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Study finds taller people tend to be more politically conservative If you want to predict which political party someone will support, take note of the person’s height. The taller a person is, the more likely he or she is to support conservative political positions, support a conservative party and actually vote for conservative politicians, according to a new study using data from Britain. “If you [...]
Most adults know more than 42,000 words, study finds How many words do we know? It turns out that even language experts and researchers have a tough time estimating this. Armed with a new list of words and using the power of social media, a new study published in Frontiers in Psychology, has found that by the age of twenty, a native English speaking American [...]
The surprising side effect of kissing up at work Kissing up to your boss doesn’t just impact your relationship with your supervisor, it can influence your co-workers, as well. In a new study in The Journal of Applied Psychology, University of Florida researcher Trevor Foulk and David Long from The College of William & Mary looked at how “kissing up” — also known as [...]
Navigating Your Side, My Side and the Truth Like most people, if I had a buck for every time I argued over what’s true, I’d have a barn full of bills. The reality is, most of us mistake … ...
Don’t Let Depression Steal Your Sexuality Just work with me here… I’ve been having a hard time writing these last couple of weeks. New insurance led to a switch in which particular generic form of my antidepressant I received, and lo and behold, the different one isn’t quite getting the job … ...
Similar brain connectivity during rest, tasks linked to better mental performance A brain on task differs from a brain at rest. But, how much it differs could depend on the cognitive ability of the person whose brain is being studied. New research suggests greater similarity between brain connectivity at rest and on task may be associated with better mental performance.
Taking OCD Back to School I’ve previously written about taking obsessive-compulsive disorder to college, where I focused on establishing a good support system for those with OCD who are embarking on this exciting, but often … ...
Can a GOOD Childhood Lead to Depression? One of the stereotypes of therapy is the assumption that depression (and anxiety) are the result of a “bad” childhood. The idea that the depressed person’s parents weren’t attuned enough, … ...
Potential therapeutic target for Huntington's disease There is new hope in the fight against Huntington's disease. Scientists have discovered that changing a specific part of the huntingtin protein prevented the loss of critical brain cells and protected against behavioral symptoms in a mouse model of the disease.
How to Argue Respectfully in an Election Season “He’s a friend of mine but he is so into Trump that I have to curb my urge to punch him. How could he even think that Trump should be president? I never knew he was so shallow.” “My spouse is for Hillary. How could … ...
The Cure For Sleep Lost From Smartphone and Tablet Use Smartphones and tablets can disturb sleep, but there is a quick fix. ** Get 10% off PsyBlog's motivation ebook -- use code "10OFF" **
Prenatal BPA exposure linked to anxiety and depression in boys Boys exposed prenatally to a common chemical used in plastics may be more likely to develop symptoms of anxiety and depression at age 10-12. The new study examined early life exposure to the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA).
Increase Funding for Mental Illness Now The time has come to declare war on mental illness and place a priority on funding innovative neurobiological research for better prevention, diagnosis, and early intervention.
3 Things Your Smartphone Use Says About You Ever feel like from your emails to your calls to your web history, your whole life is on your mobile phone? You could be right. Lately, psychology researchers have been looking at what they can learn about you by looking at your smartphone, and it turns out the answer is:...
6 Mistakes Not to Make When You're Making a First Impression First impressions can become last impressions if you’re not careful. These 6 common mistakes can prevent those you meet from getting to know just how good you really are.
6 Mistakes Not to Make When You're Giving a First Impression First impressions can become last impressions if you’re not careful. These 6 common mistakes can prevent people from getting to know who you really are.
My bipolar son isn’t getting better: When to take... Recently, I spoke with a mom that has a son with a diagnosis of Bipolar disorder and Borderline personality disorder. Her son would be admitted to a hospital on a … ...
One Woman’s Story: My Bipolar Son Recently, I spoke with a mom that has a son with a diagnosis of Bipolar disorder. Her son would be admitted to a hospital on a 5150 and, despite a … ...
What This Millennial Thinks Of The Mental Illness Tumblr... I think it’s great. It’s great that people like me are finally getting a voice. When was the last time you heard about disability rights as a major platform? Never, … ...
Does Your Child Have a “Peace Seeker” Personality? "Peace seekers" go with the flow, are laid back, and try to avoid or prevent conflicts and confrontations.