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  • This Supplement May Reduce Risk of Psychotic Disorders

    Jeremy Dean
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:58 am
    First study to show a positive effect of this supplement on serious mental illness. » Continue reading: This Supplement May Reduce Risk of Psychotic Disorders » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: The Vitamin Which May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia 5 Habits Proven to Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia The Personality Trait That Doubles Alzheimer’s Risk How Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk A High IQ May Also Have This Mental Cost, Psychologists Find
  • Amazingly Some People Live Without This Normal Mental Ability

    Jeremy Dean
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:27 am
    It's possible to lack a very common mental ability, without even realising. » Continue reading: Amazingly Some People Live Without This Normal Mental Ability » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: People With This Special Quality Can Control Their Dreams The Weirdest Way People Communicate Their Happiness Easy Mental Trick Which You’ll Be Surprised To Learn Reduces Appetite Certain Foods Can Damage Your Ability To Think Flexibly Mental Practice Makes Perfect
  • Can your mental attitude reverse the effects of aging?

    Ellen Langer - blog
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    In studies over four decades, Harvard psychology professor Ellen Langer showed that mental attitude can reverse the effects of aging and improve physical health. Now she wants to test the theory on cancer. Dr. Langer joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss her research. Watch the interview.
  • A Tribute to Oliver Sacks from Colleague and Friend Christof Koch

    Scientific American: Mind & Brain
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The famed neurologist–author found uniqueness in every patient and savored the miracle of existence, whether it be found in squirrel monkeys or people -- Read more on
  • Art is about Resilience, It Always Has Been

    Psychology Today - Essentials
    Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Art expression and the creative process are really manifestations of the drive toward health and well-being, not merely signposts of repression, projection, displacement, and sublimation. As Louise Bourgeois noted, “Art is a guarantee of sanity” – it a human way of self-actualizing rather than "pathologizing" the human condition.
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  • Amazingly Some People Live Without This Normal Mental Ability

    Jeremy Dean
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:27 am
    It's possible to lack a very common mental ability, without even realising. » Continue reading: Amazingly Some People Live Without This Normal Mental Ability » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: People With This Special Quality Can Control Their Dreams The Weirdest Way People Communicate Their Happiness Easy Mental Trick Which You’ll Be Surprised To Learn Reduces Appetite Certain Foods Can Damage Your Ability To Think Flexibly Mental Practice Makes Perfect
  • This Supplement May Reduce Risk of Psychotic Disorders

    Jeremy Dean
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:58 am
    First study to show a positive effect of this supplement on serious mental illness. » Continue reading: This Supplement May Reduce Risk of Psychotic Disorders » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: The Vitamin Which May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia 5 Habits Proven to Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia The Personality Trait That Doubles Alzheimer’s Risk How Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk A High IQ May Also Have This Mental Cost, Psychologists Find
  • Four Common Foods That May Lower Risk of Depression

    Jeremy Dean
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    ...and three foods linked to increased risk of depression. » Continue reading: Four Common Foods That May Lower Risk of Depression » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: 10 Most Addictive Foods: All But One Are Highly Processed A Common Vitamin Deficiency Linked to Depression in Women New MIND Diet Lowers Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease Over 50% These Everyday Foods Have a Powerful Connection With Mental Wellbeing 4 Very Common Medicines Newly Linked to Irreversible Dementia Risk
  • The Nomophobia Test: Fear of Being Without Your Mobile Phone

    Jeremy Dean
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:08 am
    Take the test for 'nomophobia': short for "no-mobile-phone phobia". » Continue reading: The Nomophobia Test: Fear of Being Without Your Mobile Phone » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: 3 Ways a Smartphone Can Detect If You’re Depressed Fear of Math: How Much is Genetic? How Agreeable Are You? One-Minute Personality Test Are You Conscientious Or a Slacker? Quick Personality Test Reveals All… One Minute Personality Test: Are You An Introvert, Extrovert or Something Else?
  • Kissing: The Countries Where It’s Considered Uncomfortable or Disgusting

    Jeremy Dean
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:03 am
    Romantic kissing is considered weird in a surprisingly high number of countries. » Continue reading: Kissing: The Countries Where It’s Considered Uncomfortable or Disgusting » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: Kissing: Its Vital Role in Choosing and Keeping Partners The 5 Happiest Countries And What Makes Them So Happy The Quick Eye Movement That Reveals Whether It’s Love or Lust Brain Map of Love and Desire Wearing Red: The Danger Signals It Sends
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  • The Pitfalls of Telecommuting

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    22 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Coworkers discussing project on digital tablet | Credit: Thomas Barwick I was contacted by a TV Producer at BBC News regarding my thoughts about the pitfalls of working at home. I am reposting my response to her as well as add some additional information which, due to a tight schedule, I was not able to include in my original answers. Question: People often tout home working as being the future – but it isn’t really happening – at least in the UK. Why Not? I wrote about telecommuting (working from home or remotely for an employer) back in 2011 on my Workplace Psychology blog. The…
  • Promotions are stupid

    2 Aug 2015 | 7:21 am
    Promotions, in the traditional sense, make little sense most of the time. The idea is that, if someone has done a good job in their current position, they are then granted the opportunity of a promotion in a higher level position. This new position often takes on the form of new leadership roles and responsibilities that the incumbent has no previous experience in. If one thinks for a moment about what this means, someone who performs well in a job is then taken out of that position and given one in which they haven’t performed in before. Not only are you losing someone in a position…
  • Job Crafting: Shape, Mold, and Redefine Your Job

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    #145867727 / In his book, Drive (2011), Daniel Pink wrote that one of the motivating factors for employees is having the autonomy over four areas of work: what they do, when they do it, how they do it, and with whom they do it. Pink called these the four Ts: employee’s task, time, technique, and team. When I was working for a school system overseas in the Northern Mariana Islands, serving the islands of Saipan, Rota, and Tinian, I came up with the idea of creating a crisis management workshop. Because there was no such thing in my organization as a 15 percent time (like 3M)…
  • Commitment or Resistance

    Alec Cook
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Do employees resist change or is it simply a lack of individual commitment to change? Commitment to Organizational Change Research has shown that between 33% and 80% of all organizational change initiatives fail.[1] This single fact has led many in the organizational sciences to attempt to understand why that is the case. Why is it, that management is so ineffective at driving change into their organization? Similar organizational research also states that employee commitment to change may account for a significant amount of these failures.[2][3][4] This would then, imply that employee…
  • Athena Lee

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Title: Chief Executive Officer Company: Medcon Associates, LLC Location: Mount Kisco, N. Y. For more
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  • Oliver Sacks has left the building

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:17 am
    Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks has died at the age of 82. It’s hard to fully comprehend the enormous impact of Oliver Sacks on the public’s understanding of the brain, its disorders and our diversity as humans. Sacks wrote what he called ‘romantic science’. Not romantic in the sense of romantic love, but romantic in the sense of the romantic poets, who used narrative to describe the subtleties of human nature, often in contrast to the enlightenment values of quantification and rationalism. In this light, romantic science would seem to be a contradiction, but Sacks…
  • Spike activity 28-08-2015

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Vice has an excellent documentary about how skater Paul Alexander was affected by mental illness as he was turning pro. The US Navy is working on AI that can predict a pirate attacks reports Science News. Apparently it uses Arrrrgh-tificial intelligence. I’m here all week folks. The New York Times has a good piece on the case for teaching ignorance to help frame our understanding of science. Yes, Men’s and Women’s Brains Do Function Differently — But The Difference is Small. Interesting piece on The Science of US. Lots of junk…
  • Don’t call it a comeback

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:49 am
    The Reproducibility Project, the giant study to re-run experiments reported in three top psychology journals, has just published its results and its either a disaster, a triumph or both for psychology. You can’t do better than the coverage in The Atlantic, not least as it’s written by Ed Yong, the science journalist who has been key in reporting on, and occasionally appearing in, psychology’s great replication debates. Two important things have come out of the Reproducibility Project. The first is that psychologist, project leader and now experienced cat-herder Brian Nosek…
  • The reproducibility of psychological science

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The Reproducibility Project results have just been published in Science, a massive, collaborative, ‘Open Science’ attempt to replicate 100 psychology experiments published in leading psychology journals. The results are sure to be widely debated – the biggest result being that many published results were not replicated. There’s an article in the New York Times about the study here: Many Psychology Findings Not as Strong as Claimed, Study Says This is a landmark in meta-science : researchers collaborating to inspect how psychological science is carried out, how reliable…
  • A Million Core Silicon Brain

    26 Aug 2015 | 4:56 am
    For those of you who like to get your geek on (and rumour has it, they can be found reading this blog) the Computerphile channel just had a video interview with Steve Furber of the Human Brain Project who talks about the custom hardware that’s going to run their neural net simulations. Furber is better known as one of the designers of the BBC Micro and the ARM microprocessor but has more recently been involved in the SpiNNaker project which is the basis of the Neuromorphic Computing Platform for the Human Brain Project. Fascinating interview with a man who clearly likes the word toroid.
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  • Post-Partum Disorders in African-American Women

    Sandra Kiume
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:56 pm
    A new partnership of the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) have partnered with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST) to create the Mental Health Across the Lifespan Initiative for African-American women. This video is part of a collection of resources, discussing mental health across the lifespan but in particular post-partum depression and post-partum psychosis. Learn more about the initiative and its resources here.
  • Understanding and Healing from Family Violence

    Sandra Kiume
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:56 pm
      In “Clear Skies,” an excellent animated video from the Healthy Aboriginal Network, family violence is explained as an issue of intergenerational trauma, while at the same time victims are encouraged to find safety and heal. A Canadian production, still there are dynamics that apply to similar situations in many cultures. If you are in an abusive relationship, you can find help and support in the Hot Peach Pages, an international directory of domestic violence agencies. Nobody deserves abuse, you deserve to heal and thrive.
  • Empathy or Sympathy?

    Sandra Kiume
    4 Jan 2015 | 7:29 pm
    In a beautifully animated short video using an audio clip from a Brene Brown RSA talk, the noted author and psychologist talks about the difference between empathy and sympathy. The illustrations are exquisite, and convey the meaning of Brown’s words very clearly.
  • Mindfulness Meditation Video for Working with Difficulties

    Sandra Kiume
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:25 pm
    From the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, researcher Diana Winston created this short guided meditation video to help work with life’s difficulties. Whether it’s difficult emotions, body sensations, or stressful events, mindfulness meditation can help with calming and focussing the mind to cope with life more effectively. UCLA MARC offers a range of free mindfulness videos and mp3s in a variety of lengths and for different topics.
  • Why Our Brains Love Babies

    Sandra Kiume
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    A brief and interesting educational video from AsapSCIENCE explains why people are hard-wired to find babies so cute. In what’s known scientifically as “baby schema,” babies’ elements and proportions come together to make them aesthetically pleasing to humans, and through our brain’s reward system we are motivated to care for them.  
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  • Link feast

    Research Digest
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:15 am
    Our editor's pick of the week's 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:How Reliable Are Psychology Studies? [short of time? check out our coverage of this story]Findings from the Reproducibility Project have sent shockwaves through psychology. At The Atlantic, Ed Yong provides commentary and reflection.OCD: A Monster in My Mind (TV show)There are 28 days left to watch this BBC Two documentary in which Professor Uta Frith meets the people living with OCD, looks at the therapy available and asks what neuroscience can offer by way of a cure.Why Do We "Like" Social Media?Writing…
  • This is what happened when psychologists tried to replicate 100 previously published findings

    Research Digest
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    While 97 per cent of the original results showed a statistically significanteffect, this was reproduced in only 36 per cent of the replications After some high-profile and at times acrimonious failures to replicate past landmark findings, psychology as a discipline and scientific community has led the way in trying to find out more about why some scientific findings reproduce and others don't, including instituting reporting practices to improve the reliability of future results. Much of this endevour is thanks to the Center for Open Science, co-founded by the University of Virginia…
  • Hiding negative emotions may take more of a toll on your relationship than faking positive ones, especially if you're extravert

    Research Digest
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:07 am
    Handling your emotions in a close relationship is often a balancing act. You want to be true to yourself and open with your partner, but there are also times when it seems necessary to exert some emotional control – to hide your frustration, for example, or to feign happiness at their news (perhaps your partner is thrilled about a work trip, which in truth you'd rather they didn't take).A new study, published recently in the Journal of Psychology, is among the first the explore the toll of these two emotional strategies: hiding negative emotions and faking positive ones. Specifically, Tali…
  • Having a brain scan changed how these children think about minds and brains

    Research Digest
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:49 am
    The link between the mind and brain is tricky enough for expert psychologists and neuroscientists to grapple with, let alone young children. Nonetheless, they grow up with their own naive understanding. For example, there's some cute research from the 90s that found, somewhere between age 7 and 9, most children come to see the brain as containing thoughts and memories – they'll say that a skunk with a brain transplant from a rabbit will have memories of being a rabbit. Younger kids, by contrast, recognise the brain is involved in mental activity, but not that it contains thoughts and…
  • How do lying skill and frequency change through life, from childhood to old age?

    Research Digest
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
    Young adults – defined here as people aged 18 to 29 – are the most skilled liars, while teens are the most prolific. That's according to a new study published in Acta Psychologica that claims to be the first ever to investigate lying behaviour across the entire lifespan.The research involved members of the public who were visitors at the Science Centre NEMO in Amsterdam. In all, 1005 people took part, aged from 6 to 77. To test lying ability, Evelyne Debey and her colleagues presented the participants with simple general knowledge questions (e.g. "Can pigs fly?"). These questions had to…
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  • Challenge: How to spur meaningful, targeted & safe adoption of emerging neurotechnologies

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:32 am
    A cap that treats depression? Check the science before getting excited (The Guardian): “Yesterday, an article in the Entrepreneurs section of the Guardian purported to reveal a “cloth cap that could help treat depression”. This claim has caused some alarm in the neuroscience and mental health fields, so it’s important to look a little more closely at what the manufacturers are actually claiming. The piece in question concerns a product from Neuroelectrics: a soft helmet containing electrodes and sensors. According to the company’s website, it can be used to monitor brain activity…
  • Report: Revolutions in neurotechnology will soon influence every aspect of human life

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    Center for Neurotechnology Studies Announces Release of Trends in Neurotechnology August 2015 (Potomac Institute for Policy Studies): “Revolutions in neurotechnology will soon influence every aspect of human life. Neurotechnology can be used to further understand the natural processes of the brain, study and treat neurological disorders and injuries, and enhance neural capabilities, resulting in increased human intelligence and efficiency. Outside of the realm of health, it can be used in social contexts to improve overall quality of life.” To learn more: Download 28-page report Here…
  • Report: 10 million people develop dementia every year

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:33 am
    Chart: Estimated prevalence of dementia for people over 60. [World Alzheimer Report 2015, ADI.]World Alzheimer Report 2015: Revised Estimates Hint at Larger Epidemic (Alzforum): “Alzheimer’s Disease International yesterday released its World Alzheimer Report 2015: The Global Impact of Dementia. This seventh annual report from the federation of Alzheimer associations updates 2009 estimates of the global incidence, prevalence, upcoming trends, and cost of dementia, finding that almost 47 million people now live with this group of diseases. “We are looking at roughly a doubling in the…
  • August e-newsletter: Inside Out, Coffee, Stress, Poverty, Exercise, Brain Training, and more SharpBrains News

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:20 am
    Time for Sharp­Brains’ August e-newsletter, wrap­ping up this month’s key brain-related news and studies, and featuring Four “Inside Out” insights to discuss and improve our kids’ emotional lives (and our own). New studies: With exceptions, moderate coffee drinking may help protect against mild cognitive impairment Structural brain differences due to childhood poverty may account for 20% of the academic achievement gap Unregulated stress can sabotage your self-control and your diet Cell phone use not seen to increase risk of brain tumors among adults Growing evidence that…
  • Occupational therapy study: Improving processing speed seen as key target to help patients with multiple sclerosis

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:52 am
    Decreased Activity Levels in MS Patients Linked To Cognitive Impairment (Multiple Sclerosis News): “A new study published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy assessed the cognitive factors affected in multiple sclerosis patients concerning their activity and participation in everyday life…MS is considered the leading cause of disability among working age adults, and it can have a significant negative impact on a patient’s quality of life. It is estimated that within five years after disease diagnosis, the rate of employment drops from 90% to 20–30%. In addition, only…
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  • Council on Undergraduate Research

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at all institutions serving undergraduate students. CUR believes that faculty members enhance their teaching and contribution to society by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research. CUR’s leadership works with agencies and foundations to enhance research opportunities for faculty and students. CUR provides support for faculty development. Our publications and outreach…
  • Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (Formerly NARSAD)

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Our mission: The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. How we do it: 100% of all donor contributions for research are invested in NARSAD GRANTS leading to discoveries in understanding causes and improving treatments of disorders in children and adults, such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, autism, and bipolar, attention-deficit hyperactivity, post-traumatic stress and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Our credentials: Over a quarter…
  • iFred

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    The mission of International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred) is to shine a positive light on depression and eliminate the stigma associated with the disease through prevention, research and education. Its goal is to ensure 100% of the 350 million people affected by depression seek and receive treatment. iFred is creating a shift in society’s negative perception of depression through positive imagery and branding—establishing the sunflower and color yellow as the international symbols of hope for depression. To further its mission, iFred engages with individuals…
  • Real Warriors

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Real Warriors Campaign is a multimedia public awareness campaign designed to encourage help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds. Launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) in 2009, the campaign is an integral part of the Defense Department’s overall effort to encourage warriors and families to seek appropriate care and support for psychological health concerns. To reach the broadest audience possible, the campaign features a variety of strategies including…
  • To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA)

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    It’s been nine years since Jamie posted the original TWLOHA story online, and we’re still here. We’re still working to let people know that hope is real and that they can get the help they deserve. Your story is important. This began in the spring of 2006, when To Write Love on Her Arms founder Jamie Tworkowski wrote a story about a friend struggling with depression, addiction, and self- injury. The words and the life it represented shed light on the reality of contrast—pain and peace, addiction and sobriety, regret and freedom. The title, “To Write Love on Her Arms,” also…
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  • The Benefits of Sarcasm

    Dr. Deb
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    From the Greek and Latin for “to tear flesh,” the word sarcasm has been defined as “hostility disguised as humor,” the contempt-laden speech favored by smart alecks and mean girls that’s best to avoid.But new research by out of Harvard University finds that sarcasm is far more nuanced, and actually offers some important, overlooked psychological and organizational benefits. Sarcasm has been shown to increase creativity for both expressers and recipients.  Sarcasm also enhances problem solving. Using edgy forms of humor has long been an interest of…
  • Facebook and Depression

    Dr. Deb
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Facebook is the millennium’s new water cooler. Though virtual in its design, it serves as a way for us to catch up on the latest trends, share milestones, learn about juicy gossip, or live vicariously through the experience of others. And not only is it a way to keep up with the Joneses, but it’s a way to keep track of the Joneses. Facebook provides us with social capital – and these valuable social experiences make us feel connected. But bear in mind that not everyone feels Facebook is an upbeat and pleasing social past time. Reading stories or viewing photos of friends’…
  • Coming Out Proud to Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness

    Dr. Deb
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:09 pm
    The new groundbreaking book Coming Out Proud to Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness: Stories and Essays of Solidarity edited by Patrick W. Corrigan, Jon E. Larson, and Patrick J. Michaels has just been released.This book is a collection of personal reflections by people with mental illness, telling their stories of coming out and the lessons they learned from their journey.  Included are diverse stories from people all around the world, comprising of people from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States.Research states that one of the…
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    Dr. Deb
    5 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Logo by Counseling@NorthwesternThe designation of Mental Health Awareness Month was created more than 65 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of mental wellness and promoting good mental health for all. During Mental Health Awareness Month professionals, organizations, schools, communities, hospitals and even media outlets will join together in an effort to raise the awareness about mental health and attempt to decrease the stigma that prevents people from getting the help they need. If…
  • Mental Health of Affluent Teens: An Infographic

    Dr. Deb
    1 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Brought to you by Counseling@Northwestern’s Online Masters in Counseling
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  • Accuracy of dementia brain imaging must improve

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:35 am
    MRI scans and other tools to detect and diagnose dementia are helpful but not definitive. A new report evaluates how well different types of brain imaging tests work to detect Alzheimer's and predict how the disease will progress.The results show that the accuracy of brain imaging must be improved before it can be rolled out on a scale that could be useful to healthcare providers and patients.
  • Parents' views on justice affect babies' moral development

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:05 am
    Babies' neural responses to morally charged scenarios are influenced by their parents' attitudes toward justice, new research shows. The developmental neuroscientists found that strong individual differences in the perception of prosocial and antisocial behaviors are present in children as young as 12 to 24 months old--and that these differences are predicted by their parents' sensitivity to justice. Moreover, parental cognitive empathy is linked to babies' willingness to share.
  • Possible new weapon against PTSD

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:05 am
    Animals who underwent chronic stress prior to a traumatic experience engaged a distinctive brain pathway that encodes traumatic memories more strongly than in unstressed animals, new research shows.
  • Reading emotions in a second language

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:05 am
    If we read about someone who is smiling and happy, without realizing it, we smile as well. If, however, the text is not in our mother tongue but in a second language, then our mind and body react in a blander manner. This effect may depend on the different way we learn our mother tongue and a second language.
  • Research in mice shows potential value of antidepressant in some stroke victims

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:41 am
    Working with mice, researchers have added to evidence that a commonly prescribed antidepressant called fluoxetine helps stroke victims improve movement and coordination, and possibly why.
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    Sports Are 80 Percent Mental

  • Did Pete Rose's Competitive Spirit Drive Him To Gamble?

    21 Aug 2015 | 7:45 pm
    For many young baseball fans, Pete Rose is a name that is better known for being a baseball player banned from the game for gambling rather than the all-time leader in hits, not to mention games played, at-bats and singles.  In 1989, Major League Baseball banned him from the game due to accusations, which Rose later admitted to, of betting on baseball games including on his own team, the Cincinnati Reds, as a player and a manager. While Rose contends that he never bet on the Reds to lose, which would be a conflict of interest, MLB still suspended him indefinitely. This month, Rose could…
  • Choose Your Words Carefully When Motivating Your Young Athletes

    21 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Your kids want you to be proud of them. This need for a parent’s approval can be a powerful or destructive force when it comes to youth sports. When we communicate goals for our budding superstars, the wording we choose can make all the difference.   New research out of Ithaca College shows the effect parents can have on their kids’ game-time anxiety, which can directly impact their performance and overall enjoyment of the game. Miranda Kaye, a professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at Ithaca, knew from previous research that a coach exerts the primary influence…
  • Just An Hour Per Day Of Play Can Boost Young Brains

    18 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Imagine an activity that your kids could do after school every day that would improve their brain’s ability to make better decisions and solve problems.  Online cognitive drills? Special tutors? Actually, researchers at the University of Illinois have found that just an hour of fun, active play not only gets kids in better shape but significantly improves their cognitive functioning.Plenty of previous studies have shown the link between fitness and better academic performance in the classroom but it wasn’t clear if this was a cause and effect relationship or just that smarter kids…
  • Training Your Eyes To Hit That Curveball

    17 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    “Just keep your eye on the ball.”  Seems like simple enough advice for a young slugger at the plate.  That may work in the early years of Little League baseball when the pitches they see  have not yet cracked 50 mph.  But as the fastballs get faster and the change-ups get slower, having quick eyes and an even quicker perceptual brain is the only way hitters will be able to “hit it square” with a round bat and a round ball.   Which is exactly why psychology researchers at the University of California - Riverside (UCR) teamed up with the college’s varsity…
  • The Subliminal Power Of Positive Cheering

    3 Feb 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Young athletes often hear phrases of encouragement like, “dig a little deeper” or “you have to want it more than they do” or, ideally, “be mentally tough.”  For most kids, these words from a coach, a parent or a teammate go in one ear and out the other.  But, what if there was actually some scientific substance to the words?  Could the smiling, confident face of a coach delivering a pep talk actually have a subliminal effect on performance?  While the conscious brain may dismiss this positive talk, the subconscious mind may actually be putting it to work,…
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  • Massive study reports challenges in reproducing published psychology findings

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:33 pm
    A study that sought to replicate 100 findings published in three prominent psychology journals has found that, across multiple criteria, independent researchers could replicate less than half of the original findings. In some cases this may call into question the validity of some scientific findings, but it may also point to the difficulty of conducting effective replications and achieving reproducible results. read more
  • Women more likely than men to initiate divorces, but not non-marital breakups

    26 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
    Women are more likely than men to initiate divorces, but women and men are just as likely to end non-marital relationships, according to a new study that will be presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). read more
  • Study finds people's spiritual awareness varies throughout the day

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:32 pm
    People who report having spiritual awareness have it vary throughout the day, rather than being constant, according to a study by University of Connecticut researchers. read more
  • Want a better relationship and a better sex life?

    24 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
    If men take up more of the child-care duties, splitting them equally with their female partners, heterosexual couples have more satisfaction with their relationships and their sex lives, according to new research by Georgia State University sociologists. read more
  • Unlike boys, girls lose friends for having sex, gain friends for making out

    24 Aug 2015 | 6:23 am
    Early adolescent girls lose friends for having sex and gain friends for "making out," while their male peers lose friends for "making out" and gain friends for having sex, finds a new study that will be presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). read more
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    I Choose Change

  • The Velveteen Rabbit

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:43 am
    The great poet Maya Angelou once said, “When you know better, you do better.” It is true. When we know how to do better, think better, feel better and see the world in a different light, we will. And then, we must pay it forward. We must understand that the world is filled with misery, but it is also filled with love because of people willing to become introspective, engage in another’s worldview, tune in to become empathetic, and feel compassion for others and their story. When you know someone’s story, it is difficult to be angry at them. Becoming whole is a spiritual awakening.
  • Forgiveness

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    As you become introspective and empathetic with your understanding of others thoughts and feelings you may begin to understand the pain you have caused others through your own unconscious (or conscious) actions. You behave out of a direct result of your own emotional pain, but when you become aware of the reason for your actions upon other people, this can now create an awareness of the situation that you didn’t have previously. You can feel extreme guilt and even shame, but the impact of that guilt arises out of the courage you’ve had to face the reality of your own actions upon others.
  • Lesson One: You Can’t Teach Someone To Swim When They’re Drowning

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    My 8 year old daughter feels very maternal with her younger 3 year old sister, often feeling as if she must step in to correct and teach lessons. I’m often telling her she isn’t her mother, and she needs to let me do my job. However, that doesn’t stick for long before Lily is feeling the need to mother once again. So, last night, I decided if she’s going to mother anyway, I’d teach her a few tips to help her be more successful and to keep her less frustrated with her younger sibling. This lesson came while having some family fun at a bowling alley. Lily was…
  • My Great Therapy Advice

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    This morning when a client told me she needed to learn to keep her emotions under control, I responded with, “Who are you, Else?” And then I about died inside, because I thought to myself, “Really? Else? Is that the best therapeutic example you could come up with?” In fact, it was. You know what really bugged me about the movie Frozen, which, if you’re like me, you’ve seen upwards of 673 times? It bugs me that in the scene where Else is taken to visit the trolls, her dad gets the message that Else needs to be locked up until she (by herself?) learns to control her emotions. After…
  • I Have a Confession

    Jennifer M. Ryan, M.Ed.
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    I have a confession to make. This time last year, I embarked on a journey to change my physical health because my emotional health had become unmanageable. In July of last year, I experienced an extremely stressful event that was both traumatic and life-altering. By October, my stress and worry had taken a mental toll on my physical body, and I was on the verge of taking a leave of absence from the work I love as a psychotherapist, and the group practice I’ve build over the last ten years. My heart was breaking, and my body was shutting down. During one of my appointments, I felt like room…
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    Brain Blogger

  • Repressed Memories – Fact or Fiction?

    Carla Clark, PhD
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Repressed memories are one of those things that we don’t have solid proof of existing, yet typically believe to be real without question. There was hardly a media outcry at the presentation of repressed memories in movies like Shutter Island or The Hulk, yet lawsuits involving repressed memories are a minefield, and reportedly, regularly dismissed. Meanwhile, scientists are fervently comparing the facts to get to the crux of the matter: Are repressed memories fact or fiction? As found in an article in the American Psychology journal, repressed memories can be considered as: “… so…
  • Hope on the Horizon For Alzheimer’s Disease Pathogenesis

    Viatcheslav Wlassoff, PhD
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Right now, there is only symptomatic treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, which does not stall the progress of the disease. Nor does this approach provide insights on the causes. But if findings from recent research studies are to be weighed upon, this is about to change. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a curse, both for the person who has been afflicted with the condition and his loved ones. AD affects millions of elderly individuals all over the world and the number of cases is on the rise, as the quality of healthcare services improves, life expectancy increases and our population ages.
  • Best And Worst in Psychology & Psychiatry – July 2015

    Carla Clark, PhD
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Pre-1970s was an exceptionally dark time for the chronically ill, where the mental wellbeing of terminally ill patients was treated as taboo. In this month’s roundup, there are some far reaching implications from the psychological-side of thanatology research (the scientific study of death). Recently, we’ve celebrated the birth, on July 8, 1926, of the journalist and psychiatrist, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, whose development of the five stages of grief model (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance) marked the turning point in improving care. As Kubler-Ross reminds us in her…
  • The Brain-Gut Axis, Part 3 – The Gut Microbiota In Disease

    Sara Adaes, PhD (c)
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    In Part 2 of the brain-gut axis article series, I explained how the brain and the gut microbiota communicate. I will now talk about how this interaction can impact our health and risk of disease, based on what research has already unveiled. So far, most microbiota-brain research has been carried out in mice. Studies on germ-free animals have shown that an adequate bacterial colonization of the gut is crucial to the proper development and maturation of both the enteric nervous system (ENS) and central nervous system (CNS). The absence of gut microbes leads to altered production of…
  • The Brain-Gut Axis, Part 2 – Brain-Gut-Microbiota Communication

    Sara Adaes, PhD (c)
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Research has been showing that the gut microbiota can strongly influence our overall health and disease, including our brain’s health, as well as our mood and behavior. This article in the brain-gut axis series aims to explain how the brain and the gut interact, which means they have to communicate, and what research has uncovered so far. Being such an immense ecosystem with which we live in a healthy symbiosis, it seems obvious that there has to be a way for gut microbiota to interact with our brain to let it know if everything is all right. Because we do need our gut’s microbes just as…
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    World of Psychology

  • 7 Things You Shouldn’t Say to People in Therapy

    YourTango Experts
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:55 pm
    You may judge, but therapy saved my life. My best friend and I are constantly playing phone tag. But there’s one person who promises to have my undivided attention once a week, no matter what: Dr. R, my therapist. For the past 2.5 years, we’ve spent 55 minutes every Tuesday evening together, and for that, I’m grateful. My adventures in therapy began during my sophomore year in college, when I walked into my campus’s mental health center after a close friend suffered a mental breakdown. 4 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Life We were so alike, I knew that if I…
  • Is the Link Between Serotonin and Depression a Myth?

    Therese J. Borchard
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:45 am
    Do you remember the old Zoloft (sertraline) ad where the sad egg no longer chases the birdy, and whenever he moves, the thick cloud above follows him? Pfizer did a masterful job of taking a very complex phenomenon and simplifying it down to a concept that two-year-olds can understand. In fact, the visual props made such an impact on my husband that he continues to ask me, years after the original commercial, if I am a “sad egg” whenever he senses that I’m experiencing symptoms. In the late 1980s and 1990s, Pfizer wasn’t alone in dumbing down depression to a simple “chemical…
  • Best of Our Blogs: September 1, 2015

    Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:30 am
    You can’t do much to change your height. You’re born with the family, skin color and inborn traits you’ve got. We spend a great deal of our youth trying to compensate for that. But as adults, there are some things even more difficult to contend with. Things like wanting something about yourself, others or a situation to be different than it is, for example, can be immensely difficult to deal with. There’s always a part of you that wishes or fantasizes about what life would be like if you didn’t have this illness or that relative. It hurts when you compare your…
  • Fears of Starting a Family When You Suffer from Depression

    YourTango Experts
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:55 pm
    How do you manage depression when SSRIs and other medications are not an option? I try to divorce Michael at least once a month. I blame this on my PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or what I like to call “PMS on crack”), though I’ve also been diagnosed with chronic depression and anxiety and, once, a psychopharmacologist told me I had obvious bipolar tendencies. Either way, I’m not the easiest person to live with (as if you didn’t already feel bad enough for my husband, due to my sexual issues). Sometimes, I fling my wedding band across the room, or lock…
  • Tips for Thwarting Panic Attacks

    Lauren Suval
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:45 am
    I awake in the middle of a summer night, hot and uncomfortable and possibly disoriented from a disturbing dream. Feelings of nausea intertwine with the heat, rendering me physically drained. I sit in the waiting rooms of doctors’ offices, feet tapping in sporadic rhythm, nervous at the onset of blood pressure readings and other evaluations. Such scenarios are a few of my triggers for anxiety; for shallow breathing and a high heart rate and palpable tension, inducing incessant worry surrounding my panic symptoms. (Since I’m prone to anxiety regarding my health, anxiety attacks entrap me in…
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    idle thoughts

  • Political lies

    14 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    Op-Ed Boston Globe
  • Markets and GMO

    10 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    There is one overarching argument in favor of labeling.Markets work best when buyers and sellers both have full information.We believe in markets; we must therefore label products accurately.Published in Boston Globe
  • What do we Know about Social Mobility?

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:29 am
    Waht do we know about social mobility?OPED Cambridge Chronicle
  • Promises to Ukraine

    23 Jul 2015 | 3:39 am
    We are in no position to male promises to Ukraine.Letter in Boston Globe
  • Drowsy Driving

    5 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    Metrowest oped on drowsy driving
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    Teaching High School Psychology

  • The Strange Case of Missing Posts

    Chuck Schallhorn
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Hi All. Chuck here.For reasons we cannot ascertain, the posts that Amy Ramponi had created have disappeared. We consulted Google, but we had already tried the steps they told us about. Sadly, Google blogger does not have an activity log, so that option is out. We tried examining drafts, account settings, and more. Nothing. It is as if they never occurred. But we know they did.Please have patience as we use the internet way-back machine to gather the content of the posts and repost them.Thanks for your patience and continued support.Chuck
  • Facebook AP Psych and HS Psych Teacher Groups

    Chuck Schallhorn
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:55 pm
    There has been lots of beginning of year activity on a relatively new Advanced Placement Psychology Teacher Group.  There have been some amazing resources shared on there that I/we will be sharing on the THSP blog soon.  For now, here is the link to the group. Click the link to join--but be sure you are a teacher.High School Teachers of  Psych GroupAP Psych Teacher Groupposted by Chuck Schallhorn
  • The Testing Effect (or "Retrieval Practice")

    Rob McEntarffer
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:21 am
    I met Annie Murphy Paul (@anniemurphypaul) on Twitter, and she sent me this fascinating article about what Cognitive researchers are calling the "Testing Effect" (in the article, some researchers talk about renaming it "Retrieval Practice")Researchers Find That Frequent Tests Can Boost LearningIt's a good read: summarizes several studies that show how we can (and should) "treat tests as occasions for learning" rather than simply grading/evaluation tools. It's based on a fairly simple and intuitive idea: frequent, small "tests" of understanding (e.g. interrupting readings or a lecture with a…
  • APAC psychology presentations

    Steve Jones
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:20 am
    Unlike most of you, my school year begins tomorrow, and so my chance to do an amazing play-by-play post about the AP Annual Conference last month in Austin has vanished, just like those carefree days of summer. Alas.Maria Vita and Virginia WelleSo I'm simply going to tell you that it was Amazing, Awe-inspiring, and Affirming to be in one place with such great colleagues. I know that these conferences are expensive and travel is challenging, but it's a terrific way to get top-notch professional development. Start bugging your principals now about how you can get funds to attend next year's…
  • Crash Course Video Details

    Chuck Schallhorn
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    Aaron Portenga from Michigan is awesome possum! He put together a minute-by-minute description of the Psychology Crash Course video series on YouTube.You can find a viewable link here: file is view only, so copy/paste into a Word Document or save to your own Google Drive.Each episode includes links to the respective videos. Seriously, Aaron is awesome!
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    Advances in the History of Psychology

  • CfP: Joint BPS HPP Section & UK Critical Psychiatry Network Conference

    Jacy Young
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    The British Psychological Society‘s History & Philosophy of Psychology Section, together with the UK Critical Psychiatry Network, has issued a call for submissions to their Annual Conference. The conference will take place at Leeds Trinity University March 22nd and 23rd, 2016. Paper submissions are due December 18th 2015 and poster submissions January 17th 2016. The full call for papers follows below. The British Psychological Society’s History & Philosophy of Psychology Section in collaboration with the UK Critical Psychiatry Network invites submissions for its 2016…
  • “Associationism Without Associative Links: Thomas Brown and the Associationist Project”

    Jacy Young
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    AHP readers may be interested in a forthcoming article in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. The article, now available online, explores Scottish philosopher Thomas Brown’s associationism and recasts the associationist tradition in psychology. Full details follow below. “Associationism without associative links: Thomas Brown and the associationist project,” by Mike Dacey. The abstract reads, There are two roles that association played in 18th–19th century associationism. The first dominates modern understanding of the history of the concept:…
  • The Role of Heredity in George Combe’s Phrenological Work

    Jacy Young
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    The September issue of The British Journal for the History of Science includes a piece that may be of interest to AHP readers: “Phrenology, heredity and progress in George Combe’s Constitution of Man” by Bill Jenkins.  The abstract follows below. The Constitution of Man by George Combe (1828) was probably the most influential phrenological work of the nineteenth century. It not only offered an exposition of the phrenological theory of the mind, but also presented Combe’s vision of universal human progress through the inheritance of acquired mental attributes. In the…
  • Hermann Helmholtz’s Graphical Recordings of the Speed of Nervous Stimulations

    Jacy Young
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:51 am
    The September issue of Science in Context includes an article by Henning Schmidgen as part of a topical section on “Surfaces in the History of Modern Science: Inscribing, Separating, Enclosing.” In his piece Schmidgen explores the importance of Hermann Helmholtz’s graphic recordings of the speed of nerve transmissions. Full details follow below. “Leviathan and the Myograph: Hermann Helmholtz’s “Second Note” on the Propagation Speed of Nervous Stimulations,” by Henning Schmidgen. The abstract reads, In the winter of 1849–1850 in Königsberg, German…
  • Sad News, the Passing of Elizabeth Scarborough

    Jacy Young
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:01 pm
    L-R: Barbara Lusk, Christopher Green, Elizabeth Scarborough, and Larry Stern at Cheiron in Lawrence, KS, June 2015. Photograph courtesy of Barbara Lusk. We are sad to report that Elizabeth Scarborough has passed away. Scarborough’s work on the history of women in psychology, together with collaborator Laurel Furumoto, was groundbreaking. Their book Untold Lives: The First Generation of American Women Psychologists remains a classic. A founding member of Cheiron, she was a fixture at the society’s annual meetings, never missing a year, including the most recent gathering in…
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    One Among Many

  • Insight Into Bias

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Psychologists (and you) love a tale of two minds. Here’s one about how people self-enhance (or efface) and how they know that they do.
  • We need a folksy free will

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Andrew Monroe, who is an expert on moral psychology and folk beliefs about free will responds to an earlier post on 'Free Will Depletion.'
  • Grade Flation

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Grades are a mixed curse. We can't leave without them, unless the culture changes radically, which it won't. Here's some of the psychology between the preference for easy (and hard) As.
  • Free Will Depletion

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:09 pm
    After tortured administration of surgery and double-blind medicinalization, free will remains clinically dead. Here's another dyslogy.
  • Cookie Dilemma

    Joachim I Krueger Ph.D.
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:21 pm
    When you leave a cookie and the choice to eat it to others, you better mean it. Otherwise, you are not being socially mindful but hypocritical, or just dumb.
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    The Situationist

  • Elizabeth Loftus on “The Memory Factory”

    The Situationist Staff
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:24 am
    A lecture by Elizabeth F. Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology and Professor of Law and Cognitive Science at University of California, Irvine. In this lecture, Loftus shows us that people can be led to develop rich false memories for events that never happened. False memories look very much like true ones: they can be confidently told, detailed, and expressed with emotion. From Radcliffe Magazine, an excerpt from an article by Susan Seligson: Elizabeth Loftus can make people “remember” that eggs once made them sick or that as children they were briefly lost in a mall, though…
  • Supreme Court Acknowledges “Unconscious Prejudice.”

    The Situationist Staff
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:03 am
    From Slate, by Kenji Yoshino: Thursday’s blockbuster opinion in the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project case will be primarily and justly remembered for interpreting the Fair Housing Act to include a disparate-impact cause of action. In anti-discrimination law, “disparate treatment” requires an intent to discriminate, while “disparate impact” can allow a plaintiff to win even in the absence of discriminatory intent. For instance, if an entity has a policy that disproportionately affects a protected group, it has to justify that…
  • Systemic Justice Conference – Today!

    9 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    For more information, see the conference website or the facebook page or download the program (pdf).
  • Erin Hennes at Harvard Law School – Discussing “A Convenient Untruth”

    The Situationist Staff
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Tomorrow (Thursday) at noon  join the HLS Student Association for Law & Mind Sciences and JUSTICE FOR bALL for a lunch talk with Erin Hennes, PhD to discuss the psychological processes underlying the acceptance of the existence of climate change, and the implications these biases have for our legal system. Non-pizza lunch provided. Where: WCC 2009 When: 3/12/15 at noon ————————————————————————- A Convenient Untruth: System Justification and the…
  • Morality and Politics: A System Justification Perspective

    The Situationist Staff
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:49 pm
    An Interview with John Jost by Paul Rosenberg Note: This interview was originally published on with an outrageously incendiary title that entirely misrepresented its content. Introduction by Paul Rosenberg: In the immediate aftermath of World War II, a wide range of thinkers, both secular and religious, struggled to make sense of the profound evil of war, particularly Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. One such effort, “The Authoritarian Personality” by Theodore Adorno and three co-authors, opened up a whole new field of political psychology—initially a small niche within the…
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    Ulterior Motives

  • How Do People’s Values Change as They Get Older?

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:24 am
    At any given moment in your life, you have a set of values that guide your actions at an abstract level. As an academic psychologist, for example, I value knowledge, and spend a lot of time pursuing it. Success has also been a value for me, and so I have devoted time to my career. My values are not shared by everyone.
  • Does Anticipating Temptation Help You Resist Temptation?

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    In Smart Change, I talk about the importance of planning for temptations. The idea is that temptations are hard to deal with in the moment, because they suggest something that would feel good to do right now. Those temptations can capture your motivational system and drive you to do something that is not in your long-term best interests.
  • Using Attention to Get People to Do the Right Thing

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:21 pm
    We want people to take the stairs rather than the elevator, to eat fruits and vegetables rather than candy bars, and to help others rather than thinking only about themselves.
  • How Narcissists Wear Out Their Welcome

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:40 am
    Narcissists feed off the energy of the people around them. They crave status and work hard to achieve it. But, do they succeed in getting the status they want? An intriguing possibility is that narcissists don’t actually get status, they just believe that they have status within a group.
  • Why Do Icons on Smart Phone Screens Slide?

    Art Markman Ph.D.
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    Standing in line at any coffee shop gives you a chance to observe lots of smart phone behavior. Almost everyone in the line is staring at a small screen. Many of them are busily swiping at the screen, presumably moving the icons on the screen from page to page?
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    NIMH | Recent Updates

  • Blog Post » Look who is getting into mental health research

    Thomas Insel
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:41 am
    Tech companies are bringing their ability to extract knowledge from data to health care. Dr. Insel gives some examples that show the potential of new tech-based approaches to diagnosis and treatment.
  • Blog Post » August at NIMH

    Thomas Insel
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:52 am
    Despite its reputation as a month for slowing down, August is busy at NIMH as the end of the fiscal year approaches. Dr. Insel takes time out to give an update on NIMH-supported clinical trials.
  • Blog Post » The Brain’s Critical Balance

    Thomas Insel
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:37 am
    The BRAIN Initiative is supporting scientists aiming to understand how the 86 billion neurons in the brain act together to enable consciousness and behavior. Dr. Insel gives a snapshot of recent work and its implications for understanding normal and disordered brain function.
  • Blog Post » Quality Counts

    Thomas Insel
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    The Institute of Medicine has issued a report looking at the effectiveness of psychosocial treatments for mental disorders. Dr. Insel blogs about the need to ensure that consumers needing treatment receive evidence-based therapies.
  • Blog Post » Viewing the STARRS Data

    Thomas Insel
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    Last week, two important research events unfolded without fanfare and without headlines. June 30 marked the end of the first phase of Army STARRS, the largest study of mental health risk and resilience ever conducted among military personnel. July 1 marked the release of Army STARRS data for use by the broad scientific community.
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    Psychology Today - Essentials

  • What if Your Wife Has Postpartum Depression?

    The Seleni Institute
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:34 am
    The key to overcoming postpartum depression is to identify it early and be proactive about seeking treatment together. Here is how to help your spouse if you are worried she has PPD.
  • Waving Sadly and Yet Joyfully Goodbye

    Michael W Corrigan Ed.D.
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:05 am
    My wife started back to work fulltime. After admirably serving seven years in the trenches of child warfare on the not so tropical resort island known as Imagonna Pullmyhairout, she joined the ranks of the millions who deserve to be awarded a “Stay at Home Mom” Medal of Honor. As a recovering Mr. Mom, this blog is dedicated to all of you Stay at Home Parents.
  • Are You in Love With a Narcissist and Still Hopeful?

    Peg Streep
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:05 am
    It's true enough that most of us hang in far longer than we should in toxic relationships, especially with a narcissistic partner. Some of that has to do with hopefulness that our partner and relationship will change. Is that magical thinking? Looking at recent research....
  • What If the Diagnosis of Autism Is Wrong?

    Ann Densmore Ed.D, CCC SLP/A
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:28 pm
    How does this happen? There are many neuropsychologists who are excellent and take time to evaluate a child. Sometimes, children do not perform well because they are afraid of the unfamiliar adult or the testing tasks and environment. Sometimes, at a young age, particularly in cases of a language delay, the child doesn’t understand the intent of the question.
  • Art is about Resilience, It Always Has Been

    Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Art expression and the creative process are really manifestations of the drive toward health and well-being, not merely signposts of repression, projection, displacement, and sublimation. As Louise Bourgeois noted, “Art is a guarantee of sanity” – it a human way of self-actualizing rather than "pathologizing" the human condition.
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    Your Mind Your Body

  • Conversations we should be having about Ashley Madison

    Dr. Stephanie Smith
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    By now most of us have heard about last week’s reveal of the data released by hackers of the extramarital affair site  High- and low-profile users have been “outed” as clients of the site, with some pretty unsavory consequences.  As such, it’s been easy to tease and make fun of this whole situation–after all, these cheaters had it coming, didn’t they? The problem with that attitude, of course is that none of us are perfect.  In fact, even if we aren’t members of Ashley Madison ourselves, there remains a lot we can learn from the whole debacle. A…
  • If you want to know how I’m doing, look at my thumb: #mhblogday guest post

    Angel Brownawell
    21 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    The following guest contribution is written by Kat Kinsman in recognition of Mental Health Month Blog Day.  If you really want to know how I’m doing right now, look at my thumb. It always betrays me. My face will, from four decades of muscle memory, arrange itself in a way that will not cause you worry. My voice is calculated to extract any upset so it will not leach in and erode your wellbeing. But my thumb can’t lie. More specifically, the skin to the right of my right thumbnail, and if things are especially dire, the left of the left one, too. If it’s smooth and…
  • Mental Health Blog Day – Links Round Up 2015

    Angel Brownawell
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
      Welcome to everyone who is taking part in our mental health month blog day, our 6th annual event to help recognize May as Mental Health Month. We’ll update this page and blog throughout the day, recognizing you and other writers and contributors who are blogging and sharing for mental health awareness. Thanks for joining us! Thank you to everyone who is recognizing May as Mental Health Month. We’re excited to get out the word that mental health matters to everyone.   Quick Reminders: For consideration on this list, your blog must have our badge or link back to a post on…
  • Nepal’s earthquake: reflections, resources and resilience

    Dr. Sandra Wartski
    5 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    Prayer flags hanging after the recent earthquake in Nepal. Photo by Alice Popkorn via flickr. Several years ago, I had the privilege of traveling to Nepal to visit my sister who was working there as a Peace Corps Volunteer. As a once-in-a-lifetime trip, my positive memories of the people and places of Nepal remain vivid to this day, and the recent tragedy of the massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that overwhelmed this small country has brought many of those recollections flooding back. Reflections Dr. Sandra Wartski crosses a bridge while hiking in Nepal. As I see the photos of a devastated…
  • How and why you should ease your Ebola fears

    Dr. Sandra Wartski
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    U.S. officials speak to reporters at a press conference Oct. 1 about their visit to Liberia to see firsthand the impact of the Ebola epidemic. Photo by USArmyAfrica via flickr. The Ebola virus sounds scary.  The headlines about the disease are frightening:  it can be fatal, it is spread through bodily fluids, there’s no vaccine.  The news reports can cause alarm, and misinformation can be easily spread through social media and other Internet sites. And now that a person treated in a U.S. hospital has died from Ebola, people seem to be more on edge about the disease and about the…
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    Workplace Psychology

  • The Pitfalls of Telecommuting

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    22 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Coworkers discussing project on digital tablet | Credit: Thomas Barwick I was contacted by a TV Producer at BBC News regarding my thoughts about the pitfalls of working at home. I am reposting my response to her as well as add some additional information which, due to a tight schedule, I was not able to include in my original answers. Question: People often tout home working as being the future – but it isn’t really happening – at least in the UK. Why Not? I wrote about telecommuting (working from home or remotely for an employer) back in 2011 on my Workplace Psychology blog. The idea…
  • Job Crafting: Shape, Mold, and Redefine Your Job

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    #145867727 / In his book, Drive (2011), Daniel Pink wrote that one of the motivating factors for employees is having the autonomy over four areas of work: what they do, when they do it, how they do it, and with whom they do it. Pink called these the four Ts: employee’s task, time, technique, and team. When I was working for a school system overseas in the Northern Mariana Islands, serving the islands of Saipan, Rota, and Tinian, I came up with the idea of creating a crisis management workshop. Because there was no such thing in my organization as a 15 percent time (like 3M)…
  • Stop Telling People You’re a “Thought Leader” Because You’re Not

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    1 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    #484526659 / Is Thought Leadership Old Wine In New Bottles? There are certain words/phrases that irk me to no end — thought leader or thought leadership is one of them. I cringe every time I see the words “thought leader” or “thought leadership” on a website or by a person’s name. David Brooks wrote a satirical, op-ed piece in the New York Times in December 2013 titled, “The Thought Leader.” Describing the life of a “thought leader,” Brooks wrote: “[The thought leader] doesn’t have students, but he does have clients. . . .Not armed with fascinating…
  • 100 Things You Need to Know: Best People Practices for Manager and HR

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Description (from a Lominger flyer): In 100 Things, three internationally-recognized experts in human capital management provide the research behind the best people practices in an easy-to-read and easy-to-reference format. You’ll find research, discussion and a “so what” section (that tells you what best practices to follow as a result of the research) on the full range of HR people issues you deal with all the time—change management, HR effectiveness, measurement, campus recruiting, career development, feedback, selection, pay practices and more. I shared before about how I love…
  • Cajoling and Betraying Trust

    Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
    2 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    #169987545 / The Oxford American Dictionary defines cajoling as “persuad[ing] someone to do something by sustained coaxing or flattery.” It’s another way of describing how we sweet-talk others into doing our bidding. A damaging consequence of a leader cajoling employees is losing the employees’ trust or confidence in that leader, and in his words and actions. Although they may, initially, trust the leader it often does not take long for employees to recognize that it’s simply deception designed to get them to do what that leader wanted them to do. “Cajoling…
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    Ellen Langer - blog

  • On Being Intimidated

    14 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Who among us hasn’t at one time or the other experienced fear, humiliation, degradation at the hand of someone toward whom we were vulnerable? I was just conned out of a great deal of money by someone my colleague Josh Buckholtz, who studies psychopaths, said sounded like a quintessential member of that class. It truly scared me. It also raised the question for me of how do you get up after being thrown for the proverbial loop. It was actually much easier than most would imagine. Gabriel Hammond and I are doing research on bullying, so the antidote was salient for me. In that work, the…
  • GLADO and a Successful Life

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:17 am
    I recently published a book entitled, The Art of Noticing. It’s full of one-liners culled from forty years of research paired with one of my paintings. The result of thinking deeply about each of them lead me to define GLADO, my recipe for a successful life: be Generous, Loving, Direct and Open. I reached the same conclusion after seriously considering the myths that prevent us from fully engaging our mindful creativity that I spelled out in On Becoming An Artist. These books were written to encourage the recognition that these myths are of our own making. Rules and standards are…
  • Can your mental attitude reverse the effects of aging?

    1 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    In studies over four decades, Harvard psychology professor Ellen Langer showed that mental attitude can reverse the effects of aging and improve physical health. Now she wants to test the theory on cancer. Dr. Langer joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss her research. Watch the interview.
  • What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set?

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    “One day in the fall of 1981, eight men in their 70s stepped out of a van in front of a converted monastery in New Hampshire. They shuffled forward, a few of them arthritically stooped, a couple with canes. Then they passed through the door and entered a time warp. Perry Como crooned on a vintage radio. Ed Sullivan welcomed guests on a black-and-white TV. Everything inside — including the books on the shelves and the magazines lying around — were designed to conjure 1959. This was to be the men’s home for five days as they participated in a radical experiment, cooked up by a young…
  • The Wellbeing Lecture Series

    12 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    I’ll be giving a lecture on “Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility” as part of The Wellbeing Lecture Series at the University of Minnesota on Monday, Nov 10, 2014. The schedule is as follows 2:00 – 3:30 PM, Lecture 3:30 – 4:00 PM, Q & A followed by a reception Great Hall Coffman Memorial Union For more information and tickets, click here.
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    Graphology World

  • The Face Behind the Mask

    24 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    “The Face behind the Mask!” The words resonate with mystery and excitement.  But in reality it’s a rather sad concept because the person who hides behind a mask is actually dealing with various personality issues. We’ve all come across people who hide behind masks – people whose real personalities are completely camouflaged behind facades of pretense. Their facial expressions mask their true feelings and they hide their real motives behind words that are intentionally misleading. What is it that makes them hide behind these masks and façades? Whatever the…
  • Michael Jackson’s Signature shows huge Personality Changes

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Michael Jackson’s signature reveals more about his personality than most people realize Signatures can tell us quite a lot about a writer’s personality – and this is particularly true in the case of Michael Jackson. Let’s take a look at a few of his signatures to see how they reflect the changes as they occur in his personality. To begin with, I have chosen one of his earlier signatures to show you what I mean. Notice how it starts off being rather simple and practical. The letters are legible and clear. The signature lacks sophistication but it is an  honest reflection…
  • 5 Important Questions about Graphology

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:08 pm
    I have written a great deal about Graphology over the years.  Articles, books, courses, blogs, newsletters.  A lot of thinking goes into the process of writing as you well know. But then, while indulging in another bout of thinking, (I should do it more often, I know) a disconcerting thought popped into my head. During all that time, had I been asking the right questions? Like – what is Graphology really all about?  What is its essence and true meaning?  Does it have any real value over and above scrutinizing the scribblings on a page? These are important questions to ask. So here…
  • 10 Things you can learn about yourself from your Handwriting

    10 Jun 2015 | 9:25 am
        Your handwriting speaks volumes. It will answer some of your most pressing questions about the real you.  Here are some of the key things that you can learn about yourself – or anyone else – from as little as a single page of writing! Your handwriting will help you to: 1. Find out about your strengths You need to know your strong points if you want to take advantage of them and use them for your greater success. Fortunately, strengths stand out in handwriting. The stronger the trait the more evident it will be in your handwriting. 2. Recognize your weaknesses While…
  • Signs of Genius in Alan Turing’s handwriting

    3 Jun 2015 | 11:43 am
    Long before the popular movie, “The Imitation Game” came out I decided to feature Alan Turing and his handwriting as one of the geniuses in my book “The Mark of Genius.” At the time I was unable to find any examples of Alan Turing’s handwriting but what I did find was an online version of an amazingly descriptive and fascinating biography of Alan Turing. It was “The Alan Turing Internet Scrapbook” and the author was Andrew Hodges. Now here’s the fascinating part. This remarkable biographical work is coupled with Andrew Hodges’s book, The Enigma which was…
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    Psychology Matters Asia

  • Help! My husband doesn't want sex with me!

    1 Sep 2015 | 10:52 pm
    A large part of my practice is dealing with couples in which the man doesn-t want to have sex with his wife. This seems to break all sterotypes and myths about men and sex. But quite often men find they do want to have sex with their wife or partner.The myth that men want sex all the time and women are the ones turning down or refusing sex is simply not true. A huge part of my practice is dealing with couples in which the man does not want to have sex with his wife or female partner.
  • 3 Things to Transform Crisis into Opportunity

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Sometimes things have to fall apart.We are trained , for the most part however, to look at crisis as a negative thing – a time that is filled with pain, loss and much suffering. Yet I wonder if this sort of thinking is serving us. What would happen if we were to look at the ‘crisis’ we are faced with as an opportunity instead? Is it possible that sometimes things have to fall apart in order for us to rebuild a better model of life for ourselves?
  • Healing In Routine

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:36 am
    When recovering from illness or breakdown, it can be easy to feel bored by routine. Since one is developing new healthy habits to heal, one may feel trapped at a certain point. This is especially so when healing gets routine and a voice within protests against changing.
  • Staying in Love after Baby - 4 things all couples should practice

    21 Aug 2015 | 10:49 am
    There’s nothing quite like a new addition to the family to put stress on a couple’s relationship. While a baby brings with it so much joy and more often than not, increased connection between partners, it also adds multiple demands on the couple and can wear resources thin. Juggling the role of parent with the role of partner can sometimes be tricky, especially under conditions where you are sleep-deprived, emotionally-drained and can’t remember the last time you sat down and had 5 minutes just to yourself. In times as such , it’s easy to become more reactive and less…
  • Is mental health care too expensive?

    17 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    Have you ever asked yourself why you wanted to become a clinical psychologist, or a therapist, or a mental health care worker? Is it the reward of being the saviours of those tormented minds that come to you weekly/fortnightly/monthly? Your passion to help others took years to train, years of practice, years of study. And ultimately, you will be rewarded for the services you provide. Straight up, no less than a hundred bucks for a 60 minutes consultation.
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    Connecting Hypnotherapy...

  • 'Ghosting' - Modern Day Dating Promblem

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:52 am
    After three months of dating, 23-year-old Michael was optimistic about his relationship with Linda*. They were together often, and he'd even met her parents. One night at dinner, the "where is this going?" conversation came up. Michael and Linda mutually agreed that they wanted to move forward in the relationship. He dropped her off at home, kissed her goodnight ... and never heard from her again.After his attempts to reach her went unanswered, Michael put on his cute-guy hat and delivered Linda's favorite cupcakes to her office -- only to find out his name had been removed from the guest…
  • 10 Everyday Reasons Why Statistics Are Important

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:34 am
    Statistics are sets of mathematical equations that are used to analyze what is happening in the world around us. You've heard that today we live in the Information Age where we understand a great deal about the world around us. Much of this information was determined mathematically by using statistics. When used correctly, statistics tell us any trends in what happened in the past and can be useful in predicting what may happen in the future.Let's look at some examples of how statistics shape your life when you don't even know it.1. Weather ForecastsDo you watch the weather forecast sometime…
  • Advice in Starting a New Job

    25 Aug 2015 | 5:10 am
    Starting a new job is a time of optimism. In front of you is pure potential, with promises made in the interviewing process still ringing in your ears.The first days can be a heady rush of excitement, engagement, and disorientation. Changing jobs is ranked among the highest stressors in a person’s life. Forward-thinking companies are going to great lengths to  during the onboarding process to make those early days on the job comfortable, dynamic and even fun. The idea is to give newbies a strong first impression of the organization, inspiring loyalty and passion from the…
  • How to Handle Moving Home

    23 Aug 2015 | 5:03 am
    JON SPAYDE · JUNE 2014Tips for navigating the stress of relocating and feeling at home in a new place from psychologist and psychotherapist Elizabeth Stirling, PhD.Expert Source: Santa Fe, N.M.–based psychologist and psychotherapist Elizabeth Stirling, PhD, specializes in supporting people who are in the midst of significant life changes and transitions.Americans move a lot. According to a 2013 Gallup survey, nearly a quarter of the adult U.S. population moved during the previous five years. Many of us feel compelled to pack up and change locations routinely, ever…
  • VIDEO Whats the problem with nudity?

    11 Aug 2015 | 5:06 am
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    Carl Jung Depth Psychology

  • Carl Jung on God and a God-Image

    Lewis Lafontaine
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:49 am
    Anonymous Dear Dr. N., 2 January 1957 Many thanks for your detailed letter, the contents of which interested me very much. I was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung: I am concerned with the world as it is today,namely godless and spiritually disoriented.

    Lewis Lafontaine
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:38 am
    Anonymous Dear Mrs. N., 8 February 1957 Thank you very much for your friendly letter with its kind advice. You can rest assured that having studied the Gospels for a life-time (I am nearly 83!)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on Sleep and Dream

    Lewis Lafontaine
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:37 am
    To H. J. Barrett Dear Mr. Barrett, 27 December 1956 Thank you for your interesting letter. It is indeed an important question, the question of sleep and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on Teuton Man

    Lewis Lafontaine
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:30 am
    To Pere Bruno de Jesus-Marie Dear Pere Bruno, 20 November 1956 I have thought over our conversation for a long time and have come to the conclusion... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Carl Jung on the Hungarian Revolution

    Lewis Lafontaine
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:19 am
    To Jolande Jacobi Dear Dr. Jacobi, 6 November 1956 In these terrible days when evil is once again inundating the world in every conceivable form, I want... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Psychology in Everyday Life: The Psych Files Podcast

  • Ep 244: Analyze This - Is This What Therapy is Really Like?

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    9 Aug 2015 | 4:09 am
    If you have not seen the movie Analyze This with Robert Deniro and Billy Krystal, then you really should. It's not just a funny movie, bit also gets a lot of things about therapy right. So many movies portray psychotherapy so unrealistically but this movie, while it takes a lot of liberties with the therapeutic process, gets some things right and gives you a pretty good idea of how therapy progresses. Through sound bytes from the movie we'll see examples of catharsis, freudian defense mechanisms of denial and minimizing, the analysis of dreams, the breaking of therapeutic boundaries, and…
  • Ep 243: Did Your Therapy Really Work?

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    If you have been in therapy you want to believe it "worked". We all do. And hopefully it did have a positive effect on you. But how do you know? How do therapists know if what they're doing really has resulted in improvements in their clients? Yes, we have controlled studies for many treatments which give us confidence that these techniques really do help people, but we also have a lot of "therapeutic" techniques that have not been thoroughly tested. Nonetheless, lots of amazing claims are made for their effectiveness and no doubt the people who provide these therapies really do believe that…
  • Ep 242: The Psychology of Attractiveness: An Interview with Rob Burriss

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    One of the most popular topics in Psychology is attraction: why are we romantically attracted (or not) to each other? Whenever anyone asks me about this topic, or they ask me for other psychology podcasts in addition to The Psych Files. I send them over to the Psychology of Attractiveness podcast, hosted by Rob Burriss. Rob has been hosting this podcast for the past 6 years and he never fails to uncover the most interesting new research in this field.
  • Ep 241: I know What You DID'T Do - the Internet of Things for Dementia and Alzheimer's

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    13 Jun 2015 | 3:24 am
    How can technology be used to help people with Dementia and Alzheimer's? Here are a few examples. You may have heard of the "Internet of Things" - this is the idea that we can place small Internet-connected devices onto everyday household objects in order to get information from them about what you are doing - and not doing - throughout the day. A simple use of these devices would be to program these devices to turn the heat up (or down), turn your coffee on and feed the cat when the device senses that you just woke up. But how about using these devices with people who have memory problems?
  • Ep 240: How Do You Treat People Who Are Ill?

    Michael Britt (Michael Britt)
    29 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    We all want to help others - especially those in the "helping professions" - but what's the best way to do that? Therapy? Medication? How about setting up an entire fake village set up to look like the '50s with helping professionals dressed up to look like grocers? Sound bizarre? Well, they're doing it in Amersterdam.
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  • Body fat hormone leptin influences runner’s high

    Cell Press
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:18 pm
    The euphoric feeling that gives runners a motivational boost in the middle of their workout is in part modulated by the satiety hormone leptin, a new study reports September 1 in Cell Metabolism. Mice with reduced leptin signaling in the brain logged nearly twice as many miles on a running wheel compared with normal mice. [...] The post Body fat hormone leptin influences runner’s high appeared first on PsyPost.
  • The timing of sleep just as important as quantity

    Washington State University
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Washington State University researchers have found that the timing of an animal’s sleep can be just as important as how much sleeps it gets. Ilia Karatsoreos, an assistant professor in WSU’s Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, shifted mice from their usual cycle of sleeping and waking and saw that, while they got enough sleep, [...] The post The timing of sleep just as important as quantity appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Helping toddlers understand emotion key to development

    Michigan State University
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:13 pm
    The simple parenting strategy of helping toddlers understand emotion may reduce behavioral problems later on, finds a federally funded study led by a Michigan State University researcher. The study, published in the September issue of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, could ultimately help those most in need. Toddlers with higher risk, specifically those [...] The post Helping toddlers understand emotion key to development appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Preterm birth linked with lower math abilities and less wealth

    Association for Psychological Science
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:13 pm
    People who are born premature tend to accumulate less wealth as adults, and a new study suggests that this may be due to lower mathematics abilities. The findings, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, show that preterm birth is associated with lower academic abilities in childhood, and lower educational attainment [...] The post Preterm birth linked with lower math abilities and less wealth appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Possible weapon against PTSD: Blocking newly identified memory pathway could prevent the disorder

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:54 pm
    About 8 million Americans suffer from nightmares and flashbacks to a traumatic event. This condition, known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is particularly common among soldiers who have been in combat, though it can also be triggered by physical attack or natural disaster. Studies have shown that trauma victims are more likely to develop PTSD [...] The post Possible weapon against PTSD: Blocking newly identified memory pathway could prevent the disorder appeared first on PsyPost.
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    Watersedge Counselling

  • In Response: Local Love Cheats Sign of the Times Says Therapist

    Colleen Morris
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Last Friday I was quoted by the Geelong Independent regarding the hacking and release of individual names on the Ashley Madison cheating website. Geelong has been revealed as one of the major hot spots for users in the state, and a journalist approached me from the newspaper to offer my own thoughts on the situation. Today I wanted to take this opportunity to expand on my thoughts and statements in the article, bringing to light the significance of this scandal and what it means in our community. Adultery and cheating of any kind, while labelled as a ‘sign of the times’ by this newspaper,…
  • How Addiction Impacts The Family

    Jessica Morris
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Addiction isn’t a solitary illness. This means that even though only one member of the family may have an addiction, each other member is affected by it. In this infographic by Change to Change, we are shown the roles that family members take on during addiction. Aside from the person who is struggling with the addiction, you will also frequently see The Caretaker, The Hero, The Lost Child, The Mascot and The Scapegoat. Each member of the family falls into one or more of these roles, so their life individually, and the life of the family, is dramatically altered. Do you align yourself with…
  • A Couple Case study: “From terminal to serenity”

    Jessica Morris
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Couples will enter the counselling room at all stages of their relationship. Recently, Colleen sat down with a couple that have been married for 29 years. After journeying with Mark and Kate for some time, this was their twelfth and final session. They took the opportunity to reflect on their relationship, and how therapy has helped them. “Our son pushed us to be here,” shares Mark, about why they began couples counselling, “I was ready to say that our relationship was done, but he insisted we try therapy.” Talking about what sanctioned change for them, Kate opens up, “Having…
  • The 34 Best Bloggers Who Advocate for Mental Health and Wellness

    Colleen Morris
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    WatersedgeCounselling has just been named one of the Top 34 Best Blogs on the Internet Who Advocate and Inform People About Mental Health and Wellness. We are so excited to have been recognised by Australian Counselling, and are thrilled our weekly blog posts are not only reaching people, but also making an impact. To peruse the list, you can visit Australian Counselling here. To celebrate, we want to ask you a question. What do you want to see more of on WatersedgeCounselling? Whether you are a fan of infographics, relationship centred pieces, wellness based blogs ,or drug and alcohol…
  • The Enneagram: Type 4 – The Romantic

    Colleen Morris
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Are you artistic? Do have a certain flair for creativity and love being unique? Chances are you are a Type 4 on the Enneagram. Also known as The Romantic, Type 4’s are often identified by their intense emotions and depth of introspection. At their best they can communicate ideas and stories with passion and brilliance, at their worst they are egocentric and can be jealous. You can find out more about Type 4’s in our infographic. Keep your eyes out for further instalments in our Enneagram series, and remember you can find our free downloads here. Are you a Type 4? Would you like to better…
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    Career Assessment Site | RSS Feed

  • MBTI® ESFP Personality Types’ Communication Style In The Workplace

    Geeta Aneja
    9 Aug 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Myers Briggs® ESFP Personality Types’ Communication Style Individuals’ Myers-Briggspersonality type  (MBTI® Type) often influence the ways that they communicate and interpret others’ communication. As a result, being keenly aware of your own MBTI personality Type as well as those of your co-workers or employees can help you minimize communicative breakdowns and spend more time on what really matters – working together to maximize the productivity of your team. Image courtesy of Vlado at According to Dunning (2003), miscommunications in the workplace often…
  • MBTI® Test ENFJ Personality Type and Project Management Preferences

    Geeta Aneja
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    MBTI® Test ENFJ Personality Types and Project Management Preferences Your team members’ Myers Briggs® Personality Type  (MBTI®) can provide valuable insights into the manner in which they may approach various projects they are assigned. Being cognizant of team strengths and preferences can help leaders and teams anticipate the optimal ways to utilize the talents of individual team members and harness the team as a whole. Ultimately, doing so can improve the function and performance of the team, and make everyone more satisfied and fulfilled along the way. This week, we take a closer…
  • Myers Briggs® ESTP Personality Types and Communication in The Workplace

    Geeta Aneja
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    The ways that people communicate varies, sometimes widely. While this variation can be a good thing and makes for an interesting work environment, at times, it can cause rough patches or make life difficult in the workplace. The good news is that Dunning (2003) has found that individuals’ communication style is influenced by their MBTI® personality type. Therefore, identifying the various personality types in your workplace and anticipating communicative challenges before they even happen can help your organization or team function even more efficiently. Image courtesy of Ambro at…
  • MBTI® Test ENFP Personality Types and Project Management Preferences

    Geeta Aneja
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:50 pm
    MBTI® Test ENFP Personality Types and Project Management Preferences Different peoples’ Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI Test) personality type can yield valuable insights about their thought processes, strengths, and proclivities while they are planning for, completing, and wrapping up projects. Learning about your own MBTI test type, as well as those of your team members or co-workers, can facilitate the development of a more efficient and equitable work environment. It can also help you become more selective and knowledgeable about the projects you choose to tackle and your modus…
  • Myers Briggs® INTJ Personality Types and Communication in The Workplace

    Geeta Aneja
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Myers-Briggs® Test INTJ & Communication People communicate in ways that differ vastly from one another. In some cases, these differences are positive and enable individuals to learn and grow with one another in a working environment. However, in other cases, they can cause miscommunications that are mildly inconvenient at best. Fortunately, Dunning (2003) has drawn parallels between communication styles and Myers-Briggs testpersonality type indicators. This means that being aware of different personality types can help leaders anticipate differences and therefore challenges in…
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  • Test Your Organizational and Communication Skills

    6 Aug 2015 | 1:36 am
    What are the most sought after skills by employers? They are many, but some of the most common requirements is to be able to communicate effectively as well as to organize your work and to be able to handle difficult situations. This test measures how well you score in this area at the moment.
  • Participative Leadership Theory and Decision-making Style

    2 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
    Overview of democratic leadership theory, examples, pros and cons with graphic representation of the concept. In addition, other forms of participative decision-making has been discussed -- collective, autocratic, and consensus.
  • Types of Motivation and Career Motivation Test

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Motivation is powerful. When it’s present, it helps us do hard things. When it’s absent, even simple things seem like a stretch. Read all about different types of motivation and how you can use them to get yourself closer to your goals.
  • 52 Jobs With Psychology Degree

    24 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    So you have earned your degree in psychology -- now what? Here is a list of 52 jobs available to you, including some options you might be not even aware of. In addition, we added some nontraditional but lucrative industries where your skills are very much in demand.
  • Prototype Psychology: Prototype Theory, Definitions, and Examples

    22 Jul 2015 | 4:41 am
    The definition and examples of prototypes in psychology. Find out how prototypes are formed, what affects prototypes, and what is the difference between prototype and schema.
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  • Anger Impairs People’s Cognitive Scope, Study Shows

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    8 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
    The fact that anger can have adverse effects on behavior is evident. When people get angry, they behave in ways that they normally would not do. So, anger seems to impair or even block rational... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Study: Higher Income is Related to Less Daily Sadness but Not More Daily Happiness

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    13 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    A new large-scale study of over 12,000 participants shows that higher income is associated with less daily sadness but not more daily happiness (Kushlev, Dunn, & Lucas, 2015). Previous research... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Reasons Why People Maintain Negative Self-Evaluations

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:44 am
    Why would people maintain negative self-evaluations when they result in a great degree of distress? What purpose do negative self-evaluations have? Do they help us solve our problems, or do they help... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Three Most Basic Psychological Needs, and Why We Need to Satisfy Them

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:28 am
    Are you aware that psychological need satisfaction is crucial to your well-being, and that it should be one of your biggest priorities? This post will show you why. According to Self-determination... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Don’t Fear Responsibility Because ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    When we hold others responsible, we expect something from, and in order to expect something from others, we must trust and believe in them. We have to believe that they are capable of doing what we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Accessible Psychology

  • What is creativity anyway? (And why it’s a big deal)

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Rollo May, defines creativity in ‘The Courage to Create’ as: “Creativity is the process of bringing something new into being. Creativity requires passion and commitment. It brings to our awareness what was previously hidden and points to new life. The experience is one of heightened consciousness: ecstasy.”    To me, creativity is divine. It is the process of creation and is self-expression in its purest form. When we express ourselves so authentically the result is utter elation and fulfillment.   I am saddened when I think back to the years of my life when I didn’t…
  • Septembers Hot Topic Is… How to Lead a More Fulfilling Life by Being Creative!

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    This coming months hot topic is very close to my heart. After spending most of my life without a creative outlet I rediscovered my creativity aged twenty nine. Since being creative I have found a new level of self expression, a level I believe I could not have reached, had I not rediscovered the importance of creativity.   Since being creative I have been more fulfilled and cannot wait to share with you how you too can rediscover your creative flare. I will share the six fundamental steps I took in the series articles (posted each Monday) which will also feature exercises you can do to…
  • How to Stop Worrying What People Think And Start Being Authentic in 6 Easy Steps Part Four

    24 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Photo courtesy of Shutterstock   4)  Be diplomatically honest Become mindful of when you tell white lies and start practising being diplomatically honest. Being totally honest honours our authenticity by showing our genuine nature and consequently allows us to retain a high level of integrity. For guidance on how to be diplomatically honest, see part two of this series under ‘Blocks to Authenticity’ – Kind vs. Honest.   This also means not editing or tailoring what you say to suit the type of persona you want to portray to certain groups of friends and choosing to rather be…
  • An Authentic Life: High self-esteem – the trademark of an authentic person and how to harness it

    20 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    When we think of an authentic person we naturally think of someone who knows what they want out of life, someone who knows who they are and is confident in themselves. It then follows that such a person would have a relatively high level of self-esteem. Oxford dictionaries online defines self-esteem as:   Confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect” In order to have a high level of self-respect it is important to have a strong moral code, operate with a lot of integrity and be very honest, as we discussed in last weeks posts. But self-esteem also relates to having…
  • An Authentic Life: Protecting your goals and priorities by using assertiveness

    19 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    It is one of the most natural things in the world to want to avoid conflict. Often people think that when they express a difference of opinion or decline an invitation that conflict or upset will ensue and whilst that can sometimes be the case, most of the time it is an unfounded concern. The key is asserting yourself in such a way that you are considerate of others feelings whilst communicating what you need to.   As a rule, being assertive has four key steps, being:   Acknowledge what the other person has said State the facts of the situation in unbiased language State the impact…
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  • Love Yourself

    18 Aug 2015 | 2:54 am
    Love yourself…
  • Believe in yourself

    13 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    Be your own hero!
  • Keep fighting

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    We sometimes think we want to disappear, but all we really want is to be found…
  • Being loved

    23 Jul 2015 | 6:32 am
    “The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead.” – Marilyn Monroe
  • You are not what happened to you

    20 Jul 2015 | 4:19 am
    “Don’t judge yourself by what others did to you.”  – C.Kennedy
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  • Humor Is In The Mind Of The Beholder

    1 Sep 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Hi Tim,I’m a woman, 20s, and new mother. My daughter’s three months and healthy, so we are blessed. My husband has a best friend, “Chuck,”and they have been inseparable since childhood. We live close to Chuck, who is single and sort of a playboy/world traveler. He’s also a bit juvenile but nothing too unmanageable. My problem is his sense of humor. He’s given us a couple of children’s books with barely censored profanity in the titles, about going the f**k to sleep, or reminding that you have to f**king eat, tired parent humor I guess but I find it…
  • Unmentionables

    11 Aug 2015 | 1:17 pm
    I want to share some of the feedback from the column a couple of weeks back; at least the highlights, because there was a lot! It involves wearing the underwear of the opposite sex, in response to an original letter from a man who prefers to wear panties, among other things, but his underwear preference seemed to resonate with various readers. Mostly they were other males with the same preference, but we have one letter representing the flipside; a woman in briefs! So, forget London and forget France, this week’s theme is underpants! I am exposing you to a flashing glance at this…
  • These Are Challenging Times

    6 Aug 2015 | 11:49 am
    Hi Tim,I’m a woman, 27 with a much younger sister who is 16: a decent student, a very fit athlete and swimmer and a stunning beauty, too. She’s done some charity work and volunteered in the past but has a special interest in becoming a nutritionist and helping to reduce childhood obesity. I think that’s all great, but she also has a blog and she’s starting some social media challenge on it encouraging people to “dress fat,” and go out in public so that they can videotape their experience and show how obese people are judged every day for their size.
  • It's My Panties and I'll Sit If I Want To

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    Hi Tim,I’m a man, 23, college grad starting a good career and living with my girlfriend for a year now. I’m also small framed, very short and lightweight. This was difficult growing up but I’ve accepted it. My girlfriend doesn’t mind and even asked me to wear her underwear once because she thought it was sexy. I guess it was, but I actually liked wearing them and I’ve since bought several pairs of my own. The silk and lace just feel better to me during the day. Unfortunately, urinals aren’t completely private in some places and there are obvious design…
  • Not That Book By Nabokov

    9 Jul 2015 | 10:20 am
    Hi Tim,I’m a 28 year old man with one sibling, a sister who is 16 and of course still lives at home. She is a straight A student and well-behaved, likes gaming and anime, but has taken up an interest in Lolita culture. From what I’ve read, it’s a lot of frou-frou dresses and girly pink bows and ribbons and harmless fashion. But, she has taken two part-time jobs and spends every dime she earns on these dresses. She has no savings, no car and is not even interested in driving. The only people she associates with are other Lolita girls, which is only about enough time to go to…
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    San Francisco Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling

  • Eliminating “Negative Emotions”

    Adam Rodriguez
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    “Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.”  – Charles Dickens, Great Expectations “Without evil there can be no good so it must be good to be evil sometimes” – Satan, South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut Within the psychology community there has been a great deal of time and energy devoted to thinking about positive and negative emotions. The mental health community spends considerably more energy devising strategies to help…
  • Wild Man in the Meadow

    Rob Schene and Dennis Kiley
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:26 am
    A cry filled the air of the dark October night, piercing the warmth of the fire with a chill much colder than the recent evenings at 8,000 feet. The scream didn’t quite seem of this world: it was part human, animal and mystery.  Something was unleashing a voice of longing and letting go, anger and grief, shame and sadness. The tingling it sent through our bodies lasted far longer than the cry ringing through the clear, starry night.   Here we were in the Inyo National Forest, camping in an alpine meadow surrounded by woods, northeast of Yosemite. We were leading a ten-day Men’s Vision…
  • Interview with Dr. Jessica Michaelson: Screen Time is a Feminist Issue

    Traci Ruble
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Last week one of my favorite parenting emails came into my inbox with the title Screen Time is a Feminist Issue. It wouldn’t surprise me if I was feeling guilt for reading an article at that moment while my sons were watching TV. I asked Dr. Jessica Michaelson, an Austin, Texas-based psychologists who works with mothers and families all over the world if I could email her some questions about her email and share them with our Psyched in San Francisco readers. She said yes and here was our email exchange. – Traci Ruble, Psyched Founder Traci Ruble: Hi Jessica, I have been following you…
  • How Long Will Therapy Take?

    Robert Solley
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:14 pm
    It’s not infrequent that when I talk with people new to therapy they ask “How long will therapy take?”  Not an unreasonable question, but almost always an unanswerable one.   Pete Pearson of the Couples Institute gets credit for one of the best analogies I’ve heard, which is that the question “How long will therapy take?” is a little like asking “How long will it take for me to get wealthy?”  No analogy is perfect (and the answer about therapy is actually much harder!) but consider some of the factors in the wealth question and think about what the parallels might…
  • “Uh, That was Racist”: Getting Comfortable with Discomfort.

    Molly Merson
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:38 am
    Okay, I’m going to say this right up front: Not all discomfort is worth putting up with. Sinking stomach; sweaty palms; hot cheeks; the hair prickling on the back of your neck. The anger you feel after someone cuts you off in traffic or the quickened pace of your heartbeat when you walk home alone at night. These feelings are your body’s way of telling you to be on alert. In certain circumstances, such as unsafe situations, it’s super important (and potentially life-saving) to listen and respond to these signals. However, a lot of the time uncomfortable feelings stem from…
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  • Confession is Good For the Soul: 7 Ways to Stimulate Confessional Writing

    Diana Raab
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:35 am
    by Diana Raab, Ph.D. “Confession is good for the soul in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff—it is a palliative rather than a remedy.” — Peter De Vries A few years back, I presented a workshop at the West Hollywood Book Festival called “Confessional Writing.” It was very well attended; in […] The post Confession is Good For the Soul: 7 Ways to Stimulate Confessional Writing appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Discover the Many Benefits of “Earthing”

    Julia Scalise
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:05 pm
    by Julia Scalise, DN, PhD The winter of 2015 was brutal for most areas of the country and seemed as if it would never end. Even the usual break of some patches of warmer weather in the spring didn’t happen for many areas, mine included. So, while the hazy, lazy days of summer are still […] The post Discover the Many Benefits of “Earthing” appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • 6 Ways to Write With Compassion

    Diana Raab
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    By Diana Raab, Ph.D. On July 6th, His Holiness the Dalai Lama turned 80 years old. That day has also been also named National Compassion Day. Many years ago, I saw the Dalai Lama speak at a local university. Knowing that I would be inspired by his words, I stood in line for the event […] The post 6 Ways to Write With Compassion appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Healthy Brains are Flexible: Life is NOT One-Size-Fits-All (Part 3)

    Lynette Louise
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:58 pm
    by Lynette Louise, A.K.A. The Brain Broad While very unfortunate, people do deny the lived experience of another on a regular basis. As I previously mentioned, I specialize in autism. And if there was ever a population wherein lived experience is constantly denied, it is this one. People immediately polarize the minute the word “vaccine” […] The post Healthy Brains are Flexible: Life is NOT One-Size-Fits-All (Part 3) appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Healthy Brains are Flexible: How Can We Share Information (Part 2)

    Lynette Louise
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:24 pm
    by Lynette Louise, A.K.A. The Brain Broad As I was saying at the end of Part 1, my own temporal lobe brain challenges make “traditional” record keeping a problem, and it leads me to wonder how I will pass on what I know and share responsibly with the field. I have healed this issue markedly. […] The post Healthy Brains are Flexible: How Can We Share Information (Part 2) appeared first on BrainSpeak.
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  • Fear of Vegetables Phobia – Lachanophobia

    17 Aug 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Lachanophobia is an unwarranted or an irrational fear of vegetables. The word originates from Greek Lachno meaning vegetables and Phobos meaning fear or aversion. Many people dislike vegetables and avoid eating them; however, in case of Lachanophobes, the dislike or hatred actually turns into a full blown panic attack at the mere sight or thought of vegetables. Lachanophobic individuals naturally try to avoid vegetable aisles in grocery stores and even refrain from picking up or touching veggies at any cost. Lachanophobia can also be further divided into sub types based on fear of specific…
  • The Pop-Up Book of Phobias Review

    8 Aug 2015 | 1:17 pm
    If you have been researching phobias, chances are that you might have come across The Pop-Up Book of Phobias at some point. Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing this popular book and show you a couple of reasons why anyone interested in adult pop-up books, humor and phobias (of course!) should read it. In fact, I bet you will be dying to get the book after you are done reading this review. Let me explain what makes The Pop-Up Book of Phobias so special. What is The Pop-Up Book of Phobias about? Everyone is afraid of something. Most common phobias in the world include…
  • Fear of Speed Phobia – Tachophobia

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:57 am
    The fear of speed or Tachophobia is the abnormal, often unwarranted fear of doing something too fast. This could include driving, biking, sitting in roller coasters or even simple activities like walking too fast. In some surprising cases, the phobic could even be afraid of talking or eating too fast or experiencing a fast paced life. In majority of the cases though, the fear of speed is only related to the fear of motion. The word Tachophobia originates from Greek ‘tachos’ meaning ‘speed’ and ‘phobos’ meaning deep dread or aversion. The fear of speed is quite a common phobia, and…
  • Fear of Money Phobia – Chrometophobia or Chrematophobia

    7 Apr 2015 | 5:46 am
    Chrometophobia (also called Chrematophobia) is the intense fear of money. Both the words, Chrometophobia and Chrematophobia originate from Greek chermato meaning money and phobos meaning deep aversion, dread or fear. Money is a necessity of life. However, to a person suffering from Chrematophobia, dealing with money is extremely difficult. The phobia naturally affects one’s daily life as shopping or working, traveling on buses and trains etc becomes very difficult. Some phobics are only afraid of the corrupting power of money; still others might fear financial failures or the responsibility…
  • Fear of Illness Phobia – Hypochondriasis or Nosophobia

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:45 am
    Hypochondriasis or Nosophobia are terms used for the fear of illness or disease. The word Nosophobia originates from ‘nosos’ and phobos which are Greek for disease and fear respectively. Hypochondriasis originates from Latin word for ‘upper abdomen’. These days, doctors do not use the term Nosophobia or Hypochondriasis to diagnose patients suffering from an excessive fear of illness. The diagnosis of such patients would be made as ‘Illness anxiety disorder’. Hundreds of people around the world are diagnosed with this condition. Life often becomes miserable for the patients as well…
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    Amy Bucher, Ph.D.

  • Replication, Validity, and the File Drawer Problem in Psychological Research

    Amy Bucher
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    Like many psychologists, I was dismayed to see the results of a recent study that attempted to replicate 100 different psychology studies, and managed to support the results in only 36% of cases. The inferential statistical analyses used to make sense of the results of psychology studies are intended to sift through patterns and separate … Continue reading Replication, Validity, and the File Drawer Problem in Psychological Research →
  • You Probably Didn’t Realize This, But You’re A Jerk

    Amy Bucher
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:18 am
    If you’ve ever managed people at work, taken a low-level psychology course (especially organizational or social psychology), or read an advice column about giving someone negative feedback, you’ve probably heard advice about giving criticism. The conventional wisdom advocates tactics like “couching” or “making a sandwich,” in which negative comments are preceded and followed by positive … Continue reading You Probably Didn’t Realize This, But You’re A Jerk →
  • How Toronto Gently Nudges Bikers and Runners to the Right

    Amy Bucher
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:23 am
    Last weekend I was in Toronto for a family wedding. I’ve been there before–it was a relatively quick 5 hour drive when I was in grad school and home to one of my best friends–but not in several years, and I never stayed downtown before this particular wedding. A big change is that since my … Continue reading How Toronto Gently Nudges Bikers and Runners to the Right →
  • Case Study: The Meaningless Countdown Clock and Autonomy Support

    Amy Bucher
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    A common best practice in user experience design is providing users with some kind of indicator of their progress on a task. Whether it’s the Domino’s pizza tracker alerting the hungry that their meal is on its way, a completion bar on a questionnaire letting the test-taker know how many sections remain, or a countdown clock … Continue reading Case Study: The Meaningless Countdown Clock and Autonomy Support →
  • Manage Your Time Like the CEO

    Amy Bucher
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:04 am
    I’m a very detail-oriented person. Fortunately, I think I am also pretty good at looking at the big picture, but I struggle with letting go of the details. It turns out, sometimes it may be important to do just that if you want to remain organized with a busy schedule and competing demands. I absolutely … Continue reading Manage Your Time Like the CEO →
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  • Are selfies really a mental disorder?

    Hanan Parvez
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:24 pm
    A mental disorder is defined as a behaviour that deviates from the norm. Or it may be defined as ‘a behaviour that prevents a person from living a normal life’. So any kind of behaviour that interferes with a person’s ability to lead a normal life is classified as a mental disorder.There have been lot of speculations lately that taking a selfie is a mental disorder. It all started from a fake news article published by a parody website. No official organisation has classified 'taking a selfie' as a mental disorder. Still there are some people who believed it was a…
  • Why stressing over stress may not be good for you

    Hanan Parvez
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Do you know that the way you look at stress influences your biology more than stress itself? Do you know that if you see stress as something negative, you're more likely to be harmed by it?Yes, if you find yourself constantly stressing over stress you may be at a greater risk of suffering from the harmful effects of stress. In a study done by health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, it was found that people who ‘believed’ that stress was bad for their health and should be avoided were more likely to suffer from the negative physiological effects of stress. Conversely, people who…
  • How to understand someone's personality by understanding their past

    Hanan Parvez
    15 Aug 2015 | 7:41 pm
    No two people on the planet have the same set of personality traits, not even identical twins who were apparently brought up in 'identical' circumstances. What makes each of us so unique? Why is it that youhave a personality that is distinct from the personality of everyone else?The answer lies in psychological needs. We all have our own unique psychological needs and we develop a set of personality traits that are designed to meet those very needs. Needs are shaped by past life experiences and the needs that are shaped by early life experiences are the most pivotal in determining someone’s…
  • How to control emotions and make decisions rationally [2]

    Hanan Parvez
    8 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In part 1 of this series of posts about controlling emotions emphasis was laid on the importance of awareness. The more we understand a process the more aware we are of it when it occurs and the more aware we are the more we can interfere with its mechanics.In this post, we’ll look more closely at the process of triggering of emotions so that you may understand it better and as a result develop more awareness. There are two main concepts that you need to be aware of when it comes to controlling emotions- emotional inertia and emotional scripts.Emotional inertiaIn physics, inertia…
  • How to really rid yourself from the clutches of a bad mood

    Hanan Parvez
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Bad moods suck, don’t they? They seem to come out of nowhere, mess with our lives and then leave at their own whim. And just when we begin to think we’re finally free from their clutches, they visit us again, as if to ensure we don’t stay happy for long.The whole process- the onset, fading away and the re-onset of bad moods- seems random, much like the weather. No wonder poets and writers often compare the shift in moods to the shifts in the weather. Sometimes we feel as bright as the sunshine and sometimes we feel gloomy like a cloudy day. It seems that we have no control over the…
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  • Why Fresh Graduates Reject 9000 A Month Job

    Loi Liang Yang
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    Money It is no surprise to have friends going for internships that pay them more than $9,000 a month in Singapore. From front-line offices in big banks to giant software companies, these affluent corporations are all vying for 1 common resource. That my friend, is talent. Jane (not her real name) is a graduate from my school, National University of Singapore (NUS), with first class honours in Business Administration. 1 year before her graduation, she has already received more than 5 job offers paying her above SGD $5,000 a month. In fact, she has been provided fully sponsored scholarships…
  • Great By Choice – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All

    Loi Liang Yang
    16 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
    Great By Choice Why do some companies thrive despite them all? This is a book review on Great By Choice by James C. Collins and Morten T. Hansen. This book highlights overarching principles on how great companies manage to thrive in turbulent and chaotic times. Their disciplined approach toward results is what allow companies like Intel, Microsoft and Apple to outdo their competitors by consistently hitting their goals regardless of good or bad events. Furthermore, contrary to popular beliefs, innovativeness does not produce novel competitive advantage against competitors in the same…
  • The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus The Rest of Us

    Loi Liang Yang
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:23 am
    Sociopath Sociopaths function on every level of society and they are able to disguise themselves exceptionally well. It might be impossible to detect their baseline personality even with today’s technological advancement in understanding the human mind. What, or who exactly is a sociopath? In the book, The Sociopath Next Door by Dr. Martha Stout, depicts a sociopath by a complete lack of conscience. One who would do absolutely anything, even against the natural human condition, to manipulate others in order to further their personal cause. Not A Good Read On Psychopathy The book has…
  • #1 Mistake That Guys Make When Chasing Girls: Being Desperate

    Loi Liang Yang
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Girl In Bikini The surest way to turn a girl off is to be desperate when you are courting her. You become no different than the pesky salesman if you ever start showing endless concern about her. If you want to be able to get into a relationship with her, then you better follow the below advice. 1) Fill Your Life With Meaningful Events Always have your schedule filled to the brim because when you’re busy, you instantly portray alpha male behaviours. For example, you take longer to return her calls and text, and she will be in a constant paranoia of guessing if you’re truly into…
  • The Rich Don’t Wear Luxury

    Loi Liang Yang
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Rich Don’t Buy Luxury Luxury products are manufactured in a mass production manner in order to reach out to a larger consumer base. Not only are luxury products massively produced, it is also produced in countries where labour and materials are much cheaper. Although many of these brands have explicitly stated that their products are made in the brand’s host country, large part of its manufacturing are actually conducted overseas to cut costs and increase profit. In fact, sweatshops with migrant workers in rural areas of developed countries known for producing luxury products are…
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  • It's your fault.

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:39 pm
    "I'm going to try to keep this short and sweet, as I can tend to be long winded and repetitive about the subject. With a simple proposition I seek to empower you, and although it may seem blunt and heartless, be sure to understand the positive influence it could have on the rest of your life.   It's your fault.   Yes, it's true. You are the only one to blame for all of your misfortunes and bad experiences(...)"
  • Is perfectionism good or bad?

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:49 am
    "Perfectionism can be simply considered as having a certain set of standards towards one's self and the others. Basically, a person who could be considered as a perfectionist, creates that perfect or even idealised image of the self and the world and strives towards doing everything that falls within these standards. Very important part of it is the refusal of everything that doesn't fit into their model. Now, from one side, perfectionism is really good. It makes you wanting to improve, get better(...)"
  • Coping with life as a highly sensitive person

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:35 pm
    "Being highly sensitive person (HSP) can be both a curse and a blessing. From one side, these people are strongly receptive towards any stimulus in the environment or even in themselves - noise, people's emotions and mental states, smells, and just generally anything that can be sensed, which could be considered as some form of 'superpower' since they are usually aware of things that the majority of people aren't aware of. From another side though, being highly sensitive increases vulnerability to various types of anxiety, struggles in social situations and being extremely prone to stress -…
  • 5 ways to spot the 'right' people

    20 Aug 2015 | 9:35 pm
    "As a small expansion of a recent newsletter email, this time I focus on finding the 'right' people, rather than on avoiding the negative and destructive ones. Here are the 5 traits that will help you to identify whether you're in a right company, and what traits to look for in people who can make your life more enjoyable.   1. You feel good about yourself while being around them. It doesn't really matter whether they are better than you or superior or the opposite - the key is, no matter how different they are, the end result of any interaction with them is that both, you and the other…
  • Language or where you from is shaping your thinking?

    Star Tiger Fighter
    16 Aug 2015 | 3:04 pm
    "Language, as far as our scientific knowledge goes humans are the only race that are capable to have it and use it. But what is language? Language is the most universal sign system that is used by a larger community, usually owned by a nation. The language is the most important part of the direct human communication and the most accurate way to express our outer and inner reality than any other sign system. But why only humans have this 'gift'. There are several things why we have it and others not, like our brain and social behavior, and very important but mostly not noticed - our…
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    Pinnacle Of Man

  • What Is Your Schema? Understand Self-Fulfilling Prophecies in Relationships

    Josh Hudson
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:12 pm
    What is Emotional Alchemy? Alchemy is the transformation from one thing into another. The first people studied alchemy in order to turn metal into gold. It occurs emotionally when the spiritual plane interacts with the plane of forms or perceived … Continued The post What Is Your Schema? Understand Self-Fulfilling Prophecies in Relationships appeared first on Pinnacle Of Man.
  • What Makes A Good Therapist?

    Josh Hudson
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:44 pm
    The Tragic Truth Only one third of therapists help clients with positive growth in therapy. One third do damage to clients and the final third create no change for the client. It is appalling to know that two thirds of … Continued The post What Makes A Good Therapist? appeared first on Pinnacle Of Man.
  • The Power of Now By Eckhart Tolle (Book Review)

    Josh Hudson
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:48 pm
    The Power of Now By Eckhart Tolle The post The Power of Now By Eckhart Tolle (Book Review) appeared first on Pinnacle Of Man.
  • How to Not Procrastinate: Accomplish Any Goal You Set

    Josh Hudson
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:20 pm
    The Procrastinator VS The Producer Are you a Procrastinator or a Producer? Are you someone that contributes and adds value to society or do you experience boredom and a lack of purpose in your life? The Procrastinator Do you like … Continued The post How to Not Procrastinate: Accomplish Any Goal You Set appeared first on Pinnacle Of Man.
  • The Truth About Anxiety And Fear

    Josh Hudson
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Where Did Fear Come From? Why is fear so scary? This may seem like a pointless question, but I wanted to examine fear in an in-depth manner to fully understand why we are so motivated by it. Some would argue … Continued The post The Truth About Anxiety And Fear appeared first on Pinnacle Of Man.
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    The Good Therapists

  • Beyond Psychotherapy

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:41 pm
    I started writing to write about psychotherapy. Because I think there is much that is important to be said about this practice. And I think it is both powerful and little understood. The more work I do, the more I expand my exposure to other healing modalities, the more I believe in what psychotherapy can do. And the more I see that the question of what psychotherapy is is particular to each therapist-client pair. I hear things like “talk therapy is limited” referring to the lack of body orientation in psychotherapy and I think that this is unfortunate. Because a therapist who has done…
  • Psychotherapy Distinguishing Feature #2: Relationship

    24 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
    I am not a therapy salesperson.  But I have benefitted tremendously from the work of therapy and seen others do the same.  It has become a big part of my life’s work.  And this prompts me to reflect on what in particular therapy offers in a sea of options in the personal development world. Something else that therapy offers in particular: relationship. (Last week I wrote about Thinking). The relationship between therapist and client is the container for everything that happens in therapy. The thoughts and feelings you have about your therapist and the thoughts and feelings your…
  • Psychotherapy Distinguishing Feature #1: Developing the mind

    17 Aug 2015 | 1:03 pm
    There are a lot of ways to “develop ourselves”. We have a lot of choices. We could learn meditation, practice yoga, take an improv class… Which has led me to some thinking about what it is that therapy offers in particular. Something that therapy offers in particular: thinking. In therapy, thinking is at issue. Your therapist wants to know all of your thoughts. Whatever is on your mind. However it is on your mind. Scattered, confused, focussed, it’s all relevant. And the therapist listens and responds. So you get some feedback on your thinking. But not just any feedback willy…
  • Working Hard: Part Two

    10 Aug 2015 | 6:11 am
    My zen teacher once said, “Sit on the forward edge of your cushion.” This is, of course, a paradox. Try, but don’t try. The fruitful edge of “the work”. Sometimes the work is cultivating that fruitful edge. What can you do to nurture this energy that you are looking to grow in your life? This is relevant to many things that we want but can’t control if and when they happen. Falling in love (with the right person!), getting a job, building a business, having a family, living a long life. All we can do is cultivate. Create the necessary conditions. We can’t make any of these…
  • Working hard

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
    We often use the word ‘work’ when we talk about therapy. Doing inner work. Doing our work. Working on our problems. There is a level of work required. Therapy is a practice that unfolds over time. We need to go to our sessions. Regularly. We need to try to say what is on our mind. To consider our therapist’s response. To take risks. Maybe small ones. But we do need to push ourselves. A bit. But working too hard doubles back on itself. If we work too hard we are telling ourselves: you aren’t alright just as you are. You need to try harder. This is a self-defeating message. You might…
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    Define Introvert

  • Somewhere In The Rain: A Tale Of Drugs, Introversion And Being A Lost Soul

    Lewis Norton
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:29 am
    The post Somewhere In The Rain: A Tale Of Drugs, Introversion And Being A Lost Soul appeared first on Define Introvert.
  • The Solo Venture: An Introvert’s View of Monomesaphobia

    Ernie Jones
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    There’s this scene — you might know it — from Steve Martin’s The Lonely Guy, when Larry Hubbard requests a table for one and receives a spotlit escort to his one-top. It’s a funny gag, but of course it works because it tweaks folks’ paranoia about public solitude.  Just search “eating alone”, you’ll find a vigorous discussion.  In fact it’s apparently a problem in need of solutions, such as helpful online instructions for newbies, table-sharing services for business travelers, even blind dates with top-shelf-size plush toys. Of course everyone understands the reality of…
  • Introvert On Stage

    Victoria Jane Bennett
    19 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Would it surprise you to hear that the majority of actors are introverts? One would assume that someone who enjoys being in the spotlight would have to be an extrovert, but that’s not the way it is! The performances that constitute our impressions of great actors require a great deal of introspection before hand. Even during the actual performance, actors rely heavily on their own inner voice for direction. When an actor agrees to portray a certain character, the process of preparing requires a lot of alone time with the script. In order to convincingly become someone else, an in depth…
  • The Writing Introvert

    Victoria Jane Bennett
    18 Jul 2015 | 1:08 pm
    For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a love affair with books and with words. I could disappear into a plotline and the rest of the world would fall away. Whether it was a Trixie Beldon Mystery or The Diary of Anne Frank, my entire imagination would be consumed with the recreation of events in visual form inside my mind’s eye. That’s where the magic happened. As I grew, I took an interest in telling my own stories. I still have fictional weavings I worked so hard to write out by hand in grade school. Expressing ideas with words was something that just seemed to come naturally to me.
  • 10 Misconceptions about Introverts

    David A Porter
    18 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    The post 10 Misconceptions about Introverts appeared first on Define Introvert.
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  • Daily marijuana use among U.S. college students highest since 1980

    Science Curator
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:55 am
    Daily marijuana use among the nation’s college students is on the rise, surpassing daily cigarette smoking for the first time in 2014. A series of national surveys of U.S. college students, as part of the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study, shows that marijuana use has been growing slowly on the nation’s campuses since 2006. Daily or near-daily marijuana use was reported by 5.9 percent of college students in 2014—the highest rate since 1980, the first year that complete college data were available in the study. This rate of use is up from 3.5 percent in…
  • UCLA researchers provide first evidence of how obstructive sleep apnea damages the brain

    Science Curator
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:51 am
    UCLA researchers have reported the first evidence that obstructive sleep apnea contributes to a breakdown of the blood–brain barrier, which plays an important role in protecting brain tissue. The discovery, reported in the Sept. 1 issue of the Journal of Neuroimaging, could lead to new approaches for treating obstructive sleep apnea, which affects an estimated 22 million American adults. The disorder causes frequent interruptions in breathing during sleep because the airways narrow or become blocked. The blood–brain barrier limits harmful bacteria, infections and chemicals from reaching…
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln study connects ogling, vulnerability to sexual assault

    Science Curator
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:46 am
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers have taken a first step toward understanding why some women struggle to say “no” to unwanted sexual advances and are more vulnerable to sexual victimization. Past research has shown a connection between a lack of sexual assertiveness and the risk of sexual assault. A new study conducted by Molly Franz, David DiLillo and Sarah Gervais of the Department of Psychology is one of the first to shed light on why women have a difficult time saying “no” in the first place. It was published online last week in Psychology of Violence, a…
  • MRI scans and other tools to detect and diagnose dementia are helpful but not definitive – according to new research from the University of East Anglia

    Science Curator
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:42 am
    A report published today in The Lancet Neurology evaluates for the first time how well different types of brain imaging tests work to detect Alzheimer’s and predict how the disease will progress. The results show that the accuracy of brain imaging must be improved before it can be rolled out on a scale that could be useful to healthcare providers and patients. Co-author Prof Chris Fox says that overplaying the current benefits of imaging could create unnecessary healthcare costs for the NHS. And that ‘patient burden’ – caused by tests carried out, stress, and the potential anxiety…
  • Parents’ views on justice affect babies’ moral development

    Science Curator
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:39 am
    Babies’ neural responses to morally charged scenarios are influenced by their parents’ attitudes toward justice, new research from the University of Chicago shows. The study from Prof. Jean Decety and postdoctoral scholar Jason Cowell, which appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, sheds new light on the mechanisms underlying the development of morality in very young children. “This work demonstrates the potential of developmental social neuroscience to provide productive, new and exciting directions for the investigation of moral development, by integrating…
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  • The biology behind the coupon craze

    Lily Velisavljevic
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    The biology behind the coupon craze There’s a coupon craze. I’m convinced that the internet, reality tv, and a little something-something are working together to perpetuate the frenzy. On the internet, there are blogs devoted to coupon savings. There are websites for coupon clipping services. There are sites devoted to distributing paperless coupons. It’s raining coupons in digital heaven. On tv, there’s Extreme Couponing. In our household, we use an over the air antenna for tv watching. This means we get some basic channels, which aren’t known for reality tv. However, I…
  • The effect of labels on coffee taste

    Lily Velisavljevic
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    The effect of labelling a coffee What makes coffee taste good for you? I like my coffee a little stronger, full of cream, and with a little too much sugar. After re-reading the last sentence, apparently, it’s the additives that make a good cup of coffee good for me. A new study suggests that a label attached to a coffee can also make it taste good. The Coffee Taste Experiment In the study,1 people taste tested two cups of coffee, one of which was labelled “eco-friendly” and the other “not eco-friendly.” It’s important to highlight that this isn’t a blind taste test. All the…
  • How to get kids to eat vegetables

    Lily Velisavljevic
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:52 am
    Get Kids to Eat Vegetables Some kids are really good at eating their vegetables. Others are not. One of our kids eats almost anything. The other eats a set number of foods. His list consists largely of different types of meat. In fact, one of his first phrases was “I want meat.” Adding anything to his eating repertoire has been slow going. It’s probably because we’ve been doing it all wrong. Unfortunately. New research1 looks at how parents can effectively get a child to eat a dreaded vegetable. The authors tested four methods to determine which one is effective at getting kids to…
  • How parents can encourage an interest in sports

    Lily Velisavljevic
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:35 am
    How Parents Can Encourage an Interest in Sports We have two boys in Timbits soccer, which is soccer for the incredibly young in our area. Their age comes out on the field. During the game, our four year old is finally running in the direction of the ball – although not touching it. Our two year old is more interested in tackling his brother and watching the tennis players near the field than the soccer ball. I realize that their apathy and – well – lack of ability is in large part due to age. Yet, there are young kids who seem to be a lot more interested and natural on the field than…
  • Is there a need for “service with a smile?”

    Lily Velisavljevic
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:33 am
    “Service with a smile” is not always necessary for high customer satisfaction ratings. In Canada, people are spoiled with the service at restaurants and stores. For the large part, employees are friendly, smiley, and ready to make the customer happy. After all, good service is good for business. And service-based companies know this. For a long time, there has been a focus on training employees to be friendly! Use a nice tone! Make eye contact! Smile! “Service with a smile” is a slogan that’s common in North American business environments. New research1 tested whether…
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