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City psychology survey: your best and worst experiences Colin Ellard, professor of experimental psychology at Canada's University of Waterloo, introduces a survey of urban encounters for you to take part inIn the research laboratory for immersive virtual environments at the University of Waterloo, we are trying to understand how the design of places within a city place, their appearance, and the things that happen there influence how people feel.In experiments, we carry out many measurements of how both the mind and body respond to place. This brief survey is intended to give Guardian Cities readers a chance to understand the kinds of questions that we ask in our research, and to contribute information that might shape ideas about future experiments.Any responses that you submit will, of course, remain anonymous, and will only be published on this website in aggregate form, without any details of © 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
The study of how cities and humans interact – video Scientists in Canada have designed 3D scenarios that allow them to monitor reactions in people to city designs
Heroin use, and deaths, rise Prescription pain-pill addicts have switched to heroin as pills have become more expensive and less accessible.
Racial discrimination in teen years could mean health problems later Adolescents who experienced frequent racial discrimination without emotional support from parents and peers had a greater risk for chronic disease.
Most teens aren't active enough, and it's not always their fault Parents' safety worries and school physical education cuts play a part.
Effect of lowering blood pressure on risk for cognitive decline in patients with diabetes Intensive blood pressure and cholesterol lowering was not associated with reduced risk for diabetes-related cognitive decline in older patients with long-standing type 2 diabetes mellitus, according to a recent study.
NFL concussions study shows higher altitudes reduce risk significantly A new study analyzing concussion data for NFL players during the 16-game regular season schedules for 2012 and 2013 may provide insight that could lead to safer play, including a pathway for concussion-prevention strategies.
New method to restore skull after brain surgery appears to reduce complication rates Surgeons report they have devised a better, safer method to replace bone removed from the skull after lifesaving brain surgery. The new technique, they say, appears to result in fewer complications than standard restoration, which has changed little since its development in the 1890s.
The Miracle and Mystery of Sleep: 12 Remarkable Psychological Studies "Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day." ~Friedrich Nietzsche"Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day." ~Friedrich Nietzsche What beautiful rewards sleep delivers-- if you can get enough of it. Sleep has profound effects on our memories, desires, self-control, learning, relationships and more. Continue reading - - > → Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Your brain is fine-tuning its wiring throughout your life The white matter microstructure, the communication pathways of the brain, continues to develop/mature as one ages. Studies link age-related differences in white matter microstructure to specific cognitive abilities in childhood and adulthood.
What to Do When You've Been Humiliated Is it possible that what separates the successful from the unsuccessful is not getting humiliated – that happens to everyone – but how they cope with humiliation? Here are 10 tips from one of the most celebrated psychologists, who admits to 3 big-time humiliations. read more
Single-Sex Education Unlikely to Offer Advantage Over Coed Schools, Research Finds Analysis questions common assumption single-sex schools improve educational environment, achievement
Women's Worries, Anxieties and Fears: Why We Hang on to Them Anxiety is more insidious than a simple manipulative trick: the feeling is real. Fear can be cultivated like some poisonous garden; even when you don't want to nurture it and have no desire to harvest it, its roots are more
Researchers discover how brain regions work together, or alone Various regions of the brain often work independently. But what happens when two regions must cooperate to accomplish a task? What mechanism allows them to communicate in order to cooperate, yet avoid interfering with one another when they work alone? Scientists reveal a previously unknown process that helps two brain regions cooperate when joint action is required.
Making your brain social: Identifying brain connections that lead to social behavior Scientists have identified, for the first time, a way in which the decreased functional connectivity seen in the brain of many people with autism can come about: it can be caused by cells called microglia failing to trim connections between neurons, researchers demonstrate in a study published.
Same-Sex Parenting Does Not Harm Children, Research Review Finds Are two mothers better than one?Children who are raised by same-sex parents do just as well in social development, education and emotionally as those raised by heterosexual couples, an Australian review of the research finds. Continue reading - - > → Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
The Truth About Leadership: “You Make a Difference and You Can’t Do It Alone” Here is a fantastic 13-minute TEDx Talk by Barry Posner, co-author (with James Kouzes) of the book, The Leadership Challenge, and Professor of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. Below are excerpts from his excellent speech. There are two truths about leadership: You make a difference and you can’t do […]
The Tragic Story of the Most Famous Amnesiac and Pictures of His Brain Henry Molaison's brain has been preserved forever as a Google Map.Henry Molaison has–or rather had–the most famous amnesiac brain in psychology. The results of tests carried out on him over the last five decades have produced thousands of academic papers examining all aspects of memory and thinking... Continue reading - - > → Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Calculate Your Life's Psychological Footprint Your life footprint is the effect you have on other people, both those who are close to you and those who you'll never meet. Calculate your own lasting impressions with this 10-item quiz. Even if your life footprint is light at the moment, there are ways to improve the positive impact you have on others, from your closest partners to people you may not even more
But What KIND of Universal Pre-K? Corporate-styled school reformers, who favor prescriptive standards and high-stakes testing, will interpret "high-quality" pre-K as a dreary regimen of direct instruction of facts and skills, particularly for poor more