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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.
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Association between local homicide rate and increase in elementary students failing school A new study finds that an increase in a municipality's homicide rate causes more elementary school students in that community to fail a grade than would do so if the rate remained stable.
Mom Alert: Things Your Doctor Hasn't Told You About The Causes of "Mommy Brain" "Mommy brain" is a common experience among new mothers. Often beginning during pregnancy, symptoms can last through the first year of a child's life and occasionally longer. Women in the throes of this phenomena report having less ability to concentrate or overall feelings of being men...
Teachers' Scare Tactics May Lead to Lower Exam Scores Students not threatened by bad consequences of failing perform better on tests
Mental Illness Not Usually Linked to Crime, Research Finds Most offenders didn’t display pattern of crime related to mental illness symptoms over their lifetime, according to study
5 Signs you are Involved with a Narcissist Basically you can't get close to a narcissist.  A relationship with a narcissist will be a problem, and the more narcissistic they are the more it becomes impossible. Sex addicts and addicts generally are often described as narcissistic, but many non-addicts are narcissists as well.  Trying to have a relationship...
You Won't Believe How These Experiences are Impacting Your Does it all go back to childhood or not?  Problems with universal generalizations aside, do we get to blame everything on our childhoods?  I don't know about that, but apparently the connection between early childhood trauma and later health and behavioral problems is stronger than was previously recognized. A groundbreaking...
The Unhappiness Project "Your search for happiness is prolonging your unhappiness," said U. G. Krishnamurti. Indeed, search is suffering. And suffering is search. Put differently, the happiness project is the unhappiness project. - pattern break by mindstream Related Posts Privilege of Existence Happy New Now to You! Ontologically Alive Flash In the Pan...
Hey Everybody, "I'm not racist!"A Call to (Open) Arms "How could racism and sexism have persisted into the modern era?" A key to solving this puzzle may come from understanding the motivations of humble, honest people. A great many of them may be hiding the truth: They are devoid of racism or sexism. They don't reveal these truths or confront oppressors because they question their own motives and have high regard for others.read more
Beastly Love Nature films can make you feel lost in the cosmic wilderness. Or you can step into the footsteps"”or hoofsteps"”of other creatures and feel affection that's hard to put into words: sharing the strangeness of being alive. read more
It's Not You Or Your Partner's Fault: Blame It On Intimacy The closer we are the more we rub, sometimes soothingly but also irritatingly. Don't assume increased irritation and sensitivity is your partner's fault. It may not even be your incompatibility. Often it's just that intimacy brings out the touchy in all of us.read more
Marathons Are Tough On The Heart, But Training Helps Now that it's mid-April, thousands of amateur runners are realizing the time has come to get serious about their Spring marathon training plans.  The easier 4-6 mile weekday jogs increase quickly into 10-15 mile weekend long runs.  For those new to endurance distances, this jump in mileage can put a strain not only on the legs but also on the heart.  In fact, there's been some confusing research in the press lately with some claiming a marathon can do some coronary damage while others praising the health benefits of the cardiovascular training.First, the encouraging news.  To understand the effects of marathon training on the heart, Jodi L. Zilinski, M.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital, recruited 45 amateur runners who registered to run last year's ill-fated Boston Marathon.  While that race day ended tragically, the research was completed prior to the start.  As part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge fundraising team, the test group of men, ages 35-65, were asked to join an 18-week training program including a running calendar, nutrition tips and coaching.Before they started on their journey, a baseline of health diagnostics were taken on each participant from cardiopulmonary stress testing to heart imaging studies to cholesterol screening.  Despite their eagerness to train, half of the group had at least one heart risk factor to monitor."We chose charity runners because we wanted to focus on the non-elite type of runner, just the average Joe who decides to get out there and train for a marathon," said Dr. Zilinski, who was the lead author of the study. "They turned out to be a healthier population than we expected with a lot of them already exercising on a pretty regular basis, but they were still nowhere near the levels of elite runners."Her research was presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session.At the end of the 18 weeks, another round of medical testing showed some significant improvement:-  LDL ("bad") cholesterol was reduced by 5%-  Total cholesterol went down by 4%-  Triglycerides decreased by 15%-  Peak oxygen consumption, a measure of the heart's efficiency, increased by 4%"Overall, participants experienced cardiac remodeling -- improvements in the size, shape, structure and function of the heart," said Dr. Zilinski. "Even with a relatively healthy population that was not exercise naí¯ve, our study participants still had overall improvements in key indices of heart health."Even with this level of training, running 26.2 miles still takes a toll on our cardio system. Earlier research sent out early warning signs against too much exercise and even risks of scarring the heart in serious endurance athletes.In a study released last Fall, Dr. Eric Larose, of the Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec (IUCPQ), gathered 20 recreational distance runners between the ages of 18 and 60 who were signed up to run the Quebec City Marathon.  They underwent extensive cardiac testing, including blood testing and an MRI of the heart, weeks before the race, the day before the race and 48 hours after the race.Comparing the before and after race data, he found some significant short-term damage in the heart, including a decrease in left and right ventricular function in half of the runners. The heart also showed swelling and reduced blood flow."We also found that heart muscle changes were more common and widespread in runners with lower fitness and less training," said Dr. Larose. "Finally, we observed that these changes were transient."Luckily, three months after the race, a third MRI showed that the damage had reversed itself.  The takeaway is that without the weeks of preparation, the story could be different."The changes are more widespread among those with lower fitness levels and less training," warned Larose. "Although no permanent injury was observed in this group of runners, the findings suggest that there may be a minimum fitness level needed beyond which the heart can bounce back from the strain of training and running a long race. Furthermore, these results emphasize the need for proper preparation before recreational distance runners engage in a marathon race."Properly preparing your entire body for a grueling athletic event like a marathon requires months of preparation starting with a full physical examination by your doctor.  Daily tracking of mileage, heartrate, nutrition, sleep and even your mood with an athlete monitoring system will provide a complete picture of your readiness for one of the most satisfying accomplishments of your life.Follow us on Twitter: @DanielPeterson
The Doctored Results of the Concord Prison Study Between 1961 and 1963 a group of inmates at the Concord Prison were treated with a combination of therapy and psilocybin - a drug derived from psychedelic mushrooms. They had a much lower recidivism rate. Or so we thought....
Is This Mindfulness Thing Working? I haven't been mindful at all lately. I chewed up my daughter's Elmo fork in the garbage disposal. I keep making trips to the basement for things I forgot to get the last time I was down there. I drove off with my lunch bag containing my phone, wallet, and lunch sitting on the roof [...]
Religious music brings benefit to seniors' mental health A new article published online in The Gerontologist reports that among older Christians, listening to religious music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and increases in life satisfaction, self-esteem, and sense of control over their lives. In particular, listening to gospel music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and an increase in sense of control. read more
Finding turns neuroanatomy on its head Harvard neuroscientists have made a discovery that turns 160 years of neuroanatomy on its head. read more
Should I stop being a perfectionist? Striving to be the best you can is often positive, but studies show that this personality trait can cause stress and depression if taken too farDo you set yourself high standards? Did receiving anything less than an A grade at school trigger a meltdown? If you stress out about being anything less than truly excellent, you may be a perfectionist.Rather than being a cause of celebration and high achievement, this trait can put you at risk of emotional pain and cause you to procrastinate. While striving to be the best you can be sounds laudable, research increasingly suggests that this pattern of behaviour is frequently linked to depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, eating disorders and chronic fatigue syndrome. Continue reading...
Happy Easter, everyone! Psychology Muffins hopes your Easter celebrations are going well and the scavenger hunt was/is/will be very exciting. And because sharing is caring, here's a nice idea that will surely put a smile on someone's face: For the full instructions, please visit Poppytalk. The post Happy Easter, everyone! appeared first on Psychology Muffins.