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Best of Our Blogs: November 15, 2016 Many people are still in shock over the election results. You may have in fact, stumbled here for the first time looking for reprieve. When life hands us a different story than we expect, it can throw us off course. It brings understandable disappointment. But … ...
Love Used to Mean So Much More than It Does Now To most Americans – and probably most Westerners – romantic love is the greatest love of all. In fact, romantic love is sometimes considered the very definition of love. We … ...
You May Be Sleeping More Than You Think Sleep disturbances are incredibly common in bipolar disorder. During manic periods, patients tend to have significant amounts of sleeplessness. They have increased energy and feel like they need less sleep. … ...
Dear America, Your Breakup is Affecting Your Kids. Dear America, I wanted to send this letter home because I am concerned about your kids. I know you are currently going through a breakup. It sounds like a particularly … ...
After Decades of Research, Science Is No Better Able to Predict Suicidal Behaviors Future research needs to look at combinations of risk factors, study says
Study: Gay men tend to be shorter than heterosexual men New research published in the Journal of Sex Research investigated the relationship between objective height, self-reported height, and sexual orientation. The study of 863 Canadians found that people tended to say they were taller than they objectively were and men tended to overreport their stature more than women. Gay men were shorter on average than heterosexual men, [...]
In social isolation, the brain begins to act in strange ways to preserve its sanity Humans are hardwired to interact with others, especially during times of stress. On the other hand, when we go through a trying ordeal alone, a lack of emotional support and comradeship can increase our anxiety and hinder our ability to cope. This message is forcefully driven home in the newly released thriller “Shut In.” Naomi [...]
How leg-to-body ratio influences physical attractiveness Research published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior examined how the length of a person’s legs influenced a their physical attractiveness. The study of 40 women and 40 men in Japan found that average leg-to-body ratios were considered most attractive for both sexes. PsyPost interviewed Satoru Kiire of Hosei University about his study. Read his responses [...]
Shadow Work – 10 Prompts to Shine Light on... Disclaimer: This post is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for mental health counseling. Shadow work involves becoming aware of personal beliefs, feelings and parts of yourself … ...
New study finds that MDMA itself causes neurotoxicity New research confirms that the drug methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), also known as ecstasy or molly, can result in a set of symptoms known as serotonin syndrome. The study, published in PLoS One, clears up some confusion about whether MDMA itself or molecular byproducts of the drug are responsible for serotonin syndrome. PsyPost interviewed Ibrahim M. Shokry and Rui Tao [...]
We judge people’s character from their faces based our own experiences The pseudoscience of physiognomy – judging people’s character from their faces – has been around for centuries, but a new Princeton University study shows that people make such judgments based on their own experiences. The results appear in the journal Nature Human Behavior.  The study included researchers from Princeton University, Utrecht University and Hebrew University. [...]
Teenage binge drinking can affect brain functions in future offspring Repeated binge drinking during adolescence can affect brain functions in future generations, potentially putting offspring at risk for such conditions as depression, anxiety, and metabolic disorders, a Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine study has found. “Adolescent binge drinking not only is dangerous to the brain development of teenagers, but also may impact the [...]
the brain uses color to help us choose what to eat Red means “Green light, go for it!” Green means: “hmm, better not!” Like an upside down traffic light in our brain, color helps us decide whether or not to eat something. This, according to a study at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste and recently published in the journal Scientific Reports stating [...]
Study: Compound suggests pain treatment without opioid or marijuana side effects Indiana University neuroscientist Andrea Hohmann took the stage at a press conference Nov. 14 in San Diego to discuss research conducted at IU that has found evidence that the brain’s cannabis receptors may be used to treat chronic pain without the side effects associated with opioid-based pain relievers or medical marijuana. The study was discussed [...]
How visual attention selects important information Researchers at Tohoku University have revealed multiple functions of visual attention, the process of selecting important information from retinal images. Studies of visual attention discovered an interesting inconsistency in spatial property. Specifically, some studies reported broad spatial spreads around attended locations, while others reported a selection of information at the attention focus. For example – [...]
Study finds the power of expectation can restrain hyper-emotional memories in the brain The creaking of an opening gate followed by a dog attack can disturb otherwise pleasant evening walks. The sound of that gate opening on subsequent walks will elicit an emotional response, and the power of this response will be different if the dog was a German shepherd or a poodle. Through repeated experiences, the neighborhood, [...]
Why angry employees are bad for business New research from the University of Arizona underscores how important it is for supervisors to pay attention to employees’ emotions — especially when the emotion is anger. Employees who are angry are more likely to engage in unethical behavior at work, even if the source of their anger is not job-related, according to the research, [...]
Setbacks Are Not Permanent A few years back I gave birth.  It was glorious and amazing and more than I ever could have hoped it could be. And then it wasn’t. I remember bits and pieces from that time like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.  It’s hard to see … ...
Brain training can help in fight against dementia Researchers at the University of Sydney have found that engaging in computer-based brain training can improve memory and mood in older adults with mild cognitive impairment – but training is no longer effective once a dementia diagnosis has been made. The team, comprising researchers from the Brain and Mind Centre , reviewed more than 20 [...]
Confidence influences eyewitness memory of crimes New University of Liverpool research has found that co-witnesses to a crime can contaminate each other’s memory of who committed it, but that the likelihood of this contamination occurring depends upon their confidence. The research, conducted by Dr Craig Thorley from the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, was inspired by real-life incidents where [...]