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Study links early life stressors and religiosity to sexually compulsive behaviors Early life stressors and religiosity are both linked to an unhealthy obsession with sexual behaviors, according to research published in the journal Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity. The study of 802 adults examined if sexually compulsive behaviors were linked to early life stressors, attachment styles, frequency of religious service attendance, and age. The study found that [...]
How aerobic exercise enhances neuroplasticity in the brain New research published in the journal Experimental Brain Research suggests a single bout of moderate intensity aerobic exercise enhances neuroplasticity in the brain through its effects on the neurotransmitter GABA. PsyPost interviewed the study’s corresponding authors, Winston D. Byblow and Ronan A. Mooney of the University of Auckland. Read their responses below: PsyPost: Why were [...]
Stress disrupts the reconsolidation of fear memories, study finds Experiencing stress could be beneficial to people suffering from fear- and anxiety-related mental disorders. New research published in Psychoneuroendocrinology suggests that stress can disrupt fearful memories. The study of 72 healthy men investigated how stress affects memory reconsolidation, a cognitive process where recalled memories are re-integrated into the brain. During this process, memories also become [...]
Some psychological explanations for alien abduction that aren’t so out of this world Accounts of mysterious flashing lights in the sky, spacecrafts and encounters with “real” aliens reflect high levels of public interest in UFOs and the belief that there is “something out there”. However, many psychologists are less convinced, and think they can provide more down-to-earth, scientific explanations. Belief in aliens has increased steadily since the birth [...]
Roots of Alzheimer’s disease can extend as far back as the womb Biochemical reactions that cause Alzheimer’s disease could begin in the womb or just after birth if the fetus or newborn does not get enough vitamin A, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. These new findings, based on studies of genetically-engineered mice, also demonstrate that supplements given to newborns with low levels [...]
Study shows that junk-food is conducive to a habitual mode of behavior in rats People are easily pulled into binge culture’s quick-fix obsession with junk-food. But, according to a study published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, they might just as easily be able to pull themselves out of it. Laura Corbit, assistant professor at the University of Sydney, and her team wondered how one might counteract unhealthy eating habits. [...]
Are you getting enough vitamin B1 to help fend off Alzheimer’s? A feeling of apathy or being a little forgetful from time to time is nothing unusual. But for some, this could be an early sign of not getting enough thiamine (also known as vitamin B1). Long term, this can have serious consequences, including an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. There is often a fatalistic [...]
Finding credibility clues on Twitter: Millions of tweets analyzed to measure perceived trustworthiness By scanning 66 million tweets linked to nearly 1,400 real-world events, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have built a language model that identifies words and phrases that lead to strong or weak perceived levels of credibility on Twitter. Their findings suggest that the words of millions of people on social media have considerable information about [...]
Getting Over Rover: Why Our Grief Over a Dog Is So Intense Those of us who have loved a dog know the truth: Your own pet is never "just a dog." That is why we miss them so much when they are gone.
Learning to Live and Be Happy After Narcissistic Abuse Narcissists are focused on appearances. They’re often hyper-focused on monetary gain by any means, fair or foul. They’re focused on looking “right” to all and sundry. And they’re chronically unhappy. … ...
The Language of Infidelity Matters When it comes to the topic of infidelity, there are no neutral words. The subject is one that is emotionally charged – and so, too, is the lexicon most commonly … ...
The Fascinating Way Age Will Improve Your Personality There are three things that naturally happen to people's personality with age. Dr Jeremy Dean's ebooks are: The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
The Benefits of Laughter Could laughter defeat ISIS? If you were on an operating table, in need of a triple-bypass, might you call in a clown? While a P.O.W., undergoing torture, would all your suffering disappear when someone recited a decent knock, knock joke? A logical person would consider … ...
6 Unusual Ways to Improve Self-Esteem in Sobriety We had it made before we got sober. No matter how scrawny, frail or ugly we were, we could get a couple of drinks, and we’d be suddenly six-feet tall … ...
Un-diagnose Yourself A (mental) disorder is an attempt to order a disordered reality. Any such adaptation is organismic perfection. Un-diagnose yourself....
ADHD Vs. ODD Introduction In my previous article I described the symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.  In this particular article, I will describe the differences between Attention … ...
ODD And ADHD Introduction What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?  What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?  This article will describe these two disorders and provide the symptoms for each disorder. What Is ADHD? According … ...
5 Little Known Hallmarks of A Psychologically Healthy... We all have a general idea of what we think a psychologically healthy person looks like. Maybe it’s not being depressed or anxious, not suffering, or not having a diagnosis. … ...
6 Ways to Tune Up Your Listening We all want to be heard, right? We have a human desire to be seen and understood. But how skilled are we at extending listening to others? Here are six ways to sharpen your listening skills. Be Present Listening requires being in the moment. When someone … ...
An Often Forgotten Source of Inspiration We tend to look for inspiration for our creative work outside ourselves. Books. Blogs. Social media. Of course, all of these can be incredibly helpful. But we often forget that … ...