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ABPN’s Maintenance of Certification: What You Need to Know... Hello again, dear readers. I’m back from Washington, where I spent the last two and a half years working on health policy for the Pew Charitable Trusts. And while maintenance of certification (MOC) is not inherently the most scintillating of topics to inaugurate my return, … ...
Are You Marginalizing Your Students and Friends Who Are... Here’s something that is news to some of the smartest teachers and savviest students: Not everyone is interested in marriage or coupling or dating. Even those who eventually might be … ...
People assign their own political views to more attractive candidates, study finds People make systematic judgment errors by assigning their own political views to attractive or competent-looking candidates, according to a study published this June in Political Psychology. Candidates who are perceived as competent, attractive, likable, or nonthreatening, based on their facial images, tend to win more votes in parliamentary, presidential, and subnational elections. This raises questions [...]
Boundaries: It’s Time to Take Your Power Back! This post is dedicated to the powerless people-pleaser.   It’s time to take back what’s yours: your life and your power! I am a person who lives for others, performs … ...
10 Discoveries About Well-Being That Everyone Must Know More than three decades of research exists on well-being. I distill it into three principles that everyone should know.
Gene signature in healthy brains pinpoints the origins of Alzheimer’s disease Researchers have discovered a gene signature in healthy brains that echoes the pattern in which Alzheimer’s disease spreads through the brain much later in life. The findings, published in the journal Science Advances, could help uncover the molecular origins of this devastating disease, and may be used to develop preventative treatments for at-risk individuals to [...]
Psychopathy of 1,800 prisoners leads to novel diagnostic tool for criminals and non-criminals alike After a large-scale research project involving hundreds of prisoners at maximum security jails, a psychologist at the University of Huddersfield has developed a new method for assessing psychopathy. Dr Daniel Boduszek’s aim was to devise a scale that would grasp the essence of psychopathy, without being influenced by the subject’s background characteristics, including criminal history.  Psychopaths [...]
The amount of sleep you get could affect your marital mindset A new study by two Florida State University researchers found that when husbands and wives get more sleep than on an average night, they are more satisfied with their marriages, at least the following day. The research was conducted by FSU Psychology Professor Jim McNulty and graduate student Heather Maranges. “The universality of our findings [...]
Is The Worst Over yet? Is The Worst Over yet- In the Mental Health Humor cartoon, the ship is sinking, but is the disaster over yet? Look what is behind the captain and his sailor, … ...
Neurodevelopmental model of Williams syndrome offers insight into human social brain In a study spanning molecular genetics, stem cells and the sciences of both brain and behavior, researchers at University of California San Diego, with colleagues at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies and elsewhere, have created a neurodevelopmental model of a rare genetic disorder that may provide new insights into the underlying neurobiology of the [...]
Is depression in parents and grandparents linked to grandchildren’s depression? Having both parents and grandparents with major depressive disorder (MDD) was associated with higher risk of MDD for grandchildren, which could help identify those who may benefit from early intervention, according to a study published online by JAMA Psychiatry. It is well known that having depressed parents increases children’s risk of psychiatric disorders. There are [...]
Partisan media can convince viewers to reject facts, study finds A new nationwide study suggests why heavy users of partisan media outlets are more likely than others to hold political misperceptions. It’s not because the people using these sites are unaware that experts have weighed in on the issues. And using ideologically driven news only sometimes promotes misunderstanding of what the evidence says. “Partisan online [...]
What Self-Care Is — and What It Isn’t When asked the question: “Do you take care of yourself?” most of us will answer yes — we’d even think, “What kind of question is this? Of course I care about myself.” When asked, “In what ways do you take care of yourself?” — well, … ...
Vulnerable Yet Stronger—The Paradox of Strength     “We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful.” —Eric Micha’el Leventhal     “No one ever gets through this life without … ...
First validated canine behavioral genetics findings of nine fear, aggression traits in dogs Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental illness in the United States. And while much is understood about the biochemistry of anxiety, little is known about the genetic variation associated with it. A new study reports that genetic predisposition to aggression toward an owner or a familiar dog is distinct from that for fear and aggression directed at unfamiliar humans and dogs.
How incivility spreads in the workplace Condescending comments, put-downs and sarcasm have become commonplace in the politically charged workplace, and a new study co-authored by a Michigan State University business scholar shows how this incivility may be spreading. Reporting in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Russell Johnson and colleagues found that experiencing such rude behavior reduces employees’ self-control and leads them [...]
Study reveals association between physical function and Alzheimer’s disease A new study, based on data from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) suggests a simple test of physical functioning may be able to help physicians identify individuals who are at a higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. These findings, which appear in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, provide hope that there are easy-to-test [...]
Brain stimulation technique shown effective in phantom limb pain As many as 25,000 people a year worldwide lose limbs from land mine blasts, and a new study shows that transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) administered to the scalp can stimulate the brain and provide significant reductions in phantom limb pain.
Total number of neurons — not enlarged prefrontal region — hallmark of human brain A new scientific study puts the final nail in the coffin of a long-standing theory to explain human’s remarkable cognitive abilities: that human evolution involved the selective expansion of the brain’s prefrontal cortex. It does so by determining that the prefrontal region of the brain which orchestrates abstract thinking, complex planning and decision making contains [...]
Children can benefit when adoptive and biological parents share adoption stories For most of the 20th century, adoptions were largely “closed,” meaning birth parents placed their child with an adoption agency and had no further contact unless the child sought them out later in life. However, statistics show that a shift occurred in the 1990s when adoption practitioners started to recognize the benefits of “open” adoptions, [...]