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Best of Our Blogs: July 12, 2016 Everything going on in the world has amassed a feeling of unrest. Anger, even. When anger is thrown at us professionally, personally and at a societal level, we often respond with more anger. None of that is productive, and can be destructive. To get to … ...
4 Things That Influence What Foods You Like We don’t all have the same preferences when it comes to food. I know this to be true because if everyone had the same likes and dislikes as me, the cauliflower industry would have gone belly up a long time ago. What’s more mysterious, though, is where these preferences come...
Planning with ADHD: Looking at the Bigger Picture I had planned a long weekend of camping, hiking and working a half-day cleaning a vacation cottage on the rocky coast of Maine’s Downeast region. The kids were gone with … ...
Following Our Creative Urges—Vital for Our Work & Life... When it comes to the creative process, one of the most important things we can do is to listen to ourselves. Part of that is listening to—and following—our creative urges. … ...
Psychosis in Depression People with bipolar disorder spend, on average, half their lives in phases of depression or mania. More than 40% of that time is spent in various degrees of depression, whether … ...
5 Missed Signs of Anxiety in Angry Kids Do you have an angry child? Is your child like a powder keg ready to explode? Is everyone clueless as to what will set him off or when? When he … ...
The Silent Treatment At best the silent treatment is an immature behavior used by spoiled brats and manipulative individuals.  At worst, it is a weapon used by abusers to punish their victims.  One demographic of the population that particularly loves the silent treatment is the narcissist.  In fact, the silent … ...
The Psychological Pros and Cons of Pokémon Go Could the new game craze help social anxiety and depression? Catching Pokémon might have more rewards than you think.
We need to talk about getting old, group says Too many people avoid talking about getting old, particularly conversations about end-of-life care, suggests a survey by a charity for older people.
Can poverty be passed down? New research suggests that bad money actions may be tied to the chronic stress of poverty, which can short-circuit brain development in children.
Does Love Mean Never Having To Say You Are Sorry? Actually love means having the courage you say you are sorry. Forgiveness, in most cases, is made possible by an apology or recognition on the part of the offending partner … ...
Oral contraceptives affect responsiveness to emotions, study says According to a 2016 study, the hormones released by oral contraceptives may influence women’s ability to process emotional situations—especially during their “pill-free” days. The study, published in the European Neuropsychopharmacology, tested 73 women: 18 who do not take oral contraceptives (OC), 30 who were currently taking OC, and 25 who take OC but were on their [...]
Study on learning in rats finds MDMA does not reduce sensitivity to reinforcement MDMA does not reduce sensitivity to reinforcement, according to a study published this April in Behavioral Neuroscience. This is despite evidence of it causing disruptions to learning and memory, along with reductions in sensitivity to reinforcement reported in similar drugs. MDMA, also called ecstasy when in pill form, is a psychoactive drug used primarily for [...]
So Many Paths – Psychopath vs Sociopath Pop culture of the 80’s and 90’s (Hollywood, TV, media) had a love-hate relationship with the romantic idea of Psychopaths vs. Sociopaths portrayed in movies or media. How different and impacting these terms have … ...
Study uncovers how exposure to social news videos affects behavior The rise and subsequent spread of the internet has made exposure to news items a ubiquitous part of life. Social news describes information related to real-life interactions, and is naturally expected to influence a person’s behavior. Literature exists that examines the effects of social news delivered through traditional mediums like radio and television, but less [...]
Study finds link between waking-life musical activities and musical dreams Do you ever remember your dreams?  Chances are that if you do remember them, they are the ones that seem most realistic.  Many people report dreaming about things that they encounter daily.  Such is the case for musicians from all walks of life who report dreams that involve music or inspire lyrics. Recalling dreams is [...]
Autism spectrum disorder insurance mandates associated with increased diagnoses State mandates requiring commercial health plans to cover services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were associated with increased diagnoses but the treated prevalence of ASD was still lower than estimates of community prevalence, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. Social communication impairment, repetitive behaviors and restricted interests characterize ASD. Recommended [...]
Resilience affects whether childhood trauma results in harmful gene response In a first-ever study to identify how trauma affects gene expression among child soldiers, a Duke researcher and colleagues found resilience to be a key factor in determining individual response at the molecular level. Previous research has shown that chronic exposure to trauma is associated with an increase in pro-inflammatory gene expression and a decrease [...]
I Am Not Sorry For Being Sensitive I don’t want to get political. I don’t want to get into the black lives vs. all lives matter business. I just want to say that it affects me. I … ...
4 Possible Benefits of Working Memory Training Many brain games and cognitive training programs claim to help you improve your working memory. Working memory is the kind of memory you draw on to hold information you’re currently using in your mind. The theory with working memory training is that because you use working memory for so many...