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Best of Our Blogs: February 14, 2017 It’s the day most of us dread. We’re either alone and can’t stand the roses and chocolate reminders or we’re coupled and can’t stand the pressure. I think Valentine’s Day represents something we all struggle with. Rejection. A slight whether professional or personal is a … ...
Are the Physically Attractive Also Happier? The surprising finding was that gorgeous models who made a living from being beautiful, suffered lower well-being and greater personality maladjustment than non-models.
ON VALENTINE’S DAY, CAN YOU ONLY BE HAPPY IF YOU ARE PRETTY? ...the surprising finding was that gorgeous models who made a living from being beautiful, suffered lower well-being and greater personality maladjustment than non-models.
Sex differences in cognition are small Lately I’ve been thinking about sex differences in brain and cognition. There are undeniable differences in the physical size of the brain, and different brain areas, even if there are no ‘female’ and ‘male’ brains categorically. These physical differences do not translate directly into commensurate differences in cognition. Indeed, there is support for a ‘gender … Continue reading "Sex differences in cognition are small"
Two psychological factors explain why education predicts decreased belief in conspiracy theories The relationship between education and conspiracy theories is the result of an “interplay of multiple psychological factors,” according to new research in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology. The study of 5,032 Dutch adults confirmed previous findings that people with high education levels are less likely to believe in conspiracy theories than people with lower education [...]
The selfie paradox: Study examines why people love taking selfies but don’t like seeing them Many people regularly take selfies, but most people don’t like them, according to new research published in Frontiers in Psychology. In the study, 238 people living in Austria, Germany and Switzerland completed an online survey to assess their motives and judgements when taking and viewing selfies. The survey revealed that while 77% of participants take selfies regularly, [...]
Study: High-intensity interval training elicits more enjoyment than moderate exercise A shorter but more strenuous workout appears to be more enjoyable than a longer but moderate workout, a new study published in PLoS One has found. In the study, 11 out of 12 participants found high intensity interval training more enjoyable than moderate intensity continuous exercise. The high intensity interval training consisted of eight 60 second [...]
Study finds that people are attracted to outward signs of health, not actual health Findings published in the journal Behavioral Ecology reveal that skin with yellow and red pigments is perceived as more attractive in Caucasian males, but this skin coloring does not necessarily signal actual good health. Some people are more attractive as mating partners than others. One trait that plays an important role in sexual selection is [...]
Couples and friends show similarity in personality traits after all Friends and romantic partners tend to have certain characteristics in common, such as age, education, and even intelligence — and yet, research has long suggested that personality isn’t one of these commonalities. But a new study, using behavioral data gleaned from social media, shows that people are more like their friends and partners than previously [...]
Neurons support cancer growth throughout the body Cancer cells rely on the healthy cells that surround them for sustenance. Tumors reroute blood vessels to nourish themselves, secrete chemicals that scramble immune responses, and, according to recent studies, even recruit and manipulate neurons for their own gain. This pattern holds true not just for brain cancers, but also for prostate cancer, skin cancer, [...]
Scientists biochemically ‘hard-wire’ synapses to create a mouse that resists cocaine’s lure Scientists at the University of British Columbia have genetically engineered a mouse that does not become addicted to cocaine, adding to the evidence that habitual drug use is more a matter of genetics and biochemistry than just poor judgment. The mice they created had higher levels of a protein called cadherin, which helps bind cells [...]
13 Ways to Jumpstart a Bad Kisser My last cartoon was about dog love. That’s fine, but it’s also important that your people person learn to kiss, too. Learning to kiss is an ongoing project, if you … ...
New discovery could be a major advance for neurological diseases The discovery of a new mechanism that controls the way nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other to regulate our learning and long-term memory could have major benefits to understanding how the brain works and what goes wrong in neurodegenerative disorders such as epilepsy and dementia. The breakthrough, published in Nature Neuroscience, was [...]
Use of multiple brain-affecting drugs is rising among seniors, despite risks, study finds The number of older Americans who take three or more medicines that affect their brains has more than doubled in just a decade, a new study finds. The sharpest rise occurred in seniors living in rural areas, where the rate of doctor visits by seniors taking combinations of such drugs – opioids, antidepressants, tranquilizers and [...]
Married people have lower levels of stress hormone Studies have suggested that married people are healthier than those who are single, divorced or widowed. A new Carnegie Mellon University study provides the first biological evidence to explain how marriage impacts health. Published in Psychoneuroendocrinology, the researchers found that married individuals had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who never married [...]
Depression linked to e-cigarette use among college students The emergence of e-cigarettes as a nicotine product has left scientists with many questions about their impact on health, including how the product interacts with depression. A new study by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), published today in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, found a connection between depression and [...]
Study reveals surprising link between athletics and addiction As she was planning her study to look into the role physical activity and sport play in the development of substance addiction, Laurie de Grace was forewarned that she may have trouble finding any recovering addicts with a sporting background to speak with. After all, sport and physical activity go hand in hand with good [...]
Psychologists find human vision is more sensitive during physical activity It’s universally accepted that the benefits of exercise go well beyond fitness, from reducing the risk of disease to improving sleep and enhancing mood. Physical activity gives cognitive function a boost as well as fortifying memory and safeguarding thinking skills. But can it enhance your vision? It appears so. Intrigued by recent findings that neuron [...]
The Anatomy of Who We Are A new study explores the ties between personality and the dimensions of the brain.
How Brain Training Can Boost Confidence Confidence is an attractive and necessary quality to succeed in business, relationships, and life. But, it is a subjective and, sometimes, misunderstood characteristic. From the painfully shy to the arrogantly over-confident, what makes people think and feel what they think and feel about themselves? The … ...