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The Card Test That Supposedly Revealed Homosexual Tendencies Until recently, many psychologists did everything possible to make closeted gay people admit they were gay so that they could be "cured." One tool these scientists used to figure out who was homosexual was a bizarre card game called the "Picture Arrangement Test."...
Stalking Is Not Strength (Even When a Woman Does It) Republican U.S. Senate candidate Monica Wehby is no longer avoiding allegations that she harassed her ex-husband and former boyfriend. She’s embracing them as evidence that she is a person who stands up for her beliefs. But her effort to spin stalking as strength isn't good for women, or for her political campaign.
Your genes affect your betting behavior People playing competitive games like betting engage two main areas of the brain: the medial prefrontal cortex and the striatum. Researchers scanned 12 genes involved in dopamine regulation in these areas and found that some genetic variants affect how bettors deal with trial-and-error learning, while other variants affect belief learning, that is, how well they respond to the actions of others.
How our brains store recent memories, cell by single cell Confirming what neurocomputational theorists have long suspected, researchers report that the human brain locks down episodic memories in the hippocampus, committing each recollection to a distinct, distributed fraction of individual cells.
How Fans Choose Their Teams – Go for the Good Guys? As the Spurs and their fans wake up as NBA champions with a series win over the Miami Heat, one reason America seems to be celebrating with them is because of Lebronenfreude (after losing in the 2011 finals, a Google search for Lebron+Schadenfreude produced several results; this year, not as many). Not...
Heidi Grant Halvorson on Creative Success One of the themes of creativity research, and many psychologists and creativity coaches, is how crucial beliefs and attitudes are in developing our creative abilities. Psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson talks in the audio clip below about the prevalent idea of ‘genius’ for whether someone can be creative – or even...
Important clues to genetics of epilepsy uncovered by International study A significant genetic component of Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy, the most common form of epilepsy, has been discovered by an international team of researchers. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by sudden, uncontrolled electrical discharges in the brain expressed as a seizure. The new research implicates a mutation in the gene for a protein, known as cotransporter KCC2.
Brazil takes advantage of World Cup crowds to test for HIV Brazilian health officials are handing out condoms to World Cup fans in Sao Paulo and are taking advantage of festivities in the city to test people for HIV.
The Positive Effects of Heartbreak I read with every broken heart, we should become more adventurous. ~ Rilo Kiley My heart hurts, I would say to others. And that kind of emotional pain is not just specific to me or only relevant to my life circumstances. I consider heartache to be a universal truth that...
Don’t Check Out, Check In! 8 Easy Steps Relax. Slow down. Be in the moment. Show up. Chill out. There’s no shortage of buzzwords or phrases to assist us all to meet the challenge of living in a world that seems to be moving at warp speed most of the time. The problem is that embodying those suggestions...
Body Wisdom: Understanding the Language of Your Body, 1 Priya Saihgal via Compfight Like or love it, you and your body are a highly sophisticated communication network that operates 24/7 around the clock every day of your life. Neuroscience and other studies of the brain and human relationships have taught us a lot about the brain in the last two...
Top 5 Dangers Of Being A Perfectionist We all know perfectionism isn't healthy. But it may even be dangerous to our emotional health....
The Power of Your Emotional Attitudes Upon Your Entire Being We are integrated biological-psychological-social-spirituatl beings. Research shows the significant, system-wide impact our emotional attitudes and perspectives about life have upon our entire being -- our health, level of wellbeing and growth; or stagnation and illness.
The Trouble with Holding on Too Tightly I have a tendency to hold on too tightly. My particular problem isn’t with things, per se, but rather with situations or outcomes. From an early (oh so early) age, I was raised to set goals. Along with goal-setting came the instruction to create a plan to achieve those goals. So...
Anxious children have bigger 'fear centers' in the brain The amygdala is a key “fear center” in the brain. Alterations in the development of the amygdala during childhood may have an important influence on the development of anxiety problems, reports a new study. Researchers recruited 76 children, 7 to 9 years of age, a period when anxiety-related traits and symptoms can first be reliably identified. Using non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of brain structure and function, the researchers found that children with high levels of anxiety had enlarged amygdala volume.
Hunting down trigger for Parkinson's: Failing dopamine pump damages brain cells The function of an intracellular dopamine pump in Parkinson’s patients has been compared to a healthy test group in a new study. Researchers found out that this pump is less effective at pumping out dopamine and storing it in the brain cells of Parkinson's sufferers. If dopamine is not stored correctly, however, it can cause self-destruction of the affected nerve cells.
Smart treatment predictions for brain trauma with use of computer model Most people who suffer a severe brain injury take years to recover – if they recover at all. But the right treatment in the crucial hours following an accident can make all the difference. Now a new project is building sophisticated new computer models potentially able to improve diagnosis and predict the outcome of treatments.
The Husband Assumption When I get phone calls from strangers, especially those particularly annoying ones from marketers who never should have called my number in the first place, I am often addressed as “Mrs. DePaulo.” I never let it slide. I always correct the caller, telling the person that I am not a...
4 Ways to Benefit from Envy If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning. ~ Mahatma Gandhi Upward comparison is a universal experience. It is one way that we determine where we stand among others....
Pride Is Pride, Whether It’s Yours Or Mine! On Saturday I went to a Pride picnic in my town. I have some friends in the LGBT community and the annual celebration is for members of this community and their friends. I know what being marginalized is like. I know what being judged for who and what you are...