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Learning and Sleep in Toddlers Quite a bit of research has begun to explore influences of sleep on cognitive processes. In adults, sleep has a huge influence on memory. Sleep speeds learning of new skills. It also helps to separate the information being learned from the situation in which it was learned, which can make it easier to use that knowledge in other circumstances.read more
Autism Related to Lipid Levels During Pregnancy "Alarming" rise in autism has been blamed on environmental factors.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Autism Begins During Pregnancy Autism: Vital Link Found Between Vitamin D and Serotonin Production Probiotic Therapy Shows Promise for Treating Autism Autism: 10 Facts You Should Know Our Genes Respond Positively to The Right Kind of Happiness
Friday Inspiration No. 1 "When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down "˜happy'.  They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life."...Continue reading » The post Friday Inspiration No. 1 appeared first on Psychology Muffins.
Indie reports on surprising structure of artists' brains Artists brains are "˜structurally different' according to The Independent, who report on a small, thought-provoking but as yet quite preliminary study. The image used to illustrate the article (the one on the right) is described as showing "more grey and white matter in artists' brains connected to visual imagination and fine motor control". This could [...]
Rethink Perfection Perfection is not an achievement but a baseline, not the fruit of being we reach for, but the very ground of being we stand on. Rethink "what is" to rethink perfection: all that can be... is. More: Hunting Unicorns A Vibe of Ordinary Perfection 7 Habits of Existentially Vibrant Living...
Why Try To Be Normal? First, we'd have to define normal. What is normal? Every child knew someone they wanted to be like. It was how we learned. We watched others and saw how they were treated. Then we chose how we wanted to be treated and acted accordingly. Or tried to. After a while...
5 Ways to Plan an Unforgettably Happy Summer :) When I moved to New York years ago, I didn't think much of summer. I grew up in Tel Aviv, where it's always warm, and I was surprised to see my neighbors getting all excited at the first signs of spring. Starting April, they prepared long lists of things to...
Making American Mental Health Care a Priority In the wake of several recent violent attacks across America, including three people killed at Jewish faith and community centers, the stabbing of high school students in Pennsylvania, and the shooting of soldiers at Fort Hood, it's that time again for the media to question and explore gun control, the...
The Upside of Being in Hell Last week's cartoon,  which raises the question: Would you be a good witness in a crime? is here.  All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is © Donna Barstow 2014,  My own website is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And Like me  on Facebook to get notified of new cartoons. Thanks! (For...
The holiest sanctuary of the Islamic world is the Ka'aba, the black stone of Mecca The human being is as different as possible from a stone, yet man's innermost center is in a strange and special way akin to it (perhaps because the stone symbolizes mere existence at the farthest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
This is really Good Friday; upon which the Lord died and descended into Hell and completed the mysteries. However, I may not, I do not want to, I cannot. Oh human wretchedness! Oh unwillingness in us! Oh doubt and despair. This is really Good Friday; upon which the Lord died and descended into Hell and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
The Feedback Loop How to dish it out, and take it in.
Random Selection - Psychology Definition of the Week Definition: Random selection refers to a selection process used by researchers to draw participants from a larger population. When random selection is used, each member of the group has an equal chance of being chosen. It is also important to note that random selection is not the same as random assignment. Random selection involves how a sample is drawn while random assignment involves how participants are then assigned to groups....Read Full Post
Is Depression A Physical Illness? The Link Between Depressive Symptoms and Brain Changes (Part 2) According to Dr. Peter Kramer in Against Depression, depression is the "most devastating disease known to humankind"1 (pg 150). It alters both psychological functioning"”in the form of emotional issues"” as well as physical abilities"”in the form of pain, lethargy or other ...
How a hobby could help you get a promotion Study suggests that workers who have a creative outlet outside the office are more likely to be creative problem solvers on the job.
Forty years on, bullying takes its toll on health and wealth The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to research by British psychiatrists.
The psychology of being fired The emotional and physical, but still normal, side effects of losing your job.
Vampire Wedding Notes from the UK wedding where I measure oxytocin.read more
Why Weddings Make Us Feel Good Notes from the UK wedding where I measure oxytocin.
Our brains are hardwired for language People blog, they don't lbog, and they schmooze, not mshooze. But why is this? Why are human languages so constrained? Can such restrictions unveil the basis of the uniquely human capacity for language? New research shows the brains of individual speakers are sensitive to language universals. Syllables that are frequent across languages are recognized more readily than infrequent syllables. Simply put, this study shows that language universals are hardwired in the human brain.