|Letting it go: Take responsibility, make amends and forgive yourself
||Forgiving ourselves for hurting another is easier if we first make amends — thus giving our inner selves a “moral OK,” according to Baylor University psychology researchers. The research, published in The Journal of Positive Psychology, is significant because previous studies show that the inability to self-forgive can be a factor in depression, anxiety and a weakened
|Study indicates most young adults have a healthy mistrust of the information on Twitter
||Nearly anyone can start a Twitter account and post 140 characters of information at a time, bogus or not, a fact a new study’s participants seemed to grasp. The study is published in Springer’s journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review by lead investigator Kimberly Fenn, assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University. It is the first such study to
|Virtual pet leads to increased physical activity for kids
||Placing children into a mixed reality-part virtual environment and part real world-has great potential for increasing their physical activity and decreasing their risk of obesity, according to University of Georgia researchers. Sixty-one Georgia 4-H’ers, 9-12 years old, participated in a study designed to increase awareness and reduce childhood obesity. Participants set goals for the amount
|Forgiving a wrong may actually make it easier to forget
||We’re often told to “forgive and forget” the wrongs that we suffer — it turns out that there may be some scientific truth behind the common saying. A study from researchers at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland shows that the details of a transgression are more susceptible to forgetting when that transgression has been forgiven.
|Get it over with: People choose more difficult tasks to get jobs done more quickly
||Putting off tasks until later, or procrastination, is a common phenomenon — but new research suggests that “pre-crastination,” hurrying to complete a task as soon as possible, may also be common. The research, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that people often opt to begin a task as soon as possible just to get
|Can anti-depressants help prevent Alzheimer’s disease?
||A University of Pennsylvania researcher has discovered that the common selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) citalopram arrested the growth of amyloid beta, a peptide in the brain that clusters in plaques that are thought to trigger the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Penn, in collaboration with investigators at Washington University, tested the drug’s effects on
|4 Ways to Stop Being Needy and Start Being Confident
||Are you coming across as needy or confident? Find out! Trust me, you need to read this article. Why? Because I was that needy girl. Fine on the first date, content if I was not that into him, but as soon as I liked him I fell apart. I did...
|People Choose Spouses With Similar DNA
||You can tell their DNA is similar because their arms are stuck at the same angle.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
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|A 5-Step Survival Guide to Overcoming Criticism
||No one likes to be criticized, but when handled well, criticism can be the basis for growth and richer, and more rewarding relationships. These 5 tips show how you can survive, and benefit, from the critical words of your most important relationship partners.
|Wild Animals Sneak Onto Laboratory Running Wheels to Exercise
The wheel-running rodent is frequently associated with animals inside psychology laboratories. But what would happen if you gave wild animals access to a wheel? A pair of researchers found out....
|What’s Your Toddler Thinking?
||Toddlers can be mystifying beings. You’re cruising through a good morning, and then suddenly, they melt down at what seems like an entirely insignificant event (the loss of a sock would not be unheard of.) What’s happening in that toddler brain? Developmentally, toddlers have some features in common with adolescents. Both are trapped...
|Can Cannabis Cause Psychosis? A Hard Question to Answer
||Although a number of long-term studies have linked cannabis use to later risk of mental illness, the question of whether the one causes the other remains unresolved. The possibility that a third factor, such as genetic or personality predispositions, underlies both cannabis use and the development of psychosis needs to be considered more carefully in future research.
|Psychology Around the Net: May 24, 2014
||Grab a cup of coffee (or tea, or whatever you prefer) and check out these mental health- and psychology-related tidbits from around the ‘net this week. The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding: Entrepreneur takes a look at the psychology of color, explaining the importance of color in branding...
|Do You Really Need to Cure Your Perfectionism?
||Perfectionism is only sometimes a problem. Advice for perfectionists and the people around them.
|Surviving Post-Mother’s-Day Blues
||Are you over Mother’s Day yet? And by that I mean, have you recovered from it? Healed again? Found your balance after the stormy emotions it might have rained down on you? Because for many people this single day in the calendar echoes painfully in their hearts for much, much...
|A Doctor’s Most Dreaded Patient: The Addict
||It is an unfortunate reality that most doctors don’t like treating addiction, and they don’t like addicts. They’ll treat the consequences of the disease but they won’t always confront the underlying issues, discuss treatment options or provide referrals to an addiction specialist or even a self-help support group like AA....
|Biologists identify new neural pathway in eyes that aids in vision
||A type of retina cell plays a more critical role in vision than previously known, a team led by Johns Hopkins University researchers has discovered. Working with mice, the scientists found that the ipRGCs – an atypical type of photoreceptor in the retina – help detect contrast between light and dark, a crucial element in
|Scientists find an unlikely stress responder may protect against Alzheimer’s
||In surprise findings, scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered that a protein with a propensity to form harmful aggregates in the body when produced in the liver protects against Alzheimer’s disease aggregates when it is produced in the brain. The results suggest that drugs that can boost the protein’s production specifically in
|Genes discovered linking circadian clock with eating schedule
||For most people, the urge to eat a meal or snack comes at a few, predictable times during the waking part of the day. But for those with a rare syndrome, hunger comes at unwanted hours, interrupts sleep and causes overeating. Now, Salk scientists have discovered a pair of genes that normally keeps eating schedules in sync
|Fruit flies show mark of intelligence in thinking before they act
||Fruit flies ‘think’ before they act, a study by researchers from the University of Oxford’s Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour suggests. The neuroscientists showed that fruit flies take longer to make more difficult decisions. In experiments asking fruit flies to distinguish between ever closer concentrations of an odour, the researchers found that the flies