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Parenting or Teaching the Curious Observer Child The 5-Observers didn’t toot their own horns at all, but when they felt listened to and comfortable they revealed fascinating inner lives.
Keep Your Brain Younger With One Physical and One Mental Activity Gray matter ageing slowed significantly by these two factors. ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything (Ebook) **
Deep Down, Are You a Murderer? A man killed his in-laws while asleep. You could too.
Angry Thoughts You need to look carefully at your angry thoughts and try to see if you are making errors in the way your interpret situations. It can help to examine long … ...
Mindfulness or Savoring? How To Tell Them Apart. Many times I hear people say that they enjoyed the practice of mindfulness because they loved the prolonged and concentrated feeling of calmness they felt as they turned their attention … ...
How Well Do You Know Your Facebook Friends? I didn’t know her, but she said she lived in Newark, Del. (where I was raised and went to university) and she wanted to be my friend on Facebook. So I did what many of us do and accepted her friend request. Turns out she … ...
Today I Love This Foggy March Morning Today I love this foggy march morning and its misty, mysterious ways. I love the fog, especially when it is light and does not limit visibility on the roads enough … ...
When memories age For our brain it makes a great difference whether we remember experiences from long ago, or if we recollect recent events. Neuroscientists were able to show that distinct brain-networks are involved.
Little Goals with a Big Impact A few weeks ago I blogged about my experiences with reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Big Magic.” In particular, I mentioned a personal, quite little but longtime goal that the book … ...
You Don’t Have to Believe Everything You Think A belief is healthy if it catalyzes positive emotion. Negative, self-defeating or self-deprecating beliefs are unhealthy because they catalyze emotional distress and bodily stress, which is very bad for our … ...
Complex learning dismantles barriers in the brain Scientists taught Braille to sighted individuals and found that learning such a complex tactile task activates the visual cortex, when you'd only expect it to activate the tactile one.
Do you Have a Craving for Facebook Likes? It feels good to be mentioned in social media Accepting friend requests from people we don’t know
Do You Crave Facebook Likes? The craving for social media acceptance may be related to personality.
How to Help Your Military and Veteran Clients Quit... Approximately one in three active duty service members uses tobacco, compared with one in five adult civilians. In combat veterans, the number can be as high as one in two. This statistic amounts to several hundred thousand uniformed men and women who start and end … ...
Best of Our Blogs: March 15, 2016 Are you hiding a secret? Do you judge others for buying/eating/gossiping too much, but do the same thing yourself? Are you afraid that your husband will find out how much you’re really spending online, or your friend will discover you’re secretly sabotaging your health? Gretchen … ...
What Exactly is Hypomania? Hypomania is not a familiar attribute of bipolar disorder for most of the general public. It’s a characteristic of bipolar II, which, again, isn’t quite as well-known as bipolar I. … ...
Psychedelic brew called ayahuasca shows promise in treating recurrent depression A psychedelic drink called ayahuasca, traditionally used for medicinal purposes among indigenous groups in the Amazon, may act as a fast-working and long-lasting anti-depressant, according to a preliminary study published in the journal Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria (Brazilian Review of Psychiatry). The main ingredient in ayahuasca is the vine of caapi plant, mixed with the leaves of [...]
How the brain processes information influences beliefs about psychic powers The results from recent research suggests that how we process information may play a role in the formation of paranormal psychic beliefs. Two concepts were of particular interest in how paranormal beliefs may develop: memory accuracy and the link between psychic beliefs and critical thinking. Researchers David Gray and Stephen Gallo contend that memory accuracy, [...]
Can Psychology Explain the Maria Sharapova Doping Controversy?... Mystery continues to surround the revelation that tennis champion Maria Sharapova has tested positive for a banned substance. One of the enigmas surrounds the drug implicated–meldonium–is reportedly widely used for the treatment of heart problems, so why would an elite athlete take it? Does the … ...
Where we live affects our bias against mixed-race individuals Whites living in areas where they are less exposed to those of other races have a harder time categorizing mixed-race individuals than do Whites with greater interracial exposure, a condition that is associated with greater prejudice against mixed-race individuals, a new experimental study shows. For decades, research has shown that Whites with lower interracial exposure [...]