|Looking for the best strategy? Ask a chimp
||If you’re trying to outwit the competition, it might be better to have been born a chimpanzee, according to a study by researchers at Caltech, which found that chimps at the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute consistently outperform humans in simple contests drawn from game theory. The study, led by Colin Camerer, Robert Kirby Professor
|Exploring a legal and ethical gray area for people with dementia
||Many of the legal and ethical options for refusing unwanted interventions are not available to people with dementia because they lack decision-making capacity. But one way for these people to ensure that they do not live for years with severe dementia is to use an advance directive to instruct caregivers to stop giving them food
|New findings out on brain networks in children at risk for mental disorders
||Attention deficits are central to psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and are thought to precede the presentation of the illnesses. A new study led by Wayne State University School of Medicine researcher Vaibhav Diwadkar, Ph.D. suggests that the brain network interactions between regions that support attention are dysfunctional in children and adolescents
|Alcohol-related terms can increase aggression
||New psychology research shows that exposing people to alcohol-related words can influence aggressive behaviour in ways similar to actually consuming alcohol. Researchers found however that this aggressive behaviour occurred when people were subjected to provocation in a way that was not a clear-cut insult. Although it has been long known that drinking alcohol can increase
|Couples sleep in sync when the wife is satisfied with their marriage
||A new study suggests that couples are more likely to sleep in sync when the wife is more satisfied with their marriage. Results show that overall synchrony in sleep-wake schedules among couples was high, as those who slept in the same bed were awake or asleep at the same time about 75 percent of the
|Three gene networks discovered in autism, may present treatment targets
||A large new analysis of DNA from thousands of patients has uncovered several underlying gene networks with potentially important roles in autism. These networks may offer attractive targets for developing new autism drugs or repurposing existing drugs that act on components of the networks. Furthermore, one of the autism-related gene pathways also affects some patients
|Argument with dad? Find friendly ears to talk it out
||With Father’s Day approaching, SF State’s Jeff Cookston has some advice for creating better harmony with dad. In a recent study, he found that when an adolescent is having an argument with their father and seeks out others for help, the response he or she receives is linked to better well-being and father-child relationships. Adolescents who receive
|Stop presses: Research discovers ‘narcissists’ are only human
||By Peter Kinderman, University of Liverpool Words are powerful things, and the words we use to classify and pathologise can be powerfully negative – something I’ve argued here before. Unfortunately, psychologists use pejorative and scientifically inaccurate language too – even when they are conducting positive and life-affirming research. A recent example of this was the
|It's the 30th Birthday of Tetris, the World's First Electronic Drug
Happy Birthday, Tetris! Alexey Pajitnov released the block-stacking, productivity-killer on June 6, 1984—and it has been available on nearly every gaming device since. Why has this simple game endured while so many others ended up in 8-bit heaven? A psychologist explains what makes it uniquely addicting....
|A Seed of Awareness
|| Botanically, a seed is not the potential for life; it’s already a life—a tiny plant life with a lunch box of its own food, awaiting a journey of life. In my book The Lotus Effect (2010), I shared a story about 1,300-year-old lotus seeds that managed to germinate and...
|6 Common Fears in Addiction Recovery – and How
||Fear is normal at every stage of recovery. Everyone enters rehab with some trepidation, even if they’ve been in and out of treatment for years. Likewise, most people leave rehab full of worry. What will happen when they leave the one place they know they can stay sober? How will...
|ADHD and Fun in Bed
||Before you get all judgy and shout at me, this post is not about sex. I’ll put that out there right now because believe it or not, I alluded to a Beatles song once in a post title and a reader got his nose out of joint because my post...
|The Secret to Bringing Out Your Best
||Is your success a function of who you know? Perhaps, but more importantly it's a function of who knows you and who you care about pleasing.
|Can this Marriage be Saved?
|| One of the most frequently asked questions that Linda and I have been getting at our book signings and on our radio and TV interviews is “How do you know when to call it quits?” Often, this question comes up earlier in the conversation than questions that have to do...
|5 Ways to Feel More Fulfilled at Work
||We spend the majority of our day at work. So feeling fulfilled at a place you spend so much time, effort and energy is important. Unfortunately, according to author and consultant Jim Donovan, in his book Happy At Work, most of the studies on fulfillment and happiness in the workplace...
|A Collaborative Approach To Pediatric Depression, Anxiety
||Miriam Manela, OTR/L tells how psychotherapy and occupational therapy can work together to help children and teens with depression and anxiety....
|Why It’s Dangerous to Give a Hurricane a Female Name
||The deadly meteorological consequences of gender stereotypes.Advertisement:→ Please participate in a PSYCHOMETRIC TEST on CIVIC BEAUTY at http://CitiesBeautiful.org
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|When Writing Will Not Be Denied
||The urge to write, a normal human expression, can become a compulsion that sufferers simultaneously fear and embrace. It's a window into the link between neuroscience and the literary impulse.
|Best of Our Blogs: June 6, 2014
||“It is the most toxic force on the planet. It is the root of more unhappiness than poverty, disease and erectile dysfunction…How many of us have become drunks and drug addicts, developed tumors and neuroses, succumbed to painkillers, gossip and compulsive cell-phone use simply because we don’t do that thing...
|What Makes Me Focus?
||When I start working on something, it’s a toss up whether or not I’ll be able to focus on it long enough to finish. I will finish what I start, if it’s a job I’ve been hired to do. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be trouble. If I have...