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Personality Traits: Just How Many Are There? Quick, how many personality traits can you list just off the top of your head? Outgoing, friendly, kind, cranky, lazy, mean. You can probably rattle off a lot of different descriptions that apply to personality, but do each of these really represent a specific personality trait?...Read Full Post
The 4 Degrees of Drug Use We all know someone who drinks every night and swears they can stop any time they want. Is it just an excuse, or is the person truly in control of their drug use? Not everyone who uses drugs or alcohol needs rehab; at the same time, not everyone who needs...
Cap'n Crunch Is Looking at You According to a new study, the characters on cereal boxes are effectively making eye contact with customers in the grocery store aisle.
The collective action problem helps explain lack of revolts on America-bound slave ships The Atlantic slave trade forcibly relocated approximately 12 million people from Africa to America between 1515 and 1866. Despite this unprecedented forced migration, slave revolts upon America-bound ships were relatively rare. According to the most reliable estimate, slave revolts only occurred on about 2 percent of voyages. Why didn't more enslaved Africans try to rise upRead More
Brain changes are associated with casual marijuana use in young adults The size and shape of two brain regions involved in emotion and motivation may differ in young adults who smoke marijuana at least once a week, according to a study published April 16 in The Journal of Neuroscience. The findings suggest that recreational marijuana use may lead to previously unidentified brain changes, and highlight the importanceRead More
Performance measures for CEOs vary greatly As companies file their annual proxy statements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this spring, a new study by Rice University and Cornell University shows just how S&P 500 companies have tied CEO compensation to performance. The study found large variations in the choice of performance measures, and the researchers said that companiesRead More
Study provides new insight into how toddlers learn verbs Parents can help toddlers' language skills by showing them a variety of examples of different actions, according to new research from the University of Liverpool. Previous research has shown that verbs pose particular difficulties to toddlers as they refer to actions rather than objects, and actions are often different each time a child sees them.Read More
Suicide Attempt Survivor Voices The American Association of Suicidology 2014 National Conference in Los Angeles featured the panel, "˜Can You Hear Me Now? New Voices of Attempt Survivors.' It includes presentations by Cara Anna, Dese'Rae Stage, Samantha Nadler, Misha Kessler, and Craig A. Miller. This historic, inspiring panel coincided with the launch of a new Attempt Survivors Division of [...]
Suicide Attempt Survivor Voices (Video) The American Association of Suicidology 2014 National Conference in Los Angeles featured the panel, "˜Can You Hear Me Now? New Voices of Attempt Survivors.' It includes presentations by Cara Anna, Dese'Rae Stage, Samantha Nadler, Misha Kessler, and Craig A. Miller. This historic, inspiring panel coincided with the launch of a...
#88 Emerging Identity #2 Angelina via Compfight Angelina via Compfight Danny's decision to pursue creative writing seemed a perfect choice for him. It was a different niche than either of his elder brothers had chosen. It was creative, and yet it was something that he could do largely on his own. In a way...
In the Media – 9 Bad Influences on Your Child (Real Simple) Every parent worries about the "bad friend"---the friend your kid brings home that makes your stomach turn because of the potential bad influence. The post In the Media – 9 Bad Influences on Your Child (Real Simple) appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
The Neuroscience of Focus: Taking Back Control of Our Scientists John Gaspar and John McDonald from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia have recently discovered that we have an anti-distraction mode in our brain (See an overview here or the actual study here). This means that focusing on what matters moment-to-moment is not only about intentionally paying attention to something,...
In the Media – How to Mend a Friendship (Woman's Day) Writer Denise Schipani outlines 7 scenarios that create tensions among friends. She interviewed Dr. Levine and other experts for tips on how to mend a friendship The post In the Media – How to Mend a Friendship (Woman's Day) appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
Online Dating and Introverts: A Good Match Can you find love in your computer? Sure, why not? Here are some tips to help.read more
Molecular tweezers: Physicists push new Parkinson's treatment toward clinical trials The most effective way to tackle debilitating diseases is to punch them at the start and keep them from growing. Research at Michigan State University, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, shows that a small "molecular tweezer" keeps proteins from clumping, or aggregating, the first step of neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's diseaseRead More
How Humans Evolved to Cope with City Crowds For over a hundred thousand years, humans evolved in small, roving bands of a few dozen people. But then, about ten thousand years ago, we started living in cities that were far bigger than any tribe or band. Our minds had to change to cope with the population overload....
People selectively remember the details of atrocities that absolve in-group members Conversations about wartime atrocities often omit certain details. According to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, these omissions can lead people to have different memories for the event depending on social group membership. "We started thinking about this project around the time when stories began to emerge in the popular media aboutRead More
Teachers' scare tactics may lead to lower exam scores As the school year winds down and final exams loom, teachers may want to avoid reminding students of the bad consequences of failing a test because doing so could lead to lower scores, according to new research published by APA. "Teachers are desperately keen to motivate their students in the best possible way but mayRead More
ADHD and Procrastiphobia Thomas Hawk via Compfight Recently, I discovered that I've developed Procrastiphobia, a neurotic fear of procrastination. (Don't look up Procrastiphobia; I made it up. Sometimes I have to do that to fully capture the ADHD experience. I know you get it, just like you got Form-O-Phobia, blurtacious, and NSL.) But...
Regulating legal marijuana could be guided by lessons from alcohol and tobacco, study says As U.S. policymakers consider ways to ease prohibitions on marijuana, the public health approaches used to regulate alcohol and tobacco over the past century may provide valuable lessons, according to new RAND Corporation research. Recent ballot initiatives that legalized marijuana in Colorado and Washington for recreational uses are unprecedented. The move raises important questions aboutRead More