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Best of Our Blogs: February 3, 2017 If you ever felt more alone after you spoke to a loved one, it’s probably because they were not able to be there for you in the way you needed. In Insights at the Edge, author and therapist Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, says, “we get wounded … ...
Cheryl Strayed, Wildly Successful Author, Shares Her Definition of... I recently gave a talk to a room full of seniors, mostly in their 70s and 80s, about how seniors really want to live, now that they have more choices … ...
The troubled friendship of Tversky and Kahneman Writer Michael Lewis’s new book, “The Undoing Project: The Friendship That Changed Our Minds”, is about two of the most important figures in modern psychology, Amos Tvesky and Daniel Kahneman. In this extract for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Lewis describes the emotional tension between the pair towards the end of their collaboration. It’s a … Continue reading "The troubled friendship of Tversky and Kahneman"
The challenges of autism in small-town America Lacking easy access to specialized care, some families are turning to video-conferencing for treatment.
Study finds shyness varies according to attained social roles Research published in the Journal of Personality suggests that shyness is not a fixed trait, but something that varies over time based on a person’s social roles. The study, based on data from more than 550,000 adults in the United Kingdom, found that shyness was associated with gender, occupation, and relationship status even after controlling [...]
Studies show conservatives are more likely to think false information about threats are credible How liberal or conservative a person is predicts how likely they are to believe information about potential hazards, a new UCLA-led study has found. The study, which will be published in the journal Psychological Science, found that people who hold more socially conservative views were significantly more likely than people with liberal beliefs to find [...]
Study highlights medical marijuana’s underexplored potential for helping opioid addiction A small human pilot study, along with a number of animal studies, are revealing that cannabinoids, extracts of cannabis legally sold as medical marijuana, could reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms in heroin users. In light of the U.S. opioid epidemic, this is a neglected area of research that quickly needs attention, argues neurobiologist Yasmin [...]
Despite Trump’s win, polling is a strong elections predictor globally Leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the majority of polls had Democrat Hillary Clinton edging out Republican Donald Trump. When Trump won, criticism of this quantitative method of predicting elections swiftly took shape. As one Republican strategist noted on election night, “Tonight data died.” Not so, according to a new study led by [...]
Study affirms that cocaine makes users more likely to risk unsafe sex Cocaine use has long been tied anecdotally to higher-than-usual rates of impulsive behavior, including risky sex, but the tie-in has been difficult to study with any scientifically controlled rigor. Now, in a government-funded study for which Johns Hopkins investigators recruited a small number of otherwise healthy regular cocaine users through advertisements and word of mouth, [...]
Easier to let go — can depression help people deal with life? “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!” This saying is drummed into us from a young age, when our tower of building blocks keeps collapsing or we just can’t get the hang of riding a bicycle. Perseverance is praised and we are told that only with the right motivation will we be able [...]
Trouble getting to sleep? Scientists say go camping In our modern times, many of us sit up late into the night, watching TV, fiddling with our smartphones, or reading a book by lamplight. Getting up to the sound of the morning alarm isn’t easy. Now, researchers reporting in Current Biology on February 2 have more evidence to suggest that the solution to these [...]
Volunteering eases veterans’ transition to civilian life Veterans could better transition to civilian life by volunteering with civic service programs in their communities, Saint Louis University research suggests. “When veterans compete their military service, they go through a transition like all of us, when we change jobs, move to a new town or retire. It is a transition that takes focus, deep [...]
Sleep deprivation handicaps the brain’s ability to form new memories, study in mice shows Studying mice, scientists at Johns Hopkins have fortified evidence that a key purpose of sleep is to recalibrate the brain cells responsible for learning and memory so the animals can “solidify” lessons learned and use them when they awaken — in the case of nocturnal mice, the next evening. The researchers, all of the Johns [...]
One’s ability to make money develops before birth Researchers from the Higher School of Economics have shown how the level of perinatal testosterone, the sex hormone, impacts a person’s earnings in life. Prior research confirms that many skills and successes are linked to the widely known 2D:4D ratio, also knows as the digit ratio. This is the ratio of the index and ring [...]
With mini-vessels, mini-brains expand research potential Scientists have recently made a wondrous variety of mini-brains — 3-D cultures of neural cells that model basic properties of living brains — but a new finding could add to the field’s growing excitement in an entirely new “vein”: Brown University’s mini-brains now grow blood vessels, too. The networks of capillaries within the little balls [...]
Researchers outline new policies for earlier detection of autism in children The earlier that autism is diagnosed and treated in children, the better outcomes they will experience for future relationships and careers. However, most children aren’t detected and diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) until around age four, with children from economically disadvantaged or minority backgrounds detected and diagnosed up to two years later, on average. [...]
How parenting styles influence our attitudes to marriage Research from Japan has revealed how different parenting styles can affect marriage rates and desired number of children. This research was led by Project Professor NISHIMURA Kazuo (Kobe University) and Professor YAGI Tadashi (Doshisha University). It was carried out as part of the RIETI project “Fundamental Research for Sustainable Economic Growth in Japan”, using data [...]
Little Heart Eyes: 3 Tips Why Emojis Are No Joke I spent the last session with a 15 year old who said she lost her best friend over an emoji. They were both liking the same boy and one of … ...
Eight strategies for daily resilience Resilience, the ability to ‘bounce back’, is essential to our health, happiness and well being. However, it can be eroded when we become overwhelmed by the unpredictable events that intrude into our lives. Where the crisis is short lived and/or we find the resources to contain it and find a solution, people typically recover their […]
The Psychological ‘Approval’ Need Is Bank Rolled by ‘Experts’... Not all experts feed financially on the public’s need for approval, but most of them do. We have this desire to always hire experts because we don’t trust our instincts, which often is a mistake. The need for assurance in what we think is okay … ...