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Young men — but not older ones — react negatively to attractive male public figures When viewing music video clips of muscular male singers, young men experience a significant negative mood change, according to a 2015 study published in Journal of Health Psychology. Prior to the study’s completion, little research had been published regarding age differences in men’s reactions to seeing attractive or muscular men.  Male body dissatisfaction has been [...]
Food Dyes and Hyperactive Behavior in Children We’ve seen these parents in our practice: those that say their children get “hyper” from eating a red Popsicle or that the orange mac and cheese makes their ADHD somehow worse. But what’s the evidence that food dyes are actually related to behavior? The safety … ...
New Guidelines for Mental Health Screening in Pregnant and... Last year, one of the most prominent medical journals, The Lancet, led with an editorial that made a bold assertion, “There is no time in the lifespan that the World … ...
The Small Vicissitudes of Life I thought I had a small dent in my car door, but my insurance company declared my car a total loss. Here's how I fought big business and won.
Writing Your Own Stories Last week I talked about the power of others’ personal stories. The right words can help us to feel less afraid and less alone. They can help us to realize … ...
5 Ways to Quit Replaying Painful Memories Rehashing painful memories isn't good for you. These strategies can help you stop ruminating on the past.
3 Ways Confident Women Take On the World Stop making your life so miserable. I don’t know any woman who doesn’t want to feel successful in her life — be it work, relationships, finances, family, etc. But often, the very pursuit of that success makes us, as women, feel miserable. Why? Perhaps we’re … ...
New Research Ties Female Leadership to Increased Profits A new, large global survey shows that a move from "from no female leaders to 30% representation" is associated with substantive gains in profitability.
Ketogenic Diet Boosts Brain Power A high fat, extremely low-carbohydrate diet might be the best thing for our brains. A spate of recent studies finds that ketogenic diets can help everything from mild cognitive impairment … ...
The Chaos of Meditation   I (whatever that means) lay down outside and close my eyes to go inside (where’s that?!). My Mind (whatever that means) sets a goal for itself: notice Reality (whatever … ...
Neurosurgeons help pave way for deep brain stimulation and Alzheimer’s Neurosurgeons at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix are involved with testing the viability of deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat Alzheimer’s disease, a disorder that currently has few treatment options. Results from the Phase 2 study, reported in the Journal of Neurosurgery on Dec. 18, 2015, demonstrated the safety of DBS in Alzheimer’s patients. A neurosurgical [...]
Opponents of gay marriage feel threatened by sexual promiscuity: study Why do opponents of same-sex marriage really oppose it? A UCLA psychology study published online today in the journal Psychological Science concludes that many people believe gay men and women are more sexually promiscuous than heterosexuals, which they may fear could threaten their own marriages and their way of life. “Many people who oppose same-sex marriage [...]
Genomic causes of severe compulsiveness in dogs could aid study of human OCD Research led by investigators in veterinary and human medicine has identified genetic pathways that exacerbate severity of canine compulsive disorder in Doberman pinschers, a discovery that could lead to better therapies for obsessive compulsive disorder in people. The discovery appears online in advance of print on Feb. 29, 2016 in the International Journal of Applied [...]
Being overweight linked to memory-impairing dysfunction in the hippocampus Overweight young adults may have poorer episodic memory – the ability to recall past events – than their peers, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge, adding to increasing evidence of a link between memory and overeating. In a preliminary study published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, researchers from the Department of [...]
Women who feel more at risk of crime also prefer physically dominant partners Women who prefer physically formidable and dominant mates (PPFDM) tend to feel more at risk of crime regardless of the situation or risk factors present, according to research from the University of Leicester. Previous research suggests that women who grow up in high-crime areas and perceive they are at risk of criminal victimisation find dominant [...]
Fever The mosquito Aedes aegypti craves heat. Zika and other viruses that mature within its belly like it too. Do Americans believe that climate change could make them ill?
Beyond Weight and Thinness: Exploring What You Really Want... Yesterday, in this post, I talked about the illusion of thinness—the belief that once we lose weight and finally become “thin,” we will have everything we’ve ever wanted. Our lives … ...
For Those in Despair: You Are Not Alone Whenever we’re struggling with something, we assume we are alone. We are the only ones. I’m the only one who can’t get through the day without crying. I’m the only one with sweaty palms and terror swirling through my body while grocery shopping. I’m the … ...
The Saddest Thing About How Men View Their Own Depression Try reaching out with even the simplest question like 'How are you doing?' ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything (Ebook) **
Why Are Presidential Debates Like NASCAR Races? Non-verbal behavior has a huge effect on how we view politicians, sometimes even greater than their policy positions—the information we ideally hope drives our vote choices.