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How to Catch Yourself When You’re Falling There is a beautiful quote from Baal Shem Tov: “Let me fall if I must fall. The one I will become will catch me.” Which always reminds me that we … ...
Talking about one’s self predicts worsened symptom in depressed patients Excessively talking about yourself is rarely a desirable personal trait, but recent research suggests that it may be a sign of something even worse. One of the linguistic hallmarks of a self-centered perspective is an abundance of first-person pronouns (like “I” and “me”). While evidence exists to link depression symptoms to self-attention, there remains a [...]
Are men with beards really more sexist? Only in some cultures, replication study finds Are men with beards more likely to be sexist? That may depend on where you live. Research published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior in 2015 found a connection between facial hair and negative attitudes about women. But a replication of that study, recently published in the same journal, has failed to find the same [...]
The evolutionary origins of laughter are rooted more in survival than enjoyment Laughter plays a crucial role in every culture across the world. But it’s not clear why laughter exists. While it is evidently an inherently social phenomenon – people are up to 30 times more likely to laugh in a group than when alone – laughter’s function as a form of communication remains mysterious. A new [...]
Neuronal structures associated with memory sprout in response to novel molecules Chemists at the University of California San Diego have designed a set of molecules that promote microscopic, anatomical changes in neurons associated with the formation and retention of memories. These drug candidates also prevent deterioration of the same neuronal structures in the presence of amyloid-beta, a protein fragment that accumulates in the brains of people [...]
Study: More than 40 percent of retired NFL players had brain injury More than 40 percent of retired National Football League (NFL) players in a recent study had signs of traumatic brain injury based on sensitive MRI scans called diffusion tensor imaging, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, April 15 to [...]
Study finds flags and logos make a group seem ‘real’ Organizations have logos, sports teams have mascots, countries have flags and national anthems. In marketing plans and political campaigns, a good logo is considered an essential tool for building brand identity. New research at the University of California, Davis, shows that logos do far more — creating the impression that a group is unified, effective [...]
Self-understanding helps criminal substance abusers Impulsiveness, crime and problems with social interaction. Many substance abusers also struggle with antisocial personality disorders, which makes it difficult for them to complete a drug or alcohol treatment programme. New research from the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research at Aarhus BSS reveals that just six additional counselling sessions may lower the drop-out rate [...]
First diagnosed case of Alzheimer’s disease in HIV-positive individual reported Georgetown University researchers are reporting the first case of Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed in an HIV-positive individual. The finding in a 71-year-old man triggers a realization about HIV survivors now reaching the age when Alzheimer’s risk begins to escalate. Published online in the open access journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring, neurologist R. [...]
The Boys in the Boat — a Metaphor for Marriage When you dream of a great marriage, what do you see? Spouses enjoying being together, basically in harmony for a lifetime? Or does “happily married” sound to you like an impossible dream? Cynicism about marriage is common these days. Fairytales that finish with “and they … ...
Is Fish Oil Beneficial for the Brain? All the latest data about mental health and omega-3 fatty acids for dementia, depression, and ultra-high risk of schizophrenia.
12 Ways to Beat Impostor Syndrome I’m a fake. I’m a phony. I don’t belong here. I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m a fraud. I don’t have what it takes. I’m not like the … ...
Why Creating is Never a Waste of Time I think all of us have an inner voice—call it our critic—that pipes up from time to time when it comes to our creativity, especially when we’re starting something new. … ...
A Perfect Apology: The Two Ingredients That Matter Most Although there are six components to a good apology, two are most effective. ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
Too much ‘noise’ can affect brain development Using cutting-edge imaging technology, University of California, Irvine biologists have determined that uncontrolled fluctuations (known at “noise) in the concentration of the vitamin A derivative Retinoic acid (RA) can lead to disruptions in brain organization during development. Identifying how a cell responds to a signal made by another cell, despite the level of noise present, [...]
Lose any Negative People you have in your Life! Negative people bring you down. They can often criticise, upset, even bully and demean you. Just make you feel bad. We can all have negative energy at times, but some … ...
Tiny eye movements filter ‘important’ stimuli and relay them to the brain Neuroscientists from Tübingen and Okasaki (Japan) have uncovered a mechanism that might clarify the meaning of “attention”. This often non-quantifiable term is supposed to describe how strongly we react to a visual stimulus. An international team of neuroscientists from the Tübingen Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) and the Okasaki National Institute for Physiological [...]
Whites receive more state funding for autism services than other racial, ethnic groups Whites with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in California receive more state funding than Hispanics, African Americans, Asians and others, new research from UC Davis Health System has found. The study also showed that state spending on ASD increases dramatically with age. Previous evaluations of the state’s investment in ASD services have not included adults, a [...]
Why Men Stay Away from Therapy — and Why... A man went to see psychologist Ryan Howes solely because his wife wanted him to. She wanted him to work on his communication and become more comfortable with intimacy. He wanted to be anywhere but there. Many men feel this way about therapy.* And many … ...
Neurobiology of Self-Control in Dogs A new study in dogs trained for MRI shows the part of the brain necessary for impulse control.