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Psychology study uncovers why people — including narcissists — use Instagram New research published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior has uncovered the major reasons people use the online photo- and video-sharing service Instagram. The study, by Pavica Sheldon and Katherine Bryant of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, uncovered new motives for social media use that had not been identified in previous research. “As [...]
Why public health scholars should study pornography On April 19, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert signed a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis. The resolution has sparked debate, but for most public health experts, the idea that pornography has some relevance to our health as a society isn’t too controversial. This topic is in my wheelhouse. I am a public health [...]
Smartphones uncover how the world sleeps A pioneering study of worldwide sleep patterns combines math modeling, mobile apps and big data to parse the roles society and biology each play in setting sleep schedules. The study, led by University of Michigan mathematicians, used a free smartphone app that reduces jetlag to gather robust sleep data from thousands of people in 100 [...]
Study on lunar cycles asks: Does the moon affect our mood or actions? Always surrounded by an aura of mystery, the moon and its possible influence over human behavior has been object of ancestral fascination and mythical speculation for centuries. While the full moon cannot turn people into werewolves, some people do accuse it of causing a bad night’s sleep or creating physical and mental alterations. But is [...]
Digital media may be changing how you think Tablet and laptop users beware. Using digital platforms such as tablets and laptops for reading may make you more inclined to focus on concrete details rather than interpreting information more abstractly, according to a new study published in the proceedings of ACM CHI ’16, the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, to be [...]
Seven psychological facts about depression Below are seven facts about depression from researchers studying psychology and neuroscience. 1.) Some forms of “positive thinking” have been linked to depression. Research published in the journal Psychological Science found people who fantasized about an idealized future tended to have fewer depressive symptoms in the present, but faced more depressive symptoms in the future. “Inducing positive fantasies may [...]
What Is Bipolar II Disorder? Introduction According to psychiatry online, “The term bipolar II was first used about 30 years ago to differentiate patients with recurrent depressive episodes and hypomania from those with classic bipolar … ...
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Misunderstood But Effective & Powerful Treatment... Today, psychodynamic psychotherapy tends to get dismissed or outright rejected. It’s seen as ineffective, unscientific and archaic. It’s associated with Freud and some of his “outlandish” theories — many of which have become caricatures. If you’ve ever learned about psychoanalysis or psychodynamic psychotherapy in college … ...
Why humans became monogamous The evidence is undeniable. If a Martian zoologist were to visit Earth, he or she – or it – would conclude that the species Homo sapiens is somewhat polygynous (partaking of a mating system in which one male mates with more than one female). At the same time, and if our Martian looked hard enough, [...]
Need to Generate Another Big Idea? Try Daydreaming! Having trouble trying to generate the next big idea? Are you facing writer’s block or some other form of stifled creativity? Sometimes the answer isn’t to just force an idea … ...
The Way To Intentionally Forget Memories Reveals Their Contextual Nature The technique relies on the fact that our memories are highly contextual. > Get motivated with PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
Are You a Highly Sensitive Person? You’re such a cry baby! I’ve known from an early age that I’m more sensitive than most people. I’m hard pressed to get through a movie or church service without … ...
On Being Productive and Creating Quickly It never fails. I almost always underestimate how long an article will take to complete. I assume it should take an hour or two. Tops. But often it’s more like … ...
Alcohol’s Long-Term Effect On Your Happiness May Surprise You Could giving up alcohol make you happy or miserable? > Get motivated with PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
Derailed train of thought? Brain’s stopping system may be at fault Have you had the experience of being just on the verge of saying something when the phone rang? Did you then forget what it is you were going to say? A study of the brain’s electrical activity offers a new explanation of how that happens. Published in Nature Communications, the study comes from the lab [...]
Mothers Are Altruists Sine Qua Non Mothering is, by far and away, the most common form of prosocial behavior in our species. Here’s why.
What’s Your Intent? We all say hurtful things from time to time. Sometimes we lash out from anger, saying mean things on purpose with the intent to hurt. Sometimes we just don’t think before we speak. We do not mean to cause hurt. But it is easy to … ...
Childhood Emotional Neglect: The Enemy of Assertiveness... Perhaps you’ve seen the many great articles about assertiveness here on Psychcentral over the past few years. Those articles have explained what assertiveness actually is: — standing up for yourself with … ...
Today I Love The Quiet Calm Of This Early Morning Today I love the quiet calm of this early morning, it’s like a cool grey vacuum for my mind into which the memories of my mother slip easily for me … ...
What Is Bipolar I Disorder? Introduction You may have heard the term Bipolar I Disorder. Yes, it is a mood disorder. However, you may be wondering what separates it from the other types of mood … ...