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The Psychological Toll of the Racial Divide It seems that every time a white cop kills an African-American man there is a huge uproar about racism in America and racism in the police force. A large number … ...
The Psychology of Eating Meat There’s often some cognitive dissonance involved in the act of eating meat. On one hand, you might like animals and not want any of them to suffer. On the other hand, you might really enjoy eating them. So how do people deal with these conflicting emotions? Some people stop eating...
How Did Michael Phelps Pick the “Right” Alcohol Treatment... If your name is Michael Phelps, you can select from any alcohol rehab program on the planet. The sky is the limit. Want to go inpatient in the Rockies? There’s … ...
Cure ADHD? That’s Brilliant! There are those who postulate that people with ADHD are just not trying hard enough, that we’re lazy. There are those who suggest that we aren’t very bright, that we’re … ...
Study: Genes May Determine What Diet Works for You Your genetic composition might determine what specific foods are healthiest for you to eat, according to groundbreaking research being presented at a conference in Orlando today.
Twenty Feet From the Ground: Facing Fears Our clients come to us carrying hesitation, trepidation and sometimes full blown fears. Often, they have been burdened by the sometimes crippling emotion for decades and they have no viable tools for releasing them. Accustomed to toting this form of distress, their lives are shaped … ...
Best of Our Blogs: July 15, 2016 Death is an obvious reason to grieve. But after reading, “3 Kinds of Grief Nobody Talks About,” I was reminded of the less discussed sorrow we go through. There is the loss of the person you knew before mental illness and addiction. There is the grief … ...
Working with a Drama Queen / Histrionic Personality Disorder... It’s hard to miss the drama in a conservative work environment where things are relatively calm. Granted there are pressures and tensions at the office but nothing compares to the constant barrage of theatrics. One person seems to stand out in suggestive appearance, inappropriate behavior, … ...
OCD, Medication and Attitude I’ve previously written about how complicated the topic of OCD and medication can be. I’ve talked about stigma and the process of “trial & error.” I’ve discussed how there are … ...
#PokemonGO Famous Child Actor Being Harassed By Players... “Pokémon Go AWAY, It’s Pokémon, I’m Pokey, Man” – Say’s Gumby’s pony pal Pokey. Pokémon Go is a smartphone game App that is catching on like wildfire; it is engaging, … ...
My Depression and Social Anxiety We feel numb Unable to move, Unable to feel The weight of all our worries weighs us down, Crushing our spirit There seems to be no way out Can’t find … ...
What is ‘Cognitive Function’ in Bipolar Disorder? “Cognitive function” is the technical word for how the brain processes information. It affects many aspects of thought, perception and understanding. How well a person is functioning cognitively highly impacts … ...
The Psychology of Scientific Advancement A The Eminents Interview of Michio Kaku.
3-D imaging reveals unexpected arrangement of plaques in Alzheimer’s-afflicted brains Rockefeller University researchers have used a recently-developed imaging technique that makes tissue transparent to visualize brain tissue from deceased patients with Alzheimer’s disease, exposing nonrandom, higher-order structures of beta amyloid plaques–sticky clumps of a toxic protein typically found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. The findings appear July 14 in Cell Reports. “Until now, [...]
Why scientists are calling for experiments on the drug ecstasy MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy, promotes strong feelings of empathy in users and is classified as a Schedule 1 drug–a category reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. But in a Commentary published July 14 in Cell, two researchers call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA’s effects [...]
Ability to turn off genes in brain crucial for learning and memory Every time you play a game of basketball, make a cup of coffee or flick on a light switch, you are turning on genes in your brain. These same genes typically are turned off when the activity ceases – but when that doesn’t happen, damaging consequences can occur. A study in mice at Washington University [...]
Negative stereotypes affect female soccer performance Subjecting female soccer players to a negative stereotype about their abilities reduced their dribbling speed significantly, according to a new study published in Psychology of Sport and Exercise. The results demonstrate the impact negative stereotypes can have on athletic performance. There continues to be a stereotype that women are inferior as soccer players. This view continues [...]
People in relationships find those who resemble them to be more attractive If we are in a relationship we are more likely to be attracted to faces resembling our own, but for single people, opposites attract. Relationship status affects who and what we find attractive, found a study published in Frontiers in Psychology. Dr Jitka Lindová of Charles University in the Czech Republic and her team showed a [...]
Fathers play a surprisingly large role in their children’s development Fathers play a surprisingly large role in their children’s development, from language and cognitive growth in toddlerhood to social skills in fifth grade, according to new findings from Michigan State University scholars. The research provides some of the most conclusive evidence to date of fathers’ importance to children’s outcomes and reinforces the idea that early [...]
Specialized neurons in emotional memory brain area play important role in fear Fear memory encoding, the process responsible for persistent reactions to trauma-associated cues, is influenced by a sparse but potent population of inhibitory cells called parvalbumin-interneurons (PV-INs) in the amygdala, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published online July 14 in the journal Neuron. The Mount Sinai [...]