Psychology News – 07 August, 2017

Depression and loss of energy- a waiting game.

Depression and loss of energy – it is the beginning of a waiting game that does not end well. Sometimes depression is born from loss of achievement, loss of goals, and loss of positive feelings about oneself. When low energy plays a role, a person who is not blessed with high drive and physical energy can see a spiral into depression start quickly. But even people with more energy lose…
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Increased brain acidity in psychiatric disorders

Decreased brain pH in the patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder has been considered to be the result of secondary factors associated with the diseases, such as medication and agonal state. However, the researchers of the present study suggest that decreased brain pH is a primary feature of the diseases themselves, based on the current findings from systematic investigation using five…
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Neurobiology: Lessons by post

Learning involves constant restructuring of nerve-cell connections. This requires specialized transport systems to ensure that these specific synapses can structurally and functionally be modified. One such delivery mechanism has now been characterized….
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By the end of the century extreme weather events may affect two in three Europeans every year

By 2100, two in three people living in Europe may be affected by weather-related disasters, according to a new study which sheds light on the expected burden of climate change on societies across Europe. The projected increases were calculated on the assumption of there being no reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and no improvements to policies helping to reduce the impact of extreme…
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Pro-vaccine messages can boost belief in MMR myths, study shows

Current strategies for correcting misinformation about the dangers of vaccinations have the opposite effect and reinforce ill-founded beliefs, a study suggests….
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Neurobiology: Lessons by post

Learning involves constant restructuring of nerve-cell connections. This requires specialized transport systems to ensure that these specific synapses can structurally and functionally be modified. One such delivery mechanism has now been characterized….
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Science News » Mood Stabilizing Medications an Effective Option for Older Adults with Bipolar Disorder

Two standard medications for bipolar disorder were effective in controlling symptoms at doses tailored to older people in a clinical trial of treatment in adults over age 60. The findings are an important step towards filling an existing gap in evidence-based guidance for treatment of bipolar disorder in older adults. People with bipolar disorder experience marked shifts in mood and…
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Role for lysosome transport in Alzheimer’s disease progression revealed

Researchers have discovered that defects in the transport of lysosomes within neurons promote the buildup of protein aggregates in the brains of mice with Alzheimer’s disease. The study suggests that developing ways to restore lysosome transport could represent a new therapeutic approach to treating the neurodegenerative disorder….
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Less Labeling, More Understanding

It always amazes me when I see our culture pick up on a psychological term or psychiatric diagnosis, turn it into some kind of buzzword, and talk about it in the kind of way that makes it seem just about anyone could meet criteria. I must admit I cringe whenever I hear someone who struggles to concentrate at work—while his cell phone sits face-up on his desk, and people come in and out of his…
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Manipulating brain network to change cognitive functions: New breakthrough in neuroscience

When an electric circuit breaks down, we can repair it by restoring connections in the circuit. Is it possible to restore the connections in our brain? And by doing so, is it possible to restore declining cognitive functions? Numerous regions of the brain are connected together and constitute a huge network. Researchers have developed a learning method to change cognitive function by manipulating…
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Compound derived from marijuana interacts with antiepileptic drugs

New research suggests that an investigational neurological treatment derived from cannabis may alter the blood levels of commonly used antiepileptic drugs….
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Teen brains may not be as hard-wired for crime as previously thought

Spikes in crime rates for teens and young adults suggest that biology may primarily drive risk-taking and law breaking, but a criminologists studying crime statistics in other countries indicate that culture may also play a role in shaping teen criminal behavior….
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Greater access to higher education could have reversed EU referendum result

New research suggests that greater access to higher education can influence political outcomes….
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More accurate estimates of state opioid and heroin fatalities

A new study presents a correction procedure to refine data reporting opioid and heroin deaths per US state, which results in significant shifts in state-by-state mortality rates. This truer picture helps to remove an important barrier to formulating effective policies to address this serious drug epidemic….
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Obama’s Science Experts Operate Unofficial Shadow Network

WASHINGTON—Nearly all of the Obama administration’s science staff has departed the White House since January, and the Trump administration has moved slowly to replace them. In the meantime, however, an unofficial shadow office, stocked with Obama loyalists, is quietly at work. The network, described to STAT by officials from the previous administration who are involved, is informal yet organized…
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Antiulcer drugs do not increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease

The use of proton pump inhibitors does not increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study. Proton pump inhibitors are a type of antiulcer drug that is commonly used among older people….
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Brain lays foundation for reason in childhood

Structural connections between frontal and parietal areas in children’s brains can predict their ability to reason later in life, reports new research….
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Mouse Study: Muscles May Impact Sleep Disorders

A new study shows that a protein in muscle can lessen the effects of sleep loss in mice. The finding — a collaboration between University of Texas (UT) Southwestern’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute and two other medical centers — gives scientists a new target besides the brain to develop therapies for people with excessive sleepiness. “This finding is completely unexpected and changes…
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Are Dogs Getting Cuter?

Dogs with squashed muzzles – the brachycephalic breeds – are gradually becoming more popular on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK, the French Bulldog, the (British) Bulldog and the Pug are all firmly ensconced in the top 10 breeds; in the US both Bulldogs have been steadily rising up the rankings, reaching 4th and 6th positions in 2016 . A recent paper by Rowena Packer at the Royal Veterinary…
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Turning the Page on ADHD

Transitions create an opportunity for change. For parents , any shift in the family schedule is a great time to consider what you’d like to do differently. Around ADHD , kids rely even more than peers on parents for structure, whether around school, health , technology, or anywhere else. Naturally, change is hard for all kids, and can be harder for those with ADHD. A new school year is the…
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Higher opioid use among cancer survivors

A new study found that opioid prescription use is more common in cancer survivors than in individuals without a history of cancer….
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CASBS Fellowship Program

The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University is now accepting applications for residential fellowships for the 2018–19 academic year . Imagine a place where great minds are brought together to confront the problems of the day, where original interdisciplinary thinking is the norm, where extraordinary collaborations become possible, where ideas can change…
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Can Art Therapy Help Heal the Pain of PTSD?

Art therapy has experienced tremendous growth over the past two decades, not only advancing treatment options but also advancing into different populations and treatment settings. In particular, art therapists have been working with a very special and unique population — the military. For over 15 years, post-9/11 military service members and veterans have been coming home after serving sometimes…
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Is Connectivity Neurofeedback Training the Next Big Thing?

Source: XStudio3D/Shutterstock A recent breakthrough in neuroscience could provide long-awaited new treatments for psychiatric disorders and cognitive impairments. The ATR Brain Information Communication Research Laboratory Group in Kyoto, Japan has discovered that functional connectivity in the brain can be changed in both directions using fMRI neurofeedback training. Manipulating these brain…
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Harnessing neurotech for actual Human Enhancement — i.e., how to prevent ‘Frankenstein’ Brains

The Neurotech Revolution Could Lead To ‘Frankenstein’ Brains. Here’s How We Avoid It (Forbes): “Year 2030, your college-age daughter, who has normal hearing, has been pounding on you to get the latest hearing aid that allows one to cancel out noise on demand, amplify selected ambient conversations at will, and can easily connect to the music store. Should you buy one for her? Maybe you should…
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Motivating Your Adolescent to Exercise

Source: Carl Pickhardt Ph.D. Unless enrolled in some school or outside athletic program, it’s harder for many adolescents to choose physical exercise today because the electric competition for how to spend one’s down time has become so great in the Internet age. Now there is this standing, open invitation to escape into online entertainment by indulging in something easy rather than engaging with…
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Having Kids May Hike Parental Conflict with In-Laws

Marriage is a complicated proposition as each partner works to create a common bond. Implicit in the new family is developing a relationship with the parents of the respective spouse. Researchers describe the contact with in-laws as an intergenerational relationship and an environment that typically includes various forms of help and support but also tensions and conflicts. Although relations…
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‘Light’ Words Play with Pupils

Upon reading or hearing words associated with light and dark, peoples’ eyes behave like they are experiencing light and dark, according to a new article published in Psychological Science . Researchers from the University of Groningen and Aix-Marseille University had subjects read and listen to words associated with light (‘ day ,’ e.g.), neutral words (‘ house’ ), or words associated with dark…
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The Trouble with Teenagers

No one likes teenagers —not even their own parents . On the subway, you can often watch adults scurry to find other seats as soon as they spot a group of teenagers hop on the train. Parents dread these infamous years, where they’ve been warned to expect a glass of cheek with a splash of rashness, and a dash of drama. Teenagers are bound to hang out with friends you don’t like, hate your rules…
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Token Skepticism about Exorcism

I was interviewed a few months ago by a journalist, John Blake, doing a piece on exorcism. That article has now been published , and I’m afraid it’s disappointing in all the predictable ways. The article is mostly about Dr. Richard Gallagher, a Yale-trained psychiatrist who believes in demonic possession. Gallagher is like catnip to a journalist – someone with credentials who has a fantastical…
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15 Things to Do Instead of Self-Harming

The following is a guest post by Lauren Coe, M.S. Ed. Self-harm is undoubtedly prevalent in our society and especially among young people. It’s difficult to know just how many people engage in self-harm but some studies have found that as many as 20% of high school students and 40% of college students have self-harmed ( Gratz & Chapman 2009 ). I began self-harming in high school and for years…
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Cultures That Expect Immigrants to Fully Integrate May Breed More Radicalism

Muslim immigrants who feel marginalized and discriminated against in countries with high expectations of integration are more likely to experience psychological threats to their own significance which may increase increase support of radicalism, according to new research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 125th Annual Convention. “We found that immigrants who identify with…
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New Hope for Children Who Nearly Drown

Conrad was 17 months old when Dave, his grandfather, was babysitting him at their home in Temple, Texas. The two had been playing in the pool and went inside for a break. Dave set to unloading dishes in the dishwasher, unaware that Conrad had snuck back outside. As he finished the dishes, Dave looked out the window and noticed something odd. There was what looked like a floating bundle…
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Drug-Carrying “Nanoswimmers” Could Slither Past the Brain’s Cellular Defenses

An international team of researchers has developed miniscule, self-propelled devices that mimic the way cells move. These “nanoswimmers” cross the blood–brain barrier highly efficiently, and could lead to the development of drug delivery systems that navigate through tissues and organs to target specific sites precisely. The submicron-size swimmers borrow a page from larger microorganisms…
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8 Early Warning Signs a Relationship Will Fail

You are in a new relationship. You think you may be falling in love. But there is a little niggling sense in the back of your mind that just maybe this isn’t the relationship for you. It may be that your instincts are right. If you see any of these “early warning signs” take a big step back. They need to be fixed, not ignored, if you are to be in a healthy, positive relationship that will last…
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Information Overload Not Always a Bad Thing When Changing Health Behaviors

Changing a health behavior is never an easy task. Digital communication channels provide an unprecedented access to information designed to help a person improve a particular behavior. However, many fear the information excess could be counterproductive. Experts explain that in the world of health care, the phrase “too much information” — or TMI — can be a serious problem. If you Google…
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The art of not fighting: Martial arts reduce child and teen aggression

By guest blogger Bradley Busch It sounds like a paradox – the idea that participating in aggressive sport can make people less aggressive. Yet this belief forms a core basis of many martial arts dating back thousands of years, and many famous practitioners (real and fictional) have preached the importance of self control. Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee once noted that “emotion can be the…
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Autism may reflect excitation-inhibition imbalance in brain, study finds

A study by Stanford University investigators suggests that key features of autism reflect an imbalance in signaling from excitatory and inhibitory neurons in a portion of the forebrain, and that reversing the imbalance could alleviate some of its hallmark symptoms. In a series of experiments conducted on a mouse model of the disorder, the scientists showed that reducing the ratio of excitatory…
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Evoked potential test and results

Evoked potential tests are used to evaluate responses to sensory stimulation. Evoked potential tests measure the time it takes for the brain to respond to sensory stimulation, either through sight, sound, or touch. Used as a diagnostic tool, evoked potential tests can detect abnormal responses to stimulation that may indicate a medical condition. Evoked potential tests are commonly used to help…
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Could mutations and inherited genes play a role in cerebral palsy?

Study highlights faulty genes as possible cause of hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Hemiplegic cerebral palsy hampers movement in one side of a person’s body. In the first genetic study of its kind to exclusively focus on those with hemiplegic cerebral palsy, a group of 26 Canadian researchers has investigated the genetic differences and hereditary factors involved in this neurodevelopmental condition….
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Cognitive hearing aid filters out the noise

People who are hearing impaired have a difficult time following a conversation in a multi-speaker environment such as a noisy restaurant or a party. While current hearing aids can suppress background noise, they cannot help a user listen to a single conversation among many without knowing which speaker the user is attending to. A cognitive hearing aid that constantly monitors the brain activity…
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Dopamine neurons may regulate our biological clock

Switching off and going to sleep may be more difficult if we are engaged in a pleasurable activity, suggests new research. Researchers have identified some of the brain cells that control our body’s internal clock. The findings provide new insights into how the human body responds to jet lag, as well as into why it is so difficult to switch off your favorite show and go to sleep…
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Why it’s a bad idea to tell students that words are violence

A piece by Haidt and Lukianoff contesting several points made by Lisa Friedman in a much discussed NYTimes Grey Matter essay is worth a read. After noting that Friedman makes the valid and well known point that chronic stress can cause physical damage to the body, they contest her logic that follows: Feldman Barrett used these empirical findings to advance a syllogism: “If words can cause stress…
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“Set for Life”

Source: BD Viets, Public Domain This is the latest of my short-short stories that embed life lessons. His years were so steady: Winter: Add fertilizer to the soil, turn over the soil to keep it friable and cut down on weeds, create new plants by grafting rootstock onto a piece of cabernet or chardonnay cane. Spring: Tie new shoots to the wire trellis. Fix irrigation leaks…
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How Do We Decide Whether Or Not To Break Up?

What factors do we weigh when deciding to leave a long-term relationship? How does attachment style influence decision-making? New research provides additional insight….
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I’m Not In The Mood

I’M NOT IN THE MOOD How Can I Deal with My Mood? I woke up this morning in a funky mood. I went out on the patio with a cup of coffee and mostly stared off in space. I wasn’t in the mood for anything. I wasn’t interested in talking to anyone, nor was I particularly interested in doing anything. Why Mood Swings? I decided to go online and read about moods. I found that small mood swings are…
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We Can Break Without Shattering

Source: BLACKDAY/istockphoto How many times can I break till I shatter? Over the line, can’t define what I’m after I always turn the car around Give me a break, let me make my own pattern All that it takes is some time But I’m shattered I always turn the car around (Of A Revolution [O.A.R.], 2008) It’s a story we all might recognize in some part of ourselves…
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How Financially Vulnerable Are You?

I was at an academic conference recently where, as part of a group, I spent a great deal of time thinking about the financial vulnerability of American consumers. Public policy makers, in particular, are concerned that far too many Americans are financially vulnerable. And when we hear statistics like “ 59% of Americans do not have enough savings to cover a $500 or $1,000 unexpected expense…
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Cognitizing a Scenario

Too many training scenarios get stuck in the issue of what course of action to adopt at different decision points. Of course, selecting a course of action is extremely important, but often the selection depends on how people read the situation, what they notice, what they infer, and these considerations don’t make it into the scenario. And they can. That’s what “cognitizing” a scenario is all…
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What Graduate Students Need to Know (and What Nobody Says)

6 Easy–and Not So Easy–Pieces of Advice for Grad Students It’s almost sad, but pretty much everything I’ve ever said to my graduate students—at least in terms of what they need to know to help them write their dissertation—can be summed up by the following points: 1. Choose your topic wisely. Your choice of subject is very much like your choice of mate. This will either be the beginning of a long…
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Sentience is Everywhere: Indeed, It’s an Inconvenient Truth

“The science of consciousness has dethroned humanity from the simplistic pyramid we have thus far based our actions on, and opened a new way of viewing and engaging with life around us.” So begins a very interesting and important essay publish in The Wire by Arita Joshi called ” Studies in Sentience Tell Us Ours is a World of Many Centre s.” Ms. Joshi’s piece is available online and…
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Beware of the 2-Letter Word that Will Ruin any Apology

If you’re on the giving or receiving end of an apology, be on the alert for the little word “ if. ” Almost any apology that begins with “I’m sorry if…” is a non-apology. Watch out for “I’m sorry if I was insensitive,” or ““I’m sorry if you took what I said as offensive.” Try instead, “The comment I made was offensive. I’m sorry I was insensitive and I want you to know that it won’t happen again…
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Stopping by Woods on a Black Fly Infested Summer Day

Source: County Park/Seaburn It was hot when I pulled into the parking lot. Breezy, too. The air and the armada of puffy clouds would offset the heat and humidity. Walking in the park would be perfect. I parked by one of the many trails that crisscross the 1,500 acres that once was an orchard. There are five trails to choose from, each defined by a slightly different habitat…
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Why Socializing Drains Introverts More Than Extroverts

Source: adamkuylenstierna/Twenty20 A young extrovert and introvert walk into a bar (and no, this is not a joke). It’s a Saturday night, and the place is packed. A cover band is crooning away on stage, dozens of people are talking loudly over mugs of beer, and it’s loud . The extrovert takes in the scene and gets excited. He sees opportunities everywhere…
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Intuition: How to Access, Develop and Use It in Your Own Life

Intuition — the ‘sixth sense’ — has had a rather checkered history. At various times it was considered a gift bestowed on only a few, a curse leading to persecution or a form of woo-woo imagination children were taught to suppress. Although some individuals seem naturally wired for strong intuitive abilities — as others are for athletic or musical talents — that kind of intelligence…
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Overcoming the Fear of Solitude: 10 Thoughts

Source: © Rita Watson 2017 Has the fear of solitude kept you from hearing the sound of your own inner voice? Silence and solitude, it seems, come too close to being alone and lonely. Explored in the writings of psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Dr. Carl Jung, we have been reading about solitude recently in interviews given by Jack Fong, Ph.D., a sociologist at California State Polytechnic University…
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Cornering a Slippery Child

Child-rearing is paradoxical. You have to love your child unconditionally but hold them to high standards, set them free but impose firm boundaries, let them become who they will but prevent them from becoming unacceptable adults. You have to hold them responsible while remembering that they’re not fully responsible. And all of this while tracking a moving target, guessing what at their current…
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Physical Training, Dating Strategies, and Stories from the Early Days

In this episode, I answer the most upvoted questions from subscribers to 5-Bullet Friday , the newsletter I send out every week. It explores five cool things I’ve found, including apps, books, gadgets, albums, articles, new hacks or tricks, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff I dig up around the world. It’s free, it’s always going to be free, and if you want to check it out, you can go her…
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No, Smartphones are Not Destroying a Generation

A recent article in the Atlantic warns that “the twin rise of the smartphone and social media has caused an earthquake of a magnitude we’ve not seen in a very long time, if ever” and that “it’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental- health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.” The articles has been scattered prolific…
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What to Eat to Prevent Brain Fade?

It was the afternoon of a week long, 8 hour each day course on well known (but hard to interpret) European authors. The instructor, looking somewhat bleary-eyed herself, asked the seminar students to comment on the philosophical context of a story just read, and the silence that greeted her motivated a break. “I feel brain dead, “was heard during the exodus to the cafeteria for caffeine and snack…
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The Best Age Gap For Relationship Satisfaction

Many people are attracted to a younger partner, but is it worth it in the long run? The best age gap for marital satisfaction is…none at all, research finds. In the long run couples who are mismatched in age tend to be less satisfied, even if they are better off at first. Both men and women are initially particularly satisfied when they get a younger husband or wife…
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We’re failing our young people on mental health provision | Letters

The failure to find a specialist bed for a suicidal and vulnerable young woman leaving youth custody is at the heavy end of a much wider problem facing mental health services for young people ( Senior judge warns of ‘blood on our hands’ , 4 August). First, there are territorial injustices in young people’s access to child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs) when problems arise…
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How to be the best host or hostess

Summer is a time when some of us are lucky enough to be invited to stay with relatives. Recently, my step-son and his wife opened up a rented house to us as well as other members of the family and friends. We were thirteen people in all in a villa perched on the side of a hill, with a splendid view of the sparkling sea and the islands in the distance. There were four children all under…
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Memory: The Freakiest Ever Fact is Actually True

Simply remembering everything that happens to us is not the point of memory. Forgetting is the key to having a useful memory, a new psychology paper argues. Simply remembering everything that happens to us is not the point of memory. Our memories should help to guide us in making intelligent decisions in the situations we find ourselves. Dr Blake Richards, one of the study’s authors…
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Just 24 Hours to Go to Until Stop Procrastinating Now Closes

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” Karen Lamb Just a quick heads up today. There’s only 24 hours left until the registration for The Stop Procrastinating Now Course closes. And this is most likely the last time you’ll be able to enroll in the course in 2017. Until 1.00 p.m EDT (that’s 17.00 GMT) on Monday the 7th of August you can still join it. So if you are interested in that…
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What Causes Spooky Out-of-Body Experiences?

While driving and accelerating in his car, a patient in France suddenly had a bizarre sensation. He felt like he was outside his car, looking in at his physical self, which was still at the wheel. The patient was part of a new study that links problems of the inner ear with eerie “out-of-body” experiences . These experiences arecurious, usually brief sensations in which a person’s consciousness…
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Sally Hemings

This summer, Sally Hemings of Monticello is getting her own room. It’s close to where Jefferson slept….
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Full or Fulfilled? Another Way of Looking at Eating Disorders

A young woman shared a brilliant insight into what she perceives as a long term eating disorder . She said, “I think I eat until I am so full that I want to burst, because I don’t feel fulfilled in my life.” She is talented, caring, devoted to family and friends, intelligent, creative and loving… to everyone but the woman in the mirror. As she said this, I was astounded since it so perfectly…
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Getting Honest With Yourself 101

I wrote a post here called Being Your Own Therapist and it puts forth the proposition that you need others to check you at the door before you do stupid things like contact your ex looking for answers/closure but you also need to know how to stop yourself. As I said in that post, I am a fervent believer in support systems made up of friends, support groups, 12 step programs, individual therapy…
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Studies Find Much to Measure in Dog Faces

To Dr. Lucy Asher, the image below is a dog face. Credit: Lucy Asher Asher Behaviour Lab Of course, she can see dog faces the same as you or I, she just chooses to see them differently. Asher, a senior research fellow and group leader of Asher Behaviour Lab ( @asherblab ) at Newcastle University, is starting a research program to objectively investigate dog facial expressions…
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The Irony of Physician Suicide

About 10 years ago, I was invited by the managing editor of a psychiatric periodical to write a short piece on suicide in psychiatrists. Her invitation was prompted by the news that a psychiatrist friend of friends had recently taken his own life. She told me over the phone that the thought of psychiatrists ending their lives was new to her. And very puzzling. I’m paraphrasing what she said to me…
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Social isolation, loneliness could be greater threat to public health than obesity

Loneliness and social isolation may represent a greater public health hazard than obesity, and their impact has been growing and will continue to grow, according to research….
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Students at two-year colleges and vocational schools more likely to be hungry

For the majority of college students, having enough food is not on the list of challenges they face in their education. However, a recent study shows that, for students in two-year colleges and vocational schools, hunger is definitely one of the problems they face and can impede their ability to succeed in college….
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Studies Show Yoga’s Promise for Easing Symptoms of Depression

Yoga-based interventions show significant promise for treating patients with depression, including those with chronic, treatment-resistant symptoms, according to findings of several studies presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA). In one of the studies, researcher Lindsey Hopkins, Ph.D., of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, focused…
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ABCs or Ps and Qs?

Source: Public Domain Pictures With the new school year quickly approaching, many parents are likely worried about making sure their almost-kindergartener knows how to count to 20, can name and say the sounds of all the letters in the alphabet, and maybe even know how to write his/her name or read. But, is this really what matters for success in kindergarten? When kindergarten teachers were asked…
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Why What I Admire In You Also Says Something About Me

Source: Wikimedia Commons In recent posts I’ve been writing about the concept of projection, first in general and then last month about negative projection. But this all important process isn’t only about the negative we see around us: it also has its positive component. Take a moment and think about someone you admire more than anyone else in your life: what is it about this man or woman that…
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Loneliness Epidemic Growing into Biggest Threat to Public Health

Loneliness and social isolation could be a greater public health hazard than obesity, and their impact will continue to grow, according to research presented at the 125th annual convention of the American Psychological Association. “Being connected to others socially is widely considered a fundamental human need — crucial to both well-being and survival. Extreme examples show infants…
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5 Common Myths about Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Whether you’ve been to therapy or not, you’ve probably heard about cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It’s a popular type of therapy that many, many therapists use to help their clients treat everything from severe anxiety to debilitating depression. But even though CBT is widespread, it’s still highly misunderstood—even by the professionals who practice it. Numerous myths still abound…
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Spreadsheet Risks in Science

Errors in the use of spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel could pose risks for science. That’s according to a preprint posted on arXiv from Ghada AlTarawneh and Simon Thorne of Cardiff Metropolitan University. AlTarawneh and Thorne conducted a survey of 17 researchers from the University of Newcastle neuroscience research centre, ranging from PhD students to senior researchers…
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The Science of Persuasion

When someone offers you a free sample, it’s not really free. It comes with the implied expectation that if you accept it, you will feel obligated to return the favor and eventually pay for the full product. That’s just one of the many insights psychology has uncovered about the subtle mechanics of persuasion and how people can recognize and respond to attempts to influence their behavior…
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52 Ways to Show I Love You: Caring and Caregiving

A friend recently arranged to have her husband’s heart condition treated at the Mayo Clinic, where she had located a guru known revered for his results in the surgical procedure her husband needed. She described pieces required to make arrangements — collecting medical records from six sources, securing her own hotel reservations nearly last minute, reserving flights that were filling fast…
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Most Believe Others Will Adopt Their Point of View

New research shows that most people tend to believe that others will come around to their point of view over time. This belief in a “favorable future” sheds light on some of the causes and consequences of the political polarization evident today, according to researchers. “It often seems that partisans believe they are so correct that others will eventually come to see the obviousness…
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Watching children learn how to lie

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What Does It Really Mean to Be Needy?

We hear the word “needy” thrown around in conversation all the time. Usually it’s brought up with contempt . Ughhh, she’s so needy. She calls all the time, and wants to know where I am. It’s ridiculous. His neediness is just too much. He wants to spend every single moment together. The details of the conversations might be different. But that doesn’t matter…
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The Irrationality of Marriage

Source: MasterTux/pixabay More than 40% of American marriages end in divorce . The percentages are even higher for second or later marriages. Surely most of these couples had some idea of the statistics, but believed that they would be amongst those who manage to stay the course. Perhaps there are some people who walk down the aisle (or into the town hall) with a clear-eyed intention just to give…
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Loneliness a bigger killer than obesity, say researchers

Researchers say that loneliness and social isolation are major risk factors for premature death. Obesity has become a major public health concern, affecting more than a third of adults in the United States. New research, however, suggests that there are two bigger threats: loneliness and social isolation. Two new meta-analyses from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo…
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Alzheimer’s gene plays role in childhood IQ

APP gene variation, which is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, has also been found to correlate to fluid intelligence in children. Mutations of the amyloid precursor protein gene are known to be involved in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Now, new research points to a correlation between this gene and intellectual abilities in children, raising questions about the protein’s role in cognition…
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I Love Him Most of the Time

“I am in love with him most of the time.” Blake Lively describing her love for her husband, Ryan Reynolds Lively’s claim that she loves Reynolds most of the time runs counter to the nature of profound love. She probably desires him sexually most of the time, but loves him all the time. Acute, extended, and enduring emotions “The heart never forgets, never gives up, the territory marked…
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Is Meaning The Path to Happiness?

Let’s face it, most of us want to be happier. But are you looking for it in the wrong places? Since the time of Aristotle, debate has raged about what really constitutes happiness . While the hedonic approach suggests that happiness is the experience of pleasure and joy, the eudaimonic pathway emphasizes the importance of meaning, community and spirituality . So where should you invest…
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Who Gets Our Stamp of Approval?

Source: U.S Postal Service, Public Domain Chances are you’ve never heard of any of the following people. Yet each has made such a major contribution that their face is on a U.S. postage stamp…

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