generation ago didn’t have to worry about online predators, but today’s parents need to be aware.  What are the signs your teen is getting in over her (or his) head in social media?  How do we keep our kids safe? 1)  Examine your relationship with your child. Do...
Best of Our Blogs: June 17, 2014 How many times has your self-worth affected you today? It may, for example, be the reason why you grab fast food instead of healthier fare. It’s why you stay in the same toxic relationship(s) with your job, your friends and your partner. It’s why you live where you do, work...
In managing boundaries between work and home, technology can be both ‘friend’ and ‘foe’ When it comes to managing boundaries between work responsibilities and home life, technology is our “frenemy.” Technology, specifically mobile technology, can be alternately used to maintain, erase or manage home and work boundaries along a spectrum. That’s according to ongoing research by the University of Cincinnati to be presented June 17 at the Work and Family [...]
Early Elementary School Start Times Tougher on Economically Advantaged Children, Study Finds Later school start should not focus solely on adolescents, researchers say
Anxious children have bigger ‘fear centers’ in the brain The amygdala is a key “fear center” in the brain. Alterations in the development of the amygdala during childhood may have an important influence on the development of anxiety problems, reports a new study in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine recruited 76 children, 7 to 9 years [...]
Study finds decline in union strength plays key role growing income inequality Most research examining growing income inequality in the United States has focused on economic causes, for seemingly obvious reasons. But a new study suggests that a different cause – the politically induced decline in the strength of worker unions – may play a much more pivotal role than previously understood. In fact, the role that [...]
People commonly overestimate the intensity of their workout Do you work out for health benefits and feel you are exercising more than enough? You might be among the many Canadians who overrate how hard they work out or underestimate what moderate intensity exercise means, according to a recent study out of York University’s Faculty of Health. “Our study findings suggest that the majority [...]
Most millennial moms who skip college also skip marriage Waiting until marriage to have babies is now “unusual” among less educated adults close to 30 years old, Johns Hopkins University researchers found. “Clearly the role of marriage in fertility and family formation is now modest in early adulthood and the lofty place that marriage once held among the markers of adulthood is in serious [...]
Sleep quality and duration improve cognition in aging populations Maybe turning to sleep gadgets — wristbands, sound therapy and sleep-monitoring smartphone apps — is a good idea. A new University of Oregon-led study of middle-aged or older people who get six to nine hours of sleep a night think better than those sleeping fewer or more hours. The study, published in the June issue [...]
MRI technique may help prevent ADHD misdiagnosis Brain iron levels offer a potential biomarker in the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and may help physicians and parents make better informed treatment decisions, according to new research published online in the journal Radiology. ADHD is a common disorder in children and adolescents that can continue into adulthood. Symptoms include hyperactivity and difficulty [...]
Combining treatments boosts some smokers’ ability to quit Combining two smoking cessation therapies is more effective than using just one for male and highly nicotine-dependent smokers who weren’t initially helped by the nicotine patch, according to researchers at Duke Medicine. The findings, published online June 17, 2014, in the American Journal of Psychiatry, also support using an adaptive treatment model to determine which smokers [...]
Minimizing belief in free will may lessen support for criminal punishment Exposure to information that diminishes free will, including brain-based accounts of behavior, seems to decrease people’s support for retributive punishment, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. People who learned about neuroscientific research, either by reading a magazine article or through undergraduate coursework, proposed less severe punishment for [...]
In Military Personnel, No Difference Between Blast- and Nonblast-Related Concussions Explosions are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries in veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. A new study shows that military personnel with mild brain trauma related to such blasts had outcomes similar to those with mild brain injury from other causes, according to researchers.
Pursuing a Romantic Relationship Approaching someone in a romantic relationship can constitute either perseverance or pestering depending on circumstances.
Always Ask for Directions   Stopping and asking for directions used to be the most reliable way to find your way around. A local person would not only know the way, but also the traffic patterns, the most interesting places to visit, and the best burger served within a twenty-mile radius. Asking for directions...
Boundaries: Every Yes is a No You know who you are: you’re the caretaker, the helpful one, always there for others. You like helping and being needed. Everyone knows they can count of you However, lurking underneath this perpetual servanthood are often some things that are a bit darker: maybe a need to be liked, maybe...
One-Night Stands: 5 Shocking Facts About the Science of See the surprising ways your brain (and your hips) play a role in your casual sex encounters. It’s a familiar scene: a thriving nightlife, a club or maybe a wine bar where glasses are clinking and singles are mingling before drifting off into the shadows — two by two. It’s...
The Suprisingly Accurate Science of the Romantic Comedy Traditional rom-coms are a dying genre, but perhaps hard science fiction fans should mourn their loss. These films' characters and plots are more grounded in psychological realism than most science fiction films ever made....
Male Borderline Personality Disorder: Being "Second-Best" Men with Borderline Personality Disorder are cursed with feeling "second-best."
The Card Test That Supposedly Revealed Homosexual Tendencies Until recently, many psychologists did everything possible to make closeted gay people admit they were gay so that they could be "cured." One tool these scientists used to figure out who was homosexual was a bizarre card game called the "Picture Arrangement Test."...