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Memory Isn’t Important to Recover from Trauma Memory comprises all the ins and outs of our lives. We go looking into it for everything from survival to simply making a joke. We use memory every day and sometimes it’s hard to separate the things we’ve done or experienced from our very identity. … ...
The perfect books for your psychology-loving friends and family this Christmas Looking for Christmas gifts for a psychology lover? Check out these books.
Spike activity 20-11-2015 Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Wired has a good brief piece on the history of biodigital brain implants. Why are conspiracy theories so attractive? Good discussion on the Science Weekly podcast. The Wilson Quarterly has a piece on the mystery behind Japan’s high child suicide rate. The Dream Life […]
Study shows a more nuanced view of the role of serotonin in mood regulation is needed Low levels of serotonin in the brain are known to play a role in depression and anxiety, and it is customary to treat these disorders with medications that increase the amount of this neurotransmitter. However, a new study carried out by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) suggests that this approach may be too [...]
Neurogastronomy: How our brains perceive the flavor of food Two women, seated at a table, told their stories in quiet tones. A group of chefs, some standing, others seated, leaned forward eagerly, clearly interested in what these two women had to say. They peppered the women with questions: did food taste better cold or hot? Was texture an issue? Did a glass of wine [...]
Teens with more than 300 Facebook friends have higher levels of stress hormone Facebook can have positive and negative effects on teens levels of a stress hormone, say researchers at the University of Montreal and the Institut universitaire de santé mentale de Montréal. Led by Professor Sonia Lupien, the team found that having more than 300 Facebook friends increased teens’ levels of cortisol. On the other hand, teens [...]
Discussing televised election debates on social media increases political engagement People who use social media to discuss broadcast election debates are more likely to become engaged in politics as a result, a recent study by researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London’s New Political Communication Unit has found. The study’s authors Dr Cristian Vaccari, Professor Andrew Chadwick and Professor Ben O’Loughlin, found that people who [...]
Is mental illness contagious? Philosophers and literary scholars can choose to interpret facts within “the most convincing perspectives, assumptions and causal frameworks,” as Harriet A. Washington explains in the opening chapter of her latest book, Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We Catch Mental Illness. Hard scientists, she says, don’t have the same luxury. They’re bound by a [...]
Welcome to Living with ADHD You don’t often hear the perspective of a young adult and how they deal with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or attention deficit disorder (ADD). Young adults often have to … ...
Talk Therapy: It’s Not Just Talk It’s not unusual for people to be hesitant about trying talk therapy. “If I want to talk to somebody, I’ll talk to my friends,” griped Nicole. “I’m not going to talk to a complete stranger. What for? It’s stupid!” “If you’ve got troubles in this … ...
The Celebratory Drink That Could Improve Memory Scientists have found that phenolic compounds in this drink can help improve spatial memory. » Continue reading: The Celebratory Drink That Could Improve Memory
You Have to Fight to Get Better There are times in life when things stack up, when you get dealt a crappy hand and when the weight of the world pushes down on your shoulders. These last … ...
Today I Love That It Is Market Day Today I love that it is market day and that when I woke this morning I remembered that and found myself smiling before my eyes were open.  I love Saturdays … ...
Shame and Envy in the World of Social Media From a mental health standpoint, you should be more likely to browse through the Facebook posts of your friends and acquaintances to make yourself feel better. The reality is that social networks can just as often stimulate the unpleasant emotions of shame and envy. Here's how to shrug off those posts that peeve you.
How to Handle a No Show We’ve all had no shows or late cancellations. How should you handle this? At the heart of a no show is the question “What are we worth?” Whether you have a full private practice or a struggling one, ultimately, that time that you set aside … ...
Psychology Around the Net: November 21, 2015 With Thanksgiving just a few days away, we’re in the throes of the holiday season here in America; unfortunately, this isn’t a happy time for all. However, psychologists have a few tips and tricks to keep your holiday blues in check. Of course, we’ve also … ...
Single? It Should Be Your Right, But It Isn’t Are you single and dreading the holidays, or any of the other days of your life, because of the way other people perceive you and treat you? Do you just … ...
Lifting the covers: Sex with the undercover police Her findings, published in the journal 'Women and Criminal Justice', echo other research on undercover female police officers pretending to be sex-workers, which finds that generally they are disgusted with the role-playing persona and the clientele, but are thrilled by the opportunity to work undercover, as it affords an escape from routine police work.
Attachment Trauma During the early developmental years of an infant and young child’s interpersonal life is the need for intersubjectivity.  Intersubjectivity involves the infant and parent’s discovery of each other, and the development of the self in relationship with the other.  The intersubjectivity experience in a securely … ...
This is Your Brain at 100% Is your brain operating at only 10% capacity? Here is why the answer is a lot like Bigfoot.