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Why I Self-Sabotage The mind is razor sharp, the water glass is refilled, and I am ready to unfurl my latest thought-providing Psych Central article. Sitting down in my favorite chair, I fire up the trusty laptop and within minutes am listening to a belting Michelle, Missy, and … ...
Little evidence voters are influenced by campaign visits Despite their extensive national press coverage, campaign visits might not be worth presidential candidates’ time and resources. A new study out today finds that voters are largely unaware of and unresponsive to campaign visits. The study was published as part of a special issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social [...]
Brain scan study uncovers bias and disgust toward mixed-race couples in the United States Interracial marriage has grown in the United States over the past few decades, and polls show that most Americans are accepting of mixed-race relationships. A 2012 study by the Pew Research Center found that interracial marriages in the U.S. had doubled between 1980 and 2010 to about 15 percent, and just 11 percent of respondents [...]
Scientists decode the brain activity patterns of sentences Researchers at the University of Rochester have, for the first time, decoded and predicted the brain activity patterns of word meanings within sentences, and successfully predicted what the brain patterns would be for new sentences. The study used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure human brain activation. “Using fMRI data, we wanted to know [...]
Funny You Don’t Look…What To Do When Racism Rears... My friend Sarah Sarita Ratliff is a journalist, author and organic farmer. She co-authored a book with Bryony Sutherland, called Being Bi-Racial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide. In it, they share … ...
Many underestimate financial loss due to poor arithmetic Anyone who has lost out on an investment in recent weeks – from pension funds and stocks to the housing rental market and currency exchange – may have lost more than they realise, according to new research from the University of Stirling. In a study involving five tests on almost 3,500 people, experts found that [...]
Brain cell chatter persists even after dismantling key parts of neurons’ communication machinery Neuroscientists have long known that brain cells communicate with each other through the release of tiny bubbles packed with neurotransmitters–a fleet of vessels docked along neuronal ends ready to launch when a trigger arrives. Now a study conducted in mice by neurobiologists at Harvard Medical School reveals that dismantling the docking stations that house these [...]
Personalized wearable tech can help adults diagnosed with autism manage anxiety Personalised wearable digital technology can help adults diagnosed with autism understand and manage their anxiety. Reflecting back on incidents can help people manage their anxiety – though, traditional reflection aids such as written diaries are often abandoned. However, wearable technology could provide the solution. Human Computer Interaction specialists at Lancaster University have worked with adults [...]
Study finds that views of swing voters do not matter much to presidential candidates Despite the familiar belief that candidates must appeal to the “moderate middle” of the voting public in order to win elections, U.S. presidential candidates routinely take less-than moderate positions on a variety of issues. Are they catering to the extreme views of their respective core supporters? A new study out today finds that Republican presidential [...]
When you don’t feel valued in a relationship, sleep suffers We spend up to one-third of our life asleep, but not everyone sleeps well. For couples, it turns out how well you think your partner understands and cares for you is linked to how well you sleep. The results are published in Social Personality and Psychological Science. “Our findings show that individuals with responsive partners [...]
Babies’ spatial reasoning predicts later math skills, study finds Spatial reasoning measured in infancy predicts how children do at math at four years of age, finds a new study published in Psychological Science. “We’ve provided the earliest documented evidence for a relationship between spatial reasoning and math ability,” says Emory University psychologist Stella Lourenco, whose lab conducted the research. “We’ve shown that spatial reasoning [...]
Calcium supplements linked to dementia risk in women with certain health conditions Calcium supplements may be associated with an increased risk of dementia in older women who have had a stroke or other signs of cerebrovascular disease, according to a new study.
Music can help alleviate some of cancer patients’ symptoms We’ve all heard of laughter being the best medicine, but what about music? A systematic review published by the Cochrane Library found that there is significant evidence that music interventions help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, pain and fatigue in cancer patients, while also boosting their quality of life. Led by Joke Bradt, PhD, associate professor [...]
Can cell phones make you feel less connected to your friends and family? In this digital age, with phones at our finger tips, you would think that access to constant communication would make us feel closer to one another. But a new study by researchers at Kent State University shows that may not be the case. In fact, cell phone use might actually lead to feeling less socially [...]
The Power of Balanced Thinking As a natural optimist, I’m great at seeing the glass half full. However, life has taught me that there are times when positive thinking can do more harm than good. For it is through the pain, suffering, hurt, sadness, and discouragement that a person gains … ...
How To Break Free From the Anxiety/Depression Cycle You may be confused as to whether you first experienced depression or anxiety, but now you have a diagnosis that includes both.  That can feel overwhelming and that you must … ...
Video: What’s in a Label? Pros and Cons of the DSM A recent proposal to remove transgender identity from the ICD, the World Health Organization’s manual of medical conditions, has reignited the debate over what should and shouldn’t be a mental health diagnosis. Many feel that classifying transgender identity as a disorder is unnecessarily stigmatizing. Others … ...
Super Simple Conversation Starting Strategy for Introverts... This isn’t just a one line conversation starter. As an NLP practitioner, I’d prefer to offer a strategy that you can use over and over in various situations. If you’re … ...
Repairing the Damage of Abstinence-Based Sex Education Only through good, real-world, holistic sex education can our country recover from the damage we've done to teens by promoting abstinence.
Curbing the life-long effects of traumatic brain injury A fall down the stairs, a car crash, a sports injury or an explosive blast can all cause traumatic brain injury (TBI). Patients often recover. But in the days or weeks following the hit, they can develop other serious, chronic conditions, such as depression and thinking and memory problems. Now scientists report a potential way to reduce these effects with a neuron-targeting nanoparticle, using an animal model of TBI.