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When Driving and Multitasking Go Together We all know not to text and drive. But is multitasking behind the wheel always a bad idea? Recently, researchers from the Department of Psychology and Department of Artificial Intelligence at University of Groningen collaborated on an experiment looking at how different kinds of multitasking affected people’s driving performance in...
ADHD: The “Wait, What?” Disorder I never noticed before, how often I am taken by surprise by my life and the things that go on in it. That’s probably because I’ve never lived any other … ...
When Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work, This Does There’s no shortage of self-help gurus who swear that repeating positive phrases to yourself can change your life, encouraging that if you simply tell yourself “I am strong and successful”, your fears will simply disappear. If you’ve tried using positive affirmations, you know that it … ...
Mindfulness Can Help Your Clients Life is chaotic.  Your clients are pulled in countless directions and take on additional responsibilities each day like toppings on an ice cream sundae. If they are not rushing to the grocery store, picking up the kids from school or planning for tomorrow’s “make or … ...
A Woman After Her Own Heart: Guest Post by... Bella’s intro: For decades, I have been yearning to find books about single people who live their lives fully and joyfully. Books that do not make some tired old romantic … ...
People under the influence of alcohol are quicker to help in the presence of others Preliminary research indicates that people under the influence of alcohol are quicker to help someone else. The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, examined how alcohol consumption influenced the bystander effect. The “bystander effect” refers to a social phenomenon in which individuals are less likely to help when other people are present. During the [...]
7 Secret Eating Habits that May Show Signs of... If you engage in secret eating, you hide your food consumption from others. How you might accomplish secret eating is only limited by your imagination and willingness to deceive others … ...
Emotional Intelligence for Innovation One definition of emotional intelligence is “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.” This skill or capacity of … ...
Safeguarding Students in an Age of Disinformation "For every challenge..., there are scores of websites pretending to be something they are not." Stanford study finds students unprepared for this new world of disinformation.
The Only Way to Succeed in Your Romantic Relationship If we are used to the high of being in love and then we suddenly feel nothing but the occasional closeness and sexual attraction, we are bound to think that something is wrong.
Can People Overcome Their Implicit Biases? Vice President-Elect Mike Pence probably underestimates the pervasiveness and the near inevitability of implicit bias.
Being Love “I’m not interested in being a ‘lover.’ I’m interested in only being love.” – Ram Dass How can you be love? It’s an interesting question, probably not one most people ever consider. Yet the idea that you can embody love in everything you do is … ...
The damaging food story a mother passes on to... The Gilmore Girls returned to our screens over the Thanksgiving weekend. This is a touching, if somewhat idealised mother-daughter relationship. While I never watched the original show, my little sisters … ...
Can You Spice Up Your Antidepressant? Is curcumin the next supplement to take psychiatry by storm...not yet, but there's some promising data so far.
Help! I’m a Stepmother! Are you a stepmother? Or, perhaps you identify better with the term, “step monster.”  Well, if you are, don’t dismay, there is hope!  You can have a successful and fulfilling life, even in this difficult and unappreciated role. There are no expectations quite so unfulfilled as … ...
Study: Men remember more about a woman with an ‘optimal’ waist-to-hip ratio New research suggests a woman’s waist-to-hip ratio influences the number of details men remember about her. Previous studies have found that women with a waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) of .60 to .70 are more consistently rated as highly attractive by men. The new study, published in Evolution and Human Behavior, found that male undergraduates who viewed [...]
New study finds common link across autism spectrum disorders There have been a multitude of studies attempting to find causes, both genetic and environmental, for autism. One of the big questions in autism research is whether autism is a single disorder or many different disorders that happen to present in the same way. Although recent genetic research has indicated hundreds of different genes contribute [...]
Caring for Trauma Survivors and Caring for Yourself in... Elise just told me about her past. I knew she had been through a lot, but not all that. She said her mom hit her and left bruises when she was a kid, her neighbor touched her where she didn’t want to be touched, and … ...
How does LSD induce short-term psychosis but long-term optimism? When most people think of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­the image that comes to mind is hallucinating hippies at Woodstock, but the drug’s original use was psychotherapeutic. As early as the 1960s, researchers showed that LSD reduces depression, anxiety and pain in patients with advanced cancer, and recent years have seen a resurgence of interest [...]
As people age, memory-related brain activity loses cohesion Groups of brain regions that synchronize their activity during memory tasks become smaller and more numerous as people age, according to a study published in PLOS Computational Biology. Typically, research on brain activity relies on average brain measurements across entire groups of people. In a new study, Elizabeth Davison of Princeton University, New Jersey, and [...]