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How Do You Make Decisions? Chocolate or vanilla ice cream? Vacation in the mountains or by the ocean? Getting married or remaining single? We make numerous decisions in any given 24 hour period. Some seem … ...
Insecure People, Controlling Behavior An insecure husband may seek to control his wife with questions as to her whereabouts, or he may use guilt to keep her from seeing her friends and relatives.  “If … ...
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like ADHD Christmas I tell you, every year around this time, I start seeing where I’ve made my mistakes. Every year around this time I start understanding how I’ve gotten myself into another … ...
More time talk… More time talk… Lack of time or lack of direction? As a psychotherapist and self-care specialist I talk to people (like all the time).  One of the most common stressors … ...
The man who mistook his wife for an imposter A new study reveals the mystery of delusional misidentification syndromes (DMS), a group of rare disorders that causes patients to become convinced that a loved one has been replaced by an imposter. The investigators mapped brain injuries in 17 patients with DMS to determine origins of these disorders. Injuries were linked to areas in the brain associated with familiarity perception and belief evaluation, providing a neuro-anatomical mechanism underlying misidentification syndromes.
White matter structure in brain predicts cognitive function at ages one and two Patterns of white matter microstructure present at birth and that develop after birth predict the cognitive function of children at ages 1 and 2, new research has found.
Study finds your number of past sexual partners has a large effect on your attractiveness Both men and women view someone with a larger number of past sexual partners as a less attractive option for a relationship, according to a study published in the Journal of Sex Research. Using an Internet survey, the researchers asked 188 participants about their willingness to engage in a long-term relationship or short-term relationship with with a hypothetical individual who [...]
Study finds gamers have enhanced working memory performance New research has found a link between gaming and improvements in some aspects of cognitive functioning. The study of adolescents and young adults found that those with more gaming experience tended to perform better on a test of working memory. The researchers found increased gaming experience was linked to improved response speed and the ability to monitor and [...]
Study: Rational arguments and ridicule can both reduce belief in conspiracy theories Pointing out logical inconsistencies in conspiracy theories can be an effective method of discrediting them, according to new research published in Frontiers in Psychology. The researchers had 813 Hungarian adults listen to a speech outlining a made-up conspiracy that purported to explain how hidden Jewish groups and international financial powers were secretly shaping the fate [...]
Scientists investigate: Does subliminal authoritarian imagery encourages citizens to obey? New research examines whether being subliminally exposed authoritarian iconography encourages the public to comply with and support the state. The study of 123 adult residents of the United Arab Emirates —  a federation of absolute monarchies — found that subliminally flashing images of the country’s ruler had no statistical impact on the participants’ compliance with or support for the [...]
Researchers reveal regions of the brain implicated in delusional misidentification syndromes Neuroscientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have mapped the brain injuries – or lesions – that result in delusional misidentification syndromes (DMS), a group of rare disorders that leaves patients convinced people and places aren’t really as they seem. In a study published in the journal Brain, Michael D. Fox, MD, PhD, Director [...]
Neglect and abuse in childhood could have long-term economic consequences People who suffer neglect and abuse in childhood are much more likely to have time off work due to long-term sickness and less likely to own their own homes when they reach middle age than their peers, according to new research undertaken at UCL. The study, which is published in U.S. journal Pediatrics and undertaken [...]
Study: Multi-social millennials more likely to be depressed and anxious Compared with the total time spent on social media, use of multiple platforms is more strongly associated with depression and anxiety among young adults, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health (CRMTH) found in a national survey. The analysis, published online and scheduled for the April print issue of the [...]
Children with higher genetic risk for obesity respond more strongly to fast food ads Dartmouth researchers have found that children with a genetic risk for obesity had greater activity in brain reward centers when watching fast food commercials, which could help us to understand why some children are more likely to overeat. The study is the first-of-its kind to examine how a key obesity gene influences brain response to [...]
Study finds pregnancy leads to changes in the mother’s brain Pregnancy involves radical hormone surges and biological adaptations, but the effects on the brain are still unknown. In this study a team of researchers compared the structure of the brain of women before and after their first pregnancy. This is the first research to show that pregnancy involves long-lasting changes – at least for two [...]
Further evidence found for causal links between cannabis and schizophrenia The study from the University of Bristol comes on the back of public health warnings issued earlier this year by scientists who voiced concerns about the increased risk of psychosis for vulnerable people who use the drug. Those warnings followed evidence to suggest an increased use of particularly high potency strains of cannabis among young [...]
Disgust is way of communicating moral rather than self-interested motivation New research carried out by psychologists at the University of Kent has shown for the first time that a decision to express disgust or anger depends on the motives a person seeks to communicate. Previous studies have suggested that the emotion of disgust originally evolved to protect people from infectious disease; people don’t generally eat [...]
New biomarker predicts Alzheimer’s disease and link to diabetes An enzyme found in the fluid around the brain and spine is giving researchers a snapshot of what happens inside the minds of Alzheimer’s patients and how that relates to cognitive decline. Iowa State University researchers say higher levels of the enzyme, autotaxin, significantly predict memory impairment and Type 2 diabetes. Just a one-point difference [...]
With eyes or noses? How young children use sensory cues to make social decisions New research from the Monell Center reveals that children begin using olfactory information to help guide their responses to emotionally-expressive faces at about five years of age. The findings advance understanding of how children integrate different types of sensory information to direct their social behavior. “Even though we may not be aware of it, the [...]
Relationship Triangles: 7 Drawbacks Relationships can be both joyous and challenging, most with exciting highs and frustrating lows. During a disagreement or conflict, some couples will emotionally retreat from his/her partner or become locked … ...