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Pope Francis spurs Republicans to shift climate views, study finds After Pope Francis framed climate change as a moral issue in his second encyclical, conservative Republicans shifted and began to see environmental dilemmas in the same way, according to a new study led by Cornell University communication researchers. “When Pope Francis issued his encyclical paper in June 2015, he emerged as a strong advocate for [...]
Psychologists find direct link between sexual objectification of girls and aggression towards them There is a direct relation between the sexual objectification of girls and aggression towards them, research by psychologists at the University of Kent has shown. The study, which looked at youth members of gangs as well as those with no gang affiliation, provides the first evidence of a link between objectification and non-sexual aggression in [...]
Postpartum depression and anxiety distinct from other mood disorders, brain studies suggest On the surface, postpartum depression (PPD) looks much like other forms of depression. New mothers struggling with it often withdraw from family and friends, lose their appetites, and of course, feel sad and irritable much of the time. However, many people and clinicians have underestimated the uniqueness of mood and emotional disorders that arise during [...]
Lies: 6 Tips to Detect Deception We all have told a lie at some point in our lives, whether directly or by omission. Unfortunately, it is safe to say everyone has been a victim of a … ...
Cell disposal faults could contribute to Parkinson’s, study finds A fault with the natural waste disposal system that helps to keep our brain cell ‘batteries’ healthy may contribute to neurodegenerative disease, a new study has found. The research, led by academics at The University of Nottingham and published in the journal Cell Death and Disease, centres on problems with mitochondria — the powerhouses which [...]
Scientists discover a brain wide chemical signal that enhances memory How does heightened attention improve our mental capacity? This is the question tackled by new research published today in the journal Cell Reports, which reveals a chemical signal released across the brain in response to attention demanding or arousing situations. The new discoveries indicate how current drugs used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s, designed to [...]
Prenatal infection may alter brain development via epigenetic changes Maternal infection during pregnancy increases the risk for psychiatric disorders in the child, but the path between the two is something of a mystery. In a study published in Biological Psychiatry, senior author Professor Urs Meyer of the University of Zurich-Vetsuisse in Zurich, Switzerland and colleagues use a mouse model to show that activation of [...]
Brain study shows impulsivity is a risk factor for weight gain in some individuals Researchers at the Center for BrianHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas have found a link between having an impulsive personality and a high body mass index (BMI). The findings published in the journal Obesity demonstrate that having an impulsive personality — the tendency to consistently react with little forethought — is the key factor [...]
Lung cancer patients with anxiety, depression die sooner: study Patients who experience anxiety and depression after being diagnosed with advanced lung cancer are more likely to die sooner, according to new research from the University of British Columbia and BC Cancer Agency. The study, published this month in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, is among the first to examine the effect of [...]
Positive social support from a spouse could have negative consequences, new research shows Offering your spouse what you believe to be positive support could have negative physiological effects on them, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. A team of researchers from Binghamton University recruited sixty-five married couples and had them engage in two interactions in which each spouse selected a discussion topic [...]
When ‘golden opportunity’ to bribe arises, it’s hard to pass up The path to corrupt behavior may sometimes be a steep cliff instead of a slippery slope, according to new findings in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. In four studies, psychology researchers find that people are more likely to engage in bribery if it occurs as a sudden opportunity rather than [...]
Introspection Overload Part 2: The Value of Not Journaling... Back in 2013, I wrote “Introspection Overload? The Value of Journaling” for Psych Central’s “World of Psychology Blog,” where I adamantly sang the praises of journaling to combat overthinking. To cathartically unleash thoughts and feelings and therapeutically decode them via the written word. Since I’ve … ...
My Toxic Relationship Recovery Resolutions Are you are in a toxic relationship and find yourself repeating the same old negative pattern of relating over and over again? Do you find yourself feeling like you’re walking on eggshells when your toxic person is in your space? Or when thinking about this … ...
Word Soup Are you ready to take control of your end-of-life plans but feeling overwhelmed? You're not alone!
Getting to the Core Issue: Why Are Your Goals Failing? As a blogger, I also have a fondness of reading other blogs from a wide range of subjects. Parenting, marriage, home renovations, cooking, you name it and I’m likely reading … ...
Even Introverts Are Here As an introvert, I anticipated spending a weekend in a house with ten strangers with fear and loathing, but it turned out to be a memorable and enriching experience.
Area of brain linked to bipolar disorder pinpointed A volume decrease in specific parts of the brain's hippocampus -- long identified as a hub of mood and memory processing -- was linked to bipolar disorder in a new study.
Can These Healthy Lifestyle Changes Prevent Stroke? Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability. But can stroke be prevented? Probably not totally, but it sure is possible to drastically reduce the odds of having a stroke. A huge international study on the risk factors for stroke recently published in The … ...
13 Signs of Health Anxiety in Children: When it... She mentioned her stomach hurts for the hundredth time today. Her face lights up when I tell her I am going to take her to the doctor. “When!” She beams, … ...
A Simple, 7-Day, Kid-Friendly, Healthy Dinner Plan Here is a 7-day kid-friendly healthy dinner plan especially for those kids who need to eat healthier and for any moms (like me) who want to have their family become … ...