|Experiencing physical pain increases empathy towards others
||People who experience physical pain are more likely to exhibit sympathetic moral judgments, according to an October 2015 study. The pair of studies, published in the Public Library of Science’s journal PLOS One, looked to expand upon previous studies involving pain. “Although empathy for people in pain has been widely studied…few studies have addressed the [...]
|Do You Believe Rejections Reveal Your "Fatal Flaws"?
||Some people take romantic rejection harder than others. New research shows that what you believe about the nature of personality is linked to how well you cope with rejection.
|Study shows medical marijuana decreases frequency of migraine headaches
||Patients diagnosed with migraine headaches saw a significant drop in their frequency when treated with medical marijuana, according to a new study from researchers at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The study, published this week in the journal Pharmacotherapy, examined patients diagnosed with migraines [...]
|Mentally challenging activities key to a healthy aging mind
||One of the greatest challenges associated with the growing numbers of aged adults is how to maintain a healthy aging mind. Taking up a new mental challenge such as digital photography or quilting may help maintain cognitive vitality, say researchers reporting in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience. Recent evidence suggests that engaging in enjoyable and enriching [...]
|Everyday citizens using Twitter shaped the national discussion about Ferguson police killing
||The fatal shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, set off a national wave of dialogue and protests, from the streets to social media, as people nationwide grappled with myriad complex issues, including police use of force, race relations in America, and criminal justice reform. Now, new research from two Northeastern [...]
|Poverty linked to childhood depression and changes in brain connectivity
||Many negative consequences are linked to growing up poor, and researchers at Washington University St. Louis have identified one more: altered brain connectivity. Analyzing brain scans of 105 children ages 7 to 12, the researchers found that key structures in the brain are connected differently in poor children than in kids raised in more affluent [...]
|The psychology behind ‘sleeping in’ on the weekends
||Sleeping in over the weekend is one of life’s great pleasures. Yet some of us are much better at it than others. A teenager is much more likely to emerge from their bed at midday than their middle-aged parents – but even within age groups, individual differences exist. Why is this? It’s well-known that teenagers [...]
|Psychology study explains when and why bystanders intervene in cyberbullying
||People on social media are often unsupportive of cyberbullying victims who have shared highly personal feelings, UCLA psychologists report. Compared to face-to-face situations, bystanders are even less likely to intervene with online bullying. The researchers wanted to learn why bystanders are infrequently supportive of when bullying occurs online. In a new study, the researchers created [...]
|Autism-linked protein lays groundwork for healthy brain
||A gene linked to mental disorders helps lays the foundation for a crucial brain structure during prenatal development, according to Salk Institute research published January 14, 2016 in Cell Reports. The findings reveal new mechanistic insights into the gene, known as MDGA1, which may bring a better understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders in people, says Carlos [...]
|20 Things We Don’t Need
||1. We don’t need to join another weight-loss program. 2. We don’t need to buy a new diet book. 3. We don’t need to take a diet pill. (Diet pills … ...
|How I Find Contentment
||I’ve talked before about how, instead of trying to seek happiness we should aim for the more manageable goal of contentment. I think this is something we would all do … ...
|How to be Productive without Losing Your Sanity or...
||In our quest to get things done, we might be missing something, or rather someone, very important: ourselves. That is, in trying to get everything checked off our to-do lists, we might neglect our needs. We might sacrifice sleep. We might work overtime without much, … ...
|Mental Illness Equals Creativity? Not So Fast.
||One of the issues/topics I have frequently written against is the romanticizing of mental illness. One of the ways of romanticizing mental illness is to believe that people who are … ...
|The 5 Most Dangerous Myths About Narcissism (Part 1)
||You may think you know all there is to know about narcissism. But you’d be surprised by how many of your most cherished ideas turn out to be just plain wrong.
|How The Brain Can Play Out Memories And Future Events In Fast Forward
In a few seconds our brains can play out events that would take hours or days at real time.
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|Today I Love Windfalls
||Today I love windfalls, those small pieces of luck that occur in a life that you often have to work to find and often have to really look hard at … ...
|In a Relationship with an Introvert? Here’s Some Good News
||If you’re in a relationship with an introvert, you may wonder whether your relationship will suffer from your partner’s preferences for quiet contemplation. Here’s the good news
|Deconstructing Red Bull
||Americans guzzled a mind-blowing 3.5 billion energy drinks in 2013, with sales totaling $8.7 billion (Miller A, Dairy Foods 2014;115(3):22). Red Bull, the brand that basically created the industry, commands a 39% market share, trailed closely by Monster. The market is now so large that … ...
|Psychology Around the Net: January 16, 2016
||Hey, Psych Central readers! So, a lot of stuff happened this week. Some of it, pretty exciting (we finally got a few Powerball winners!); some of it, downright heart-wrenching (rest in peace, Alan Rickman and David Bowie). For our purposes (which I have to admit, … ...
|Mind Games People Play
||At one point in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the author has Hamlet say to Guildenstern, “Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me! You would play upon me, … ...