|Green Tea Improves Working Memory
||Tea boosts connections between frontal and parietal regions of the brain.â†’ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|Gay marriage appeals move issue back toward high court
||For the first time since the Supreme Court issued two major rulings last June, federal appeals courts are hearing cases on the legalization of same-sex marriage.
|Using tablets to reach kids with autism
||Tablets are popular with parents and educators, but not being used to full potential yet.
|Why do we eat, and why do we gain weight?
||Recent studies show that our physical level of hunger does not correlate strongly with how much hunger we say that we feel or how much food we go on to consume.
|Police taught to spot signs of psychiatric crisis
||Mental health advocates say training can help police spot when someone is in crisis and adjust their tactics accordingly.
|'Pretty' Facebook friends may make us feel worse
||Fixating on the bikini selfies of Facebook friends can make a young woman feel worse about her own body, a new study suggests.
|Head injuries can make children loners
||Kids three years after an initial head incident were found to have lingering injury in the brain's right frontal lobe, which is associated with lower social competence (participation in groups, number of friends, etc.), a new study finds. The study also suggests that therapy designed to improve working memory might 'treat' the social difficulties.
|Neurofinance study confirms that financial decisions are made on an emotional basis
||The willingness of decision makers to take risks increases when they play games of chance with money won earlier. Risk taking also rises when they have the opportunity to compensate for earlier losses by breaking even.
|Seven Simple Email Tips That Improve Communication
||I've written some horrible emails"”emails that crashed through the atmosphere of other people's lives and left 500-kilometer comet tails of smoke and hatred. But then I got control of my life.read more
|The Words of Jean Piaget
Jean Piaget was a Swiss psychologist known for his famous theory of cognitive development. His work helped transform the study of child development and contributed greatly to our understanding of how kids grow and change over the course of childhood....Read Full Post
|Authoritarian Parenting – Effective or Counterproductive?
||The parenting debate is most definitely one that comes up fairly regularly. We are forever hearing about this type of parenting, and that type of mothering a child. Authoritarian parenting is a term that has been thrown around a lot recently, and it would seem that it picks up a lot of mixed reviews. To […]
|Professional Violinists Can't Tell a Stradivarius From a Modern Violin
The violins of 18th Century craftsman Antonio Stradivari are legendary
. The most perfect violins ever made
. They're so perfect, in fact, that renowned violin soloists not only can't tell the difference between a Stradivarius and a modern violin, they actually tend to prefer the latter. Wait, what? Crap....
|Bone marrow stem cells show promise in stroke treatment
||Stem cells culled from bone marrow may prove beneficial in stroke recovery, scientists have learned. The researchers identified 46 studies that examined the use of mesenchymal stromal cells -- a type of multipotent adult stem cells mostly processed from bone marrow -- in animal models of stroke. They found MSCs to be significantly better than control therapy in 44 of the studies.
|Having the Option to Do Nothing Increases Commitment
||We often assume that giving people the chance to choose what they are going to do will increase their motivation to do it. One reason why many colleges give their students so much autonomy is with the belief that if students have selected the classes they take they will put more effort into those classes than if the classes were assigned to them. read more
|Stressful environments genetically affect African American boys
||Stressful upbringings can leave imprints on the genes of children, including African-American boys, according to a study. Such chronic stress during youth leads to physiological weathering similar to aging. "African American children have really not yet been studied through this context," said a co-author. "Previous work has mostly focused on middle-class whites. Our study takes a different approach and really highlights the importance of early intervention to moderate disparities in social and educational opportunities."
|Teaching Robots Not To Stare
Advice columns frequently repeat the mantra of making eye contact — how it enables you to exude an aura of self-confidence and sincerity. But, the truth is, too much eye contact freaks people out. And robots are the worst offenders....
|Be thankful and make better long-term decisions
||Stamping out emotional responses seems like the best path to making wiser and more logical decisions.
|Proprioceptive feedback helps rehab patients learning to operate robotic prosthetic
||Proprioception significantly improved prosthetic control in the absence of vision, new research has shown. When patients are fitted with a robotic prosthetic limb, they gain control over their prosthesis with the help of a communication pathway provided by a brain-computer interface, or BCI, implanted in the brain. However, BCI-controlled prosthetics currently operate without somatosensory feedback.
|Lied-to Children More Likely to Lie and Cheat Themselves
||What percentage of children will lie and cheat after being lied to themselves?â†’ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|Ten things we learnt about behaviour change and sustainability
||How do we create better habits for ourselves and the planet? Catch up on highlights from our expert and reader debateExplore the experts and full behaviour change debate.""We're not as rational as we would like to think. More information is not the answer" opened GreeNudge and CICERO's Steffen Kallbekken. Unilever's Richard L Wright added "Successful communication requires a very high level of engagement - making it expensive. We need cleverer, more cost-effective ways to engage people." To illustrate this, Sainsbury's Sarah Ellis reminded us: "Customers can spend as little as 6 seconds making a decision at the shelf.""We have to identify behaviours we'd like to see, then arrange rewarding environments - or disincentives for undesirable behaviours...If it's not practical to make permanent changes to the environment, or if the effects wear off as we habituate to their presence in our environment, then we may not see long term impact"For example, the environmental impact of carrier bag charging is in many ways debatable. However, the change pushes reuse and environmental impact to front of mind, raises awareness and reminds at every checkout. This wider impact and the creation of a new social norm have yet to be quantified but achievable change in incremental steps is crucial. (Carl Hughes)"People need at least seven portions, but there was an understanding that this would be unachievable by most. It therefore made sense to encourage five on the basis that this would have a positive, albeit lesser effect."If the motivation is extrinsic (eg: monetary) the change is unlikely to be sustained once the incentive's removed, and also unlikely to be transferred to other domains of behaviour. If the motivation is intrinsic (eg: value-based) the behavioural change is much more likely to be sustained over time (Steffen Kallbekken)Explicit pro-environment and sustainability attitudes have little predictive value in terms of behaviour. This is not specific to sustainability our habits, impulses, and desire for comfort and convenience have trouble competing with even our best intentions and dearly held beliefs. (Michelle Shiota)There is a broad societal desire to become more sustainable, less wasteful and more efficient, however there are barriers to this becoming a reality. First, not everyone shares these desires. Second, those who do may not actually behave in accordance with these desires - the Value-Action gap. (Carl Hughes)When faced with a £30 two hour flight or a £100 six hour train, I will often fly even though I know I shouldn't. And that probably offsets everything else 'good' that I do.In reality it varies, some things stick after you've done them twice, because they just make sense (less water in your kettle), others take more persistence (smoking). At The DoNation, all pledges are set to two months, if users succeed, 81% of them continue for the long term (Hermione Taylor) ...leveraging the natural human motives to play, compete, test ourselves, earn rewards, and take care of our loved ones Continue reading...