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Children can tell when a teacher commits ‘sins of omission’ Children learn a great deal about the world from their own exploration, but they also rely on what adults tell them. Studies have shown that children can figure out when someone is lying to them, but cognitive scientists from MIT recently tackled a subtler question: Can children tell when adults are telling them the truth, [...]
Soldiers who kill in combat less likely to abuse alcohol It’s no secret that combat experiences are highly stressful and can contribute to instances of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression among soldiers post-deployment. It also comes as no surprise that many soldiers afflicted with these conditions abuse alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate. But new research coauthored by Cristel Russell, an associate professor of marketing with American [...]
A life well spent: Consume now (in case you die early) You only live once. Carpe diem. You can’t take it with you. As often as we hear these clichés, they might include some real economic wisdom for some, according to research led by Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. The researchers argue in the Journal of Mathematical Economics that some people might want to spend more and work [...]
Violent crimes could be prevented if felony charges were reduced less often, study finds A UC Davis study comparing violent misdemeanor convictions with their original criminal charges has found that subsequent violent crimes could be prevented if criminal charges were reduced less often during plea bargaining. The small, preliminary study, posted online June 9 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, re-analyzed data on 787 individuals under age 35 who [...]
The real risks of growing up with bipolar parents Bipolar disorder (BD) is among the 10 most burdensome medical conditions, according to the World Health Organization. The disorder is known for its dramatic highs of extreme euphoria, racing thoughts and decreased need for sleep, as well as its profound lows of sadness and despair. Because it is also associated with a heightened risk of [...]
The Psychology of Elliot Rodger I’m a bit scared to admit that I actually wasn’t shocked when I watched Elliot Rodger’s now-infamous YouTube video. I was horrified, to be sure, but not surprised. You would think that it’s unnatural not to feel shock when watching a video of an intelligent, articulate young man relish describing...
Use Your Words! What To Say When You Need Some Space Sometimes finding the words you need isn't easy. Here are some suggestions for things to say when you need to set a boundary.
The Psychology of Double Names What is it with double given names?
Intervention: Getting Addicts into Treatment The Client Margaret, a 29-year-old married mother of two preschool aged children, starts in therapy at the insistence of her husband, Jason, who wants her to stop drinking and popping pills. In the first session, she tells you there is nothing wrong with her behaviors, and it’s her husband who’s...
'All systems go' for a paralyzed person to kick off the World Cup All systems are go for a bold demonstration of neuroscience and cognitive technology in action: on June 12, during the opening of the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a paralyzed person wearing a brain-controlled robotic exoskeleton is expected to make the first kick. The system records electrical activity in the patient's brain and translates that to action. It also gives the patient tactile feedback using sensitive artificial skin.
Using Curiosity to Improve Your Relationship When we interact with our partner, we may jump to conclusions, make assumptions and judge them — without our partner even uttering a word. We may assume our partners are late from work because they took on another project — like usual. We may assume they forgot to make dinner...
Psych Central Seeks New Blogger for ‘Celebrity Psychings’ Hello, sweet readers! It’s with a bittersweet smile that I announce I’m resigning my role as writer for ‘Celebrity Psychings.’ With the help of Dr. John Grohol and Psych Central, I started ‘Celebrity Psychings’ in 2008 in hopes of using celebrity events as ways to educate readers, promote mental health...
Noticing Your Body From the Inside Out Right now I’m reading the book Living with Your Body & Other Things You Hate: How to Let Go of Your Struggle with Body Image Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy by therapist Emily Sandoz, Ph.D, and writer Troy DuFrene. In it, Sandoz defines body image as simply how the body...
The Surprising Number of Secrets We Keep in Relationships You may wonder if it’s wise to keep secrets from your closest relationship partner. New research shows how surprisingly common this is, and what it means about your own intimacy.
Teaming up with Google to find autism cause The cause of autism is still unknown, but researchers hope harnessing the power of Google will help them solve this neurodevelopmental puzzle.
Inside the adult ADHD brain: Differences between adults who have recovered, and those who have not Brain scans differentiate adults who have recovered from childhood ADHD and those whose difficulties linger, research shows. In the first study to compare patterns of brain activity in adults who recovered from childhood ADHD and those who did not, neuroscientists have discovered key differences in a brain communication network that is active when the brain is at wakeful rest and not focused on a particular task. The findings offer evidence of a biological basis for adult ADHD and should help to validate the criteria used to diagnose the disorder.
Human stem cells used to create light-sensitive retina in a dish Using a type of human stem cell, researchers say they have created a three-dimensional complement of human retinal tissue in the laboratory, which notably includes functioning photoreceptor cells capable of responding to light, the first step in the process of converting it into visual images.
How Sleep Helps Memories Form While researchers have long known that sleep is an important part of maintaining our overall health and mental health, they haven’t always known exactly how this happened. But in an amazing new study published recently in Science, two researchers now have a better understanding of the process of how sleep...
MRI shows brain abnormalities in late preterm infants Babies born 32 to 36 weeks into gestation may have smaller brains and other brain abnormalities that could lead to long-term developmental problems, according to a new study. Researchers focused on moderate and late preterm (MLPT) babies -- those born between 32 weeks, zero days, and 36 weeks, six days, into gestation. MLPT babies account for approximately 80 percent of all preterm births and are responsible for much of the rise in the rates of preterm birth over the last 20 years.
Insomnia: Sleep loss causes brain vulnerability to toxic elements In search of the answer to why do we sleep, researcher have now revealed that chronic sleep loss can cause certain neurotoxic molecules, which normally circulate in the blood, to be transported to the central nervous system and interfere with the function of neurons. The longer the insomnia, the more junctions of cerebral blood vessels begin to degrade.