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Could growing Internet use inspire more democratic uprisings? While events like the Arab Spring brought hope that the internet could inspire the growth of democracy in authoritarian countries, a new study offers a reality check. Researchers studying Russian and Ukrainian internet users found that their demand for democratic reforms in their countries depended on what they were doing when they connected to the [...]
Methylene blue shows promise for improving short-term memory A single oral dose of methylene blue results in an increased MRI-based response in brain areas that control short-term memory and attention, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. Methylene blue is used to treat methemoglobinemia, a blood disorder in which oxygen is unable to release effectively to body tissues, and [...]
11 Superpowers of an Introverted Child There are a few myths about kids who are introverts: they’re shy, they’re nervous, they don’t like other people, or don’t want to be social. The truth is that shyness is … ...
Fostering Self-Actualization During Child Development Finding out who we are meant to be can be a difficult task and most won’t take the time and energy involved in the journey. Perhaps, not that they won’t, more often than not they can’t. Many people struggle daily with meeting other, more base … ...
10 Common Signs Of Anxiety Disorders Everyone Should Know The common physical and psychological signs of an anxiety disorder -- plus see end of article for new ebook announcement. > Use code "10OFF" for 10% off PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
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From Freud to Frodo Money messages surround us. What stories do you believe about money, and how have they affected your life?
Antidepressant does not reduce hospitalization, death for HF patients with depression Investigators have examined whether 24 months of treatment with the antidepressant escitalopram would improve mortality, illness, and mood in patients with chronic heart failure and depression.
New technology could deliver drugs to brain injuries A new study describes a technology that could lead to new therapeutics for traumatic brain injuries. The discovery provides a means of homing drugs or nanoparticles to injured areas of the brain.
Insights into neurons that cause symptoms of Rett syndrome could guide new therapy search Two studies in mice reveal new insights into neurons that mediate symptoms typical of the postnatal neurological disorder Rett syndrome.
Not Having Empathy Is Lonely I’m doing a lot of soul-searching as I’m getting older. Not that I want to. I would love to just impassively read books. But it doesn’t work that way. There’s this … ...
Power, Status, and Perspective Taking Power can make you less sensitive to other people's perspective. But, what about status? New research explores differences between power and status.
Early screening spots emergency workers at greater risk of mental illness Emergency services workers who are more likely to suffer episodes of mental ill health later in their careers can be spotted in the first week of training. Researchers wanted to see if they could identify risk factors that made people more likely to suffer post-traumatic stress (PTSD) or major depression (MD) when working in emergency services.
Human early visual cortex subconsciously resolves invisible conflicts In the case of binocular rivalry, in which the conflict exists between the two eyes, the question becomes whether binocular rivalry requires conscious awareness of the conflicting information between the two eyes.
“Day-to-Day” Bipolar Disorder Before Diagnosis  The internet is filled with articles about living with bipolar disorder. There are scientific articles written by medical professionals, but the most common examples are the “lived experience” articles, written by people living with the disorder — people like me. The lived experience articles typically … ...
Typecast as "Trump" Trump has created a character he can't escape.
The Place Where it Hurts is Also Where it Heals When I first developed an eating disorder back in 1981 (35 years ago – wow!), there was no internet. I mean, there probably was an internet somewhere, hidden in some … ...
#206: A Mindful Approach to the Internet Can we be mindful when we are using the Internet? That is, can we pay attention to the experience using our faculties of concentration, our moral compass and our capacity … ...
Are Your Beliefs Holding You Back? Is your belief system healthy?...
Today I Love The Raven Days Today I love the raven days of summer, dark and moody, doing all the worrying for me so that I can keep moving forward while leaving my troubles in their … ...