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Seeing isn’t required to gesture like a native speaker People the world over gesture when they talk, and they tend to gesture in certain ways depending on the language they speak. Findings from a new study including blind and sighted participants suggest that these gestural variations do not emerge from watching other speakers make the gestures, but from learning the language itself. “Adult speakers [...]
Women with blonde hair are not dumber than other women The “dumb blonde” stereotype is simply wrong, according to a new national study of young baby boomers. The study of 10,878 Americans found that white women who said their natural hair color was blonde had an average IQ score within 3 points of brunettes and those with red or black hair. While jokes about blondes [...]
Better safe than sorry: Babies make quick judgments about adults’ anger Adults often form fast opinions about each other’s personalities, especially when it comes to negative traits. If we see someone argue with another driver over a parking space, for instance, we may assume that person tends to be confrontational. Two new research studies with hundreds of 15-month-old infants demonstrate that babies form similar generalizations about [...]
Beyond Alzheimer’s: Study reveals how mix of brain ailments drives dementia A new analysis based on two long-term aging studies–one of Roman Catholic nuns, the other of Japanese American men–provides what may be the most compelling evidence yet that dementia commonly results from a blend of brain ailments, rather than from a single condition. This is often the case even when an Alzheimer’s diagnosis has been [...]
Online Mindfulness Therapy for Anxiety and Depression Mindfulness Therapy, also known as Mindfulness Meditation Therapy, originally developed by Peter Strong, PhD in the 1980’s, describes a very promising new approach for helping people overcome long-standing problems with … ...
Research offers promising new approach for generalized anxiety disorder Results of a five-year, randomized clinical trial of a new combined treatment approach for severe generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) led by Henny Westra at York University, Toronto, with Michael Constantino at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Martin Antony at Ryerson University, Toronto, suggest that integrating motivational interviewing (MI) with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) improves [...]
#191: Girls and Women and Sexuality-Part Two astrid westvang via Compfight Males and females have different experiences about their sexuality from the beginning of life—differences that are based in their dissimilar anatomy. These distinctions in no way … ...
Sleep suppresses brain rebalancing Why humans and other animals sleep is one of the remaining deep mysteries of physiology. One prominent theory in neuroscience is that sleep is when the brain replays memories “offline” to better encode them (“memory consolidation”). A prominent and competing theory is that sleep is important for re-balancing activity in brain networks that have been [...]
For heavier individuals, the anticipation of rejection drives down self-esteem Imagine yourself in a speed-dating situation — five minutes to impress, or not, the person across the table from you. It’s enough to unnerve even the most confident individuals. But for heavier women, the effects are even worse. Research shows that concerns about rejection and devaluation due to one’s weight can lead to negative health [...]
Only about half of suicidal patients asked if they have access to firearms Despite national guidelines urging emergency department doctors to ask suicidal patients if they have access to firearms or other lethal implements, only about half actually do, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The researchers interviewed 1,358 patients from eight emergency departments (EDs) in seven states who [...]
Psychologist on dating: there are no rules of attraction when it comes to meeting your match Some time ago, I found myself single again (shock, horror!) and decided to get back into the world of dating. One thing that struck me very early on in my forays was that everyone had an opinion about “what worked” in terms of dating. But too often those opinions were based on anecdotes, assumptions about [...]
Parenting Tips: Understanding Momentary Balance This is crucial information! Let me ask you something — Are you tired of hearing everyone talk about “work/life balance” and how important it is to treat yourself with “radical self-care?” Parents get hit with this all the time. It’s the new standard for “successful” … ...
Parents Often Get It Wrong When Trying to Fix... It’s hard to be a parent of a child who is a picky eater. It’s even harder when that child has autism. That’s why many parents of autistic children, worried … ...
A Letter to My Younger Self: 5 Things I... I’ve heard from so many unloved daughters that they wish they’d understood the dynamics of their relationships to their mothers years ago, and that they regret the wasted time. I … ...
Memory Recall Is Tripled By An Easy ‘Self-Imagination’ Technique, Study Finds For both healthy people and those with memory problems, the technique improved recall dramatically. ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
Are Scores on the MBTI Totally Meaningless? The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is not without its faults, but the criticisms leveled at this inventory by many of my colleagues are off-base.
Wrong Personality For The Job Have you ever been interviewed for a job and rejected on account of you personality? Here is the story of a personality psychologist whose phone interview did not go well.
Tracing the scent of fear A new study has identified nerve cells and a region of the brain behind this innate fear response. With a new technique that uses specially-engineered viruses to uncover the nerve pathway involved, a research team has pinpointed a tiny area of the mouse brain responsible for this scent-induced reaction.
The Most Severe Personality Disorder Weakens Empathic Brain Activity Why people with the most severe personality disorder find it difficult to have romantic relationships and friendships. ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
It’s the Talent, Stupid Most of us want to pay less taxes, see our investments create huge returns in the very near future, and only live with people who appreciate our work.