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More complicated than it looks Graffiti found this morning in Medellín which seems to uncannily illustrate the practice of cognitive science. Found on Carrera 63A (‘La Paralela’) by the metro station Acevedo. I’ve found myself in many risky situations in Colombia but few compare to running out into two lane traffic to try and take this photo.
Prenatal exposure to air pollution linked to impulsivity, emotional problems in children Exposure to common air pollutants during pregnancy may predispose children to problems regulating their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors later on, according to a new study led by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health within Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and New York State Psychiatric Institute. The new study is the [...]
Feeding Your Self-Compassion Recently, I penned a piece on self-compassion for our main blog. One of the researchers I interviewed, Amy Finlay-Jones, shared a powerful story that’s often mentioned in self-compassion training. It’s the story … ...
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Scientists discover neural mechanisms that indicate that we actively forget as we learn They say that once you’ve learned to ride a bicycle, you never forget how to do it. But new research suggests that while learning, the brain is actively trying to forget. The study, by scientists at EMBL and University Pablo Olavide in Sevilla, Spain, is published today in Nature Communications. “This is the first time [...]
Natural resilience to major life stressors is not as common as thought When someone goes through a rough period in their life, say a divorce or losing their job, the common thought has been that this is a test of the person’s natural resilience or ability to bounce back. “Give the person time to heal” has been the common mantra. This oftentimes meant that when these people [...]
Human brain mapping study suggests you might be hard-wired for altruism It’s an age-old quandary: Are we born “noble savages” whose best intentions are corrupted by civilization, as the 18th century Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau contended? Or are we fundamentally selfish brutes who need civilization to rein in our base impulses, as the 17th century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes argued? After exploring the areas of the [...]
Journaling Can Help De-Clutter Your Head The weight of the world can get the best of us sometimes. That’s where I’ve been for the last couple months. I’ve been worried about life, about relationships, about money, … ...
Sneaky Rumination: Replaying Conversations in My Head After you speak to someone, even if they’re not a stranger, do you find yourself replaying the conversation in your head afterwards? Do you pore over what you said, specifically, and maybe cringe here and there? Do you wish you said something different or worry … ...
Being A Narcissist And Having High Self-Esteem Are Totally Different Things Psych study explains the crucial difference between being a narcissist and having high self-esteem. ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
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Today I Love Bright Chilly Mornings Today I love bright chilly mornings. I love the sunny street out front and the sunny yard out back. I love the sunny, brilliant town. I love that the morning … ...
Do You Keep Score in Your Relationships? Conflicts in close relationships are perhaps unavoidable. However, are you making things worse by constantly keeping a tally of who’s supposed to do what and when?
Welcome to Parenting Anxious Kids Parenting is a road built upon a foundation of hard work, endless sleepless nights, and a never-wavering belief in the hope for your child’s future. But while parenting itself can … ...
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Psychology Around the Net: March 19, 2016 Happy Saturday, sweet readers! I hope you’ve had a fantastic week — better than mine, anyway. We’re having a new roof installed and, well, when you work from home, let’s just say it’s a bit difficult to concentrate with all the banging, hammering, and stomping. … ...
How Productive Are You, Really? A self-assessment inventory to help you decide if you want to be more or less productive at work and outside of work.