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There Is an "˜I' in "˜We'! When you hear the words stupid and failed, you have an emotional reaction. Instantly, a switch is turned on in your brain. You feel betrayed. You tune out of the meeting and ruminate. The team thinks you are still there, but in fact, most of you has left the meeting. Your body freezes up. You can't find words to respond. read more
Want to quit smoking? New study says try 'self-expanding' activities If you are trying to quit smoking, one method to incorporate is to do new, exciting “self-expanding” activities that can help with nicotine craving. This is the take-home message from a new study. "Our study reveals for the first time using brain imaging that engaging in exciting or what we call 'self-expanding' activities, such as puzzle-solving, games, or hobbies with one's partner, appears to reduce craving for nicotine," said one researcher.
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The Obvious Secret of Interpersonal Influence in Families In families, people attempt to determine how their families want them to behave by trying to figure out the motives of the others. However, when family members are themselves ambivalent about what they want, they give off a double message about this. When two members of a family misread one another, the double messages can go both ways. Interesting things then transpire.read more
Detecting inner consciousness Mosaic has an excellent in-depth article on researchers who are trying to detect signs of consciousness in patients who have fallen into coma-like states. The piece meshes the work of neuroscientists Adrian Owen, Nicholas Schiff and Steven Laureys who are independently looking at how to detect signs of consciousness in unresponsive brain-injured patients. It's an [...]
The neuroscience of positive, vision-based coaching Good coaches get results, respect, and awards. But what makes a coach or mentor good? One school of thought says they should hold their mentees to specific performance benchmarks and help them reach those benchmarks by targeting their personal weaknesses. But new research suggests a different tack"”namely, to nurture a mentee's strengths, aspirations for the [...]
Mapping Science & Reform: The First Generation of Chicago-Trained Female Social Scientists, Part II This is part of a special series of posts on the digital history of psychology from members of the PsyBorgs Lab at York University, in Toronto, Canada. The full series of posts can be found here. Read Mapping Science & Reform: The First Generation of Chicago-Trained Female Social Scientists, Part I, here. Employment: Academic & Social Services The self-identified locations of [...]
What's Wrong With Being Right  Charlie: The mind is an extraordinary thing. It can solve problems, imagine amazing ideas, envision inconceivable possibilities, help us to plot strategies for difficult challenges, aid us in connecting dots that transform our capacity to comprehend previously incomprehensible experiences, and in uncountable other ways, bring greater clarity and understanding into...
For the children's sake, put down that smartphone Parents are often just as guilty of spending too much time checking smartphones and e-mail — and the consequences for their children can be troubling.
Love Your Body as You Age (and It Does Too) My friend and fellow Psych Central blogger Margarita Tartakovsky recently crafted a moving post about aging and our bodies that I can't stop thinking about. The reason the post stays on my mind? I am aging – and my body is aging with me. Of course, my 75 year-old father doesn't think...
Complexity First, Simplicity Last Simplicity is the new thing. Quality is so over and innovation is fading into everythingness. We've all but given up on trust so I guess that just leaves us with getting more by doing less. Wasn't that your New Year's resolution?read more
Novel function of protein linked to Alzheimer's disease discovered A novel function of the Amyloid Precursor Protein, one of the main pathogenic culprits of Alzheimer's disease, has been discovered by researchers. This discovery may help researchers understand how the protein goes awry in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients, and potentially paves the way for the development of innovative therapeutics to improve the brain function of dementia patients.
5 Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing Again "Creativity is what helps me escape a lot of my inner demons." "” Demi Lovato I'm a writer. As such, I spend a lot of time starting at blank Word documents (or paper, because I'm old skool like that). If you haven't guessed yet, sometimes my creative juices run dry...
Establishing boundaries with a disabled friend A woman's blind, disabled friend with Asperger's keeps demanding more and more of her. The post Establishing boundaries with a disabled friend appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
Games in Transactional Analysis (II) – Drama Triangle If last week's article on games in T.A. looked at the 3 degrees of games and some other introductory aspects, today's discussion will go further into the theory, so that next week – when we start looking at game types and examples, we'll have a better understanding of what's actually going on. "Granted that handling...Continue reading » The post Games in Transactional Analysis (II) – Drama Triangle appeared first on Psychology Muffins.
7 Tips for Getting Chores Done for Adults with ADHD An ADHD brain thrives on interesting tasks. So it's not surprising that most adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have a hard time getting chores done. Chores such as cleaning, washing dishes, and doing laundry are tedious and boring. According to Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, a psychotherapist and ADHD coach, "Broadly speaking, chores are typically [...]
The ADHD Choice A recent comment on my post entitled There's No Such Thing As ADHD? Really? sort of set my teeth grinding. It said: " sic your article is not a true fact. going into a store and coming out with something different is being stupid. having a list read to u...
Body Image Booster: Nourishing Our Needs Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly "” and hopefully kick-starts the week on a positive note! Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I'll be...
Interest in the goals you pursue can improve your work and reduce burnout Maintaining an interest in the goals you pursue can improve your work and reduce burnout, according to research from Duke University.
Performing tasks in preferred temperature may boost working memory Researchers from the Netherlands have found that carrying out tasks in a preferred temperature, whether warm or cold, may boost working memory, making us more productive.