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Belief in immortality hard-wired? Study examines development of children's 'prelife' reasoning By examining children's ideas about "prelife," the time before conception, researchers found results which suggest that our bias toward immortality is a part of human intuition that naturally emerges early in life. And the part of us that is eternal, we believe, is not our skills or ability to reason, but rather our hopes, desires and emotions.
New hope for Gaucher patients with brain pathology Gaucher disease, a genetic disorder prevalent among Ashkenazi Jews, is devastating for sufferers and their families. Now, scientists have discovered a new cellular pathway implicated in the disease. Their findings may offer a new therapeutic target for treatment of Gaucher and related disorders.
Traumatic spinal cord injuries on the rise in U.S. The number of serious traumatic spinal cord injuries is on the rise in the United States, and the leading cause no longer appears to be motor vehicle crashes, but falls, new research suggests.
Quality of white matter in the brain is crucial for adding and multiplying (but not subracting and dividing) A new study has found that healthy 12-year-olds who score well in addition and multiplication have higher-quality white matter tracts. This correlation does not appear to apply to subtraction and division.
New brain-scanning technique shows when and where the brain processes visual information New brain-scanning technique from Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers allows scientists to see when and where the brain processes visual information.
Creativizers: Doing the Creative Work the Company Can't Give some resources, knock down some barriers or provide political air cover for one of their pet experiments. Show a genuine interest in their point of view. Break down the game film with them to learn what works and doesn't and why. Don't bail when things get rough. Be a mensch.read more
Character and Broken Vows Nowadays, broken marriage vows have become epidemic with over half of marriages experiencing adultery or divorce. This accounts for increasing numbers of dyfunctional families and traumatized children in our midst in need of help. Broken vows never lead anything good for society.
Early tumor response from stereotactic radiosurgery predicts outcome The response of a patient with metastatic brain tumors to treatment with stereotactic radiosurgery in the first six-to-twelve weeks can indicate whether follow-up treatments and monitoring are necessary, according to research.
How Thinking Works: 10 Brilliant Cognitive Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know How experts think, the power of framing, the miracle of attention, the weird world of cognitive biases and more...→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Cannabis during pregnancy endangers fetal brain development A current study by an international consortium of researchers shows that the consumption of Cannabis during pregnancy can impair the development of the fetus' brain with long-lasting effects after birth. Cannabis is particularly powerful to derail how nerve cells form connections, potentially limiting the amount of information the affected brain can process.
Animate, inanimate, and social: How the brain categorizes information For our brain, animate and inanimate objects belong to different categories and any information about them is stored and processed by different networks. A study shows that there is also another category that is functionally distinct from the others, namely, the category of "social" groups.
Are You a "Mental Redneck"? Take This Quiz and Find Out Mental rednecks usually don't think of themselves as rednecks, of course. They typically like to think of themselves as having a firm grip on the problems and challenges of life, but paradoxically it's their fear of the loss of a sense of control, structure, and order – not having simple answers and simple solutions – that leads them to act in ambiguity-avoiding patterns.read more
Senator proposes law to protect children New law would finance a program to provide optional electronic tracking devices to be worn by children with autism.
Men are more forgetful than women Rearch shows memory problems increase with age, but in all age groups, men reported more memory problems than women.
5 Life-Changing Acts of Courage To an observer, these 5 acts of "ordinary courage"may not appear heroic--or even noteworthy. But each one is a step on the royal road to happiness, maturity, and personal integrity.read more
Feminine Foes: New Science Explores Female Competition A host of studies in recent years have shown convincingly that the traditional view of women as passive and uncompetitive is wrong. Women, it turns out, are engaged in a competition of their own, aggressively jockeying for position in a battle to secure a suitable mate.read more
Painless Brain Stimulation Improves Mental Arithmetic in Five Days Transcranial Random Noise Stimulation can improve learning and speed up mental calculations.→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
From the Observer archive, 28 January 1968: the truth parents must face about 'abnormal' teens Thanks to advertising and TV, our adolescents differ from their forebearsTeenagers' behaviour is "normally abnormal", writes Dr Gordon Stewart Prince, consultant in child psychiatry to King's College, London, in a new booklet to be published by the National Association for Mental Health next week.Dr Prince believes that today's adolescents live in circumstances that differ in three ways from previous teenage generations:1. They have more money to spend and so their tastes, habits and behaviour have been influenced by commercialism. The pressures of advertising have encouraged them to regard themselves as a special group.2. Television and other mass media have made them considerably more sophisticated. Parents and teachers are no longer unchallenged arbiters of behaviour.3. There is less emotional difference between teenagers and their parents. Grown-ups are far less authoritarian than they were.Dr Prince thinks, however, that probably no more harm is being done by permissiveness, affluence and independence than was done formerly by intolerant, repressive discipline. It is healthier, he asserts, for teenagers to challenge their parents' authority and to want to make their own judgments than to be protected from ever making a mistake.Parents have to accept the role of the middle-aged square. "If you aren't a bit square, your teenagers have nothing to rebel against." They also need to be aware of their own envy of the young. A middle-aged mother, says Dr Prince, particularly if she has been cheated of romance or sexual fulfilment, may see her young daughter as a sexual rival who makes her conscious of the lines around her eyes or her greying hair.Parents also need to guard against making hard or fast moral rules. Now that contraceptives are widely used and freely available, moral prohibitions can no longer be enforced by fear. It is more difficult for parents to be dogmatic.When discussing drug-taking, Dr Prince is not himself dogmatic about the harmful use of "soft" drugs. He says, however, that it is an undisputed fact that "hard" drugs cause rapid and inevitable physical addiction and deterioration.He believes there is today a pathological over-valuation of academic success. There is an adult impression that anyone who doesn't obtain five O-levels is a pathetic, inadequate failure.Parents should learn to take the adolescent's long hair and flamboyant clothing in their stride.This is an edited extractParents and parentingChildrenPsychologytheguardian.com © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
Highly reliable brain-imaging protocol identifies delays in premature infants Infants born prematurely are at elevated risk for cognitive, motor, and behavioral deficits -- the severity of which was, until recently, almost impossible to accurately predict in the neonatal period with conventional brain-imaging technology. But physicians may now be able to identify the premature infants most at risk for deficits as well as the type of deficit, enabling them to quickly initiate early neuroprotective therapies, by using highly reliable 3-D MRI imaging techniques developed by clinician scientists.
Men Forget More Than Women It's a mystery: men report their memory is worse than women.→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"