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What do counselors need to know about modern paganism? New qualitative research published in the journal Open Theology provides some recommendations for counselors and psychotherapists who may encounter clients who follow one of the many Neopagan faiths. The researchers interviewed ten Pagan college students about their spiritual life and their counseling needs. They concluded that while Pagan clients have many of the same issues as non-Pagan clients, counselors [...]
Brain scans of children with Tourette’s offer clues about disorder Using MRIs, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified areas in the brains of children with Tourette’s syndrome that appear markedly different from the same areas in the brains of children who don’t have the neuropsychiatric disorder. The findings are available online Oct. 25 in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. Tourette’s [...]
New study first to pinpoint unique brain region responsible for placebo response in pain Scientists have identified for the first time the region in the brain responsible for the “placebo effect” in pain relief, when a fake treatment actually results in substantial reduction of pain, according to new research from Northwestern Medicine and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). Pinpointing the sweet spot of the pain killing placebo effect [...]
Research finds that competition pushes people to exercise far better than friendly support Imagine you’re a CEO trying to get your employees to exercise. Most health incentive programs have an array of tools — pamphlets, websites, pedometers, coaching, team activities, step challenges, money — but what actually motivates people? Is it social support? Competition? Teamwork? Corporate leaders often try a little bit of everything. A new study published [...]
Anxiety Can Be Lonely When you tell people you suffer from anxiety, most people assume you deal with something like generalized anxiety disorder.  And I think oftentimes they would be right.  But the definition of generalized anxiety never quite felt right to me. All the descriptions of GAD that … ...
Radiation may contribute to development of Alzheimer’s More humans than ever are exposed to higher levels of ionizing radiation from medical equipment, airplanes, etc. A new study suggests that this kind of radiation may be a confounding factor in the neurodegenerative disease Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause for dementia in the elderly, and its global prevalence is supposed to increase [...]
“Does Niching Mean I Only Get to Experience One... Last week I invited you to join me in strapping on our hazmat suits and taking a deep dive into the realities of niching in private practice.  While I know you’ve heard that niching is the key to building a thriving practice in a relatively short … ...
4 Ideas for a Happy, Healthy Halloween Merriam Webster’s online dictionary defines the word “ mask” as both “something that serves to conceal or disguise” and something that is a “protective covering for the face.” Human beings are the ultimate improvisers. The masks we wear allow us the flexibility to adapt to … ...
25 Thoughts for Better Living It’s easy to find one inspiring quote on the internet, but a lot more difficult to come across a collection of compelling and relevant thoughts that allow you to instigate wellness in your own life. HR Tech Weekly approached 25 wellbeing professionals and asked them to share their thoughts on better living. From relationships to […]
Seeking Your Mother’s Approval You have feelings about your career choice. Your mother has feelings about her son/daughter and about herself as the parent of an underpaid employee. This “judgement” is a confession, not … ...
Can Viewpoint Diversity Save Academia? Liberals largely control the social sciences and dominate the university culture. Is this lack of viewpoint diversity harmful?
Effect of facial expression on emotional state not replicated in multilab study A coordinated replication effort conducted across 17 labs found no evidence that surreptitiously inducing people to smile or frown affects their emotional state. The findings of the replication project are published as part of a Registered Replication Report (RRR) in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The RRR project, [...]
Psychopathy increases risk of violence in romantic relationships People with higher levels of psychopathic tendencies are more likely to assault their romantic partners. They are also more likely to drink alcohol, a UBC study has found. The study, which was conducted at UBC’s Okanagan campus, involved looking at data and police reports involving 700 US civil psychiatric patients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as well [...]
Scientists teach people to learn Morse code in four hours without trying It’s not exactly beating something into someone’s head. More like tapping it into the side. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a system that teaches people Morse code within four hours using a series of vibrations felt near the ear. Participants wearing Google Glass learned it without paying attention to the signals [...]
Impulsive personality linked to greater risk for early onset of meth use Methamphetamine users who described themselves as impulsive were more likely to have started taking the drug at an earlier age, a study of more than 150 users showed. Both attentional and motor impulsivity were linked to early meth use, even when accounting for total years of use. On average, people who use methamphetamine start at [...]
Building Rapport – How to Connect Quick It all starts with building rapport. But how do you do it quickly? For some people building rapport is easy and talking to new, potentially important people isn’t a problem … ...
Study examines how college students perceive women’s sexual interest Both college men and women focus primarily on a photographed woman’s nonverbal emotional cues when making snap decisions about whether she is expressing sexual interest at a particular moment in time. But their judgments also are based to a large degree on how attractive she is and the provocativeness of her attire. Physical attractiveness plays [...]
Facebook updates could help understand — and potentially treat — mental health disorders Our Facebook status updates, ‘likes’ and even photos could help researchers better understand mental health disorders with the right ethical safeguards, argue researchers from the University of Cambridge, who suggest that social networks may even be used in future to provide support and interventions, particularly among young people. Over a billion people worldwide use Facebook [...]
High blood pressure can impair cognitive function, pose risk for Alzheimer’s High blood pressure in middle age can lead to impaired cognition and is a potential risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, according to a statement from the American Heart Association co-authored by Loyola Medicine neurologist José Biller, MD. Dr. Biller is a member of the multidisciplinary panel of experts that wrote the statement, published in the [...]
Bioluminescent sensor causes brain cells to glow in the dark A new kind of bioluminescent sensor causes individual brain cells to imitate fireflies and glow in the dark. The probe is a genetically modified form of luciferase, the enzyme that a number of other species including fireflies use to produce light.