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The Surprising Things That Predict a Long Life If you are an attractive non-smoking woman who feels good and thinks quickly, your future looks bright. (Or at least long!)
Free Will Is An Illusion: The Brain Tricks Us Into Thinking We Are In Control For anyone who has ever done something and then immediately wondered why, this study is for you... > Get motivated with PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
Hook-Up Hell I wrote a professional article about my 20-something support group which hypothesized that young adults don’t like the hook-up culture.  While this is only based on my anecdotal experience, I’d … ...
Exploring the gut-brain connection for insights into multiple sclerosis Bacteria living in the gut may remotely influence the activity of cells in the brain that are involved in controlling inflammation and neurodegeneration, new research suggests. Using pre-clinical models for multiple sclerosis (MS) and samples from MS patients, the team found evidence that changes in diet and gut flora may influence astrocytes in the brain, and, consequently, neurodegeneration, pointing to potential therapeutic targets.
Gender Bias in Diagnosing Autism: Can We Find Something... Here’s your assignment: Sort through a large, diverse group of birds and find all the peafowl. You are instructed to select the ones with vivid, iridescent plumage in blues and greens, with extravagant tails that open into huge, shimmering fans. Oh, you’re thinking, I’m looking … ...
When a Loved One Asks You for Relationship Advice Why do you think he said that? What do you think her behavior meant? What do you think I should do? So many of us turn to our loved ones for relationship advice. And they come to us. They want to rehash and make sense … ...
Asperger and NLD Students : Unmet Learning Challenges? Most students with Aspergers Syndrome (AS) and Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD) are bright. They often do well in school, especially on tasks involving facts and logic. However, many AS/NLD students … ...
Changing Your Thinking: Overcome Negative Thoughts Changing your thinking habits can make many things less disagreeable. If you don’t like your job, for example, you may habitually think about what a chore it is, how much … ...
Man’s Best Friend Meets Man's Best Robot Scientists have distilled the elements of dogs’ behavioral language for use in robots.
Think More, Eat Less? Memory Can Make Us Eat Less Hungry? Surprisingly, the trick to eating less might be our memory, and not our stomach. Remembering a past meal, or thinking about a future meal, can lead to less snacking!
Today I Love Going Home Today I love going home. I love that last night I got to go talk about a couple of memories I had from my childhood in the place where those … ...
Understanding Psychopathic Criminals Psychopathic criminals are cunning, manipulative, egotistical and cold blooded.
Predicting precision of movement tasks Even simple, frequently carried-out movement tasks like opening a door or grasping an object are sometimes realized better and sometimes worse, sometimes faster, sometimes slower, sometimes more precisely, sometimes less precisely. This variability in performance can be traced back in part to brain activity. An interdisciplinary junior research group has developed a self-learning algorithm that allows predictions concerning the precision of an action. The procedure could be used for physical training methods and for improving rehabilitation after strokes.
What I learned from my roommate’s heroin overdose We gossip when addicts relapse, They are kicked out of their halfway house, often left penniless and homeless. Addicts know addiction is a disease, but why to we treat each other so badly when we are sickest?...
Are You Ready to Give Another Animal the Best Life Possible? Are you prepared to give a companion animal the very best life they can have in your care? A new book called "Run, Spot, Run" clearly lays out the deep commitment it really takes.
A Little ADHD Story I just got in from telling stories. I write stories as I remember them from my youth and childhood. And tonight, I had been invited back to the church of … ...
Oxytocin Helps Dogs and People Bond Oxytocin, sometimes called the “love hormone,” plays a key role in human bonding. It’s involved in trust, empathy, romantic attachment and other pro-social emotions and states of mind. Interestingly, oxytocin isn’t just important for humans. It also appears to affect dogs’ social behavior, and in particular how dogs interact with...
The memory trap I had a piece in the Guardian on Saturday, ‘The way you’re revising may let you down in exams – and here’s why. In it I talk about a pervasive feature of our memories: that we tend to overestimate how much of a memory is ‘ours’, and how little is actually shared with other people, … Continue reading "The memory trap"
The Link Between Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Organization Development, and Change Management I often find people confusing and commingling the terms “organization development” and “change management”, even I/O psychology experts and authors. To set the record straight and help clear up this persistent and ongoing confusion, I offer this post on the link between Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology, Organization Development (OD), and Change Management. One problem is that different … Continue reading The Link Between Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Organization Development, and Change Management →
What Self-Love Might Look Like for You I’m ending the week with another piece on self-love. (Here are parts one and two.) Below are additional examples of what loving yourself might look like in your life. I personally love examples, because … ...