Psychology News – 09 August, 2017

Dogs: Putting Selection for “Tameness” to Sleep

Dogs and humans were made for each other: Simply put, dogs are the closest many of us ever come to another intelligence There are many different views on how dogs became dogs (please also see Lee Dugatkin’s ” Want to Build a Dog From A Fox? Here’s How To Do It “). I just read Mark Derr’s excellent essay called ” RIP Self-Taming Dump-Divers ” and the timing for an interview with him was just…
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No Need to Declare National Opioid Emergency, HHS Sec Says

President Trump’s opioid commission wants him to make such a declaration, but HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, said the administration could effectively address the opioid abuse epidemic without one. Medscape Medical News…
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Go Get Some Ice Cream

Ice cream will cure what ails you….
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Female Brains Are More Active?

Another day, another over-hyped sex differences neuroscience study. The headlines this time around are especially cringeworthy: Study Finds Women’s Brains Are Far More Active Than Men’s Women Are Using A LOT More Of Their Brains Than Men. Surprise, surprise 😏 Women really DO overthink things! Scans reveal they have ‘more active brains than men’ The paper in question was published in the Journal…
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Britain’s young suffer as austerity continues to take its toll | Letters

“Childhood” in “Crisis” , edited by Phil Scraton ( Letters , 7 August) and published in 1996, has long been considered the definitive reference book on child poverty and the demonisation of young people by academics and youth and community practitioners alike. However, when first released it could not have been predicted that those warnings about austerity measures and social exclusion would…
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How screen time can mean missing out | Letters

We are not just swimming in a new medium, we are drowning in it, writes Susan Morony Christina Patterson’s views about screen use ( Don’t let life go by in the blink of a screen , 8 August) must echo those of thousands of parents. We are not just swimming in a new medium, we are drowning in it. On a flight last week from Preveza to London, a seven-year-old boy pulled the window blind down straight…
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Relaxation Techniques You Probably Haven’t Tried (Yet)

Relaxation techniques are powerful for all sorts of conditions and concerns. Mind/body focused psychotherapist Alena Gerst, LCSW, RYT, uses them to treat symptoms caused by chronic illness, pain, anxiety and depression. Dezryelle Arcieri, LMFT, a psychotherapist and yoga instructor, uses these techniques to help her clients gain acceptance and create space for their experience. (She prefers not…
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How to Be So, So Happy!

I had an argument with an old boyfriend on our way to a party. I was in a really good mood, and couldn’t stop talking about it. “I mean, I feel really good, you know? Like end-of-the-school-term, beginning-of-summertime good. Do you think that’s okay?” “Why wouldn’t it be?” he said. “I don’t want to be inappropriate.” “It’s a party, for God’s sake, not a funeral,” he said. “Everyone’s supposed to…
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Habit Strategies and Tips for Rebels

After my book Better Than Before hit the shelves, I was surprised by how many Rebels contacted me to request more information about how to harness their Tendency. As I was writing Better Than Before , I’d assumed that a) Rebels wouldn’t want to read a book about habits, and that b) Rebels weren’t interested in trying to foster habits. Well, I was wrong! Many Rebels are very interested in learning…
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The Eternal Dilemma: Revenge or Forgiveness?

By Leo Babauta It’s easy to get upset at someone who has hurt you — but what’s the best way to get them back? What kind of revenge, served cold perhaps, can you dream up? I recently had someone write to me about this: “Recently one of my family members hurt me badly. They believe I am an easy target since I don’t want to retaliate or cause conflicts. My question is should I take the risk of…
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Building Classroom Community

Source: LGBT family coalition, used with permission It is back to school time and I just completed our Student Teaching kickoff event which got me thinking about classroom community and climate. Talking with beginning teachers about ways to communicate inclusiveness and respect for diversity got me thinking about the ways I have learned to set this up in my classes with a specific attention to…
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Science News » Patient-Derived Support Cells Stunt Mouse Brain Development

At least some cases of schizophrenia may be caused by an illness process rooted in wayward support cells instead of the neurons they sustain, suggest experiments by NIMH-funded researchers. Such glial cells, generated – via a disease-in-a-dish technology – from patients with childhood onset schizophrenia, stunted neural circuit development when grafted into developing mouse brains. The animals…
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Making the Most Out of Your Summer Internship

Today’s Guest Blogger is my daughter: Bri Riggio, who is Career Advisor, Alumni Programs, at the School of International Service, American University. Graduation season may have just happened, but for continuing students (and sometimes even recent grads), the start of summer often also means the start of a new internship. While these positions can be great ways to gain some professional experienc…
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The ‘Golden Rule’ for Better Relationships: Say ‘Yes-And…’

Source: Pixabay no attribution required “Yes, and…” is the golden rule that makes improv comedy work. It’s how the players build their scenes. It means, “I hear you and accept what you say and I add to it.” “But “yes, and…” is much more than a technique to get laughs at a comedy club. It’s a huge part of what makes us human. It’s how we become members of the human culture. It’s how babies become…
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Youthful plasticity restored to brains of adult mice

Like the rest of the body, the brain loses flexibility with age, impacting the ability to learn, remember, and adapt. Now, scientists report they can rejuvenate the plasticity of the mouse brain, specifically in the visual cortex. The study shows that manipulating a single gene triggers the shift, revealing it as a target for new treatments to recover the brain’s youthful potential….
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Are learning and unlearning bedfellows?

We know that sleep helps us integrate knowledge acquired during the day. But can we learn new things while sleeping? By exposing subjects to repeated auditory stimuli, a team of researchers has just demonstrated that the brain is capable of learning such sound patterns during certain sleep stages — though they may be forgotten during deep sleep….
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Sleep makes it possible for babies to associate words with content, and not with noise

For babies every moment is a new experience — until the infant brain organizes the flood of stimulations. It has to save new information in its long-term memory, aggregate similar experiences and categorize them. Therefore, one thing seems to be crucial: sufficient sleep. Researchers have now discovered that babies can even associate them with meanings the first time — much earlier than supposed…
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Youthful plasticity restored to brains of adult mice

Like the rest of the body, the brain loses flexibility with age, impacting the ability to learn, remember, and adapt. Now, scientists report they can rejuvenate the plasticity of the mouse brain, specifically in the visual cortex. The study shows that manipulating a single gene triggers the shift, revealing it as a target for new treatments to recover the brain’s youthful potential….
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Like father like son? How we balance work, family life may be learned from our parents

The extent to which we prioritize work versus family life may be shaped by our childhood experiences in the family home, according to a study….
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Remembering Accidentally On Purpose

Source: ” Brain , Turn On, Education , Read” by Geralt / Pixabay / CC0 Public Domain It is a well-known unfortunate fact of life that our ability to remember declines as we get older. If we live long enough, virtually all of us will catch ourselves saying at some time or other that our memory “isn’t what it used to be.” When such inevitable moments arise, however, to summarily malign our memory…
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Seinfeld and Love

Source: Courtesy of Pexels When using pop culture as a reference for relationships, people may assume that Seinfeld is a poor choice. After all, the foursome used nearly any excuse to end their relationships with significant others, ranging from being a low talker to having “man hands.” However, I find the show to be extremely useful in illustrating an interesting point regarding interpersonal…
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The Role of Functional Medicine in Mental Health Care

Functional medicine is an interdisciplinary field that uses established quantitative analysis methods to assess relationships between nutritional status, neurotransmitters, endocrine and immune function, and psychological symptoms. Functional tests used to evaluate mental health problems include urinary assays of neurotransmitters and their metabolites and serum assays of cholesterol, triglycerid…
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Possible Anti-Aging Brain Therapy Shows Promise in Mice

Clotho, one of the Three Fates of Greek mythology, carried the weighty responsibility of spinning the thread of human life. It seems fitting then that a protein linked to reducing and extending life spans should take its name from this mythic figure. Researchers discovered the klotho protein in 1997, when they found that diminished levels seemed to make the animals age faster . Conversely, mice…
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What Makes a Dog Notice a Person

Source: NorCalGSPrescue photo-Creative Commons License Have you ever observed that when a dog enters a room he sometimes acts as if he recognizes that you are there and immediately comes over to you, while other times he appears as if he doesn’t seem conscious of your presence for a period of time? Especially if you have a relationship with the dog it would seem likely that in those instances…
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Psychiatric Assessment is Evolving

Methods used to find out about the causes of symptoms in conventional biomedicine are based on the assumption that inferences about the psychological, social, spiritual or biological causes or meanings of mental health problems can be made after core symptoms have been identified. However recent advances in neuroscience suggest that the causes of mental illness may be both more subtle and more…
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Simple Test Predicts Alzheimer’s 18 Year Before Diagnosis

Simple Test Predicts Alzheimer’s 18 Year Before Diagnosis Tests predict ten-fold increase in Alzheimer’s risk 18 years in advance. Low scores on memory and thinking tests could signal Alzheimer’s 18 years in advance, a new study finds. Dr Kumar B. Rajan, the study’s lead author, said: “The changes in thinking and memory that precede obvious symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease begin decades before….
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RIP Self-Taming Dump-Divers

Living with Wolves is a non-profit organization dedicated to education , outreach and research to promote truth and understanding about wolves. Visit livingwithwolves.org. Source: Courtesy of Jim and Jamie Dutcher & Living with Wolves. Last year a raft of stories floated across the Internet proclaiming that the questions of dog domestication would soon be answered. Those are the same questions…
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How to Help Kids Manage Anger

As a School Counselor, one of the most frequently asked category of questions I receive centers around ‘ how do I handle my child’s anger ? ’ The question is almost always spoken by parents in a voice burdened with shame and embarrassment —as if anger in childhood was a bad thing or that any ‘good’ parent would know how to keep their kids perpetually happy. Neither could be further from the…
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What’s More Likely to Increase Creativity—Netflix or Zumba?

Have some folks watch Netflix for an hour. Have some other folks take a Zumba class. Then test their creativity. What do you expect that the results will be? Here’s the answer!
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Does a Person “Break Bad”?

Millions of viewers have watched the series “Breaking Bad”. The central character is Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher, who has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. With a wife, a son who has cerebral palsy, and a child on the way, he is facing daunting expenses to afford the treatment that may save his life. He turns down the offer of a wealthy couple who are willing to assist…
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Life-extending protein could treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

In our rapidly aging world, the longevity protein klotho provides much-needed hope for treating neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. New research has shown that a naturally occurring protein can improve cognition in mice with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease-like characteristics. The findings open up a new therapeutic avenue for treating these…
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Attitude Matters If You Want to Beat OCD

If you have OCD and are familiar with the evidence-based treatment for the disorder, exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), you are probably also familiar with the concept of making yourself uncomfortable on purpose. After all, that’s what ERP is all about: willingly confronting triggers that will provoke discomfort, so that your brain learns it can handle the uncertainty inherent in the…
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Nine Ways to Fight Impostor Syndrome

Impostor Syndrome is the low, constant rumbling of insecurity, fraudulence, or self-doubt that strikes successful individuals. Even when there is plenty of evidence to the contrary, the feeling persists. Ironically, it most frequently rears its head after an especially notable achievement like winning an award, passing an important exam, or earning a promotion. But Impostor Syndrome isn’t just on…
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Managing Opioid Withdrawal: How Does Buprenorphine Compare?

Dr Peter Yellowlees talks about a new study that compares buprenorphine with other agents for management of opioid withdrawal. Medscape Psychiatry…
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Finding the Gems Among the Clutter

I am a professional de-clutterer, one who strives to give my clients the ability to find space in their minds, bringing them the peace we all seek and need to be our most productive selves. Amongst everyone’s clutter are gems. Gems that my clients have been looking for, ones they have great stories about. In my work I’ve experienced both the crazy cluster of collected crap and that of treasured…
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Dating Is Dead

When I was in my twenties and had a date, this is what I would do. I would wake up early like it was Christmas and wash my car. Hand wash. None of this driving through a machine bullshit. Then I would hand pick the the songs I wanted to play and load the CDs into my six disc changer in the trunk. Then I would go workout so I felt good about myself. Then I would drive to the movie theater to buy…
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False Is the New True—Part 2

The great American film, Fargo , by Joel and Ethan Coen (1996) begins with a few words to the viewer: “This is a true story. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.” There are many dark and weird and weirdly dark things that go on in…
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Brain activity higher in women than men, study finds

Researchers find that women have higher brain activity in numerous regions. Some brain disorders are much more common in women than men, but why? A new study may help to shed light on this sex difference, after finding that many brain regions are much more active in women. Using a functional neuroimaging technique on more than 26,000 adults, researchers found that women have higher activity in…
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9 Tips to Stay Sober on Your Next Vacation

With summer in full swing, here are a few quick and easy tips to keep you or a loved one happy, healthy and sober on your next adventure….
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Essential Parenting Tasks for a Healthy College Transition

I’ve written previously in this column that every college freshman has mental health needs . While your role as a parent is changing during this period , too, it isn’t ending. There are crucial steps you should take to help ensure the transition to college is a healthy one for your student. There is an enormous amount of upheaval students face at this moment of their lives. They are transitioning…
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The Psychology of First Impressions

We all know how important it is to make a good first impression. At the same time, we know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, because looks can be deceiving. How do we make sense of these two contradictory pieces of advice? Here’s the conundrum. We know other people will make snap judgments of us. But we tell ourselves we shouldn’t make snap judgments of them. The “shouldn’t” in the…
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Different Aggression Types Affect Intimate Relationships

Long-term close relationships require a lot of work to maintain and even the best one may fall short at times from the ideals that we all hold about what constitutes a good one. Arguments are inevitable and try as you might, you’re certain to have at least the occasional disagreement. It could be that you and your partner don’t see eye to eye on how much time to spend with your in-laws or whether…
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Stress heightens fear of threats from the past

Recognizing threats is an essential function of the human mind — think ‘fight or flight’ — one that is aided by past negative experiences. But when older memories are coupled with stress, individuals are likely to perceive danger in harmless circumstances, according to a new paper….
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Individuals with bipolar disorder need workplace support

People with bipolar disorder often find themselves unemployed due to exclusion, stigma and stereotypes directed at them at work, a new study found….
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How Americans Really Feel about Solo Travel

Would you feel comfortable take a solo trip abroad? According to a new survey of 2,000 adults (commissioned by Intrepid Travel ), about 40 percent of people say yes. And 55 percent agree that it’s more acceptable to travel solo now than it was a decade ago. That’s progress! I love traveling alone, and as I’ve written for Redbook , I came to enjoy it even more once I accepted that it’s totally OK…
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Death May Be More Positive for the Dying Than We Expect

Source: Jesse Krauß via Wikimedia Commons It seems straightforward to say that death is scary and bad. Many people express that they have a fear of death. There is even a whole theory that I have written about several times in this blog called “ terror management theory ” that argues that people develop many different strategies to help them deal with their fear of death. Given this, you might…
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Loneliness Cited as Public Health Threat

Source: Courtesy of Bill Atkinson, 2017, Conrad Glacier in 1978, British Columbia’s Vowell peak. When embraced and cultivated, solitude is beneficial. But for many, solitude comes too close to the fear of being alone, or lonely. A serious concern among the elderly, loneliness was called a public health threat at an American Psychological Association presentation on August 5, 2017 in Washington…
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TAO Connect: What if a Computer Could Help You with Psychotherapy, Alter Your Habits?

Computer-mediated training and psychotherapy — that is, a computer program (whether an app, a website, or a piece of software) helping you learn something new, especially with regards to your thoughts, behaviors, and habits — has been with us a long time. One of the pioneers in this space has been Australia’s MoodGYM, first launched in 2001. It now has over 1 million users around the world and…
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Uncovering the Secrets of a Trustworthy Face

We tend to trust the people around us. We trust cab drivers and doctors with our lives, we trust chefs handling our food, and we trust strangers to watch our belongings while we step away. But trust is not like candy on Halloween, we do not just give it to anyone who knocks on our door. Psychologists have long been interested in understanding what leads people to trust others, and the face has…
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High quality early intervention for children with autism quickly results in costs savings

The costs associated with the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), one evidence-based treatment for young children with autism, were fully offset after only two years following intervention due to reductions in children’s use of other services, new research shows….
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Sometimes to Love Yourself, You Need a New Name

Contributed by Caroline Leavitt Source: Caroline Leavitt, used with permission Here I am in the Jersey City court house on a bright, shiny day in 2017. I’m standing behind a guy who is telling the judge that he needs to change his name to Heave Ho. “Why would you want to do that?” the judge asks, brow buckling. “It’s my pirate name,” the guy says. The judge throws up his hands but he allows it….
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Your Memories Make You Who You Are

Source: Shutterstock/studiostoksLStockStudio By Chris Heath, MD Memories make us who we are. They create our worldview in ways we hardly realize. Like a character made of Legos, we’re built of blocks of memory that all fit together to form our consciousness. How can it be otherwise? How can we say hello to someone or lean in to kiss someone new without evoking memories of previous greetings…
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MRI reveals striking brain differences in people with genetic autism

Researchers using MRI have identified structural abnormalities in the brains of people with one of the most common genetic causes of autism, according to a new study, the first major study of its kind….
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Café Charges Men 18% “Gender Tax” to Highlight Pay Gap

At Handsome Her, men are asked to pay an 18% premium to “reflect the gender pay gap.” Men earn an average 17.7% more than women for full-time work in Australia, a government report found . The difference is roughly the same in the United States . The café, which opened its doors for the first time Thursday, is hoping to shine a spotlight on the issue. “All we really wanted was to raise awareness…
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Instagram Photos May Offer Snapshot of Mental Health

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter (HealthDay) TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The photos you post on Instagram can contain telltale visual clues that help predict if you’re suffering from depression, a new study reports. Computer software designed to scan photos for these hidden signals accurately diagnosed people with depression seven out of 10 times, said lead researcher Andrew…
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U.S. Federal Report: Human Activity Is Prime Cause of Climate Change

Aug. 8 (UPI) — A new federal report, which is awaiting White House approval, concludes that human activity is “primarily responsible” for a drastic rise in the average temperature in the United States in the last four decades. The Climate Science Special Report was authored by scientists from 13 federal agencies — including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA and the White…
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How pronouns can be used to build confidence in stressful situations

Before any potentially stressful event, people often engage in self-talk, an internal dialogue meant to moderate anxiety. This kind of self-reflection is common, according a psychologist whose new study suggests that taking a ‘distanced perspective,’ or seeing ourselves as though we were an outside observer, leads to a more confident and positive response to upcoming stressors than seeing the…
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MRI reveals striking brain differences in people with genetic autism

Researchers using MRI have identified structural abnormalities in the brains of people with one of the most common genetic causes of autism, according to a new study, the first major study of its kind….
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What Mothering Has Taught Me: Women Share More Life-Changing Lessons

Motherhood shifts your entire life — often your entire being. Now your days are different. Now your hours are no longer your own. Now you share your life with a miraculous being who challenges you in the hardest and best ways. And you’re likely learning all sorts of lessons along the way. Lessons about who you are, about what’s important, about how to spend your days. Below, we asked various women…
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Executive Functions in Health and Disease: New book to help integrate Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology

Neuroscience used to be the monopoly of a few elite universities located in a handful of countries. Neuropsychology used to be a quaint niche discipline relatively unconnected to the larger world of neuroscience and content in its methods with paper-and-pencil tests. Neuroscience itself was relatively unconcerned with higher-order cognition, and the very term “cognitive neuroscience”…
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Mid-Life Cardiovascular Risk Factors May Influence Dementia

A large, long-term national study suggests that middle-aged Americans who have vascular risk factors have a greater chance of suffering from dementia later in life. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study discovered factors including diabetes, high blood pressure, and smoking can increase the risk of dementia. “With an aging population, dementia is becoming a greater health concern….
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Living Near Fast Food Restaurants May Have Little Impact on Weight

Living in close proximity to a fast-food restaurant or a supermarket appears to have very little impact on an individual’s body mass index (BMI), according to a new study at Indiana University (IU). While previous research on this topic has suggested a link between food outlet access and BMI, these studies were based on snapshots in time, known as cross-sectional data. “We couldn’t find evidence…
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Road and Sideline Rage

We’ve all seen them (or maybe some of us have been one of them). The driver on the highway who cuts us off or denies us entry into his or her lane when it seems like such a reasonable, even necessary thing to do. The driver who makes various hand gestures at us when he or she—rightly or wrongly—believes that we have cut them off. What happens to so many of us that leads us to rant and rage on the…
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Out of Balance?

Source: Zacg Dischner/Flickr Out of balance? The Practice: Enjoy sobriety. Why? By “sobriety,” I mean healthy self-control , a centered enjoyment of life, and an inner freedom from drivenness. We typically apply this sense of balance and self-care to things like food, drugs and alcohol, sexuality , money, and risky behaviors. And if you like, you could bring sobriety to other things as well, such…
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Bipolar Employees Can Face Major Challenges In The Workplace

New research finds that workplace environments may be unsupportive for people with bipolar disorder who may find themselves unemployed due to exclusion, stigma and stereotypes. These workers had to disclose their condition to co-workers and employers to receive special accommodations or more support, but often the outcomes were negative, say researchers at the University of Michigan and the…
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Why it’s Vital to Remember Your Coping Mechanism

The author finds his way of coping with anxiety Source: Joe Minihane When you’re anxious, coping mechanisms can be difficult to find. And often, once you find them, they can be hard to maintain. For almost seven years, swimming in cold water has been my way of finding equilibrium whenever my mind begins to race and my heart starts quicken. It’s the way I come back to a sense of peace and remind…
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The Power to Heal in One Simple Concept

Emotional pain is an unavoidable part of life. But what is avoidable is the pain of sensing that you are different from everyone else – and not in a good way. Despite how it might feel, your struggles show your humanity. Having flaws and weaknesses, as well as making mistakes, is very human. It’s just that when you are struggling, you can feel so distressed that it can be hard to see. But you can…
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Why We Tune into the Bachelorette: Romance & Lessons Learned

One of the most important news events of the summer just transpired: Bryan is The One!!! Yup, the long-awaited finale of The Bachelorette just aired. After a seemingly endless, suspenseful season, Rachel said goodbye to 30 men until Bryan stood alone. Bryan, the one to whom she always gave the first rose at every ceremony. At long last, love , commitment, and courage prevailed. Rachel and Bryan…
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Applications of Cognitive technologies –

I’m not sure how much I can trust an article that has a typo in the first sentence….
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Picking the Right Pronoun May Help Self-Talk Ease Anxiety

Self-talk is common, a kind of an internal dialogue commonly used to moderate anxiety before a potentially stressful event. But not all self-talk is equally effective, and that is where the notion of “self-distancing” comes in. New research suggest a self-distancing language, such as using the third person, can help us see ourselves through someone else’s eyes and can lead to improved confidence…
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Best of Our Blogs: August 8, 2017

Can you believe we’re nearly done with summer. Many kids have already or gearing up for the new school year. With summer about to be a memory, I would love to know your favorite summertime reads. While the books are taking over my nightstand, I’m enjoying one surprising pick this season. On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety is a new memoir that depicts Andrea Peterson’s, a Wall Street Journal…
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Does Diversity Per Se Pay?

In one of the most interesting short reports I read recently, some research was conducted in Australia examining what the effect of blind reviews would be on hiring. The premise of the research, far as I can surmise, was that a fear existed of conscious or unconscious bias against women and minority groups when it came to getting hired. This bias would naturally make it harder for those groups to…
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Punishment vs. Negative Reinforcement + 9 More Pairs of Psych Terms You’re Getting Confused

By Christian Jarrett There are a lot of pairs of terms in psychology that sound as if they refer to the same thing, and can therefore be used interchangeably, when in fact they refer to different concepts that are distinct in important ways. As Emory University professor Scott Lilienfeld and his colleagues point out in their new open-access paper in Frontiers in Education , even experienced…
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Suicidal girl faced wrong care without judge’s action, says barrister

A suicidal teenager would not have been given adequate care if the UK’s most senior family judge had not spoken out in the starkest of terms, a barrister appointed to represent her interests has said. Simon Rowbotham, who represents the 17-year-old girl’s court-appointed legal guardian, said it was unlikely that enough would have been done to keep her safe unless public attention had been drawn…
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Action video games decrease gray matter, study finds

Researchers find that playing action video games can lead to hippocampal atrophy. A new study suggests that playing action video games can be detrimental to the brain, reducing the amount of gray matter in the hippocampus. Specialists should exert caution in advising video gameplay to improve cognition, the study authors urge. The impact of video games on our health and well-being has often…
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Hypophysectomy: Procedure, recovery, and complications

The pituitary gland. A hypophysectomy is the surgical removal of the pituitary gland to treat cancerous or benign tumors. Most of the reported pituitary tumors that are removed turn out to be benign. The pituitary gland (also called the hypophysis) is a small, pea-sized gland in the brain behind the eyes. It produces hormones that regulate many things including body growth, metabolism, and sexual…
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Action video games decrease gray matter, study finds

Researchers find that playing action video games can lead to hippocampal atrophy. A new study suggests that playing action video games can be detrimental to the brain, reducing the amount of gray matter in the hippocampus. Specialists should exert caution in advising video gameplay to improve cognition, the study authors urge. The impact of video games on our health and well-being has often been…
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Smiles for love, sympathy, and war.

From Rychlowska et al. : A smile is the most frequent facial expression, but not all smiles are equal. A social-functional account holds that smiles of reward, affiliation, and dominance serve basic social functions, including rewarding behavior, bonding socially, and negotiating hierarchy. Here, we characterize the facial-expression patterns associated with these three types of smiles….
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Awe as an Antidote to the Polarized Mind

An antidote to polarization is awe—the wonder of being alive; living life with hope, respect, humility, and a deep reverence for the adventure of living. The current polarization of the American electorate and federal government is rooted in “the polarized mind”, a fixation by individuals on one point of view that excludes differing views and provokes intolerance. Complex issues become black and…
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Two Mistakes About the Meaning of Life

Wrong views inhibit people from realizing meaning in their lives….
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Starting Out

Source: John Eisenschenck, CC 2.0 You’ve graduated or dropped out. Either way, it’s your first September without the structure of school—No MWF 9-11 class to show up at. Now you’re supposed to be a grown-up. Now what?! Career Are you…

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