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Meaningful Relationships Reduce Odds of Developing Cancer... In one of the longest-running prospective studies, 1300 medical students at Johns Hopkins were followed for forty years. While at Hopkins they were given psychological tests exploring the ability of … ...
The Crooked Path to Healing Shakespeare wrote, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” Healing from narcissistic abuse never runs smoothly either. Many of you asked, “How are you healing from narc abuse, … ...
My Big Fat ADHD “Discovery” This week, I set out to make a discovery. I planned to take a poll among a large group of people with ADHD and ask them this: “When you were … ...
Women’s bodies respond differently to an infant’s cry than men’s bodies Hearing a crying baby appears to cause women’s bodies, but not men’s, to reflexively prepare to take action, according to the results of a study published in Frontiers in Psychology. The sound of an infant’s cry has been found to have unique effects on adults. It is an especially difficult sound to ignore, and appears [...]
Ketamine quickly lifts depression via a byproduct of its metabolism, study finds A chemical byproduct, or metabolite, created as the body breaks down ketamine likely holds the secret to its rapid antidepressant action, National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists and grantees have discovered. This metabolite singularly reversed depression-like behaviors in mice without triggering any of the anesthetic, dissociative, or addictive side effects associated with ketamine. “This discovery [...]
Study finds link between yeast infections and mental illness In a study prompted in part by suggestions from people with mental illness, Johns Hopkins researchers found that a history of Candida yeast infections was more common in a group of men with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder than in those without these disorders, and that women with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder who tested positive for Candida [...]
Expectations can minimize unethical behavior in the powerful While there are many examples of unethical leaders, from FIFA to the recent political discoveries from the Panama Papers leak, there are countless other examples, though not as headline grabbing, in history of leaders acting morally. Recent research offers new ideas for curbing unethical behavior by those with power — it all depends on how [...]
Psychologists discover why our brain suppresses the perception of our own heartbeat Our heart is constantly beating yet we normally do not feel it. It turns out that our brain is capable of filtering out the cardiac sensation so that it doesn’t interfere with the brain’s ability to perceive external sensations. For the first time, researchers from the Center for Neuroprosthetics at EPFL have identified this mechanism. [...]
Children with ADHD take longer to fall asleep and also sleep more poorly A new study from Aarhus University has now documented that there is some truth to the claim by parents of children with ADHD that their children have more difficulty falling asleep and that they sleep more poorly than other children. Studies have shown that up to seventy per cent of parents of children with ADHD [...]
Our brain uses statistical computations to calculate confidence and make decisions The directions, which came via cell phone, were a little garbled, but as you understood them: “Turn left at the 3rd light and go straight; the restaurant will be on your right side.” Ten minutes ago you made the turn. Still no restaurant in sight. How far will you be willing to drive in the [...]
‘Coming out’ doesn’t boost well-being equally for gay men of every ethnicity A new study of gay Latino and gay white men suggests different ethnic groups experience “coming out” differently. The research, appearing in the peer-reviewed journal Self and Identity, examines verbal disclosure of one’s gay identity to others as reported by the two groups of gay men. “Verbal disclosure is what most people think of as [...]
Scientists find immune system hijacks a brain circuit to reduce appetite during illness Loss of appetite during illness is a common and potentially debilitating phenomenon–in cancer patients, especially, it can even shorten lifespan. Now scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered how an immune system molecule hijacks a brain circuit and reduces appetite. Their research points to potential targets for treating loss of appetite and restoring [...]
Psychological link found between climate change denial and belief in free market economics Americans may be more likely to accept the scientific evidence of human-caused climate change and its potentially devastating effects if they believe the economy is strong and stable, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. The findings may help explain why many Americans haven’t been swayed by public education and advocacy efforts [...]
Study suggests bipolar disorder has genetic links to autism A new study suggests there may be an overlap between rare genetic variations linked to bipolar disorder (BD) and those implicated in schizophrenia and autism. The study, by researchers at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and published recently in JAMA Psychiatry, adds [...]
Study suggests a positive attitude is evolutionarily advantageous The survival of the fittest might just be the survival of the steadfast instead. Having a positive attitude could be evolutionarily advantageous, according to Cornell researchers who simulated generations of evolution in a computational model. The findings offer scientific support to the ancient philosophical insights from China, Greece and India, which encourage cultivating long-term contentment [...]
Women ratchet themselves up the social ladder one high heel at a time Fashion seems to embrace two opposite goals–fitting in with the crowd and standing out from it. Now new research reveals that the choice to fit in or stand out depends on who exactly the crowd is – and the size of their high heels. That is, women adjust their fashion to look similar to the [...]
What is so important about a Man’s Emotions? Your feelings are related to both your mind and body. Yet, like so many of the concepts that guide your life, emotions are intangible. There is no one-way to define … ...
Three Common Mind Traps that Sink Happiness There’s a funny print cartoon that has a man and woman sitting on the couch staring at a TV screen and the caption below reads, “It’s 12 O’clock, do you know … ...
Heavy Metal Music Might Actually Help You Calm Down Headbangers unite! As someone who isn’t a fan of Rush but has attended a concert of theirs, I can say with certainty that if you’re not into hard rock or heavy metal music, the sound of it can drive you insane. However, if extreme music … ...
Is a Philosophy Degree Useful? If your son or daughter comes home and informs you that they want to major in philosophy, don't panic! They'll be able to do much more than ask about french fries.