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The Upside of Being in Hell Last week's cartoon,  which raises the question: Would you be a good witness in a crime? is here.  All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is © Donna Barstow 2014,  My own website is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And Like me  on Facebook to get notified of new cartoons. Thanks! (For...
The holiest sanctuary of the Islamic world is the Ka'aba, the black stone of Mecca The human being is as different as possible from a stone, yet man's innermost center is in a strange and special way akin to it (perhaps because the stone symbolizes mere existence at the farthest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
This is really Good Friday; upon which the Lord died and descended into Hell and completed the mysteries. However, I may not, I do not want to, I cannot. Oh human wretchedness! Oh unwillingness in us! Oh doubt and despair. This is really Good Friday; upon which the Lord died and descended into Hell and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
The Feedback Loop How to dish it out, and take it in.
Random Selection - Psychology Definition of the Week Definition: Random selection refers to a selection process used by researchers to draw participants from a larger population. When random selection is used, each member of the group has an equal chance of being chosen. It is also important to note that random selection is not the same as random assignment. Random selection involves how a sample is drawn while random assignment involves how participants are then assigned to groups....Read Full Post
Is Depression A Physical Illness? The Link Between Depressive Symptoms and Brain Changes (Part 2) According to Dr. Peter Kramer in Against Depression, depression is the "most devastating disease known to humankind"1 (pg 150). It alters both psychological functioning"”in the form of emotional issues"” as well as physical abilities"”in the form of pain, lethargy or other ...
How a hobby could help you get a promotion Study suggests that workers who have a creative outlet outside the office are more likely to be creative problem solvers on the job.
Forty years on, bullying takes its toll on health and wealth The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to research by British psychiatrists.
The psychology of being fired The emotional and physical, but still normal, side effects of losing your job.
Vampire Wedding Notes from the UK wedding where I measure oxytocin.read more
Why Weddings Make Us Feel Good Notes from the UK wedding where I measure oxytocin.
Our brains are hardwired for language People blog, they don't lbog, and they schmooze, not mshooze. But why is this? Why are human languages so constrained? Can such restrictions unveil the basis of the uniquely human capacity for language? New research shows the brains of individual speakers are sensitive to language universals. Syllables that are frequent across languages are recognized more readily than infrequent syllables. Simply put, this study shows that language universals are hardwired in the human brain.
Proteomics discovers link between muscle damage and cerebral malaria Malaria-related complications remain a major cause of death for children in many parts of the world. Why some children develop these complications while others don't is still not understood. Scientists now report results of a systematic proteomics approach to the question.
Psychological Crutches: Ten Myths and Three Tips We assume psychological crutches are bad, and yet we all use them. The question isn't whether to depend on them but which ones to depend upon. This article ends with three guidelines we intuit matter to sorting good from bad crutches.read more
4 Tips to Help You with Your Grief and Loss Grief is unique to the individual. We all grieve differently and for this reason there is no set pattern to follow. It is my belief that grief and pain remain with us; however we can learn to live with these feelings successfully, doing so without diminishing the value of the causation of grief. We often […]
In Defense of the Eyeball Test Some findings are perfect without being too good to be true. In such a case, statistics are beside the point. read more
Inhibited children become anxious adults: Examining the causes and effects of early shyness Three little girls sit together in a room, playing with the toys surrounding them. One of the girls -- "Emma" -- has clearly taken charge of the group, and the others happily go along with her. A fourth girl -- "Jane" -- enters the room, hiding her face while clinging to her mother. The first three continue to play, while mom sits Jane down with some toys a few feet away from the group. After mom leaves, however, Jane sits alone against the wall. Emma makes her way over to Jane, inviting her to play with the rest of the group. Jane -- looking trapped -- starts to cry, then stands up and tries desperately to open the door.
Boosting depression-causing mechanisms in brain increases resilience, surprisingly New research uncovers a conceptually novel approach to treating depression. Instead of dampening neuron firing found with stress-induced depression, researchers demonstrated for the first time that further activating these neurons opens a new avenue to mimic and promote natural resilience.
New evidence of suicide epidemic among India's 'marginalized' farmers A new study has found that India's shocking rates of suicide are highest in areas with the most debt-ridden farmers who are clinging to tiny smallholdings -- less than one hectare -- and trying to grow 'cash crops', such as cotton and coffee, that are highly susceptible to global price fluctuations. read more
Newlyweds, be careful what you wish for A statistical analysis of the gift "fulfillments" at several hundred online wedding gift registries suggests that wedding guests are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to buying an appropriate gift for the happy couple. The details reported in the International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing suggest that most people hope to garner social benefits of buying an expensive gift that somehow enhances their relationship with the newlyweds while at the same time they wish to limit monetary cost and save money. read more