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Eye-tracking study finds the wealthy spend less time people watching The degree to which other people divert your attention may depend on your social class, according to new findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The research shows that people who categorize themselves as being in a relatively high social class spend less time looking at passersby compared with [...]
Depression’s physical source discovered — potential for new treatments Understanding of the physical root of depression has been advanced, thanks to research by the University of Warwick, UK, and Fudan University, China. The study shows that depression affects the part of the brain which is implicated in non-reward — the lateral orbitofrontal cortex — so that sufferers of the disease feel a sense of [...]
Gender affects how we judge competence and genius Think of the word “genius,” and a few images undoubtedly come to mind – perhaps a picture of Albert Einstein, of a scientist in a lab shouting “Eureka!” or of present-day theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Whatever mental picture is conjured up, chances are they all have one thing in common: The person is male. Cornell [...]
Folinic acid could help children with autism communicate better Prescription doses of folinic acid, which is a reduced form of a B vitamin known as folate, could help improve the language and communication skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These are the preliminary findings from a placebo-controlled trial in which children were randomized to receive either high-dose folinic acid or a placebo, [...]
Brain cells that provide structural support also influence feeding behavior MIT neuroscientists have discovered that brain cells called glial cells play a critical role in controlling appetite and feeding behavior. In a study of mice, the researchers found that activating these cells stimulates overeating, and that when the cells are suppressed, appetite is also suppressed. The findings could offer scientists a new target for developing [...]
Neuroscience study shows older adults’ brain processing linked to diminished speech comprehension “Could you repeat that?” The reason you may have to say something twice when talking to older family members at Thanksgiving dinner may not be because of their hearing. Researchers at the University of Maryland have determined that something is going on in the brains of typical older adults that causes them to struggle to [...]
Preschoolers correct speaking mistakes even when talking to themselves One of the differences between adults and preschoolers when it comes to private speech is that adults typically talk to themselves in their heads, while preschoolers talk to themselves aloud, particularly while playing or working on a task. Private speech is a good thing for a child’s cognitive development; however, it may be important that [...]
Fame Addiction Is Real and Treatment Is Available There’s this sense of “not good enough.” It’s all driven by advertising and commercials telling us that we need to look like this and take that medication, and that we need to have achieved our own Twitter following…and it’s out of control. Is it possible … ...
Deep Brain Stimulation for OCD – Taking It To... As we know, exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy is the front line psychological treatment for OCD. Many people are also helped by medication. While I’ve written before about confusion … ...
Animal Altruism? Why do humpback whales go out of their way to save the lives of seals? In this post, we discuss what could motivate such incredible behavior.
A new player in appetite control Brain cells called glial cells play a critical role in controlling appetite and feeding behavior, neuroscientists have discovered. In a study of mice, the researchers found that activating these cells stimulates overeating, and that when the cells are suppressed, appetite is also suppressed. The findings could offer scientists a new target for developing drugs against obesity and other appetite-related disorders, the researchers say.
Hard of hearing? It's not your ears, it's your brain The reason you may have to say something twice when talking to older family members at Thanksgiving dinner may not be because of their hearing. Researchers have determined that something is going on in the brains of typical older adults that causes them to struggle to follow speech amidst background noise, even when their hearing would be considered normal on a clinical assessment.
Reframing Temperament: “Difficult” vs. “Stressed” Parents need to understand what their child’s limbic system is “telling” them. And when they’re able, children and teens need to do the same.
Doorway Effect: What Leaving The Room Does To Memory The doorway effect demonstrates that memory is easily disrupted by both our location and what we are doing. ** Use code "5OFF" for $5 off PsyBlog's new ebook: "The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic" (Valid until 24 Oct 2016) **
Connecting Bipolar Depression & GI Symptoms The idea of a connection between the brain and the gut is not new. For years scientists have been studying the connection between the enteric (gastrointestinal) nervous system and the … ...
How to Help a Child Who is Scared of Halloween Blood, guts and brains. No wonder some kids are scared of Halloween! Some of my favorite childhood memories come from Halloween. I love it all! Pumpkins, costumes and the thrill … ...
Five Functions of Body Language In the Workplace We are constantly sending out signals through nonverbal communication, or body language, without realizing it. A newly published study shows how these impact success at work.
5 Ways Our Body Language Speaks Loud and Clear We constantly send out signals through our nonverbal communication, often without realizing it. A new study shows how these can impact our success at work.
Could election-related stress give you a heart attack? A new study finds that stress-induced anger and being emotionally upset were frequent factors in a first heart attack.
Stone-Aged Minds in Modern Voting Booths Under ancestral conditions, large-scale politics did not exist. But small-scale politics, or the politics found in localized communities, have characterized our species for eons.