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Study: Communal narcissist teens portray themselves as helpful — but their peers think otherwise Teens with high levels of communal narcissism portray themselves as highly agreeable, but according to peers they engage in quite different behavior. That is the result of a new study published in the Journal of Personality. The study made a distinction between two types of narcissism: agentic and communal. Agentic narcissists have a grandiose view [...]
Why time seems to fly – or trickle – by No one is born with an innate understanding of time, and babies must learn to synchronize and coordinate their behavior with the rest of the world. Until then, they demand attention at all hours of the day and night, completely upending their parents’ schedules. And for all of us, travel can be disorienting and disruptive, [...]
Trump’s Hostility and “Alternative Facts” From the perspective of personal construct theory, President Trump's "alternative facts" exemplify hostility. But he's not alone. We all get hostile sometimes. It's human, but bad.
Autism symptoms improve after fecal transplant, small study finds Children with autism may benefit from fecal transplants – a method of introducing donated healthy microbes into people with gastrointestinal disease to rebalance the gut, a new study has found. Behavioral symptoms of autism and gastrointestinal distress often go hand-in-hand, and both improved when a small group of children with the disorder underwent fecal transplant [...]
Use of social media and gaming could be strongly influenced by our genes, study finds Online media use such as social networking and gaming could be strongly influenced by our genes, according to a new study by researchers from King’s College London. Access to and engagement with online media continues to grow at an unprecedented speed, and it plays an increasingly important role in the development and experience of people [...]
Hormone kisspeptin can enhance brain activity associated with love and sex The scientists behind the early-stage study, from Imperial College London, are now keen to explore whether kisspeptin could play a part in treating some psychosexual disorders — sexual problems which are psychological in origin, and commonly occur in patients with infertility. The work was funded by the National Institute for Health Research, the Wellcome Trust [...]
Not just funny: Satirical news has serious political effects Satirical news programs, often dismissed as mere entertainment, have real political effects on the people who watch them, new research suggests. A study found that people chose satirical news that matched their pre-existing attitudes — liberal or conservative – and that watching satirical news reinforced those attitudes as much as watching serious news. The study [...]
Nicotine normalizes brain activity deficits that are key to schizophrenia A steady stream of nicotine normalizes genetically-induced impairments in brain activity associated with schizophrenia, according to new research involving the University of Colorado Boulder. The finding sheds light on what causes the disease and why those who have it tend to smoke heavily. Ultimately the authors of the study, released online today in the journal [...]
Researchers detail novel underlying mechanism involved in PTSD and other anxiety disorders University of Alabama at Birmingham neurobiologist Lynn Dobrunz, Ph.D., has discovered a novel mechanism for how stress-induced anxiety — the type of experience that can produce post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD — affects circuit function in the hippocampus, the area of the brain where aversive memories are formed. These studies by Dobrunz and colleagues fill [...]
How race consciousness influences your likelihood of getting a flu shot African American adults are less likely than Whites to get an annual flu shot (39% vs. 47%), and public health efforts to address this racial disparity have had little impact on increasing vaccination rates to date. A study led by Professor Sandra Crouse Quinn in the University of Maryland School of Public Health is the [...]
Vagus nerve stimulation therapy might have the potential to help people overcome drug addiction A new preclinical study led by a University of Texas at Dallas researcher shows that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy might have the potential to help people overcome drug addiction by helping them learn new behaviors to replace those associated with seeking drugs. The new research, published in the January issue of the journal Learning [...]
Psychological ‘vaccine’ could help immunize public against ‘fake news’ on climate change In medicine, vaccinating against a virus involves exposing a body to a weakened version of the threat, enough to build a tolerance. Social psychologists believe that a similar logic can be applied to help “inoculate” the public against misinformation, including the damaging influence of ‘fake news’ websites propagating myths about climate change. A new study [...]
More Tips for Providing ABA to Adolescents The last post in this blog identified some tips for providing ABA (applied behavior analysis) to adolescents and older children. This post will provide more tips on this topic, as well. When working with younger children, it can be somewhat easier to take data particularly … ...
Guilt & The Roach Last weekend I went to the nail salon to get a pedicure. I’ve been going there for almost a decade now, know most of the pedicurists, and am friendly with the … ...
Hormone can enhance brain activity associated with love and sex The hormone kisspeptin can enhance activity in brain regions associated with sexual arousal and romantic love, according to new research.
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Researcher finds potential way to reduce drug cravings A new preclinical study shows that vagus nerve stimulation therapy might have the potential to help people overcome drug addiction by helping them learn new behaviors to replace those associated with seeking drugs.
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Novel underlying mechanism involved in PTSD and other anxiety disorders described A novel mechanism has been identified for how stress-induced anxiety -- which can produce post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD -- affects circuit function in the hippocampus, the area of the brain where aversive memories are formed. These studies fill an important gap in knowledge between the molecular, circuit and behavioral effects of the brain-signaling molecule called neuropeptide Y, and could lead to new therapeutic targets for patients with anxiety disorders.