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The Ultimate Pain: Recovering from Trauma Recovery work is painful. It is the hardest thing I have ever done. It is no wonder that I spent two decades avoiding it. Deep down in my unconscious where the memories were stored, I had determined that the pain of the emotional memories was far worse than spending my...
Left-handed fetuses could show effects of maternal stress on unborn babies Fetuses are more likely to show left-handed movements in the womb when their mothers are stressed, according to new research. Researchers at Durham and Lancaster universities say their findings are an indicator that maternal stress could have a temporary effect on unborn babies, adding that their research highlights the importance of reducing stress during pregnancy.
In utero exposure to antidepressants may influence autism risk A new study from researchers at Drexel University adds evidence that using common antidepressant medications during pregnancy may contribute to a higher risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children, although this risk is still very small. Results from past studies of prenatal use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and ASD risk have not
Climate change at the movies: Entertainment influences our sense of the world Research published in the International Journal of Sustainable Development suggests that purportedly entertaining films that feature global warming and climate change can affect public understanding. But films are often bound up in problematic and limiting identity politics, which commonly reiterate racial, gender and sexual stereotypes positioning as they do white men as being the decision makers and
Stress hormone receptors localized in sweet taste cells According to new research from the Monell Center, receptors for stress-activated hormones have been localized in oral taste cells responsible for detection of sweet, umami, and bitter. The findings suggest that these hormones, known as glucocorticoids, may act directly on taste receptor cells under conditions of stress to affect how these cells respond to sugars
Our Inner Green Light When we act in ways that dismay us, we have opportunities to learn about an inner switch that otherwise hides in the subtext of our narratives. Greater awareness affords greater control.
No, Female Hurricanes Are Not Deadlier Than Male Hurricanes A group of marketing researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign decided to tackle the problem of gender bias by analyzing a peculiar statistical anomaly: hurricanes with female names tend to be more deadly than ones with male names. And that was only the first thing they did wrong....
Brain signals link physical fitness to better language skills in kids Children who are physically fit have faster and more robust neuro-electrical brain responses during reading than their less-fit peers, researchers report. These differences correspond with better language skills in the children who are more fit, and occur whether they’re reading straightforward sentences or sentences that contain errors of grammar or syntax. The new findings, reported in the
Children with autism have elevated levels of steroid hormones in the womb Scientists from the University of Cambridge and the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark have discovered that children who later develop autism are exposed to elevated levels of steroid hormones (for example testosterone, progesterone and cortisol) in the womb. The finding may help explain why autism is more common in males than females, but should
Personal Intelligence: Clues from a Handshake A clue to how outgoing a person is...courtesy of a handshake.
Night owls may be more sedentary, less motivated to exercise A new study suggests that night owls are more sedentary and feel that they have a harder time maintaining an exercise schedule. Results show that later sleep times were associated with more self-reported minutes sitting, and sleep timing remained a significant predictor of sedentary minutes after controlling for age and sleep duration. However, people who
Facebook emotions can be ‘viral’ but aren’t very contagious By Luke van Ryn, University of Melbourne and Robbie Fordyce, University of Melbourne Does reading a friend’s happy post on Facebook make you happier? This seems to be the case, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) today – we may well be affected by the emotional content
How to be a whizz at spelling By Rebecca Treiman, Washington University at St Louis Children who compete in spelling bees often dazzle with their ability to spell complex words. In this year’s televised Scripps National Spelling Bee, two American teenagers were so good they were crowned joint champions, correctly spelling the words “stichomythia” and “feuilleton” to clinch the title. Contestants in
Losing weight may require some serious fun Study suggests that people’s attitudes toward physical activity can influence what they eat afterward and, ultimately, whether they drop pounds.
Study pinpoints when people are most likely to commit suicide Suicides are more likely to happen after midnight, a finding that suggests the people who suffer from nightmares and insomnia could be at risk, according to a new study.
Can mental health care reform help stop mass killings? Discussion about gun violence has shifted away from changing firearm laws to reforming mental health programs.
Is There a Cure for Narcissism? Are today’s youth really a more narcissistic generation? It’s a question parents, educators, researchers and media seem to be strongly affirming. Our obsession with self-evaluation is causing problems. But what conditions lead to both narcissism and low self-esteem? There's a better way to establish our sense of self-worth.
The Secrets of Consciousness In order to comprehend the workings of human consciousness, we need to understand its biological function, its Darwinian evolution as well as the specific development of each of our brains.
Graduating? Asking for Recommendations Everyone wants a letter of recommendation. Why do we want them? Why is it so hard to ask for them? How do you ask for one from people you are worried don't even remember you? Some simple tips for moving forward.
Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner, Trauma Survivor, “Other” Oscar Pistorius is known to many as Blade Runner – the man who rose to fame as an athlete running on curved blades for lower limbs in events for those with and without disabilities.  These days, the question is whether or not he has a mental illness that caused him...