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Part 1: Self-compassion – Necessary for Overcoming the Fears... Self-compassion is more than a nice way to be to oneself. If we don’t have it, we won’t be able to make our best contributions at home or work. Researchers … ...
Can speaking two languages delay the development of dementia? Dementia is the largest cause of dependency and disability in older adults, affecting millions of people worldwide. It has been suggested that bilingualism, where an individual speaks two or more languages, may delay the development of dementia. But what evidence is there for this? My recent paper, published in the Journal of European Psychology Students, reviewed the [...]
Scientists identify brain cells that help us learn by watching others Picture a little boy imitating his father shaving in the mirror or a little girl wobbling proudly in her mother’s high heels. From infancy, we learn by watching other people, then use those memories to help us predict outcomes and make decisions in the future. Now a UCLA-Caltech study has pinpointed the individual neurons in [...]
Midlife physical activity is associated with better cognition in old age A long-term follow-up study of 3050 twins from the Finnish Twin Cohort has shown that midlife, moderately vigorous physical activity is associated with better cognition at old age. The association was statistically independent of midlife hypertension, smoking, education level, sex, obesity and binge drinking. “his suggests that the beneficial influence of physical activity on the [...]
Activity of Huntington’s disease gene curbed for 6 months in mice A single injection of a new treatment has reduced the activity of the gene responsible for Huntington’s disease for several months in a trial in mice. Huntington’s disease is a genetic disorder that affects around 1 in every 10,000 people and damages nerve cells in the brain. This causes neurological symptoms affecting movement, cognition and [...]
Men’s hidden guilt and shame about body fat can fuel gym attendance, study finds Men’s hidden fears about body fat are fuelling gym attendance motivated by feelings of guilt and shame rather than a desire to build muscle, new research has shown. Psychology researchers from the UK and Australia discovered that while male attitudes towards muscle or body mass index (BMI) did not predict how frequently they would attend [...]
Study suggests bilinguals have an improved attentional control Researchers from the University of Birmingham have shed light onto the cognitive benefits of bilingualism, pointing to an enhanced ability to maintain attention and focus. The results of the study, published in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, suggest it is this improved attentional control that provides the ‘bilingual advantage’, rather than a better-than-average inhibitory control. Bilinguals [...]
Social connectedness can increase suicide risk — particularly among teenagers Community characteristics play an important role in perpetuating teen suicide clusters and thwarting prevention efforts, according to a new study by sociologists at the University of Chicago and University of Memphis who examined clusters in a single town. The study, published in the American Sociological Review, illustrates how the homogeneous culture and high degree of [...]
Postpartum psychosis big risk for mothers with bipolar disorder Pregnant women with bipolar disorder and their families and physicians should be aware of a significantly higher risk for developing postpartum psychosis, according to a new Northwestern Medicine review of literature on the rare and under-researched disorder. Postpartum psychosis almost always stems from bipolar disorder but is often missed because of its rarity and lack [...]
5 Tips for Increasing Your Chances of Being Heard We can’t control someone else’s behavior. We can’t control whether they really hear us or not. But we can make the process easier. That is, we can help the other person better understand where we’re coming from by being clear and compassionate. Often we do … ...
Riding the Different Seasons of Our Lives Maybe you’re pregnant and are lethargic and nauseated every single day. Maybe you take what feels like 30 naps a week. Maybe you have a newborn, and you can’t think straight. … ...
Today I Love The Sedum’s Growing Glow Today I love the Sedum’s growing glow of blushing hues as it readies itself to take its place as Autumn’s rightful crowned monarch of the flower world. I love the … ...
Why I Identify as a “Health at Every Size”... As a psychotherapist, I specialize in treating adolescents, survivors of trauma, and individuals with eating disorders, body image issues, anxiety and depression.  A few years ago, I stumbled upon a paradigm shift known as “health at every size” (HAES), which now greatly informs my life … ...
Don’t Make the Mistake of Undervaluing Mistakes Only the dead don’t make mistakes. Linda: I came across a story that I just love. A very well known scientist who had achieved remarkable medical breakthroughs, was being interviewed … ...
Successful Student Habit #1: Get Enough Sleep! What is sleep for, anyway? It may seem like a waste to spend 1/3 of every day snoozing; why not binge-watch a good show or do some extra online shopping … ...
Psychology Around the Net: September 10, 2016 On September 11, 2001, four airplanes were hijacked by al-Qaeda and flown into both World Trade Center towers in New York City and the Pentagon just outside of Washington, D.C., killing more than 3,000 people, including police officers and firefighters. Tomorrow is the 15th anniversary … ...
What 9/11 taught us about helping trauma survivors Future trauma survivors will benefit from the knowledge, attitudes and skills so many gained from the events of that fateful day.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month We (Linda and Charlie) are both inspired by the stories of people who have endured great hardship and have come through the darkness, stronger at the broken places. We refer … ...
Sanity Or Thunder Thighs? I am gaining weight. I literally find it hard to stop eating and mostly I want sweets and carbs. YUM! I read up on Abilify side effects and found out … ...
Why Do British Accents Sound Intelligent to Americans? My American baby is speaking British! Is it still acceptable to discriminate based on accent?