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Study finds troubling consequences for anti-Muslim and anti-Mexican attitudes and actions The President’s recent Executive Order is attempting to close U.S. borders to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, with the rationale that it would make Americans safer against the threat of terrorism. But new research from the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern provides evidence that this action may do just the opposite. The study, “Backlash: The [...]
Body dysmorphic disorder may be under-diagnosed in patients seeking cosmetic procedures Plastic surgeons and other cosmetic professionals are familiar with the challenges posed by patients with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) seeking cosmetic procedures, reports a survey study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). But BDD may be “under-diagnosed” by cosmetic professionals, [...]
In crowd wisdom, the ‘surprisingly popular’ answer can trump ignorance of the masses Crowd wisdom such as what might arise from online voting is popularly assumed to provide better answers than any one person by aggregating multiple perspectives. Democratic methods, however, tend to favor the most popular information, not necessarily the most correct. The ignorance of the masses can cancel out a knowledgeable minority with specialized information of [...]
Researchers examine unusual condition of mirror-touch synesthesia When a student in a University of Delaware study watched a video of someone else’s hand being touched, she felt the touch on her own hand. While that may seem a little eerie to most of us, she’s not alone. About two in 100 people have this condition called mirror-touch synesthesia, or MTS. In an [...]
Alzheimer’s disease researchers solve mystery of beguiling protein Leading neuroscientists have clarified the role of a controversial immune system protein in Alzheimer’s disease, showing it has opposing effects in early and late stages of the disease. Their discovery unites previous studies that left researchers conflicted and showed the protein both exacerbates and ameliorates disease symptoms. The updated model of disease progression, published in [...]
How a ‘Dysfunctional’ Family Could Make You a Great... We’re living in a golden age of entrepreneurship. There’s never been a more favorable time for founders, freelancers and members of the side-hustle generation seeking to define success on their own terms. Look around and you’ll find no shortage of inspirational figures leading the way. … ...
Raising Compassionate Children: 12 Tips A few years ago, I took a tumble down a flight of stairs at work resulting in injury to my ankle and face. I suffered a fractured ankle, severe bruising … ...
Men's Mental Health: A Silent Crisis Numerous researchers state that there is a silent crisis in men’s mental health. Is this the case? What are the issues and what are the solutions to improve men's mental health?
How does the brain make perceptual predictions over time? There's a theory for that A neuroscientist offers a new framework to explain how the brain makes predictions. He outlines how “prediction” may be a general principle of cortical function—along with the already-established role of inference.
Can boy monkeys throw? Aimed throwing is a gendered activity – men are typically better at it than women (by about 1 standard deviation, some studies claim). Obviously this could be due to differential practice, which is in turn due to cultural bias in what men vs women are expected to be a good at and enjoy (some say … Continue reading "Can boy monkeys throw?"
Gender brain blogging I’ve started teaching a graduate seminar on the cognitive neuroscience of sex-differences. The ambition is to carry out a collective close-reading of Cordelia Fine’s “Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences” (US: “How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference“). Week by week the class is going to extract the arguments and check … Continue reading "Gender brain blogging"
Anxiety & The Psychiatrist Even though I feel better when I leave my psychiatrist office, making the appointment, keeping the appointment, and getting to the appointment, has always caused me major anxiety. It’s not … ...
Is Social Media Damaging Your Romantic Relationship? In today’s world it is almost hard to stay connected if you don’t have social media accounts. Gone are the days when people wrote letters or waited for phone calls (especially on a land line). Face-to-face conversations can even be a rarity. More often than not, … ...
Grief Is Another Word for Love Are you waiting for grief to bring closure? That's not its job.
Motivate Me In doing a bit of research on ADHD recently, I came across the phrase “Motivational Deficit.” And I didn’t like it much. In fact, like the concept of “Attention Deficit,” … ...
Scientists catalogue 'parts list' of brain cell types in a major appetite center Using new technology, scientists have catalogued more than 20,000 brain cells in one region of the mouse hypothalamus. The study revealed some 50 distinct cell types, including a previously undescribed neuron type that may underlie some of the genetic risk of human obesity. This catalog of cell types marks the first time neuroscientists have established a comprehensive "parts list" for this area of the brain. The new information will allow researchers to establish which cells play what role in this region of the brain.
I feel for you: Some really do Researchers reveal new information about mirror-touch synesthesia based on one of the largest studies of its kind.
How Better Boundaries Can Prevent Burnout When we lack boundaries we end up taking on things we don’t want to do or we over commit ourselves. We ultimately neglect our needs, leaving us burnt out, in … ...
How to Deal with Angry Patients: 9 Tips to... Timothy, a licensed psychotherapist in a major urban area, knew he needed to raise his fees. More than fourC years ago, he transitioned from a clinic setting to a private practice. He was now married with a young child. His colleagues, Timothy discovered, charged much … ...
The Savior Complex The term “Savior Complex” may have a positive connotation- however, when you learn more—it is clear that this behavior pattern may be problematic.