|Connecting with Others Through Music
||It’s probably not too difficult to fathom how certain music may mirror your own thoughts and feelings. Lyrics or melodies can potentially communicate the message that you want to convey. Songs can capture an emotional state or personal situation in the best way possible. I love words, and I consider...
|The Obstacle Is the Way
||What’s the worst problem you have right now? Have you lost your home? Your job? Are you worried you might? Or are you facing a terrible illness? Long-time readers of this blog know much of my philosophy has been shaped by my study and practice of Buddhism. One of the most useful concepts I've adapted is the concept of changing poison into medicine.
|Picture books aren’t just fun: Moms are exposing toddlers to rich information about animals
||Children hear as much sophisticated information about animals when parents read picture book stories about animals as when they read flashcard-type animal vocabulary books, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. “Marketers tell parents and educators that vocabulary books are more educational, so picture books are often dismissed as being just for
|Loss of memory in Alzheimer’s mice models reversed through gene therapy
||Alzheimer’s disease is the first cause of dementia and affects some 400,000 people in Spain alone. However, no effective cure has yet been found. One of the reasons for this is the lack of knowledge on the cellular mechanisms which cause alterations in nerve transmissions and the loss of memory in the initial stages of
|ADHD drug may help preserve our self-control resources
||Methylphenidate, also known as Ritalin, may prevent the depletion of self-control, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Self-control can be difficult — sticking with a diet or trying to focus attention on a boring textbook are hard things to do. Considerable research suggests one potential explanation for this difficulty: Exerting
|Cold-blooded murderer? Ambient temperature influences the judgment of criminals
||People sitting in a cold room are more likely to describe an unidentified mugshot as a person who committed a premeditated murder, according to new research. In other words, when you are cold, criminals seem more cold-blooded. “In this study, we demonstrated that ambient temperature affects the judgment of criminals. Participants in rooms with low
|Study finds living among the affluent is both a boon and a bane
||The wealth of the nation one resides in has important — but mixed — consequences for one’s happiness. That is the conclusion of a study published April 22 in Psychological Science, which found that the average income of a country can have a greater impact on a person’s overall happiness than their own personal income.
|Motor cortex shown to play active role in learning movement patterns
||Skilled motor movements of the sort tennis players employ while serving a tennis ball or pianists use in playing a concerto, require precise interactions between the motor cortex and the rest of the brain. Neuroscientists had long assumed that the motor cortex functioned something like a piano keyboard. This new study shows that the motor cortex itself plays an active role in learning new motor movements.
|Do Genre Fans Fight Because of Naive Realism?
When we argue a point, we often say things like, "I could be wrong." We say that, but do we really mean it? Many people experience something called "naive realism," and anyone who argues about genre shows experiences it often....
|Introversion: 5 Strategies for Pushing Out Your Comfort Zone
||Here are strategies, shared by introverts, that help them to better engage others in social situations and feel more at ease.
|In The Wake of a Suicide Epidemic, Inaction Speaks
||“It shouldn’t have happened to her.” “She had so much to live for, she led such a lucky life.” 19-year-old Madison Holleran’s death shocked and frustrated her community. These comments I have heard not only signify a grieving community, but speak volumes toward how little is known about suicide. While...
|Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 5.4.14
||A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written...
|The Facial Expression That Fights Memory Loss
||It fights the stress hormone which damages the brain's ability to learn and remember.→ 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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|Mindfulness and Stress Reactions: Getting Off the Elevator of
||A good friend of mine describes her depression as an elevator that takes her down to an unfurnished basement with toxic mold, the stench of cat urine and no windows. When she is there, she has difficulty believing that there are any floors above her. What she sees and smells,...
|Genetics risk, prenatal smoking may predict behavioral problems
||Researchers have found evidence of an interaction between prenatal smoking and genetic risk factors that increase aggressive behavior in children, especially in girls. “The interesting issue is that not all children exposed to prenatal smoking will have behavioral problems. Some might, but others will not,” said Brian Boutwell, Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University,
|Environment as important as genes in autism
||Study shows environmental factors are more important than previously thought in leading to autism.
|Coached extracurricular activities help prevent pre-adolescent smoking and drinking
||Dartmouth researchers have found that tweens (preadolescents aged 10-14) who participate in a coached team sport a few times a week or more are less likely to try smoking. Their findings on the relationship between extracurricular activity and health risk behaviors are reported in “The relative roles of types of extracurricular activity on smoking and
|Around 60 percent of people who contemplate or attempt suicide do not receive treatment
||In this Review, published to coincide with the launch of The Lancet Psychiatry journal, Professor Rory O’Connor from the University of Glasgow and Professor Matthew K. Nock from Harvard University review the key psychological factors that may contribute to, or protect against, suicidal behaviour including personality differences, cognitive factors, and negative life events such as
|Nationwide study finds U.S. newspaper reporting of suicide linked with some teenage suicide clusters
||Heightened newspaper coverage after a suicide might have a significant impact on the initiation of some teenage suicide clusters, according to new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. The study reveals that the content of media reports is also important, with more prominent stories (ie, published on the front page) and those that describe the suicide
|Many Ivy League students don’t view ADHD medication misuse as cheating
||Nearly one in five students at an Ivy League college reported misusing a prescription stimulant while studying, and one-third of students did not view such misuse as cheating, according to a study to be presented Saturday, May 3, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Stimulants are used to