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The Autism Spectrum: Has It Really Changed? With all the talk of an expanded autism spectrum, and the changes in DSM5 I decided to go back to the original papers of Hans Asperger and Leo Kanner. How much has really changed in the presentation of autism, in the past 70 years? Less that you might think...read more
Released inmates need programs to meet basic, mental health needs, study shows When inmates with severe mental illness are released from jail, their priority is finding shelter, food, money and clothes. Even needs as basic as soap and a place to bathe can be hard to come by for people leaving jail, according to a new study.
Stimulating brain cells stops binge drinking, animal study finds Researchers have found a way to change alcohol drinking behavior in rodents, using the emerging technique of optogenetics, which uses light to stimulate neurons.
Anxiety: Getting Excited Beats Trying to Calm Down People giving public speeches and taking a stressful maths test did better when they re-thought their performance anxiety.→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Loving touch critical for premature infants The benefit that premature infants gain from skin-to-skin contact with their mothers is measurable even 10 years after birth, reports a new study. Physical contact with babies is essential for their physical and psychological development. This lesson has been learned the hard way, as infants neglected in hospitals and orphanages developed many problems, ranging from depression to a more global failure to thrive.
Suicide risk doesn't differ in children taking two types of commonly prescribed antidepressants A study released today shows there is no evidence that the risk of suicide differs with two commonly prescribed antidepressants prescribed to children and
Blue Monday: There is no such thing as "˜the most depressing day of the year' | Pete Etchells Pete Etchells: A drinks company has claimed that Blue Monday, usually in the third week of January, is actually today. But 'the most depressing day of the year' is a myth that has no basis in sciencePete Etchells
Bullied teens get free plastic surgery A NYC nonprofit offers surgery for low-income teens tormented for how they look.
How Can We Help Our Children Become "Grittier"? Last month, I was privileged to join a discussion of Angela Lee Duckworth's TED Talk on grit. Duckworth has found, in many different settings, that doing well - in school and in life - depends far less on intelligence and talent, and much more on passion and perseverance, a quality she calls "grit." She asks, "What can parents do to help their children develop grit?" read more
Reading a Novel Boosts Brain Connectivity Stories leave their mark on the mind both psychologically and neurologically.→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Beware the Regression Fallacy It's that time of the year again - losing football teams are firing their coaches. But will it help? Probably not. Like many erroneous inferences in life, including jinxes, they may be falling prey to a cognitive illusion - the regression fallacy. read more
What You Don't Know about This Personality Test Can Hurt You The Myers-Briggs Typology Inventory (MBTI) is a widely-used tool in the organizational consultant toolkit. Providing you with a 4-letter code, it's supposed to provide an instant diagnosis to your inner personality qualities and outer tendencies at work and in However, outside the consulting realm, many psychologists not only doubt its utility but warn against its use.read more
Patients in Vegetative State Can Respond Emotionally to Loved Ones First study to demonstrate emotional awareness in patients in a persistent vegetative state.→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Blue Monday: Brutal cold, short days, post-holiday letdown raise risk of depression The first Monday after the holidays can be a depressing time for people coping with post-holiday letdown or depression triggered by short days called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This year,
New social network study investigates how people use Facebook to maintain friendships New social networking research investigates how individuals use Facebook to maintain their friendships.
A novel look at how stories may change the brain Many people can recall reading at least one cherished story that they say changed their life. Now researchers have detected what may be biological traces related to this feeling: Actual changes in the brain that linger, at least for a few days, after reading a novel. Their findings, that reading a novel may cause changes in resting-state connectivity of the brain that persist, were published by the journal Brain Connectivity.
Testosterone, Trust, and Social Status Over the past several years, much has been made of the psychological influences of the hormone Oxytocin on behavior. In that same time period, there has been much less discussion of the influence of testosterone on social relationships. read more
Overweight people in developing world outnumber those in rich countries Research shows people are getting fatter around the world, and the problem is growing most rapidly in developing countries.
Fear of childbirth predicts postpartum depression Expectant women with prenatally diagnosed fear of childbirth are at an increased risk of postpartum depression, according to a study of over 500,000 mothers in Finland. Women with a history of depression are at the highest risk of postpartum depression. The fact that fear of childbirth puts women without a history of depression at an approximately three times higher risk of postpartum depression is a new observation which may help health care professionals in recognising postpartum depression.
Abusing the Internet trolls: A matter of 'moral panic'? Internet trolling is a matter of "moral panic", according to a new assessment. Researchers suggest that the misrepresentation by the media of all those who participate in this often negative but not always abusive behavior can have a detrimental effect on attitudes to younger Internet users in general.