When It Comes to Sex, Men & Women Both Enjoy Romance & Affection

A new national study of sexual behavior looks at a wide range of diverse sexual behaviors and finds, perhaps surprisingly, that men and women both find romance and affection the most appealing parts of sexuality. Read more: https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/08/29/when-it-comes-to-sex-men-women-both-enjoy-romance-affection/125297.html

The Role of Motivation in Delusional Belief

Rational beliefs are formed on the basis of solid evidence and are open for appropriate revision when emerging evidence makes them less likely to be true. In contrast, a person with a delusion will hold firmly to the belief regardless of evidence to the contrary. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/science-choice/201708/the-role-motivation-in-delusional-belief

Mammalian empathy: neural basis and behavioral manifestations

I want to point to an interesting review by de Waal and Preston in Nature Reviews Neuroscience. Here are the Abstract and a few excerpts from the article: Recent research on empathy in humans and other mammals seeks to dissociate emotional and cognitive empathy. Read more: http://mindblog.dericbownds.net/2017/08/mammalian-empathy-neural-basis-and.html

Does Past Experience Increase Empathy?

Have you ever told a friend experiencing a troubling situation, “I know exactly how you feel”? This empathic response is usually driven by a connection we’ve made with our own similar experiences. Having “been there”, we believe we know what it’s like to be them. But do we really? Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/knowing-me-knowing-you/201708/does-past-experience-increase-empathy

Overwhelmed by Difficult Emotions? Take Charge and Calm Emotional Storms

Feelings come in waves, often appearing out of the blue, triggered by a memory, words overheard, pictures or experiences. The more we are trying to reign them in, suppress or ignore them, the stronger and more persistent they get — if not in the moment then sometime later, even after many years. Read more: https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2017/08/24/overwhelmed-by-difficult-emotions-take-charge-and-calm-emotional-storms/

HIIT releases endorphins in the brain

A recent study conducted at Turku PET Centre, University of Turku, shows that the popular high-intensity interval training (HIIT) leads to endorphin release in the brain, which might alleviate the physical and emotional stress caused by the high-intensity exercise. Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170824101759.htm

Coping with Fear: Face It, Understand It, Overcome It

A number of years ago, halfway up a forty-foot ranger tower, I discovered my fear of heights. One minute I was busily chatting with one of my daughters as we trudged up the wooden steps. I paused for a breath, looked around, and realized we were high above the treetops. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/transcending-the-past/201708/coping-fear-face-it-understand-it-overcome-it

These neurons ‘tell us’ to keep eating, even when we are full

Food is a kind of reward, and the better it tastes, the more rewarding it feels. New research in mice identifies the neurons and brain circuits that regulate how much pleasure the rodents take in eating. Some of these neuronal mechanisms are also involved in reward processing. Read more: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319104.php

How to Be Honest with Yourself

Do you lie to yourself? Maybe just a little? Maybe a lot? Whatever the answer, you’re not alone. Most people tell lies, rationalize at times, trying to reassure themselves with a self-talk that’s more wishful thinking or revisionist in nature than actual truth. Sometimes, that’s not all bad. Read more: https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2017/08/19/how-to-be-honest-with-yourself/