More Middle-Aged Adults Seeking Help for Memory Issues

Swedish researchers find that a growing number of middle-aged adults between the ages of 50 and 60 appear to be seeking help for memory-related problems — often concerned they are in the beginning stages of dementia — but after testing, they are found to be quite normal. Read more: https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/09/02/more-middle-aged-adults-seeking-help-for-memory-issues/125480.html

Who Pays For a First Date? And Why It Matters

You are out on a first date with a prospective paramour.  Over dinner, you enjoyed engaging conversation, and great chemistry.  But here comes the bill.  30 years ago, your server would probably have placed it squarely down in front of the man. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/why-bad-looks-good/201709/who-pays-first-date-and-why-it-matters

Why Surviving Adolescence Isn’t Enough

In October, I starting working at a community mental health clinic. For the first time in my six years studying and working in clinical psychology, I was charting new territory, treating a patient population I had yet to encounter: adolescent girls. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/there-is-always-another-part/201709/why-surviving-adolescence-isnt-enough

What is mental accounting in Psychology?

A cognitive bias wherein people tend to mentally separate their wealth into different “money jars” that are dedicated exclusively to certain purposes. Such mental accounting can cause people to make irrational decisions that work against their own financial interests. Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/what-is-mental-accounting-in-psychology/article19582426.ece

A magic bullet to restore our brain’s plasticity?

No...not yet. But work by Jenks et al. showing that juvenile-like plasticity is restored in the visual cortex of adult mice by acute viral expression of the neuronal protein Arc makes one wonder if a similar trick might eventually be tried in adult human brains... Read more: http://mindblog.dericbownds.net/2017/08/a-magic-bullet-to-restore-our-brains.html

Can Dogs Detect Ghosts, Spirits, or Hallucinations?

One of the oldest and most persistent paranormal beliefs is that dogs have the ability to see spirits, ghosts of the dead, or even the Angel of Death (click here for more about that). All of this is attributed to some kind of "sixth sense" that dogs are supposed to have. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/201708/can-dogs-detect-ghosts-spirits-or-hallucinations

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