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Are conservatives more obedient and agreeable than their liberal counterparts? Over the last few years, we’ve seen increasing dissent among liberals and conservatives on important issues such as gun control, health care and same-sex marriage. Both sides often have a difficult time reconciling their own views with their opposition, and many times it appears that liberals are unable to band together under a unifying platform. [...]
Social pressure stops Facebook users recommending products on social media sites Facebook has more than 1.23 billion active users worldwide, with over 50 per cent of all users logging on to it on any given day. Most of Facebook’s revenue comes from advertising and the company is looking at ways to make the site a more effective advertising platform for marketers. This includes selling ads that [...]
The US Can't Afford to Continue the Death Penalty Death penalty cases are extravagantly expensive and drain funding from programs that might actually reduce crime.
Separating Delusions from Reality In the midst of my most intense psychotic episode I thought I was a prophet. I thought it was my job and my job alone to bring peace to the world. I was receiving hidden messages that only I could see when I listened to the radio or watched television,...
Do Extroverts Really Take More Risks? Do extroverts really take more risks? Or do introverts just take a different kind of risk? Read why you may want introverts on your side when making big decisions.
The Borderline/Narcissistic Mother Do you think your mother might be a Borderline or a Narcissist? Here's how to tell the difference.
Bad learning: New form of brain signaling affects addiction-related behavior University of Iowa researchers have discovered a new form of neurotransmission that influences the long-lasting memory created by addictive drugs, like cocaine and opioids, and the subsequent craving for these drugs of abuse. Loss of this type of neurotransmission creates changes in brains cells that resemble the changes caused by drug addiction. The findings, published June [...]
Developmental psychologist explains her life’s work studying the mysteries of the mind Developmental psychologist Daphne Maurer has spent more than four decades studying the complexities of the human mind. As the director of the Visual Development Lab at McMaster University and president of the International Society on Infant Studies, Maurer will present her life’s work at the Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies in Berlin July 4th. [...]
Monkeys also believe in winning streaks, study shows Humans have a well-documented tendency to see winning and losing streaks in situations that, in fact, are random. But scientists disagree about whether the “hot-hand bias” is a cultural artifact picked up in childhood or a predisposition deeply ingrained in the structure of our cognitive architecture. Now in the first study in non-human primates of this systematic [...]
Early life stress can leave lasting impacts on the brain For children, stress can go a long way. A little bit provides a platform for learning, adapting and coping. But a lot of it — chronic, toxic stress like poverty, neglect and physical abuse — can have lasting negative impacts. A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers recently showed these kinds of stressors, experienced in [...]
Youth regularly receive pro-marijuana tweets Hundreds of thousands of American youth are following marijuana-related Twitter accounts and getting pro-pot messages several times each day, researchers atWashington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found. The tweets are cause for concern, they said, because young people are thought to be especially responsive to social media influences. In addition, patterns of drug [...]
Money in the bank: Why does feeling powerful help people save more? In a materialistic culture, saving money is a challenge many of us face long before our retirement years. While many people think education, upbringing, and self-control are major contributors to a person’s savings habits, a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research reveals that people save more when they feel powerful. “We were interested in knowing [...]
Potential Alzheimer’s drug prevents abnormal blood clots in the brain Without a steady supply of blood, neurons can’t work. That’s why one of the culprits behind Alzheimer’s disease is believed to be the persistent blood clots that often form in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, contributing to the condition’s hallmark memory loss, confusion and cognitive decline. New experiments in Sidney Strickland’s Laboratory of Neurobiology and [...]
‘Bad’ video game behavior increases players’ moral sensitivity New evidence suggests heinous behavior played out in a virtual environment can lead to players’ increased sensitivity toward the moral codes they violated. That is the surprising finding of a study led by Matthew Grizzard, PhD, assistant professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Communication, and co-authored by researchers at Michigan State University and [...]
Abusive Relationships Affect Men Too This is a psychology of women blog. The post I did on verbal abuse got a ton of hits. Clearly, abuse and mistreatment in relationships is a big problem. Statistics do show that women are much more likely to be in domestic-violent relationships. However, there are couples out there who have...
Unprecedented 3-D view of important brain receptor Researchers have given science a new and unprecedented 3-D view of one of the most important receptors in the brain -- a receptor that allows us to learn and remember, and whose dysfunction is involved in a wide range of neurological diseases and conditions, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, schizophrenia and depression.
Ageist Images in the Media: The "Old Person Date" Would anyone be offended if two young adults dressed up as older adults and paraded around a park on an "old person date"? Surprisingly not. However this type of media can actually be quite harmful to older adults in the United States, who may come to believe that these stereotyped images of aging are accurate.
Out of Control: Angrier Than You Need to Be People in high places have given extreme anger a ten-syllable name, “Intermittent Explosive Disorder” which is much more impressive than, upset. This term can be applied to the tiny percentage of the population that suffer from abnormalities in the part of the brain known as the amygdala. However, most of...
An Unforgettable Lesson in Forgiveness From out of the mouths of babes. Charlie: Recently, I attended my grandson Devin’s Little League game, something that has become one of my favorite things to do these days. I sat on the sidelines in my lawn-chair enjoying the game with Devin’s parents Cassia and her husband (my son)...
Depressed or Anxious? Check Your Thyroid Six weeks ago I woke up tired and depressed, like I have so often in the last year. All I wanted to do is go back to bed. The negative intrusive thoughts began before my feet touched the floor. You are so lazy, I thought to myself. You could never...