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10 Tips to Manage Holiday Stress While a certain amount of stress this time of year is unavoidable, such as snarled traffic, inclement winter weather, road closures and delays, other stress associated with the holidays can be minimized, if not avoided altogether. Be proactive in managing holiday stress with these 10 … ...
The Psychology Of Animal Torture The torture of animals is a horrific act that a small minority of individuals have engaged in. But why would anyone want to deliberately inflict pain on a defenceless animal?
19 Questions to Help You Give Thanks This Holiday... Tomorrow, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving in America, a day for counting our blessings (and eating yummy pie!). In honor of that, I’m republishing a piece from last year, which features questions to help us … ...
Can We Talk Turkey About Paranoia And Intuition Let us Talk Turkey about paranoia and intuition!  I believe, there is a fine line between the realm of paranoia and intuition. A line so fine I must reason it starts intuitively at the first … ...
Politics, Families, Feelings — Why We Need Thanksgiving!... In the aftermath of the recent presidential election, families reflect the divide and uncertainty that the nation faces. With the unrelenting media coverage and visceral contention of this presidential election, … ...
5 Behaviors Often Mistaken For Anxiety What do you know about anxiety? Do you see anxiety as something that can be overcome without treatment? Is anxiety something that perhaps you or someone you know has struggled … ...
Screenwriters; When To Dream Big, When To Dream Small “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” … ...
Do conservatives value ‘moral purity’ more than liberals? In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, the overwhelming response among progressives was “how in the world did this happen?” Those of us who study the rise of political and moral polarization in the United States, however, were less surprised. Think of the people you choose to spend time with – your romantic partner, your [...]
Some people really are wired better for learning languages Remember the last time you took a language course? No matter if it was online or classroom-based, immersive or translation-focused, I’d bet a large sum that your language abilities when you left that course were different from those of your peers. Perhaps you are like my husband, better at reading and writing than speaking in [...]
Why it is useful to understand the role of genetics in behaviour Scientists have studied twins for many years to understand how genes and environments influence differences among individuals, spanning conditions such as cancer and mental health to characteristics such as intelligence and political beliefs. Although the twin method is well-established, findings from twin studies are often controversial. Critics of twin research question the value of establishing [...]
Yogic breathing helps fight major depression, study shows A breathing-based meditation practice known as Sudarshan Kriya yoga helped alleviate severe depression in people who did not fully respond to antidepressant treatments, reports a new study published today in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study bolsters the science behind the [...]
Largest study of its kind finds rare genetic variations linked to schizophrenia Many of the genetic variations that increase risk for schizophrenia are rare, making it difficult to study their role in the disease. To overcome this, the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, an international team led by Jonathan Sebat, PhD, at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, analyzed the genomes of more than 41,000 people in [...]
Do stress and strain lead to deviant behavior? Chances are good that youngsters growing up around family members who gamble will also start doing so to release the strains of daily living. This is not necessarily true for adolescents whose family members find their escape in alcohol or drugs. Given that gambling and substance abuse are both potentially addictive, and often go hand [...]
Do children inherently want to help others? Prosocial behavior is often defined in developmental science research as “voluntary behavior intended to benefit another.” This can include behaviors like helping, sharing, comforting, or volunteering. Developmental scientists have discovered that although some forms of prosocial behavior emerge early in childhood, different prosocial behaviors involve cognitive, social, and regulatory processes that mature at varying rates. [...]
Mothers’ early support boosts children’s later math achievement Early math knowledge is as important as early literacy for children’s subsequent achievement. In fact, research has shown that early math skills predict later school success better than early reading skills, and can even predict income in adulthood. Yet little research has directly examined how parents’ support of early math learning affects children’s development of [...]
Common probiotics can reduce stress levels and lessen anxiety Probiotics, or beneficial live bacteria that are introduced into the body, have become increasingly popular as a way to improve health and well-being. Previous studies have shown a direct correlation between gut microbes and the central nervous system. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri, using a zebrafish model, determined that a common probiotic sold [...]
Reliance on reason and evidence as a moral issue measured in study The theory of evolution by natural selection is one of several examples of societal disputes that center on the validity of specific beliefs, where one position is backed up by logical reasoning and scientific evidence, and the other is not. While some people rely more on reason and evidence than others when deciding on their [...]
Precise nerve stimulation via electrode implants offers new hope for paralysis patients Patients with spinal cord injuries might one day regain use of paralyzed arms and legs thanks to research that demonstrates how limbs can be controlled via a tiny array of implanted electrodes.
Study on the impostor phenomenon in the workplace shows how it affects career prospects and productivity Have you ever felt that you are not good enough and that someday soon someone will see through your façade of competence and expose you a fraud in your job? If so, you are not alone. This sensation of being a fake in the workplace, somehow in a position beyond one’s true capabilities is known [...]
The 5 Types of High-Conflict People & What To Do You know them - they're in your workplace, in your home, and now at your Thanksgiving table. People that love conflict. Here's how to handle the 5 types of high-conflict people.