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How we believe our meat is raised can influence how it tastes Our beliefs about how farm animals are raised can shape our meat-eating experience, according to a new study led by Lisa Feldman Barrett, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University. For the study, Barrett and co-author Eric Anderson, PhD’15, paired identical meat samples with different descriptions and then reported on participants’ eating experiences. They [...]
Graying but grinning: Despite physical ailments, older adults happier While even the best wines eventually peak and turn to vinegar, a new study by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine suggests a paradoxical trend in the mental health of aging adults: They seem to consistently get better over time. “Their improved sense of psychological well-being was linear and substantial,” said [...]
Family Dynamics Tied to Childhood Binge Eating Binge eating is the most prevalent type of eating disorder. It cuts across racial and ethnic groups, gender and age. In fact, it has been reported in children as young as … ...
Researchers measure emotional flexibility in mothers, daughters during the rollercoaster of adolescence Queen’s University researchers Tom Hollenstein and Jessica Lougheed have published new research on the emotional bonds between mothers and adolescent daughters. The study examined how well mother-daughter pairs were able to manage rapid transitions between emotional states and the so-called “emotional rollercoaster” of adolescence. “This study reflects a growing need to examine how typically developing [...]
Places with more men than women do not typically experience higher rates of social instability Contrary to traditional expectations of unbalanced sex ratios, places with more men than women do not typically experience higher rates of family and social instability, according to a University of Utah study. The study, published today in PLOS ONE by anthropologists Ryan Schacht and Karen Kramer, finds instead that surpluses of men are associated with [...]
How do antidepressants trigger fear and anxiety? More than 100 million people worldwide take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac and Zoloft, to treat depression, anxiety and related conditions, but these drugs have a common and mysterious side effect: they can worsen anxiety in the first few weeks of use, which leads many patients to stop treatment. Scientists at the [...]
Scientists use ultrasound to jump-start a man’s brain after coma A 25-year-old man recovering from a coma has made remarkable progress following a treatment at UCLA to jump-start his brain using ultrasound. The technique uses sonic stimulation to excite the neurons in the thalamus, an egg-shaped structure that serves as the brain’s central hub for processing information. “It’s almost as if we were jump-starting the neurons [...]
Study strengthens evidence that cognitive activity can reduce dementia risk Are there any ways of preventing or delaying the development of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of age-associated dementia? While several previously published studies have suggested a protective effect for cognitive activities such as reading, playing games or attending cultural events, questions have been raised about whether these studies reveal a real cause-and-effect relationship or [...]
In unstable times, the brain reduces cell production to help cope People who experience job loss, divorce, death of a loved one or any number of life’s upheavals often adopt coping mechanisms to make the situation less traumatic. While these strategies manifest as behaviors, a Princeton University and National Institutes of Health study suggests that our response to stressful situations originates from structural changes in our [...]
Increase Employee Performance With One Strategy: Positive Reinforcement... In my last post, I discussed the importance of using reinforcement strategies for increasing positive employee behaviors in the workplace. This post will address more specifics of how to find reinforcers. As mentioned in the other post, it is important to clearly define the behaviors … ...
THC makes rats lazy, less willing to try cognitively demanding tasks New research from the University of British Columbia suggests there may be some truth to the belief that marijuana use causes laziness– at least in rats. The study, published today in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, makes rats less willing to try a cognitively [...]
Mood Disorders: Unipolar Disorders And Bipolar Disorders... Introduction According to researchgate.net, “The majority of mood disorders fall into two categories. Unipolar disorders involve depression only, whereas bipolar disorders involve episodes of elevated mood of varying severity (mania … ...
Be Okay With Now OR Work Harder For The... Where do you want your life to be? How do you know when you get to where you are going? We need to find the balance between working toward improving … ...
Identity Crisis: When Work Supersedes Life “What do you do?” The question lingers in the air. The correct, albeit somewhat evasive answer: “I’m a lawyer transitioning into my next career phase. Currently, I am writing for Psych Central; you should check out my articles.” The questioner pauses; I manage a nervous … ...
What’s the Best Advice You Have Ever Received? “You know how advice is. You only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyway.“- John Steinbeck Imagine Dorothy meandering down the Yellow Brick Road en … ...
Can I Succeed in Private Practice? When Dea took her first hesitant steps toward building her own private practice, she was terrified. With tens of thousands of dollars in student debt, only a few months’ rent in her savings account and zero family support – financially or otherwise – she constantly … ...
Sex & the Narcissist: Sadism (Pt 1) TRIGGER WARNING: Frank Sexual Content Not normal. Not normal at all. There’s nothing loving nor normal about sex with a narcissist. At least that’s what my Facebook friends tell me. … ...
Mental stress may cause reduced blood flow in hearts of young women with heart disease Mental stress may cause reduced blood flow in the heart muscle of younger women with heart disease. Younger women with heart disease are more susceptible to reduced blood flow from mental stress compared to men and older patients, new research has found.
Who Am I? Someone? Or Nobody? Celebrity is competitive. The outrageously competitive have no limits on what they do to get noticed. Winning often means being a bigger jerk than anyone else is willing to be.
Dating and Money: Must a Feminist Pay? Who pays on dates? It used to be simple. The guy did the asking and the paying. Today it’s less clear, as we can see from this range of views: Tom, 26, says he paid for the first five or six dates with his girlfriend … ...