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Best of Our Blogs: April 1, 2016 Are you in a shame spiral for feeling like a fool? It’s April Fool’s today, but the real hurt comes when loved ones shame you for doing something you need to do for you. I met a woman who has two young kids living in another … ...
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How Families Changed – What Everyone Knows and No One Knows Families have been changing dramatically since the 1950s, in ways we never saw coming and in radical ways we still aren't recognizing.
I Quit My Day Job and My Dysphoria Disappeared Up until three months ago I was a histotechnologist at a medical laboratory. Basically, I spent all day putting tissue samples on microscope slides for a pathologist to diagnose. When … ...
If You Are Single with No Kids, Who Is Your Family? Today in the U.S., it is just about as ordinary to be single as to be married. There are 107 million unmarried Americans who are 18 or older; if you … ...
Quit Smoking with Natural Herbs: No, Not THAT Herb Smoking is an addiction that is difficult but not impossible to stop. Everyone is aware that it is a pathway to cancer,emphysema and other health problems. Having a desire and … ...
Car Accident, Injury Left Tracy Morgan Suicidal Most of us know Tracy Morgan best from his years on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. He has dedicated his adult life to making people laugh so fans must … ...
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Increased testosterone linked to reduced desire for post-sex communication High levels of testosterone during sex are related to a reduced desire to talk to one’s partner afterwards, according to a study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. “Pillow talk,” communication with one’s partner that occurs immediately after sexual activity, is thought by relationship researchers to be important for building intimate emotional [...]
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 [...]