|The inner workings of the executive brain
||New research shows the best business minds make decisions very differently than we thought.
|Back on the Blog, This Time with a Book!
||It’s been about a month since I’ve posted on this blog, and while some of the reasons are fairly banal (random viruses, strep, school vacations, etc.), the main reason I haven’t been writing as much here is because I’ve been putting the finishing touches on my book, Parenting in the...
|Pocket Full of Feelings: An Interview with Dr. Ann
||Part of the core of Attachment Parenting is teaching our children about emotions—what they’re feeling and what to do about it, as well as how to empathize with others—a skill referred to as “emotional literacy” by parenting consultants like Ann Corwin, PhD, MEd, of Laguna Niguel, California, USA. We know...
|Are You an Attachment Parent?
||By Jennifer Scoby, AttachmentParenting.org. Reprinted with permission by Attachment Parenting International, www.attachmentparenting.org. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved. Attachment Parenting International is often contacted by confused parents like a mother who recently asked, “I no longer breastfeed my baby, but I try to babywear and I like the idea of having...
|Scientists create circuit board modeled on the human brain
||Scientists have developed faster, more energy-efficient microchips based on the human brain -- 9,000 times faster and using significantly less power than a typical PC. This offers greater possibilities for advances in robotics and a new way of understanding the brain. For instance, a chip as fast and efficient as the human brain could drive prosthetic limbs with the speed and complexity of our own actions.
|One Way To Find Out Whether Someone’s Got Your Back
||The Appalachian Trail is 2175 miles long and runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. The trail was finished in 1937 and in 1948 Earl Shaffer of York Pennsylvania completed the first documented thru-hike. Since then over 50,000 people have set out to hike the entire...
|9 Ways to Boost Meaning in Your Job
||As you look at your job, what are some ways you can change your approach to tasks, relationships and your perception to boost purpose?
|Abuse jeopardizes new mothers' mental health
||A research paper is calling for closer monitoring of new mothers for mental health problems in light of new findings. Researchers have advanced previous research that links intimate partner abuse to postpartum mental health problems. They discovered that 61 percent of all women who participated in the study experienced mental health symptoms.
|Overlooked cells hold keys to brain organization, disease, study shows
||Brain disease scientists may need to look beyond nerve cells and start paying attention to the star-shaped cells known as 'astrocytes,' because they play specialized roles in the development and maintenance of nerve circuits, and may contribute to a wide range of disorders, according to a new study. The researchers discovered in mice that a particular form of astrocyte within the spinal cord secretes a protein needed for survival of the nerve circuitry that controls reflexive movements. This discovery is the first demonstration that different types of astrocytes exist to support development and survival of distinct nerve circuits at specific locations within the central nervous system.
|Gulf War illness: New report lauds treatment research, confirms toxic causes
||Progress has been made toward understanding the physiological mechanisms that underlie Gulf War illness and identifying possible treatments, says a new report on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, a condition that affects as many as 250,000 veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War. Gulf War illness refers to the chronic symptoms that affect veterans of that conflict at markedly elevated rates, compared to other veterans' groups and to the U.S. population as a whole. Symptoms can vary from person to person, but typically include some combination of widespread pain, headache, persistent problems with memory and thinking, fatigue, breathing problems, stomach and intestinal symptoms, and skin abnormalities.
|Origin of Huntington's disease found in brain; insights to help deliver therapy
||The gene mutation that causes Huntington’s disease appears in every cell in the body, yet kills only two types of brain cells. Why? Scientists used a unique approach to switch the gene off in individual brain regions and zero in on those that play a role in causing the disease in mice. Their findings shed light on where Huntington's starts in the brain. It also suggests new targets and routes for therapeutic drugs to slow the devastating disease, which strikes an estimated 35,000 Americans.
|If You Don’t Respect Yourself, Who Will?
||It's really hard to connect with another person's humanity if you can't connect with your own....
|The Seedy Underbelly of Rehab Centers’ Online Marketing
||Just over a year ago, I wrote about the curious marketing of addiction treatment centers online, which used what I believed to be deceptive marketing practices. The email that arrived on Oct. 2, 2013 piqued my curiosity yet again. It was promoting a self-made infographic about “porn addicted” communities online. ...
|Research Reveals Simple Solution for Couples Who Argue
||How often do you find yourself snapping at one of your friends, colleagues or loved ones? Is it usually over something you wouldn’t find annoying, and can it usually be put down to just having a bad day or being stressed out? You might just need something to eat. A...
|The Positive Effect of Creative Hobbies on Performance at Work
||Why photography, cooking or other creative hobbies might help you get on at work.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
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|Every BODY Is Different: Lessons From Amy Poehler
||Oh, Amy Poehler, how I love thee. I won’t count the ways, but I will share this example: a video from Poehler’s YouTube channel, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. The video is titled “Bodies: Ask Amy” and it begins with Amy reading a letter from one of her fans: “Dear Amy,...
|Questions to Spark Self-Discovery
||Self-reflection is a powerful tool for cultivating a fulfilling, meaningful life. When you dig deeper, you can discover “what it is you know, what you think and how you want to be in the world,” according to Rosie Molinary, who teaches body image at the University of North...
|Grocery List, To Do List, Bucket List, What-Ever
||I’m invariably torn when I’m in the grocery store, list or no list, between things I know I’ll eat and that will be fast and easy, and things I think would be challenging and fun to cook. And that’s life for me as well. I mean, sure, there’s things that...
|Tips for Worriers
||Help for the garden-variety worrywart
|Psychology Teachers Earn APA TOPSS Award for Excellence in Teaching
||Award recipients recognized for commitment to psychology education