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Living With Normalcy…And Very Nice It Is Too There’s something about normalcy: When you’re living in normalcy, it’s easy to take it foregranted because it’s comfortable. But sometimes, it’s hard to perceive “normal” because abnormal (i.e. narcissistic abuse) … ...
Sexual cues are an important predictor of sexual desire in women Sexual cues are an important predictor of sexual desire in women, according to a study published this July in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. The research suggests that encouraging women to explore their own motivations to engage in sexual activities, and to more openly share their sexual cues with their partners, could contribute [...]
Liberals in the U.S. more likely to endorse childhood vaccinations An alarming number of Americans have recently expressed skepticism about the role of childhood vaccinations, despite a repository of evidence that supports the effectiveness of the technique at preventing a number of diseases. Contentions range from relatively mild concerns about overuse and effectiveness to complex yet convoluted conspiracy theories. As a result, immunization rates in [...]
Brains of overweight people ‘ten years older’ than lean counterparts at middle-age From middle-age, the brains of obese individuals display differences in white matter similar to those in lean individuals ten years their senior, according to new research led by the University of Cambridge. White matter is the tissue that connects areas of the brain and allows for information to be communicated between regions. Our brains naturally [...]
Users of popular dating app Tinder feel more negative about themselves Whether they’re swiping left or swiping right, male users of the popular dating app Tinder appear to have lower levels of self-esteem and all users appear to have more negative perception of body image than those who don’t use the app, according to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. “Tinder [...]
‘Media contagion’ is factor in mass shootings, study says People who commit mass shootings in America tend to share three traits: rampant depression, social isolation and pathological narcissism, according to a paper presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention that calls on the media to deny such shooters the fame they seek. “Mass shootings are on the rise and so is media coverage [...]
Engineers simulate chemical imbalances in schizophrenia to fast-track research It’s called mental imbalance for a reason. Sanity hangs, in part, in the gentle balance of chemicals strung together within regions of the brain in an intricate matrix. In schizophrenia, the matrix is sharply jarred, debilitating the mind and triggering hallucinations. Now, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created an interactive model of [...]
Study finds hundreds of genetic codes that regulate genes tied to alcoholism Using rats carefully bred to either drink large amounts of alcohol or to spurn it, researchers at Indiana and Purdue universities have identified hundreds of genes that appear to play a role in increasing the desire to drink alcohol. The study, published in PLOS Genetics, not only reinforces the view that the genetics of alcoholism [...]
What sports matches reveal about cross-cultural gender roles In the modern era, it’s clear that women can do just about anything that men can do. But, according to researchers reporting evidence based on hours watching online videos of social interactions after professional sports matches, men and women still manage conflict differently, most likely based on differences in traditional gender roles that go way, [...]
Study: Alcohol more likely than marijuana to lead to post-sex regret A new study, published in Archives of Sexual Behavior by researchers affiliated with New York University’s Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR), compared self-reported sexual experiences related to use of alcohol and marijuana. Since marijuana has increased in popularity in the U.S., the researchers examined if and how marijuana use may influence risk [...]
Focus on future to overcome impulsiveness and save more money When it comes to personal finances, impulsiveness and materialism can lead to bad decisions and a failure to save enough, but research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association suggests that when people focus more on the future, they tend to be less impulsive, regardless of their level of financial literacy. “Our [...]
Specific brain training exercise can reduce dementia risk While many companies have long promised that their brain-training products can sharpen aging minds, only one type of computerized brain training so far has been shown to improve people’s mental quickness and significantly reduce the risk of dementia, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention. “The mistake some people make is [...]
Researchers identify part of the brain that compensates for hearing loss in older adults Researchers have pinpointed the specific part of the brain that older adults rely on to differentiate speech sounds in background noise, which could revolutionize the treatment of hearing loss. As people age, their peripheral and central auditory system (areas of the brain that help to intake and interpret sound) decline in function and plugging into [...]
Meet Joy, the new chat-bot that tracks your mental health Earlier this year we did a countdown of the best mindfulness apps on the market. Now a new app, or technically a ‘chat-bot’, is on the scene, and it’s got everyone’s attention. Named Joy, the bot is downloaded as an extension to your Facebook Messenger, enabling you to communication with the app like you would […]
New ways to mass produce human neurons for studying neuropsychiatric disorders Scientists from Singapore have streamlined the process of using human stem cells to mass produce GABAergic neurons (GNs) in the laboratory. This new protocol provides scientists with a robust source of GNs to study many psychiatric and neurological disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and epilepsy, which are thought to develop at least in part due [...]
Researchers show how vision relies on patterns of brain activity Visual prosthetics, or bionic eyes, are soon becoming a reality, as researchers make strides in strategies to reactivate parts of the brain that process visual information in people affected by blindness. Bursts in a neuron’s electrical activity — the number of “spikes” that result when brain cells fire — make up the basic code for [...]
Kindergarteners’ mathematics success hinges on preschool skills While many studies have been conducted on infants’ and preschoolers’ math competencies, few have evaluated how toddlers’ basic mathematics knowledge relates to early elementary school success. Now, in a study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), researchers at the University of Missouri discovered that preschoolers who better process words associated with numbers, such as [...]
Getting to Know Your Three Brains: Part 3 Click here to refer to Part 1 of this series and Part 2 if you want a refresher. We cannot think our way through an emotion. Emotions must be experienced. We have to feel emotions viscerally, let them move through us until their energy releases. … ...
Social Media And Its Impact On Working Professionals I was contacted by a freelance journalist with the BBC for my thoughts about what social media has taken away from working professionals. I am reposting my response below (in a “Question and Answer” or “Q & A” format). Reporter Question: What do you think social media has taken away from us? In terms of … Continue reading Social Media And Its Impact On Working Professionals →
How Remaining Friends With Your Ex Can Enhance Your... When relationships end, there is sometimes vitriol and venom that burn a hole in the soul and rends the fabric of a family to shreds. Children are used as pawns and … ...