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The Psychology of Plagiarism: 3 Ways People End Up... One time many years ago, when I was teaching at the University of Virginia, I got this distinct feeling of familiarity while reading a student’s paper. I thought I had … ...
Peace-Inducing Sex Peace-inducing sex is one-sided sex intended to maintain industrial peace within one’s relationship. Is it beneficial? Yes and no.
New Book Teaches Teens to Kick Anxiety’s Butt Kids don’t want to read long, boring books on anxiety. Who does? In my practice parents will often ask for book suggestions. I provide them. They buy them. The kids … ...
Proactively Coping with Racism For most people of color, it becomes increasingly impossible to escape the stress caused by the barrage of news coverage broadcasting the gruesome details of racial violence.
4 Unhelpful Beliefs about Managing Anger Some people learned that managing anger means preventing bad things from happening, but these beliefs do not work: 1. “It’s all good” Many people are deeply superficial. They are allergic … ...
What to Expect When you Marry a Narcissist If you are planning to marry a narcissist, here is a list of things to expect in your relationship.  Realize that you will be marrying a person who is incapable of having a healthy, intimate, interpersonal relationship because narcissism is a characterological disorder. Your marriage will … ...
Genomic region associated with autism plays role in specific cognitive functions A new study in Biological Psychiatry reports that variations in 16p11.2, a region of the genome associated with risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), have distinct effects on cognition. The findings highlight the diversity of people with ASD. Extra or missing copies of genetic material in a small region of the genome in chromosome 16, [...]
In gauging and correcting errors, brain plays confidence game, new research shows The confidence in our decision-making serves to both gauge errors and to revise our approach, New York University neuroscientists have found. Their study offers insights into the hierarchical nature of how we make choices over extended periods of time, ranging from medical diagnoses and treatment to the strategies we use to invest our money. “What [...]
Study points to critical periods in early-life learning for brain development A new study on infantile memory formation in rats points to the importance of critical periods in early-life learning on functional development of the brain. The research, conducted by scientists at New York University’s Center for Neural Science, reveals the significance of learning experiences over the first two to four years of human life; this [...]
Scientists discover how proteins in the brain build-up rapidly in Alzheimer’s Cambridge researchers have identified – and shown that it may be possible to control – the mechanism that leads to the rapid build-up of the disease-causing ‘plaques’ that are characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. The ability of biological molecules, such as our DNA, to replicate themselves is the foundation of life. It is a process that [...]
Children of substance abusers face increased risk of problems Children whose parents or caregivers misuse alcohol or use, produce or distribute drugs face an increased risk of medical and behavioral problems. According to a new clinical report by experts at Beth Israel Medical Center (BIDMC) and Boston Children’s Hospital, pediatricians are in a unique position to assess risk and intervene to protect children. The [...]
Scientists use brain scans to define and measure human intelligence Human intelligence is being defined and measured for the first time ever, by researchers at the University of Warwick. Led by Professor Jianfeng Feng in the Department of Computer Science, studies at Warwick and in China have been recently undertaken to quantify the brain’s dynamic functions, and identify how different parts of the brain interact [...]
Mental and physical exercises produce distinct brain benefits Cognitive brain training improves executive function whereas aerobic activity improves memory, according to new Center for BrainHealth research at The University of Texas at Dallas. The study, published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, found that healthy adults who participated in cognitive training demonstrated positive changes in executive brain function as well as a 7.9 percent [...]
Sexualizaton of female video game characters has diminished since the 1990s Video Games are an ubiquitous part of our lives. You can find people wandering the streets playing Pokémon Go, or spending hours playing massive multiplayer online games. Because they hold such value in our everyday lives, how they reflect the everyday is more important than ever, especially for those who don’t have much say in [...]
Toxic Alzheimer’s protein spreads through brain via extracellular space A toxic Alzheimer’s protein can spread through the brain–jumping from one neuron to another–via the extracellular space that surrounds the brain’s neurons, suggests new research from Columbia University Medical Center. The study has been published online in Nature Neuroscience. The spread of the protein, called tau, may explain why only one area of the brain is [...]
Study shows auditory cortex of hearing and deaf people are nearly identical The neural architecture in the auditory cortex – the part of the brain that processes sound – of profoundly deaf and hearing people is virtually identical, a new study has found. The study raises a host of new questions about the role of experience in processing sensory information, and could point the way toward potential [...]
Finding a Balanced Mind and Heart in the Midst... There seems to be a whole lot of mind troubling and heart wrenching news in the world today. The world’s current atmosphere can give our minds endless fuel to race, … ...
Two Sides of My Anxious, Depressive Soul Yesterday Yesterday I woke up and couldn’t make it to the end of my block while I walked the dog before this overwhelming, out-of-the-blue panic hit me. I immediately turned around and could see my house but I felt like I could not get there … ...
Pour It Up: Healthy Helping and Decision Making Healthy helping and healthy decision-making — what’s that look like? I use the term Detrimental Caretaker to describe a person who gives until she (or he) feels empty and angry. The opposite … ...
Getting Sober in an Unsympathetic or Unsupportive Environment... Disclaimer: there is never a good justification for relapse. Deciding to take the word “blame” out of your vocabulary may turn out to be the most important decision you make … ...