|Selfies, Facebook, and Narcissism: What's the Link?
||Selfies: Is Facebook a modern-day reflecting pool for narcissists?
|Do You Experience Love as a Positive or Negative Emotion?
||Ah, love! Is the feeling of love all blissful for you, or is it more complicated? Some research suggests that the dialecticism emphasized by East Asians may inspire a different experience of love, one that incorporates more negative feelings alongside blissful harmonious affection.
|Men from ethnic minorities take longer to recover from mental illness, study finds
||Men from minority ethnic groups experiencing mental health problems in the UK take longer to recover than white men as they are more reluctant to seek professional help, according to research. The study, which analyzed the experiences of twelve groups of men with poor mental health from African-Caribbean, African, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Chinese communities in London and the West Midlands, found that black and minority ethnic men's ability to talk openly about feeling vulnerable was affected by masculine identity.
|What Sort of Events Lead to Complex Trauma?
||Events that cause complex trauma are usually prolonged, severe exposure to interpersonal trauma. Examples include: Interpersonal trauma Childhood sexual abuse Physical abuse Emotional abuse Prolonged trauma Neglect by parent/caretakers Child soldiers Human trafficking victims Multiple events (least likely) Parent’s divorce, followed by death of family member and resulting attachment issues...
|On (not) Being a Mother
||Today is Mother’s Day. A wonderful day. Unfortunately I am not spending it with my mom, having just visited her for Easter, but I did get her a few little gifts and made her a card. Motherhood is a weird thing for me. You see, I don’t expect to have my...
|‘Feel good’ factor higher when you own, not just use, luxury items
||It means more to people to own a luxury product or brand than to have the privilege of simply using one. Just using an affordable luxury item you don’t own can, in fact, dampen the feel good factor that normally surrounds such products, say Liselot Hudders and Mario Pandelaere of Ghent University in Belgium. The research was
|Attention problems may be overreported in children with fetal alcohol syndrome disorder
||Several professionals had made this suggestion over the years. Given that homework led to one explosion after another, and that at school Ellen, who is eleven, spent her days jiggling up and down in her seat, unable to concentrate for more than ten minutes, it seemed a reasonable assumption. Yet her parents always felt that ADHD didn’t
|Exenatide has potential as a disease modifying agent in Parkinson’s disease
||A follow-up study of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) who participated in an earlier “proof of concept” clinical trial using exenatide showed that improvements persisted twelve months after discontinuing exenatide therapy. These data provide strong encouragement for the further study of this drug in patients with PD, report researchers in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease. Several
|After single moms get laid off, their kids may suffer for years
||When single mothers lose their jobs, their children suffer significant negative effects as young adults, according to a new study by researchers at the California Center for Population Research at UCLA. The study focused on two sets of outcomes for the children — educational achievement and social-psychological well-being. Specifically, researchers evaluated whether those in the
|Study suggests so-called ‘female intuition’ linked to lower exposure to testosterone in the womb
||So-called “female intuition” could actually have a biological component, related to the lower prenatal exposure to testosterone women receive in the womb. This would lead them to have a “more intuitive and less reflective” attitude to life than men. These are the results of a study carried out by Spanish researchers from the University of
|‘Horsing around’ reduces stress hormones in youth
||New research from Washington State University reveals how youth who work with horses experience a substantial reduction in stress – and the evidence lies in kids’ saliva. The results are published in the American Psychological Association’s Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin this month. “We were coming at this from a prevention perspective,” said Patricia Pendry, a developmental psychologist at
|Sports and energy drink consumption linked with negative behaviors in teens
||Weekly consumption of sports drinks and energy drinks among adolescents is significantly associated with higher consumption of other sugar-sweetened beverages, cigarette smoking, and screen media use, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota and Duke University. The study was undertaken to build understanding of health behavior patterns related to adolescent
|Would You Rather Get Something For Free or Pay For It?
||Did I mention that I’m writing a book about how we make and break habits? Oh yes, I think I did. It’s called Before and After, and it will be out next spring. Here’s a habit-related issue that I’ve been pondering lately: the need to pay, or the ability to get something...
|Spike activity 09-05-2014
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Slate has an in-depth piece on the ‘real story’ of Phineas Gage. Perhaps not such a revelation to some but beautifully told nonetheless. There’s an extensive piece on the latest developments with neuromorphic chips in MIT Tech Review. Foreign Policy magazine has ‘The Case […]
|Why Reading That Pop-Psychology Book is So Compelling
||Everyone loves a good story. The series of TED videos demonstrates that a good story is at the crux of making some sort of point. Countless fiction authors have made good on this idea for centuries. Taking a page from their playbook, social scientists started doing the same thing in...
|Magic Mushrooms: How They Affect the Brain’s Emotion Centres
||Could psilocybin one day be used as an effective anti-depressant?→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
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|Journaling Prompts & Questions for Listening to Your Body
||Last week I shared a journaling prompt to get us started on writing 10 positive statements about our bodies. Today, I’m sharing more prompts and questions that help us tune into our bodies and actually listen to them — something many of us (myself included) forget to do. Before you...
|The poly themes of psychosis
||The latest London Review of Books has an amazing first-person account of psychosis that illustrates the complex interlocking webs of ideas and perceptions that can occur in the more intense versions of the experience. As a description of the lived-experience of psychosis, it is actually quite rare, because most are written about relatively (and I […]
|How to Deal with Social Anxiety & Paranoia
||Schizophrenia can be marked by various frightening and, at times, debilitating symptoms. These include delusions, hearing voices or sounds that aren’t there and others. For me the most debilitating symptom — and the one that never really seems to go away entirely even with my myriad medications — is paranoia....
|Study finds ADHD and trauma often go hand in hand
||When children struggle with focusing on tasks, staying organized, controlling their behavior and sitting still, they may be evaluated for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Clinicians, however, shouldn’t stop there, according to a study presented Tuesday, May 6, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Researchers found that many children with