|Twin study links community socioeconomic deprivation to sleep duration
||A new study of adult twins suggests that the level of socioeconomic deprivation in a neighborhood is associated with the sleep duration of residents. Results show that increased socioeconomic deprivation was significantly associated with decreased sleep duration across all twins. Further analysis within twin pairs found that this association remained significant after accounting for genetics [...]The post Twin study links community socioeconomic deprivation to sleep duration appeared first on PsyPost.
|Survive a summer day with your kids…and be happy
||School’s out for the summer and, for most kids, it has been out for at least a few weeks now. No matter your family situation (whether you are a stay at home parent, work from home, or work outside the home), summer time can have its challenges. When siblings spend...
|Insect diet helped early humans build bigger brains, study suggests
||Figuring out how to survive on a lean-season diet of hard-to-reach ants, slugs and other bugs may have spurred the development of bigger brains and higher-level cognitive functions in the ancestors of humans and other primates, suggests research from Washington University in St. Louis. “Challenges associated with finding food have long been recognized as important [...]The post Insect diet helped early humans build bigger brains, study suggests appeared first on PsyPost.
|Just 25 minutes of mindfulness meditation alleviates stress
||Mindfulness meditation has become an increasingly popular way for people to improve their mental and physical health, yet most research supporting its benefits has focused on lengthy, weeks-long training programs. New research from Carnegie Mellon University is the first to show that brief mindfulness meditation practice – 25 minutes for three consecutive days – alleviates [...]The post Just 25 minutes of mindfulness meditation alleviates stress appeared first on PsyPost.
|Veterans with muscle injuries and mental health conditions more likely to end service
||Sixty percent of U.S. Army soldiers who were unable to return to a military career after an Iraq deployment couldn’t do so because of a muscle, bone or joint injury and nearly half had a mental health diagnosis, according to a new study from the University of Michigan and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Lower [...]The post Veterans with muscle injuries and mental health conditions more likely to end service appeared first on PsyPost.
|Some people think astrology is a science – here’s why
||By Nick Allum, University of Essex Most people reading this article will have also read their horoscope at least once. Even though scientific studies have never found evidence for the claims astrologers make, some people still think astrology is scientific. We are now beginning to understand why, and people’s personalities might have something to do [...]The post Some people think astrology is a science – here’s why appeared first on PsyPost.
|Babies with Down syndrome could help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease
||By Annette Karmiloff-Smith, Birkbeck, University of London Alzheimer’s disease is typically a disease of later life, and age is the biggest known risk factor for the condition. But babies with Down syndrome, who always develop brains like those with Alzheimer’s later in life, don’t always go on to develop dementia. A study that I am [...]The post Babies with Down syndrome could help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
|What is Vicarious Trauma?
||Here’s a quiz about what types of exposures lead to secondary trauma (assume they meet the other symptom criteria). See if you can identify which people had the type of experiences that lead to secondary trauma. A. Homicide detective has been working murder scenes for several years. Lately, images from several cases...
|The Secret Ingredient To Being A Great Teacher And
||The other day I bought a raffle ticket at an event that I was attending. Wondering whether I would have to stay until the end of the event to find out whether I had won a prize, I noticed that the ticket read, “You must be present to win”, meaning...
|10 Signs You Haven’t Adjusted to Life Outside the
||Life outside the womb is pretty good, but it doesn’t come with certain benefits that – let’s face it – we all miss. For example, outside the womb we aren’t hooked to a magical tube that instantly satisfies our every physical need before we even feel the lack. And there...
|Who will binge-drink at age 16? Teen imaging study pinpoints predictors
||Neuroscientists leading the largest longitudinal adolescent brain imaging study to date have learned that a number of factors -- genetics, brain function and about 40 different variables -- can help scientists predict which teens will become binge drinkers.
|Fruit fly research may reveal what happens in female brains during courtship, mating
||What are the complex processes in the brain involved with choosing a mate, and are these processes different in females versus males? It's difficult to study such questions in people, but researchers are finding clues in fruit flies that might be relevant to humans and other animals.
|Help! I Have A Target On My Back At Work
||I met with my friend Samantha yesterday for lunch. She told me a bizarro story about her performance review. “Cherilynn, it was like a Jekyll and Hyde experience. He (her boss) came in all nice and smiley and then he absolutely TURNED! He turned into somebody else!” Dr. Jekyll and...
|Recovering from Codependency
||Tonight in my CoDA meeting we read from Step Ten of Melody Beattie’s book Codependents’ Guide to the Twelve Steps. I highly recommend this book if you are serious about getting your head in the right place. It’s a great place to start. What struck me this evening was this...
||Americans work hard, and it pays off—in some ways. But it saps our care and attention for others, along with our own creativity and health. Good trade-off?
|The Comfort (and Confusion) of Prayer
||In the last few months I have at times felt overwhelmed by the number of prayer requests making their way into my life. Many of these prayer requests have been quite specific, too – for healing, for safe travels, for comfort after breakup or loss, for successful adoption, for a...
|Why Jerks Don’t Know They’re Jerks
||How assertive should you be?Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|Monthly Meditation: Declare Your Independence
||This Friday, we’ll celebrate the Fourth of July here in America. The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, marks our country’s independence from Great Britain (or, the United Kingdom) back on July 4, 1776. Imagine that! An entire country celebrating its independence from an entire other country. Wow!...
|“Assisted Outpatient Treatment” and Psychiatric Hospitalization is Costly, Ineffective
||Laws mandating court-ordered involuntary outpatient treatment and forced medication have been on the books for 20 years in some states. States soften the language, calling it Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT), intending the treatment for those diagnosed with sever bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. I can see how appropriate use could save...
|Financial Vulnerability Is About More than Money
||During difficult economic times, many people are stressed about money, but single people are likely to be especially so. For well over a decade, I’ve been trying to promote consciousness-raising about single people and their lives. It is a challenge, trying to nudge a matrimaniacal society into recognizing that not...