|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...
|Prop Up Your Perseverance and You Can Succeed at Anything
||We all enjoy seeing the results of our efforts, but it’s not always easy to get from here to there. New research shows that tapping into your inner perseverance can help you not only be more likely to feel, and actually achieve, your most important life goals.
|Practicing Self-Care: The Daily & Weekly Check-In
||Recently Susannah, one of my favorite bloggers, shared this check-in post. In it, she lists what’s she’s currently reading, feeling, smelling, tasting, listening to, creating, wanting and pondering. I love this list because I think it’s a valuable way to check in with ourselves. It’s a simple way to stay...
|5 Myths About Managing Anxiety
||Many people hold various myths that can stall and sabotage their anxiety treatment. In fact, these beliefs can fuel and perpetuate anxiety. Below two anxiety experts share five myths about managing anxiety and anxiety in general. 1. Myth: You need to know the origin of your anxiety in order to...
|10 Lazy Ways to Appear Smarter
||Forget the thick glasses and carrying a book, here are 10 real tricks to appear smarter, based on science (what else?).→ 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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|Why We Have to Listen to the #YesAllWomen Movement
||The #YesAllWomen response to Elliott Rodgers' killing spree highlights the problematic attitudes towards women in our society. Sexism has lasting mental and physical consequences, which can only be solved by rooting out inherent biases.
|How Well Do You Really Know Your Teenager?
||In my novel, “Don’t Try to Find Me” (due out July 8), 14-year-old Marley runs away, leaving her mother Rachel wondering how she missed all the clues. Did she really know Marley at all? And has Rachel’s oblivion put Marley in harm’s way? For those answers, you’ll have the read...
|Synthetic Drug Use Skyrocketing, Targeting Young Users
||Quick: in 15 seconds, name as many drugs as you can. What did you come up with? Does the list include heroin, marijuana, and meth? Maybe you also thought of cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, alcohol, or the wide variety of prescription drugs. But what about Spice, Molly, Bath Salts, Krokodil, and...
|Disconnecting Through Eating
|| Breaking bread with someone is a form of intimacy. But eating can also alienate. As Lucille Schulberg wrote in Historic India, “A primary impulse behind the caste system was probably the fear of spiritual pollution through food” (1968, 140): The Indians believed that the mana, or ‘soul-stuff’...
|Bipolar And Pregnant
||In keeping with the post I did yesterday on Postpartum Depression or Bipolar Disorder, I wanted to write a bit about what it was like to be pregnant and diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Although I know for a fact I had symptoms of Bipolar Disorder long before I was ever...
|Best of Our Blogs: June 3, 2014
||When is the last time you had a real conversation with someone. Not a quick chat with a friend online, superficial passing at the grocery store or shared gossip about someone’s “bad” behavior? When is the last time you had a one-to-one, phones off, open-hearted, uncomfortably vulnerable moment with someone...
|The Aftermath of the Isla Vista Massacre: What Can
||The tragedy in Isla Vista has left my precious Santa Barbara community—and the nation—reeling. The senseless violence, claiming the lives of innocent young people, has stimulated many different conversations…Conversations about mental illness, about more stringent gun control laws, about violence against women, about inappropriate parenting and the rise of narcissism....
|The U.S. military is funding research into developing brain implants that will regulate human emotio
||The U.S. military is funding research into developing brain implants that will regulate human emotions. The idea is to locate and "stop" feelings experienced by soldiers and veterans, including depression and fear. What could go wrong?...