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Study on hormone fluctuations finds women feel more assertive when they are fertile Female hormones impact women’s assertiveness and sexual availability, according to a study recently published in Psychoneuroendocrinology. Previous studies of female sexual behavior have found that women are the fussier sex when it comes to mate selection. This is thought to be because women put in the greater parental investment due to pregnancy, giving birth, breast [...]
Research suggests amygdala neural circuits drive pleasure-inducing behavior Scientists have long believed that the central amygdala, a structure located deep within the brain, is linked with fear and responses to unpleasant events. However, a team of MIT neuroscientists has now discovered a circuit in this structure that responds to rewarding events. In a study of mice, activating this circuit with certain stimuli made [...]
Why the most successful students have no passion for school In order to be successful, many people believe, one must be passionate. Passion makes challenges enjoyable. It bestows the stamina necessary to excel. However, there are telling counterexamples where passion doesn’t seem to be a necessary ingredient for success. One such case is academic success. You might think that successful students should be passionate about [...]
Study examines: What anal behaviors count as having had sex? New research published in The Journal of Sex Research investigated whether heterosexual men and women considered certain anal behaviors as “having had sex.” The study of 3,218 adults from the United States found that people labelled a variety of behaviors as having had sex. About 90 percent of the participants considered penile-anal intercourse as having sex, [...]
Sleep deprivation impairs your ability to interpret facial expressions, study finds After a rough night’s sleep, your ability to recognize whether those around you are happy or sad could suffer, according to a study led by a University of Arizona psychologist. The research, published in the journal Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms, found that study participants had a harder time identifying facial expressions of happiness [...]
Study: When people prepare for conflict, dominant leaders take the stage Throughout history there are examples of broad public support for dominant leaders. Hitler and Churchill are prominent examples – although with distinctly different legacies. Similarly, Trump in the US, Erdogan in Turkey and Duterte in the Philippines are all examples of contemporary leaders with an authoritarian leadership style who enjoy broad public support. But what [...]
Study: People often use the word ‘you’ rather than ‘I’ to cope with negative experiences To cope with negative experiences or to share an insight, people often use the word “you” rather than “I.” “You” is an overlooked word that people use to express norms and rules, new University of Michigan research found. Researchers conducted nine experiments with 2,489 people to understand why people curiously use “you” not only to [...]
Study on multisensory integration shows how brain combines subtle sensory signals to take notice A new study describes a key mechanism in the brain that allows animals to recognize and react when subtle sensory signals that might not seem important on their own occur simultaneously. Such “multisensory integration” (MSI) is a vital skill for young brains to develop, said the authors of the paper in eLife, because it shapes [...]
Republicans less likely to be critical about Obamacare when thinking of their own medical needs US Republican voters are less likely to be critical about the performance of the controversial “Obamacare” health reforms when they are reminded about their own medical needs, new research shows. The changes, introduced by former President Barack Obama, are now at risk after new President Donald Trump promised to scrap the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) [...]
Researchers propose new diagnostic model for psychiatric disorders A consortium of 50 psychologists and psychiatrists from around the world has outlined a new diagnostic model for mental illness, in what researchers hope will be a paradigm shift in how these illnesses are classified and diagnosed. Lee Anna Clark, William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Professor and Chair of Psychology, and David Watson, Andrew [...]
Exercising 2.5 hours per week associated with slower declines in Parkinson’s disease patients Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive condition that often results in mobility impairments and can lead to decreased health-related quality of life (HRQL) and death. There is evidence that physical activity can delay decline in PD patients. In a study in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, researchers determined that that people who exercised regularly had [...]
Researchers focus on cell membranes to develop Alzheimer’s treatments Thin parts of the cell membranes of neurons turn out to be particularly vulnerable to a protein that collects in the brain of people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a University of Michigan researcher. The discovery could open an avenue for developing treatments for Alzheimer’s disease that work within the cell’s membrane. The protein amyloid-beta [...]
Boosting natural brain opioids may be a better way to treat anxiety Published in Nature Communications by University of Sydney scholars, the findings suggest medications that boost the effect of natural brain opioids might be a better way to reduce anxiety than ‘receptor-binding’ opioid drugs like morphine, which have major side effects. Fear and anxiety help defend us against harm, and are largely controlled via neural circuits [...]
Why Grit Isn’t Everything Is grit the key ingredient for your success? What should you cultivate in addition to grit?
How to identify the phases of alcohol addiction and recovery Many people like to have an alcoholic drink, but for some this becomes more than a luxury, it becomes an addiction. So how do you identify if you or a loved one are experiencing addiction or are in danger of falling into it? The Jellenik Curve (pictured below) describes the common phases of alcohol addiction, […]
Our Identity Crisis What three things immediately come to your mind when someone asks: Who are you? Do you list your job? What role you play in a family? Your race? When people think of countries with a rich culture, does America come to mind?  I once had … ...
Hate Your Partner Some Days? Research Shows You're Not Alone Do you sometimes hate your partner? If so, you're not alone. It turns out we all have times when we hate the people we love the most. Although some of us may not even know it.
Teaching Your Kids to Respect Difference With hate crimes on the rise and just a general sense of increasing intolerance, a lot of people are wondering what to tell their kids. We don’t want to resort … ...
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