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Infants at risk for autism rely on more information from the head when following gaze, study finds Infants at risk for autism rely on more information from the head when following gaze, according to a study published this January in Molecular Autism. The study highlights early disruptions to joint attention and provides the potential for identifying early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) development. Joint attention involves the sharing of attention between [...]
Natural scenery may reduce attentional effort when starting mindfulness practice Mindfulness is largely based on maximizing effortless attention to the present. The amount of effort allocated to attention is known to decrease over time with regular practice, but the initial learning process may actually require a significant contribution of resources. This would at least partially explain the difficulty experienced by many people when first learning [...]
Adolescent depression in girls offset by presence of ‘boomerang father’ A study of the impact of “boomerang fathers” — those who cycle in and out of their children’s lives — yielded surprising results for researchers. “Boomerang fathering” provided a type of stability in a daughter’s life that staved off her depressive symptoms compared to those adolescent girls whose fathers were completely absent. The study, “Boomerang [...]
Study finds American millennials are less sexually active than Gen-Xers Since time immemorial, older generations have fretted over the sexual habits of young people. In today’s world, however, elders might just be wondering why young people are having so little sex, according to a new study by San Diego State University psychology professor Jean M. Twenge. A research team also including Ryne Sherman from Florida [...]
Reducing ‘mean girl’ behaviors in classrooms benefits boys and teachers too When a targeted program to reduce relational aggression among at-risk girls is shared with the entire classroom, the entire class benefits–not just the aggressive girls for whom the program was developed. Researchers from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) recently reported these findings from Friend to Friend (F2F), a program they developed to prevent relational [...]
Choose to be Present Not Perfect Perfectionism can make it hard for us to enjoy our own lives. Do your exacting standards and quest for perfection actually get in the way of happy and fulfilling relationships … ...
High schoolers with mental health issues more likely to use alcohol, tobacco and marijuana Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health with collaborators at the Federal University of Sao Paulo studied the relationship between psychiatric symptoms and patterns of substance use among high school students in Brazil and found that respondents with clinically significant scores on a behavioral screening questionnaire were more likely to use alcohol, tobacco, [...]
When Reality Strikes Well it happened, finally. The denial of my loved ones death came to a screeching halt, and of course it has to happen at work.  I was not prepared for … ...
Depression screening tools not accurate for children and adolescents In Canada and the U.S., doctors are increasingly being encouraged to try to identify depression in children and adolescents – even if they do not have obvious indications of the disease. In order to do so, the physicians often use short questionnaires that ask about symptoms of depression. But, according to new research, there is [...]
Lower weight in late life may increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found an association between lower weight and more extensive deposits of the Alzheimer’s-associated protein beta-amyloid in the brains of cognitively normal older individuals. The association — reported in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease — was seen in particular among individuals carrying the [...]
Addiction silences synapses in brain’s reward circuits In addiction, cues in the environment can form strong associations with the drug of abuse. A new study in Biological Psychiatry suggests that alterations in silent synapses, inactive connections between neurons, could be the neural mechanism underlying the formation of these drug-related memories. The alterations were found in the nucleus accumbens, a brain region involved [...]
Three things video games will tell you about yourself The ways we resolve situations in the games we play, be it on a computer, a phone or our desk, reflect our mindsets to some extent.
3 Things You Can Learn About Yourself From the Way You Play There's a relationship between the ways we resolve situations in the games we play, and how we deal with situations in real life.
One Day, One Day, One Day Lately I’ve had a lot of aggravation in my heart. Right now there seems to be so much turbulence and violence, verbal and physical, in the world. On top of that, … ...
Life with Borderline Personality Disorder Do you know what borderline personality disorder (BPD) is? Many people have never heard of it, despite the fact that more than three million people are diagnosed with it each year in the United States alone. Symptoms include but are not limited to: depression and … ...
What Every Anxious Parent Should Know It is hard enough to deal with anxiety, but throw parenting in the mix and it can be a real challenge! Parenting in and of itself can be anxiety producing, … ...
#HAPPYTuesday I’m HAPPY Monday is over, and we can move forward in our adventure for seven days of HAPPY Thinking —day 5 0f 7-– It’s been all Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy, since … ...
5 Psychological Syndromes You've Never Heard Of Delusion, as they say, ain't just a river.
Why Your Perfect Partner Doesn't Need to Be Ideal Our partner may not match our ideal preferences, but we employ a variety of psychological techniques to keep us happy with the person we're with.
We Don’t Consciously Know What We Want in a Romantic Partner Our real-life partners may not match our stated ideal preferences. But we employ a variety of psychological techniques to keep us happy with our imperfect partners.