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Trust your aha! moments, experiments show they’re probably right When a solution to a problem seems to have come to you out of thin air, it turns out you’ve more than likely been struck with the right idea, according to a new study. A series of experiments conducted by a team of researchers determined that a person’s sudden insights are often more accurate at [...]
Being Self-Employed With ADHD? I’d Recommend It. I am nothing if not a procrastinator. Most projects aren’t interesting when the deadline isn’t hanging directly over my head, and most things that aren’t interesting don’t hold my attention. … ...
Hashtag activism can effect real-world change American University School of Communication‘s Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI) announces new research on the rise of the nationwide Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. The study “Beyond the Hashtags: #Ferguson, #Blacklivesmatter, and the Online Struggle for Offline Justice,”coauthored by AU Communications Professor Deen Freelon, examines how social media drove the biggest push for [...]
Dementia plaques attack language center of brain The recent ability to peer into the brain of living individuals with a rare type of language dementia, primary progressive aphasia (PPA), provides important new insights into the beginning stages of this disease — which results in language loss — when it is caused by a buildup of a toxic protein found in Alzheimer’s disease. [...]
People often over-claim their own contributions to the team When Leonardo DiCaprio accepted his Oscar for Best Actor in “The Revenant” this year, he acknowledged the hard work of the movie’s entire team. But such generosity isn’t always the case. On large teams–such as big film production crews–size can lead people to inflate their own contributions while diminishing their team members’ work. A new [...]
A Fabulous New Book, and ‘Singled Out,’ a Book... I just wrote a rave review that will be published here at Psych Central in the coming weeks. It begins like this: “Some books are not just books, they are … ...
Dating and Mental Health: How Open Should You Be? “Adventurous, compassionate soul seeking fun-loving female to wander the world, discuss latest New York Times headlines, and exchange witty political banter.” “Thoughtful, humorous goofball in a long-term relationship with road-trips, hole-in-the wall Vietnamese restaurants, and family eccentricities.” “Public interest lawyer — and current nonprofit liaison … ...
Animals' Healing Touch - Body, Mind, Spirit In little more than their presence, animals help us stay grounded.
How Many Nights of Mediocre Sleep Are the Same as No Sleep At All? Scientists deprived a group of study participants of different amounts of sleep. Some got a full night’s sleep, others got their hours of sleep cut down, and some got no sleep whatsoever. After a while, the slightly-deprived people were as bad off as the people who had gotten no sleep. The difference was, they didn’t know it....
Genetics is rarely just about genes If you want a crystal clear introduction to the role genetics can play in human nature, you can’t do much better than an article in The Guardian’s Sifting the Evidence blog by epidemiologist Marcus Munafo. It’s been giving a slightly distracting title – but ignore that – and just read the main text. Are we […]
Eye cells may use math to detect motion In a study of mice, scientists showed how one type of neuron in the eye may distinguish moving objects. The study suggests that the NMDA receptor, a protein normally associated with learning and memory, may help neurons in the eye and the brain relay that information.
Songbirds pinpoint effects of Huntington's disease Scientists have parsed the role of the Huntington's disease gene in an area of the songbird's brain responsible for complex, sequential movements. These findings not only give a clearer view of how the genetic mutation that causes Huntington's disease alters brain and behavior, it may also offer a new therapeutic target for treatment.
Discovery identifies new treatment target for age-releated macular degeneration, Alzheimer's For the first time, researchers have shown that a protein critical to the body's ability to remove waste products from the brain and retina is diminished in age-related macular degeneration, after first making the discovery in an Alzheimer's disease brain. The research team also discovered a key reason, identifying a new treatment target.
How to Adapt A Newspaper Article Into A Screenplay... One great thing about finding stories in newspaper or magazine articles is that the rights usually are generally affordable for the average screenwriter. Usually the rights to popular books like … ...
Talk about yourself on social media? A network of brain regions involved in self-disclosure on Facebook has been determined by a team of researchers. In the first study to examine the intrinsic functional connectivity of the brain in relation to social media use, researchers observed connectivity between regions of the brain previously established to play a role in self-cognition, in 35 participants.
Emotional Regulation: Is There An App For That? The ability to self-regulate is developed early in life. How well it develops depends upon the parent-child relationship.
Using the arts to promote healthy aging Throughout the country, the arts are pumping new life into the bodies and minds of the elderly.
Don’t Let Anyone EVER Tell You There’s No Way Out Several years ago I was in a sticky situation. A well-meaning friend kept telling me: You’re stuck. You’re trapped. You’ll never get out of your situation. Those words galvanized me. … ...
How To Tell If You Are Making Progress In Therapy It’s safe to say one of the main goals of therapy is to teach you how to help yourself so you don’t actually have to be in therapy, at least not for a moment longer than necessary. How do you tell if you're making progress?...
Should therapists analyze presidential candidates? Offering a diagnosis or treatment recommendation for someone a therapist has never met is fraught both ethically and scientifically.