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Psychology Around the Net: July 23, 2016 AAAAAACHOOOOOO! That’s me, readers, sneezing my brains out as I type this. You might remember I mentioned being sick last week? Well, this week, allergies decided to fill the void my common cold left behind. It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me and, … ...
The Surprising Things You’ve Never Wanted to Know about Love We think of love as an entirely positive emotion, but there are some surprising downsides to being in love.
6 Tips for Developing Your Own Inspiration You already know what’s right for you — yes, really! Everywhere we turn, we’re constantly drowned by other people telling us what to do and what to think (oh yeah, and how and when to do it, too). After a while, all of those voices … ...
Forced Introspection: Appealing Fantasy or Horror Story? What if you were forced to spend two solid weeks alone, inside your own mind? How would you fare?
What Makes Asians So Smart? Studies of average IQ scores of countries around the world indicate that Asian countries have the highest average IQ. The top four countries in terms of average IQ are: Singapore … ...
Dietary Supplement Phosphatidylserine May Stimulate Neurotransmitters for Mood... It should come as no surprise that anxiety and depression rates are running rampant in America, for a large number of reasons. People definitely are not incorporating nature into their … ...
Sitting with Discomfort in Your Creative Process (and in... How often do you take a break when the creative process becomes uncomfortable? Uneasy? How often do you take a break when you’ve had a painful realization or an unpleasant memory? This … ...
Maria Bamford Feared Bipolar Meds Would Ruin Career It’s a common worry among people living with bipolar disorder – will the prescribed medication alter my personality to the point that my career could be affected?  Even fictional character, … ...
Celine Dion and Kathie Lee Gifford Share Grief Over... One of the toughest things that can happen in life is the loss of a loved one. Celine Dion and Kathie Lee Gifford know this truth all too well. Dion’s … ...
The Secret to Finding Happiness Two years ago the song of the summer was Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” It seemed it was impossible to listen to it and not be, well, happy. In our never-ending quest … ...
Feeling connected to nature is linked to reduced anxiety, study finds People who feel more connected to nature also tend to feel less anxious, according to new psychology research from Australia. The preliminary study, conducted by Patricia Martyn and Eric Brymer, found that feeling connected to nature was directly related to small reductions in anxiety. “The results of this study align with recent research and theoretical [...]
8 Healthy Reasons to Ditch Your Bad Habits There comes a time of self-reckoning in everyone’s life. After months and possibly years of indulging in known vices and allowing yourself to slip into bad habits, you realize that this isn’t what your life is supposed to be. While you’re not quite sure where … ...
Study shows direct manipulation of brain can reverse effects of depression Manipulating the brain has been a tool used in the treatment of mental illness for centuries, and treatments have often been controversial. From psychosurgery, including lobotomy and leucotomy, to electro-convulsive therapy, which is still used to treat depression and psychotic illness today, more modern methods include deep brain stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation. These direct [...]
What hunter-gatherers can tell us about fundamental human social networks Long before the advent of social media, human social networks were built around sharing a much more essential commodity: food. Now, researchers reporting on the food sharing networks of two contemporary groups of hunter-gatherers in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on July 21 provide new insight into fundamental nature of human social organization. The [...]
Neural networks — why larger brains are more susceptible to mental illnesses In humans and other mammals, the cerebral cortex is responsible for sensory, motor, and cognitive functions. Understanding the organization of the neuronal networks in the cortex should provide insights into the computations that they carry out. A study publishing on July 21st in open access journal PLOS Biology shows that the global architecture of the cortical [...]
Distinct stages of thinking revealed by brain activity patterns Neuroimaging data can reveal the mental stages people go through as they are solving challenging math problems, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. By combining two analytical strategies, researchers were able to use functional MRI to identify patterns of brain activity that aligned with [...]
Diabetes Drugs Also Treat This Common Brain Disease Type 2 diabetes drugs used to control the blood sugar levels can also ease this brain disease.  
Diabetes Drugs Also Treat Alzheimer’s Disease Type 2 diabetes drugs used to control the blood sugar levels can also ease Alzheimer's Disease  
Juries, Lawyers, and Race Bias Juries are a central part of the legal system. Racial bias can cause significant problems in juries. Are lawyers sensitive to the biases of jurors?
Brain activity, response to food cues differ in severely obese women, study shows The brain’s reward centers in severely obese women continue to respond to food cues even after they’ve eaten and are no longer hungry, in contrast to their lean counterparts, according to a recent study.