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Kids, Chimps, and Cooperation People are pretty good at sharing when they are cooperating. When does that ability develop? Is it uniquely human?
Unattended Children, Harm, and the Nature of Moral Judgment New research from psychologists Ashley Thomas, Kyle Stanford and Barbara Sarnecka: "No Child Left Alone: Moral Judgments about Parents Affect Estimates of Risk to Children."
Today I Love The Morning’s Slanting Sunlight Today I love the morning’s slanting sunlight sliding silently in across my keyboard, making all the keys look like giants with their long shadows reaching around and past their neighboring … ...
Can’t Beat a Gambling Problem? Don’t Bet on It   It doesn’t matter if you wager on sports, poker or scratch-off lottery cards, addictive gambling can stress relationships, disrupt the job and trigger to financial troubles. A person may … ...
Hallucinations in Children, Adolescents: Psychiatric, Medical Causes, Assessments and... Hallucinations are relatively common in children. Two-thirds of children ages nine to 11 have had at least one psychotic-like experience, including hallucinations. Studies of large pediatric samples document an eight percent hallucination prevalence rate in children (McGee R et al, JAACAP 2000;39(1):12-13). The vast majority … ...
Best of Our Blogs: August 23, 2016 Do you have a morning routine that starts your day on the right foot? Or are you stumbling from bed to the front door? Well-known author and life coach Tony Robbins says his morning ritual consists of flooding himself with gratitude for ten-minutes. I start … ...
Fighting Weight Gain Due to Antipsychotics “Side effects from medication” is one of the top reasons people with bipolar disorder don’t comply with treatment. Second-generation antipsychotics, specifically, are more likely than others to cause significant weight gain as … ...
Why We Should Stop Avoiding the Word "Patient" in Psychiatry Calling psychiatric patients "consumer" and "client" is misguided.
A Clean Plate Is A Happy Plate…Really? A clean plate is a happy plate.  I grew up with that. I think the earlier generation dealt with economic depression so I should be thankful to have food on … ...
Why a Drained Brain Makes Bad Decisions The brain is an energy hog that uses 15-20% of the body’s circulating blood glucose each day, and that energy isn't insignificant when it comes to making sound decisions.
Book Review: Leaders Ready Now NOTE: For this book review, I intentionally and excessively quoted the authors throughout the post. I do this for two reasons: (1) I prefer to have the authors words speak for themselves rather than me interpreting, generalizing, or inadvertently misinterpreting their intent, and (2) It helps you, the readers, see the quality of their work/their … Continue reading Book Review: Leaders Ready Now →
The Must-Do Strategy for Improving Employee Performance... “At the end of every working day people leave either more motivated to come back and do their jobs again tomorrow or less motivated as a result of what happens to them that day. Performance is about what happens every day.” — Aubrey C. Daniels … ...
7 Tips for Eliminating Tension Headaches as a Busy Mom Moms can be so busy and be so concerned about the well-being of everyone else in their lives. It’s really hard to not get tense or stressed. It’s hard not … ...
Neuroscience study compares new psychedelic drugs with classic hallucinogens like LSD New psychoactive tryptamine drugs predict hallucinogenic effects that are similar to classic hallucinogens but also have MDMA-like properties, according to a study published online this August in European Neuropsychopharmacology. Classic hallucinogens can be grouped into different chemical groups, these include: tryptamines (e.g., psilocin and DMT), ergolines (LSD), and phenethylamines (e.g., mescaline). Psychoactive tryptamines are naturally [...]
Study on the health risks of joblessness finds dysregulated hormones in the unemployed Health Psychologists at the University of Limerick’s Study of Anxiety, Stress and Health (SASH) Lab have identified new health risks associated with being unemployed. Their findings, published recently in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, provide new evidence about the impact that unemployment may have on health. The research compared the diurnal patterns of cortisol and dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate (DHEAS) [...]
Nonconformity Has Counter-Intuitive Benefits, Study Finds A new study reports that going along with a group—whose viewpoints you are diametrically opposed to—triggers a physiological threat response.
Watching a lot of TV makes you more susceptible to everyday myths People who watch a lot of television are more likely to be susceptible to everyday myths – irrespective of their age, education or gender. This is the basic finding of a media study conducted at MedUni Vienna’s Center for Public Health and led by Benedikt Till and Thomas Niederkrotenthaler. In the recent study, 322 people [...]
Lousy jobs hurt your health by the time you’re in your 40s Job satisfaction in your late 20s and 30s has a link to overall health in your early 40s, according to a new nationwide study. While job satisfaction had some impact on physical health, its effect was particularly strong for mental health, researchers found. Those less than happy with their work early in their careers said [...]
Religious actions convey pro-social intent, finds study Religious expression has a central role in societies around the world, but exactly what role it plays isn’t always clear. Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellow Eleanor Power has an answer: whether it’s walking across hot coals or simply going to church on Sunday, people who participate in religious acts send a potent signal to [...]
Sleep makes relearning faster and longer-lasting, study finds Getting some sleep in between study sessions may make it easier to recall what you studied and relearn what you’ve forgotten, even 6 months later, according to new findings from Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “Our results suggest that interleaving sleep between practice sessions leads to a twofold advantage, reducing the [...]