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Experimental psychologists work their magic on the ‘shrunken finger illusion’ What happens when you rest a chopped ping pong ball on your finger and look at it from above? Experimental psychologists from KU Leuven, Belgium, have shown that our visual system fills in the bottom part of the ball, even though we know it’s missing. This makes our finger feel unusually short, as if to [...]
Humor may be an indicator of fitness and compatibility in heterosexual relationships   Past research has determined that humor plays a role in selecting a mate, but the exact evolutionary function has yet to be determined. There are three common theories. The first suggests that humor functions as an indicator for genetic quality. Humor requires intelligence and verbal skills, both of which display psychological fitness. The second [...]
Minorities’ homicide victimization rates fall significantly compared to whites’ A new study reveals that while homicide victimization rates declined for whites, blacks, and Hispanics in the United States from 1990-2010, the drop was much more precipitous for the two minority groups. “Because criminologists have long viewed group disparities in criminal violence as important indicators of broader patterns of racial/ethnic inequality, these appear to be [...]
Negativity bias is one psychological difference between liberals and conservatives Conservatives and liberals know there is a chasm between their policy and social ideals. But a new study shows that their differences may be psychologically fundamental. The research, led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Mark Mills, revealed that negativity bias — where greater weight in our cognitive processes is given to negative information over positive [...]
Infants born prematurely may show less interest in others Attention to other people is a fundamental role for social cognitive development in the early stages of life. However, infants born prematurely show a different attentional pattern. In a new study, a Kyoto University team found evidence that such babies are less interested in other people compared to infants born full-term, when tested at 6 [...]
Imitating movements could help Alzheimer’s patients Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Alzheimer’s Association. There is no cure and no way to slow or prevent the illness. But, patients can still benefit from both physical and cognitive rehabilitation, and researchers are learning that mimicry may be a useful tool to help them [...]
For young adults, sleep problems predict later pain problems For at least some groups of “emerging adults,” sleep problems are a predictor of chronic pain and worsening pain severity over time, suggests a study in PAIN®, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain® (IASP). The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. In contrast, the presence of pain generally doesn’t [...]
Study finds addiction associated with poor awareness of others Developmental psychologist Maria Pagano, PhD, found adolescents with severe alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems have a low regard for others, as indicated by higher rates of driving under the influence and having unprotected sex with a history of sexually transmitted disease. The findings also showed that they are less likely to volunteer their time [...]
Proteins associated with schizophrenia hang around longer than previously thought The discovery that a particular protein doesn’t just give cells a job but also sticks around to tell them how to do these new assignments could provide insight into schizophrenia, as well as a neurodevelopmental disorder, according to a new study by a Drexel University research team. The team discovered that the protein, called TCF4, [...]
Brain appears to have different mechanisms for reconciling sight and sound A new UCLA psychology study provides insights into how the brain combines sound and vision. The research suggests that there is not one sole mechanism in the brain that governs how much our senses work together to process information. Among the implications of the study: It might not be as easy as many people had [...]
US autism rate unchanged in new CDC report Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health contributed to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that finds the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) largely unchanged from two years ago, at one in 68 children (or 1.46 percent). Boys were 4.5 times more likely to be identified [...]
Trypophobia: the fear of holes driven by the internet – and mathematics Since the advent of the internet, people have been able to discuss their symptoms with others globally. Sometimes people with very unusual symptoms discover others with similar experiences, which they are then able to discuss without fear of ridicule. Discussion forums and support groups are formed and eventually a new medical condition may be recognised. [...]
Former LAPD Sergeant Accuses Elton John of Sexual Battery,... Elton John is a living legend in many ways and has entertained millions with his music for decades. He also has been very committed to certain charities and causes and … ...
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From virtual reality to noise control: How to manipulate the senses to relieve pain The next time you habitually search your bathroom cabinet for some pain medication, you may want to consider playing a video game first. Research has shown that psychology plays an important part in how we experience both acute and chronic pain – and that painful sensations can be manipulated by what we think and feel. [...]
10 Online Mental Health Resources You Should Know About Mental health resources are at your your fingertips with the World Wide Web, but it can be overwhelming to dig through Google and find the most useful tools for yourself or a loved one. We’ve spent some time exploring what mental health initiatives are out there and selected 10 of the best to share with […]
The Other AA I self-enrolled in AA. Alcoholics Anonymous? No, something far more potent than your favorite liquor. Welcome to Attention Anonymous. Thank you for attending today’s meeting. You are among friends. To break the ice, let me confess my personal story. I am sure you can relate. … ...
Unhealthy Diet + Lack of Exercise = Faster Aging Could an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise be making you age faster? According to researchers at the Mayo Clinic, the answer is yes. In fact, in a recent study, … ...
Can Comedy Kill You? Why Funnier Comedians Die Sooner Those identified as funnier were more than three times more likely to die prematurely when compared to more serious comedy personalities.
Before You Respond to Another’s Anger.. Antagonism is a term used to describe attention seeking in the form of blame, criticism and intimidation. When you are angry, you are vulnerable to being antagonized. Your logical thought … ...