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The hormone oxytocin can change how depressed brains process angry and happy faces Receiving a dose of the hormone oxytocin can change the way emotions are processed in the brains of people suffering from chronic depression, offering promising potential as a treatment for the disorder, according to a study published in the journal BMC Psychiatry. Chronic depression is a serious and often debilitating mental disorder, which is often [...]
Individuals around the world are similarly dishonest, cross-cultural study finds Individuals from across the world show similar levels of dishonesty, according to research published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. “At their core, people appear to be more similar in their tendencies toward dishonesty than they realize,” wrote the research team, which was lead by Heather Mann of Duke University. “Our data suggest that cross-national [...]
Language is a Tongue That Kisses Itself We are hopelessly hypnotized by language. Call it language samadhi. Take the case of lips. There are no lips. First of all, “lips” are not two – “lips” are a … ...
A Family Health Portrait The majority of people with mutations that cause the most common hereditary cancer syndromes are not aware of their mutations.
Learn How to Let Go of Shame and Forgive Yourself “Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.” — Unknown I haven’t always been the woman I am today. I used to be scared. Of everything. And everyone. Painfully … ...
Smartphone app could help treat anxiety and depression In a joint project between the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester researchers have examined the initial trial of a smartphone application designed to help people manage their problems. The ‘Catch It’ app uses some of the key principles of psychological approaches to mental health and well-being, and specifically Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Helping users better [...]
Prenatal stress could enhance protective mechanisms of babies Maternal stress and depression during pregnancy may activate certain protective mechanisms in babies. Psychologists from the University of Basel together with international colleagues report that certain epigenetic adaptations in newborns suggest this conclusion. Their results have been published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. In their study, the researchers observed that increased concentrations [...]
Girls from progressive societies do better at math, study finds Research co-authored by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has found that the ‘maths gender gap’ – the relative underperformance of girls at maths – is much wider in societies with poor rates of gender equality. Published today in the American Economic Review, the research shows that the performance gap between girls and boys is [...]
Research suggests early music training can help babies learn language Growing up in China, I started playing piano when I was nine years old and learning English when I was 12. Later, when I was a college student, it struck me how similar language and music are to each other. Language and music both require rhythm; otherwise they don’t make any sense. They’re also both [...]
Study finds nationality is not a good indicator of work-related cultural values Researchers and businesses have often operated under the idea that work-related cultural values are defined by country – just think of stereotypes about countries that are known to have hard workers or are team-oriented. A new study finds that nationality is actually a bad proxy for work-related cultural values, and points to other groupings – [...]
Study finds rapid eye movement during sleep is key to memory formation For decades, scientists have fiercely debated whether rapid eye movement (REM) sleep – the phase where dreams appear – is directly involved in memory formation. Now, a study published in Science by researchers at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (McGill University) and the University of Bern provides evidence that REM sleep does, indeed, play [...]
10 Steps for Solving the Opioid Addiction Epidemic in the US Opioid use,abuse and deaths are now considered a US epidemic, from Prince to the man on the street. Integrated services may be part of the solution.
Omega-3 lowers childhood aggression in short term, research shows Incorporating omega-3, vitamins and mineral supplements into the diets of children with extreme aggression can reduce this problem behavior in the short term, especially its more impulsive, emotional form, according to University of Pennsylvania researchers who published their findings in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Adrian Raine, the Richard Perry University Professor of [...]
Psychology studies show smart people tend to be more liberal Over the past decade, several studies have shown that people who tend to hold more conservative views score low on measures of intelligence. However, it now appears that while conservatism and intelligence are negatively correlated, the link is not as strong as first thought. Origins Much of the previous work in this area was based [...]
Codependent’s Guide to Letting Go of Controlling and Criticizing... Perhaps your partner complains that you are critical and controlling. Or maybe you recognize these behaviors in yourself. Either way, you can learn how to let go of criticizing and trying … ...
Taking Off Your Shoes Can Sometimes Make You Smarter Working memory improved in just 15 minutes. > Get motivated with PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
3 Tips to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great Good marriages are healthy marriages. They’re built on a foundation of love, trust, safety, commitment and respect. Great marriages have these elements, too. But they also go further. Below, John Harrison, LPCC, a counselor and coach who specializes in working with couples, shared three ways … ...
Body Language of the Hands: Common Gestures and Their Meanings Hand gestures play an important role in body language. Because our hands are always exposed, we tend to "speak" with our hands whether we know it or not. Learn how to read hand language to communicate more effectively.
Managing Haters They seem to be everywhere these days, always poised to pounce. If someone makes a public announcement, they look for reasons to condemn it. If someone wears a new dress, … ...
Hidden Poison in the Foods You Eat     Did you know that there might be poison in many of your favorite foods found on grocery store shelves everywhere? Breads, crackers, cookies, energy bars, tortillas, frozen pizza … ...