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  • Review: Your Brain

    Scientific American: Mind & Brain
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • Quick brain teasers to test your cognitive skills…and biases

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    If you’re looking for some stimulating, quick mental exercise, try these Brain Teasers To Test Your Cognitive Skills…And Your Cognitive Biases over at The Creativity Post. Once you’re done, you may want to enjoy with these visual brain teasers, and also visit our brain twisters and brain games sec­tion, with plenty of fun (and free) mind games for teens, adults and seniors. Have a nice weekend!
  • How to Sell to Different Personality Types

    16 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
    One mistake many sales people make is assuming that other people need what they need, like what they like and feel the way they feel. This infographic shows how to target your marketing for four basic personality types.
  • Toys for Depressed Kids

    Dr. Deb
    Dr. Deb
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    Shopping for toys during the holiday season always takes a bit of resourcefulness. You need to learn what’s new, what’s out, what’s flying off the shelves - and then carefully consider whether your purchase will add to your child’s entertainment stockpile. But if you have a child with special needs, especially one who is struggling with depression, finding the right toy can feel even more daunting.Though there are many different kinds of games and toys, here are 8 categories that I teach parents to consider thinking about when holiday shopping. These themes help with…
  • Easy Mental Trick Which You’ll Be Surprised To Learn Reduces Appetite

    Jeremy Dean
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:50 am
    Reduce your appetite with this counter-intuitive mental trick. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Advertisement 6 Foods That Fight Belly Fat Brought On By Yo-Yo Dieting. Related articles: Eating This For Breakfast Reduces Food Cravings Later in The Day 3 Minutes of Tetris Reduces Cravings for Drink, Cigarettes and Food Most Unlikely Weight Loss Trick Revealed by Psych Experiment These Everyday Foods Have a Powerful Connection With Mental Wellbeing You Might Be Surprised How Much 3 Hours of…
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  • Liberals Think More Analytically (More "WEIRD") Than Conservatives

    Talhelm, T., Haidt, J., Oishi, S., Zhang, X., Miao, F. F., Chen, S.
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Henrich, Heine, and Norenzayan summarized cultural differences in psychology and argued that people from one particular culture are outliers: people from societies that are Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic (WEIRD). This study shows that liberals think WEIRDer than conservatives. In five studies with more than 5,000 participants, we found that liberals think more analytically (an element of WEIRD thought) than moderates and conservatives. Study 3 replicates this finding in the very different political culture of China, although it held only for people in more modernized…
  • Shared Identity Is Key to Effective Communication

    Greenaway, K. H., Wright, R. G., Willingham, J., Reynolds, K. J., Haslam, S. A.
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The ability to communicate with others is one of the most important human social functions, yet communication is not always investigated from a social perspective. This research examined the role that shared social identity plays in communication effectiveness using a minimal group paradigm. In two experiments, participants constructed a model using instructions that were said to be created by an ingroup or an outgroup member. Participants made models of objectively better quality when working from communications ostensibly created by an ingroup member (Experiments 1 and 2). However, this…
  • Better Know When (Not) to Think Twice: How Social Power Impacts Prefactual Thought

    Scholl, A., Sassenberg, K.
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Before approaching situations, individuals frequently imagine "what would happen, if . . . ." Such prefactual thought can promote confidence and facilitate behavior preparation when the upcoming situation can benefit from forethought, but it also delays action. The present research tested how social power predicts prefactual thought when its benefits are clear versus ambiguous. Power enhances flexible behavior adaptation and action tendencies—presumably without much forethought. We therefore proposed that power diminishes prefactual thought, unless the situation suggests that such…
  • Self-Esteem Instability and Personality: The Connections Between Feelings of Self-Worth and the Big Five Dimensions of Personality

    Zeigler-Hill, V., Holden, C. J., Enjaian, B., Southard, A. C., Besser, A., Li, H., Zhang, Q.
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Relatively few studies have focused on the connections between self-esteem and basic personality dimensions. The purpose of the present studies was to examine whether self-esteem level and self-esteem instability were associated with the Big Five personality dimensions and whether self-esteem instability moderated the associations that self-esteem level had with these personality features. This was accomplished by conducting a series of studies that included samples from the United States, Israel, and China. Across these studies, self-esteem level was associated with high levels of…
  • Dispositional Envy Revisited: Unraveling the Motivational Dynamics of Benign and Malicious Envy

    Lange, J., Crusius, J.
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Previous research has conceptualized dispositional envy as a unitary construct. Recently however, episodic envy has been shown to emerge in two qualitatively different forms. Benign envy is related to the motivation to move upward, whereas malicious envy is related to pulling superior others down. In four studies (N = 1,094)—using the newly developed Benign and Malicious Envy Scale (BeMaS)—we show that dispositional envy is also characterized by two independent dimensions related to distinct motivational dynamics and behavioral consequences. Dispositional benign and malicious envy…
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  • The Age At Which Sleep Matters Most For a Good Memory

    Jeremy Dean
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:56 am
    The age at which sleep has the greatest influence on cognitive function. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Advertisement 6 Foods That Fight Belly Fat Brought On By Yo-Yo Dieting. Related articles: You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds A Strange Cure for Lack of Sleep Study Finds Memory Has a Fascinating Effect On Sleep Why Some People Only Need Five Hours’ Sleep a Night Poor Sleep Can Lead to False Memories
  • Easy Mental Trick Which You’ll Be Surprised To Learn Reduces Appetite

    Jeremy Dean
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:50 am
    Reduce your appetite with this counter-intuitive mental trick. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Advertisement 6 Foods That Fight Belly Fat Brought On By Yo-Yo Dieting. Related articles: Eating This For Breakfast Reduces Food Cravings Later in The Day 3 Minutes of Tetris Reduces Cravings for Drink, Cigarettes and Food Most Unlikely Weight Loss Trick Revealed by Psych Experiment These Everyday Foods Have a Powerful Connection With Mental Wellbeing You Might Be Surprised How Much 3 Hours of…
  • The Alcoholic Drink That Could Help Fight Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases

    Jeremy Dean
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    Study finds compound in this alcoholic drink may have protective effect against neurodegenerative diseases. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Advertisement 6 Foods That Fight Belly Fat Brought On By Yo-Yo Dieting. Related articles: Three Ways To Fight Disease With Your Mind Discovered: How The Brain Repairs Itself After a Stroke Drug Reverses Schizophrenia in Mice by Curbing Synaptic Pruning Genetic Trigger Discovered For Most Common Form of Mental Disability and Autism Dementia Treated…
  • How to Triple What You Can Remember, Psychology Study Demonstrates

    Jeremy Dean
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    People can forget things they were paying attention to just one second later, unless... Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Advertisement 6 Foods That Fight Belly Fat Brought On By Yo-Yo Dieting. Related articles: A Foolproof Way To Use Forgetting To Help You Remember, Study Reveals Here’s The Curious Secret To Perfect Learning While You Are Distracted How to Take Notes You Will Remember The Basic Emotion That Makes Infants Remember What They’ve Seen Men and Women Process…
  • The Personality Factor That Makes Some Violent Criminals So Dangerous

    Jeremy Dean
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    Why psychopathic violent criminals are more likely than other violent criminals to offend again. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Advertisement 6 Foods That Fight Belly Fat Brought On By Yo-Yo Dieting. Related articles: Which Professions Have The Most Psychopaths? This Social Media Behaviour Points To Personality Issues How So Many Psychopaths Manage to Reach Positions of Power Why It’s Dangerous to Give a Hurricane a Female Name The Type of Daydreaming That Makes The Mind More…
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  • A refocus of military influence

    1 Feb 2015 | 4:50 am
    The British media has been covering the creation of 77th Brigade, or ‘Chindits’ in the UK Army which they’ve wrongly described as PsyOps ‘Twitter troops’. The renaming is new but the plan for a significant restructuring and expansion of the UK military’s influence operations is not. The change in focus has been prompted by a growing realisation that the success of security strategy depends as much on influencing populations at home and abroad as it does through military force. The creation of a new military structure, designed to tackle exactly this…
  • Spike activity 30-01-2015

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: PLOS Neuroscience has an excellent interview on the strengths and limitations of fMRI. There’s an excellent profile of clinical psychologist Andrea Letamendi and her interest in comics and mental health in The Atlantic. The Wall Street Journal has an excellent piece on hikikomori – a syndrome of ultra withdrawal by Japanese youth. The Hearing Voices Network as an alternative approach to supporting voice hearers is covered by a good article in The Independent. Backchannel looks at the largest ‘virtual psychology…
  • In the 21st Century, project management for parents

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    I’ve just read an excellent book on the surprising anomaly of modern parenting called All Joy and No Fun. It’s by the writer Jennifer Senior who we’ve featured a few times on Mind Hacks for her insightful pieces on the social mind. In All Joy and No Fun she looks at how the modern model of childhood born after the Second World War – “long and sheltered, devoted almost entirely to education and emotional growth” – has begun to mutate in some quarters into an all consuming occupation of over-parenting that has meant childcare has been consistently rated…
  • Hard Problem defeats legendary playwright

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:47 am
    I’ve written a review of legendary playwright Tom Stoppard’s new play The Hard Problem at the National Theatre, where he tackles neuroscience and consciousness – or at least thinks he does. The review is in The Psychologist and covers the themes running through Stoppard’s new work and how they combine with the subtly misfiring conceptualisation of cognitive science: This is a typical and often pedantic criticism of plays about technical subjects but in Stoppard’s case, the work is primarily about what defines us as human, in light of the science of human nature, and…
  • A misdiagnosis of trauma in Ancient Babylon

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    Despite the news reports, researchers probably haven’t discovered a mention of ‘PTSD’ from 1300BC Mesopotamia. The claim is likely due to a rather rough interpretation of Ancient Babylonian texts but it also reflects a curious interest in trying to find modern psychiatric diagnoses in the past, which tells us more about our own clinical insecurities than the psychology of the ancient world. The claim comes from a new article published in Early Science and Medicine and it turns out there’s a pdf of the article available online if you want to read it in full. The authors…
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  • 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.  
  • Policing Mental Illness Crisis

    Sandra Kiume
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:31 pm
    A great short documentary on police treatment of people in mental health crisis. A look at the formation of a Crisis Intervention Team and the special training given to police officers who wear plain clothes and apply mental health first aid. Includes an interview with a person with a diagnosis, and family members, on what it’s like to be involved in mental health crisis involving police. A hopeful look at best practices and good results in crisis intervention.  
  • Comedian Ruby Wax Laughs at Mental Illness

    Sandra Kiume
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Comedian Ruby Wax gives a TED Talk with amusing perspectives on mental illness. “Your pets are happier than you are,” she says. A viral video that shares powerful information with a spoonful of fun. Includes Ruby’s own handmade visual aids.
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  • Link feast

    Research Digest
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week or so:Finding The Golden Thread of Consciousness"... the play is a lost opportunity to push ethical questions about human conduct up against the genuinely profound questions about the self raised by modern brain research," writes Vaughan Bell at The Psychologist, reviewing Tom Stoppard's new play The Hard Problem, showing at the National Theatre in London. Batgirl's PsychologistThe amazing story of Andrea Letamendi - the clinical psychologist whose once-secret love for comic books led to her being written into one…
  • There are two types of envy; only one is associated with schadenfreude

    Research Digest
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:08 am
    You watch with envy as your long-time colleague gets yet another performance bonus - something you've strived for but never obtained. Not long after, you see him trip over in the office in front of everyone. Do you find this situation pleasingly amusing? In other words, do you experience schadenfreude?According to an international team of research psychologists, your answer will likely depend on the specific kind of envy you feel toward your colleague. Niels van de Ven and his co-workers say there are in fact two types - malicious envy and benign envy. Both involve comparing yourself to…
  • Why you might want to beware the introvert on your team

    Research Digest
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:53 am
    Introverts have received a lot of positive press in recent years thanks to the run-away success of Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts. Cain tells us these are people who like their own space, but also happen to be empathic and sensitive and deep-thinkers. A new paper on peer appraisals by team-members bucks this hug-an-introvert trend.Amir Erez and his co-authors report that introverts tend to give especially low performance ratings to their team-mates who are extravert and over-bearing, even though these people's actual performance for the team might be the same as other…
  • A face that could get away with anything

    Research Digest
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:50 am
    First impressions lead to a multitude of assumptions, and trustworthiness is one of them: faces with v-shaped eyebrows and frowning mouths are consistently judged as less trustworthy than others with ^-shaped brows and mouths with upturned corners (this may be related to the former betraying a hidden anger and the latter having positive undertones). Now a study by Brian Holtz suggests that a person's looks can colour perceptions, not only of how trustworthy their character might be, but of whether their actual deeds are fair and well-intentioned.In an ideal world, we’d…
  • No one noticed when this man's speech was fed to him by a 12-year-old. Welcome to the Cyranoid Illusion

    Research Digest
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:38 am
    Imagine if the words that came out of your mouth were spoken by another person. Would anyone notice? This idea was explored by social psychologist Stanley Milgram, famous for his studies into obedience, but he never published his results.Milgram called the hybrid of one person's body and another person's mind, a Cyranoid, after the play Cyrano de Bergerac, in which the handsome Christian woos a woman using the graceful words provided by plain-looking Cyrano. Now the concept has been resurrected by a pair of British researchers, Kevin Corti and Alex Gillespie, who say the approach has huge…
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  • Quick brain teasers to test your cognitive skills…and biases

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    If you’re looking for some stimulating, quick mental exercise, try these Brain Teasers To Test Your Cognitive Skills…And Your Cognitive Biases over at The Creativity Post. Once you’re done, you may want to enjoy with these visual brain teasers, and also visit our brain twisters and brain games sec­tion, with plenty of fun (and free) mind games for teens, adults and seniors. Have a nice weekend!
  • January Update: The Federal Trade Commission orders Focus Education to stop making unsubstantiated brain training claims

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    Time for Sharp­Brains’ Januarye-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of brain health insights, neu­ro­science research reports, a landmark action by the Federal Trade Commission…and some quick brain teasers. Enjoy! New research: Brain health research study by AARP: Consumers pursue brain training to support a more enjoyable, self-managed life Can self-monitoring help promote academic success, and reduce ADHD symptoms, in college students with ADHD Studies point toward clear benefits to cultivating mindfulness in the workplace In the New Year, toss a coin or trust Dr. Oz for medical…
  • New book on neuroplasticity by Norman Doidge: The Brain’s Way of Healing

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    Rewired: Learning to tame a noisy brain. (Or, how you can use the power of neuroplasticity) (The Globe and Mail): “His first book popularized the idea that the brain is actually a dynamic, adaptive organ with incredible potential to change. Now, Dr. Norman Doidge is sharing incredible stories of recovery from the sci-fi-like frontier of energy-based therapies… It was Doidge, a psychiatrist and faculty member of both the University of Toronto and Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, who introduced the lay reader to the revolutionary idea that the brain…
  • Study: To help children with ADHD improve academic performance, combine medication AND behavioral treatment

    Dr. David Rabiner
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
    Academic problems are extremely common in children with ADHD and often the issue that leads to referral for an ADHD evaluation. Unfortunately, the significant academic struggles that many children with ADHD experience can undermine their long-term success in areas that extend far beyond formal schooling. Given these facts, an important question is whether long-term academic functioning in youth with ADHD improves with treatment? Because this is such a fundamentally important question, and ADHD is the most well-researched mental health condition in children, one might think that the answer is…
  • Trend: Mobile apps to improve vision via perceptual learning

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:14 am
    Vision training: Mobile app improved pilots’ vision (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association): “Military pilots (and other test subjects) have improved their vision after a few weeks of training with a new application for mobile devices—an application now available to the public. The technology has helped dedicated users reverse age-related vision loss, and to help younger people improve on 20/20. Their eyes—including lenses, muscles, and receptors that send signals to the optic nerve—are only incidentally involved: The real work is going on inside the brain… More specifically, the…
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  • Minds on the Edge

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The one-hour television program zeros in on wrenching and confounding situations that are playing out every day in homes and hospital ERs, on city streets and school campuses, in courtrooms and in jails, as Americans struggle with the challenges of severe mental illness. Produced for PBS by the Fred Friendly Seminars using their signature format of a hypothetical scenario, the program considers the case of a college student who develops mental illness while at school. Her professor knows something is wrong, but is unsure how to approach her and whether it is even legal to contact her parents.
  • PhDStudent.Com

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    We also have hand-selected several bloggers to share their graduate school experiences with you. Our bloggers include current graduate students, a post doc and fellow, and an academic consultant to provide you with diverse perspectives from across the graduate school spectrum. The PhD forums are another free resource we came up with to help connect past, current, and future grad students, providing you with an outlet to share your experiences and support one another. We’re also continuing to develop new tools to make your life a little easier (just remember to create a free account on our…
  • Academy For Eating Disorders (AED)

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Academy for Eating Disorders is a global professional association committed to leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment, and prevention. Our goal is to provide global access to knowledge, research and best treatment practice for eating disorders. For the public via its website, AED provides education on eating disorder symptoms and treatment recommendations.  AED helps researchers connect and collaborate with each other and keep abreast of recent developments in eating disorders research. . AED’s main event is the annual International Conference on Eating…
  • No Kidding? Me Too!

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Throughout human history, actors have made their living as entertainers – on stage, the big screen, small screen, even the computer screen. During our journeys, we sometimes encounter roles where the characters exhibit mental issues. Just a quick thought to the most memorable moments in movies and on television over the last century will provide you with many depictions of individuals exhibiting mental illness — almost all encountering seemingly insurmountable barriers. As artists, what we learn as we become more knowledgeable about mental illness — its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment…
  • American Association of Pastoral Counselors

    Psych Central Resource Editor
    29 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) is a membership and certification organization whose mission is to provide spiritually informed and integrated counseling, collaborative community based  services, training and education in order to enhance the well being of individuals, families and communities. AAPC, founded in 1963, represents and sets professional practice standards for over 2000 Pastoral Counselors and 75 Pastoral Counseling Centers. Pastoral counseling is a unique form of counseling which uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing…
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    Dr. Deb

  • Paperback Launch of "Depression and Your Child"

    Dr. Deb
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:24 pm
                                            My award-winning book"Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers"is now available in paperback!
  • Mindful Tips For Keeping New Year Resolutions

    Dr. Deb
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It's that time of year again. Out with the old, in with the new. And for many, it's resolution-making time.Research reports about 45% of the American population make one or more resolutions at the turn of each New Year- with some of the top resolutions involving weight loss, exercising more, getting finances in order, stopping smoking or drinking, spending too much or other "bad" habits.Studies shows that only about 25% of those who make resolutions fail at the 1 week mark, with another 40% reporting failure at 1 month. And those who fail at keeping their resolutions…
  • Toys for Depressed Kids

    Dr. Deb
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    Shopping for toys during the holiday season always takes a bit of resourcefulness. You need to learn what’s new, what’s out, what’s flying off the shelves - and then carefully consider whether your purchase will add to your child’s entertainment stockpile. But if you have a child with special needs, especially one who is struggling with depression, finding the right toy can feel even more daunting.Though there are many different kinds of games and toys, here are 8 categories that I teach parents to consider thinking about when holiday shopping. These themes help with…
  • Psychology Offers Tips as Ebola Concerns Mount

    Dr. Deb
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    What the Public Needs to KnowQ. What scares people the most about a threat from a natural disaster, contagious disease or terrorist attack? Are fear and anxiety a normal response?A. Experts on public health and risk perception say that fear about catastrophic incidents often originates from a feeling of lack of control and a perceived inability to prevent the problem or threat. Some level of anxiety is constructive in that it motivates people to take appropriate action (assuming such actions are available and recommended). But without any recommended course of action, anxiety around…
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week

    Dr. Deb
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    October 5th -11th 2014 is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in the United States and Canada. Since 1990, mental health advocates across North America have joined together during the first full week of October to sponsor awareness, create outreach and provide screenings in the name of mental health.Also sponsored this week is  National Depression Screening Day on October 9th and World Mental Health Day on October 10th. Mental health, a component of well-being, is just as essential as physical health and spiritual health. Learn how to take action, find support and dilute…
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    Psychology Research News -- ScienceDaily

  • Fluorescent dyes 'light up' brain cancer cells

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    Two new fluorescent dyes attracted to cancer cells may help neurosurgeons more accurately localize and completely resect brain tumors, suggests a new study. Removing all visible areas of cancer (gross total resection) significantly improves survival after brain cancer surgery.
  • Key discovery to preventing blindness, stroke devastation

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    Gene interactions that determine whether cells live or die in such conditions as age-related macular degeneration and ischemic stroke have been discovered by researchers. These common molecular mechanisms in vision and brain integrity can prevent blindness and also promote recovery from a stroke.
  • Treating Cerebral Malaria: New Molecular Target Identified

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:21 am
    A drug already approved for treating other diseases may be useful as a treatment for cerebral malaria, according to researchers who discovered a novel link between food intake during the early stages of infection and the outcome of the disease, identifying two molecular pathways that could serve as new targets for treatment.
  • Walking on ice takes more than brains: 'Mini-brain' in spinal cord aids in balance

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Scientists have discovered how a "mini-brain" in the spinal cord aids in balance. Much of the balancing act that our bodies perform when faced with a task such as walking on an icy surface happens unconsciously, thanks to a cluster of neurons in our spinal cord that function as a "mini-brain" to integrate sensory information and make the necessary adjustments to our muscles so that we don't slip and fall, researchers report.
  • Infants create new knowledge while sleeping

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    There is no rest for a baby's brain -- not even in sleep. While infants sleep they are reprocessing what they have learned. Researchers have discovered that babies of the age from nine to 16 months remember the names of objects better if they had a short nap.
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    Sports Are 80 Percent Mental

  • Sleep - The Next Best Thing To Practice

    17 Jan 2015 | 3:44 pm
    As usual, Mom was right.  Her advice to get to bed early is being confirmed by human performance researchers, sleep specialists and sports medicine doctors. Kids, especially young athletes, need more sleep.  While common sense tells us that a lack of shut-eye will cause children to be grumpy from a lack of energy, new knowledge about the brain details how sleep affects not only their physiological functions but also their ability to learn new skills.The more well-known sleep state known as REM (Rapid Eye Movement) is the dreammaker that tries to put our day’s activities into the…
  • For Aaron Rodgers, Practice Makes Perfect Motor Skills

    1 Jan 2015 | 5:18 pm
    During a Green Bay Packers win over the Atlanta Falcons earlier this season, Peter King, the NFL's dean of sportswriters, found a new level of respect for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  Here's how King described one particular third and two play late in the first quarter:"At the snap, Rodgers’ first look, a long one, was to the left for Nelson. Well covered. Quickly Rodgers turned to the right, to where Cobb was planting his foot in the ground three or four yards upfield and preparing to run a simple in-cut; at the same time, his cover man, cornerback Desmond Trufant, was going to…
  • How Video Games Can Improve Your Kids' Hand-Eye Coordination

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Well, there goes that golden piece of parental logic.  For years, we’ve been arguing, imploring and threatening our kids to get off their Xbox, PS4 or even Wiis (are those still around?) and get outside for some fresh air and reality.  It isn’t healthy, we argued, to sit in front of that TV and play video games for hours.  While we still have the cardiovascular argument in our corner, new research just confirmed that gaming actually improves our kids’ ability to learn new sensorimotor skills.Playing “first person” games, like Call of Duty or Madden, drops the user…
  • Kids Who Move Can Grow Their Brain

    6 Dec 2014 | 5:51 pm
    If there is one thing that Charles Hillman wants parents and teachers to understand, it is the power of aerobic activity to improve the brains of young children.  From his Neurocognitive Kinesiology Lab at the University of Illinois, Professor Hillman has produced study after study showing not only cognitive improvement in the classroom but also the brain’s physical changes that occur when kids become more fit.  His latest research, in collaboration with postdoctoral researcher Laura Chaddock-Heyman and Arthur Kramer, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, reveals more compact…
  • Maybe Your Kids Inherited Your Couch Potato Genes

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    On the road to sports success, young athletes need two ingredients, innate skills and the willingness and determination to get better.  We all know boys and girls who showed early promise that got them noticed but then didn’t have the drive to practice every day to develop that talent.  Often labeled lazy or unmotivated, the assumption was that they chose their own path by not working hard.  However, new research shows evidence that genetics may play a role not only in the natural abilities of a developing superstar but also in their practice persistence and…
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  • Mobile and interactive media use by young children: The good, the bad and the unknown

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    Mobile devices are everywhere and children are using them more frequently at young ages. The impact these mobile devices are having on the development and behavior of children is still relatively unknown. In a commentary in the journal Pediatrics, researchers review the many types of interactive media available today and raise important questions regarding their use as educational tools, as well as their potential detrimental role in stunting the development of important tools for self-regulation. read more
  • Public and scientists express strikingly different views about science-related issues

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Despite similar views about the overall place of science in America, the general public and scientists often see science-related issues through a different lens, according to a new pair of surveys by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). read more
  • How creative are you? Depends where you're from

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    With the "creative class" on the rise, many businesses are trying to capitalize on imagination and innovation. But when it comes to creative juices, some societies have a faster flow than others. That's because, as new research from Concordia University suggests, creativity is tied to culture. read more
  • Girls lead boys in academic achievement globally

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:36 am
    Considerable attention has been paid to how boys' educational achievements in science and math compare to girls' accomplishments in those areas, often leading to the assumption that boys outperform girls in these areas. Now, using international data, researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland, have determined that girls outperform boys in educational achievement in 70 percent of the countries they studied -- regardless of the level of gender, political, economic or social equality. read more
  • Ads effective even in the midst of multitasking, studies find

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Those video ads playing in the corner of your computer screen, in the midst of your multitasking, may have more impact than you realize. They may be as effective as the ads you're really watching, such as those during the Super Bowl, says a University of Illinois researcher. read more
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    Tri-City Psychology Services

  • Whose minding your mental health?

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    Canadian Psychological Association
  • Brain stimulation offers hope for depression

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    By Kerrie-Anne Ho and Colleen Loo Around 350 million people worldwide have depression. Antidepressant medications are often prescribed to treat the condition, alongside talking therapies and lifestyle changes such as regular exercise. But a substantial proportion of people either don’t respond to antidepressants, or experience such significant side effects that they’d prefer not to take them. In search of alternative solutions, researchers around the world, including our team, are investigating transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) as an alternative treatment for depression. But…
  • Could depression be caused by a virus?

    3 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    © iStockphoto Dr. Turhan Canli, associate professor of integrative neuroscience at Stony Brook University, makes a case for reconceptualizing depression as an infectious disease caused by foreign invaders like parasites, bacteria or viruses that make their way into the body and cause changes in the brain. The Huffington Post spoke to Canli about his theory and what it might mean for future treatment. Link here to read Why This Psychologist Thinks Depression Is An Infectious Disease
  • How Lack of Sleep Impact Different Age Groups

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
      This time of year most of us enjoy the extra hour of sleep as we get as we turn our clocks back, but it’s not nearly enough to make up for the massive amounts of sleep we are losing throughout the rest of the year. “We are a sleep-deprived society, and we often pay for that lack of sleep in ways we may not realize,” said Dr. Aneesa Das, assistant director of the Sleep Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Depending on your age, it can affect everything from your complexion to your weight to your heart, and can lead to some very serious medical issues,”…
  • Less than half of Canadians exercise to relieve stress

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    © iStockphoto As fall brings with it dark mornings, getting up is getting harder. My first inclination when my alarm goes off at 6.00am is to roll over and go back to sleep. But that little voice in my head starts reminding me gotta get up, gotta hit the gym. Argh! its hard, but this is something I have to do, something I need to do. The older I get, the harder it gets, but the benefits outweigh the struggle to resist, and go back to sleep. A research study out of McMaster University has found that only 40 per cent of Canadians exercise to cope with stress. The researchers analyzed data from…
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    Brain Blogger

  • Opioids for Chronic Pain – An Interview with Dr. Webster, Pain Guru

    Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    With chronic pain has come a debate on how to treat it, and some controversy on whether opioid use is effective or not. Lynn R. Webster, M.D., is one the nation’s leading researchers and experts in the field of chronic pain management. Dr. Webster is the Vice President of Scientific Affairs of PRA Health Sciences and immediate past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Practicing medicine for over three decades, Dr. Webster has authored Avoiding Opioid Abuse While Managing Pain: A Guide for Practitioners. As developer of the Opioid Risk Tool (ORT), he is considered a world…
  • Think Your Way to Health

    Anne Marie Ludovici, MS
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Our thoughts, and ways of thinking, wield a great deal of power to change our emotions, moods, and, ultimately, our behaviors. By heightening our awareness or mindfulness of our physical, mental and emotional states, and thoughts, as well as our reactions to our thoughts and states, we can empower ourselves to be better equipped to successfully navigate and manage situations and events. And, eventually we can succeed at changing our health behaviors. Thoughts Identifying our thoughts and restructuring them is the basis of many effective techniques frequently being utilized by health behavior…
  • Communicating with ALS One Blink at a Time

    Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    In their new book One Blink at a Time, Ismail and Cheryl Tsieprati share how they teamed up and overcame each and every challenge ALS placed before them. Ismail has lived with ALS for more than thirty years. His wife, Cheryl, has been challenged over the years to build, train and maintain a reliable and effective nursing team. In addition to Ismail and Cheryl’s inspiring story, the book contains practical advice from training caregivers, to preparing for emergencies, to surviving the hospital. Also included is an extensive glossary and helpful resources. Here, I interview both Cheryl and…
  • Feeling Sleepy? Take an App!

    Lorena Nessi, PhD, MA
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    A fascinating flurry of sleeping apps has hit the market this year. You might think that sleep is the one time you certainly don’t need to use your phone, but these app providers are daring to try to prove that perception wrong… and they’re doing a pretty good job. There are some pretty impressive sleep suite packages out there now. The best all-rounder I’ve seen on the market is Sleep Genius, which claims to be the world’s number one sleeping app. Based on sleep research designed to help NASA astronauts to get a good night, it contains some powerful features. First of all it…
  • Nurturing The Brain – Part I, Caffeine

    Sara Adaes, PhD (c)
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Overall, more than 85% of children and adults consume caffeine regularly. But what does it do to the brain? Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world. According to Euromonitor, the United States is the country with the highest amount of total coffee consumption (971 tons per year), closely followed by Brazil (969 tons). However, when analyzed per capita, coffee consumption is actually highest in northern Europe, with Finland taking the lead, followed by Norway and the Netherlands. According to the National Coffee Association of the US (NCA), 54% of Americans over the age of 18…
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    World of Psychology

  • 26 Creative & Curious Questions to Deepen Your Connection with Your Partner

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
    An important part of building a connection with your partner is knowing their inner life. What are they thinking and feeling? What were their dreams as a child? What are their dreams today? Another important part is knowing how they feel about your relationship (and your partner knowing how you feel, as well). Even reminiscing about the early days of your relationship and how it’s evolved can strengthen your bond. Here are 26 questions from Philipp Keel’s book All About Us to help you explore these elements. Each of you can first reflect on the questions in your journals and then discuss…
  • Always Err on the Side of Compassion

    Therese J. Borchard
    1 Feb 2015 | 3:45 am
    The best piece of marital advice I’ve ever heard came from an ex-priest, a kind and gentle man who has been married to his bride for longer than I’ve been alive. “Always err on the side of compassion,” he told me when I called him up all upset one afternoon after my husband and I got into a fight. I don’t even remember what the fight was about. Something stupid. But I remembered his advice and I’ve been trying to apply it not only to my marriage but to my life, in general. In fact, it has become my mantra. Always err on the side of compassion. It sounds so easy, but is…
  • 10 Common Reactions to Urinary Incontinence that Impede Care-Seeking

    Paula Miceli, M.Sc
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Our lives are a dynamic flurry of family and professional activities — our work, our families and friends, and duties on the home front. Some of us have additional challenges due to ill health, financial stress, elder care or marital breakdown. When small urine leaks begin to appear every now and then, they might feel like a nuisance amid the noise of everyday life. Research tells us that women wait about five to 10 years to seek assistance for urinary incontinence. Our beliefs about the problem are important because they influence how and when we take action. The following are 10…
  • Simple Tips & Tweaks for Creating a Productive To-Do List

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    I love lists. And I make many of them. I make lists of my daily tasks. I make lists of the articles I need to write each month — both in a Word doc and in a separate notebook. I make lists in most of my blog posts. I make lists for different projects. I make lists for the grocery store. I make lists of the bills I need to pay and write down when I’ve paid them. I make lists of books I’d like to read. I probably make lots of other lists that simply aren’t coming to mind right now. With my penchant for listmaking, it seems I’ve found a kindred spirit in Paula Rizzo, the founder of…
  • Psychology Around the Net: January 31, 2015

    Alicia Sparks
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    This week’s Psychology Around the Net will have you rethinking how you look at depression medications, constantly seeking the approval of others, and — oh, yeah — whether to have a glass of wine or beer with your dinner (seriously)! Beer Compound Could Help Fend Off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases: We’ve all heard about the potential health benefits of wine, but new reports show the compound from hops — a flower of the hop plant used as a basic ingredient in brewing beer — could help “protect brain cells from damage — and…
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    Teaching High School Psychology

  • The Brain, Concussions and Preston Plevrides

    Chuck Schallhorn
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Every time I do the brain and neuroscience unit, I show this selection from the ESPN show E:60.  It is the story of a college football player who returned to the field too soon after a concussion, experienced a second one and had a life-altering series of medical issues and surgeries.  Very powerful and poignant.  Preview before using in class. by Chuck Schallhorn
  • Cheppewa Valley TOPSS Conference/Symposium Announcement

    Chuck Schallhorn
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    Greetings, Psych Teachers!I am pleased to announce a new conference and training opportunity that may be of particular interest to folks in the Midwest, especially Wisconsin and Minnesota. With generous support and assistance from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, we’ve been putting together a FREE Chippewa Valley TOPSS Symposium for high school psychology teachers that will be held Saturday, February 28th at the UW-Stout Campus in Menomonie, Wisconsin.The symposium has a neuroscience theme, in part because of UW-Stout’s tremendous access to biopsych resources and…
  • Practicing the Methods of Psychology

    Chuck Schallhorn
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Over the years, when working with students about the methods of psychology, there is way too much confusion.  As a result, I made this sheet to make the ideas more basic and created this first practice before I get into actual descriptions of case studies that describe real research.The original Word version can be found here. By all means, let me know if I have made an error on the key or in an explanation.Practicing the Methods of Psychology 1.      Case Study2.     Interview3.     Naturalistic…
  • Ghettocide

    Chuck Schallhorn
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The other day I had one of those NPR moments when I was driving home and could not turn off the engine until I had finished listening to the story that was playing.  It was an interview with the author of Ghettocide: A True Story of Murder in America.  The author was talking on Fresh Air and discussing different kinds of grief that people experience.  She had interviewed many people who had lost loved ones and she noticed that their experiences with death were different and had longer lasting impacts especially if there was no closure of an arrest of the perpetrator.  Her…
  • What Can You Do With a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology?

    Chuck Schallhorn
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    This is a scanned copy of a document I received many years ago from Dr. Drew Appleby who has taught at Marian College and Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis who compiled it.  I share this with my students who are interested in majoring in psychology.  It is actually a five page document available at this link: by Chuck Schallhorn
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    Advances in the History of Psychology

  • Feb. 9 Talk! BPS History of Psych Disciplines Seminar Series

    Jacy Young
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    The British Psychological Society’s History of Psychology Centre, in conjunction with UCL’s Centre for the History of the Psychological Disciplines, has announced the next talk as part of its spring term BPS History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series. On February 9, Ivan Crozier of the University of Sydney, “Culture-Bound Syndromes as Theory-Bound Objects: Koro, boundary working, and transcultural psychiatry.” Full details follow below. The British Psychological Society History of Psychology Centre in conjunction with UCL’s Centre for the History of the…
  • History of Psychology 101 Outstanding Academic Title of 2014

    Jacy Young
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    Congratulations to David Devonis whose History of Psychology 101 has been named Outstanding Academic Title of 2014! Share on Facebook
  • HoP Special Issue CFP: “Does the History of Psychology Have a Future?”

    Jacy Young
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    History of Psychology invites submissions for a special issue on the topic of “Does the History of Psychology Have a Future?” Submission for the special issue are due July 15, 2015. The full call for papers is reproduced below. HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY CALL FOR PAPERS: DOES THE HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY HAVE A FUTURE? History of Psychology invites submissions for a special issue on the future of the history of psychology. 20 years ago, Kurt Danziger published an article with the provocative title, “Does the history of psychology have a future?” and it led to a great deal of comment…
  • JHBS Special Issue: “The Social Sciences in a Cross-Disciplinary Age”

    Jacy Young
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    The winter 2015 issue of Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences is a special issue dedicated to “The Social Sciences in a Cross-Disciplinary Age.” Guest edited by Philippe Fontaine (left), the articles in this issue explore facets of interdisciplinarity in the social sciences post-1945. Full titles, authors, and abstracts follow below. “Introduction: The Social Sciences in a Cross-Disciplinary Age,” by Philippe Fontaine. The abstract reads, As studies of the history of social science since 1945 have multiplied over the past decade and a half, it has not…
  • Review Essay: “Subject matter: Human behavior, psychological expertise, and therapeutic lives”

    Jacy Young
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    The February 2015 issue of Social Studies of Science includes a Review Essay of a number of recent works in the history of the human sciences. In this essay Michael Pettit (left) surveys recent monographs by Peter Hegarty (Gentlemen’s Disagreement: Alfred Kinsey, Lewis Terman, and the Sexual Politics of Smart Men), Helen E. Longino (Studying Human Behavior: How Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality), Chloe Silverman (Understanding Autism: Parents, Doctors, and the History of a Disorder), Mathew Thomson (Lost Freedom: The Landscape of the Child and the British Post-War…
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    Psychology of Media:

  • From Coke to Burberry: Dynamic or Transmedia Storytelling

    Dr. Pamela Rutledge
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Q: Are dynamic storytelling and transmedia storytelling the same thing? A: Dynamic storytelling, used in the context of the Coca Cola initiative, is storytelling designed to adapt to social-connected multi-platform world where stories are shared, co-created and relational, adapting and evolving through the audience. Transmedia storytelling is another way of saying this, although Coke might argue that it isn’t as expansive or integrated enough as dynamic storytelling is with their Brand Vision and Architecture. Transmedia storytelling can, in fact, mean different things—and the definition…
  • Outlaw Art and Extreme Selfies in Life

    Dr. Pamela Rutledge
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    The line has been blurry between art and life for some time.  What has changed is that we (all of us!) can now more readily and artistically capture life. Extreme selfies and outlaw Instagrammers highlight new questions to defining art–or even defining selfies.  Is it the intention of the creator or the perception of the audience?  See what you think in Rebecca Robbins’ “Meet the daredevil photographers racking up thousands of Instagram followers” in the Washington Post.  
  • Facebook’s Research Dilemma: Did They Violate Ethical or Social Contracts?

    Dr. Pamela Rutledge
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Facebook is getting serious flack for manipulating member news feeds to measure the emotional impact of positive and negative posts on member moods.  Legal or not, this spells bigger trouble for Facebook because it violates the basic premise upon which their empire is founded—relationships—and the social contract of fairness. Facebook is in the spotlight…again.  This time, it is for recently published research that manipulated members’ Facebook news feeds based on positive and negative emotional content and then measured the impact by judging the positivity or negativity…
  • Streetchat, SnapChat, Yik Yak & 5 Basic Media Literacy Rules for Teens (and Parents)

    Dr. Pamela Rutledge
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:44 am
    A new app makes headlines every week as teens migrate to the next new thing, and in the way of teens, do things that horrify their parents.  These are teen rituals, all the posturing, flirting and experimenting.  We all did it.  We just didn’t have SnapChat, YikYak, ooVoo or StreetChat to embarrass our parents and take those often ill-conceived steps toward independence and adulthood. The solution is not, however, to blame the tools that allow users to take and send images and videos. The solution is to start training kids in what my friend Diana Graber at Cyberwise calls CyberCivics.
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    One Among Many

  • Revelation and Conquest

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:52 am
    Faith and knowledge must not be confused. There is a firewall between them. Knowledge depends on evidence and argument; it critically remains open to uncertainty, investigation, and revision. Faith is a well-imagined rock.
  • Normative Happiness

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Is happiness a subjective, inner, feeling, or is it subject to analytical examination? If so, can your life and your happiness be objectively evaluated? Many philosophers but few psychologists believe so.
  • Real Happiness

    5 Jan 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Is there such a thing as bogus happiness or bovine contentment among humans? Yes, there is: at least in thought experiments. Unabashedly hypothetical, thought experiments can show you what you would not want.
  • Naturalizing God

    13 Dec 2014 | 6:04 pm
    God is dead, but Neo-Darwinian psychologists believe that she must live in your imagination so that you may live in a prosocial and thus prosperous society. Really?
  • All That Jazz

    16 Nov 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Jazz is a hotbed for creative expression. The collaboration among the members of the band and the improvisations by the soloist are the two sides of jazz’s creative dialectic.
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    The Situationist

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Situationism

    19 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    This post was originally published on January 22, 2007. Monday’s holiday provides an apt occasion to highlight the fact that, at least by my reckoning, Martin Luther King, Jr. was, among other things, a situationist. To be sure, King is most revered in some circles for quotations that are easily construed as dispositionist, such as: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Taken alone, as it often is, that sentence seems to set a low bar. Indeed,…
  • Systemic Justice Blog

    The Situationist Staff
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    There will be an official announcement regarding our new organization, The Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School, in January.  That new organization will be collaborating with several other organizations, including the Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School. For now, we wanted to alert readers that, at least for the time being, blog posts related to both projects can be found at The Systemic Justice Blog.
  • Distributional Preferences

    The Situationist Staff
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:38 pm
    An article of interest in the latest issue of Psychological Science: Subjective Status Shapes Political Preferences, by Jazmin L. Brown-Iannuzzi, Kristjen B. Lundberg, Aaron C. Kay B. Keith Payne (November, 2014). Introduction Economic inequality is at historically high levels and rising. The United States has the highest level of inequality of all industrialized countries, with the wealthiest 1% of Americans owning nearly 50% of the country’s wealth (Keister & Moller, 2000; Wolff, 2002). Greater economic inequality within a society is associated with a variety of problems, including…
  • Thanksgiving as “System Justification”

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:56 pm
    This post was first published on November 21, 2007. Thanksgiving has many associations — struggling Pilgrims, crowded airports, autumn leaves, heaping plates, drunken uncles, blowout sales, and so on. At its best, though, Thanksgiving is associated with, well, thanks giving. The holiday provides a moment when many otherwise harried individuals leading hectic lives decelerate just long enough to muster some gratitude for their harvest. Giving thanks — acknowledging that we, as individuals, are not the sole determinants of our own fortunes seems an admirable, humble, and even…
  • Jennifer Eberhardt Wins MacArthur!

    The Situationist Staff
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Congratulations to Situationist friend, Jennifer Eberhardt who is one of this year’s MacArthur Grant winners. Eberhardt investigates the subtle, complex, largely unconscious yet deeply ingrained ways that individuals racially code and categorize people and the far-reaching consequences of stereotypic associations between race and crime. To read numerous Situationist posts about Eberhardt’s research or presentations at Harvard Law School click here. To watch similar videos, visit the video libraries on the Project on Law and Mind Sciences website (here).
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    Ulterior Motives

  • Why Do Movies Move?

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    If you spend time watching movies or TV, you have probably know that you see a moving image on the screen, but that the sense of motion is created by your brain from a series of static images. Typical movies, for example, flash 24 frames per second. Somehow, the brain takes the changes from one frame to the next and gives you the illusion of fluid movement.
  • The Effects of Synchrony on Conformity

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    Teams tend to do things together. Soldiers march in step. Athletic teams do stretches and simple drills together as a unit. In public schools, all students repeat phrases together like the Pledge of Allegiance. At stadiums, fans will chant together and make similar movements.
  • The Danger of Partial Confessions

    19 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    When you do something wrong, there are two typical reactions that pull in opposite directions. On the one hand, you might want to hide what you have done. If nobody finds out, then it may feel like you didn’t do it at all. On the other hand, you might just want to confess what you have done wrong. That gets the problem out into the open and helps people to move forward.
  • How Children Use Information About Why Things Work

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    When children are about 3-years-old, one of the big things they need to do is to learn about the huge variety of objects in the world around them. Not only does this learning help them to make sense of the world, but is crucial for children to learn the labels we use for different objects so that they can talk about those objects again in the future.
  • Successful People Have Conscientious Partners

    9 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    Most of us have heard some version of the saying “Behind every successful man is a great woman.” This quote highlights that people get accolades for their success in the workplace, but most people who achieve greatness in the workplace need people who support their personal lives.
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    NIMH | Recent Updates

  • Blog Post » The Ignorance Project

    Thomas Insel
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    At the recent World Economic Forum, brain research was a hot topic; Dr. Insel reports on statistics presented at the conference that inspire optimism that progress can be made on difficult problems, including mental disorders.
  • Blog Post » Funding Science

    Thomas Insel
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    Relative to other countries, U.S. funding of science has declined in recent years; Dr. Insel talks about the need for research and development related to mental illness.
  • Blog Post » What Caused This to Happen?

    Thomas Insel
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    Dr. Insel discusses the idea that chance may have as much to do with the development of mental illness as do genetic and environmental factors.
  • Blog Post » Best of 2014

    Thomas Insel
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:41 am
    Dr. Insel offers an overview of his top ten mental health stories for 2014.
  • Blog Post » Lost in Translation

    Thomas Insel
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    Drug testing in mice has been a poor guide to effectiveness in humans; Dr. Insel talks about the need for research approaches that can more reliably guide medication development.
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    The Mouse Trap

  • Emotions – redefined!

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    English: Managing emotions – Identifying feelings (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a proponent of the eight basic emotions theory of emotions where the eight basic emotions are fear, courage/interest,  sadness, happiness, disgust, surprise/awe and anger and love. Its apparent that they are also paired in opposites as in fear and courage/ interest are opposite emotions in one sense of the word. Today I want to elaborate on the idea that these emotions come about in opposite pairs and differ just so slightly from each other in terms of the…
  • Love and Work

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    #180541146 / Love and work are two cornerstones of adult human life. The capacity to love and work adequately was considered by Freud as important for our well-being. Adult romantic or love relationships are grounded in childhood attachment patterns. As per the famous and well researched and validated attachment theory, childhood attachment figures and the quality of our attachment with the primary caregiver, serve as templates for future adult relationships. Attachment theory posits that there are at-least three different kinds of attachment patterns- secure attachment (when…
  • Many Paths, Many Ends

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:49 am
    Aum symbol in red (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Human beings are driven by many different goals throughout their life and though the goals of one individual would be different from other, the major goals of life can be classified as striving towards finding happiness, success, integrity and meaning in life. I have blogged elsewhere about how the latest research in positive psychology is explicating these four different legitimate aims via which one may lead a good or flourishing life. Also, a rider is in place here- its not as if one needs to, or is indeed, driven by one major goal to the…
  • emotions and personality: take 6

    1 Feb 2014 | 5:52 am
    Cover of Personality Disorders in Modern Life   Today I learned that Theodore Millon died. I started reading ” personality disorders in modern life” as a tribute to him, but the monkey mind that mine is, ended up writing this post instead.   To recall, Theodore Millon’s model talked about four fundamental evolutionary problems faced by all humans: 1) existence 2) adaptation 3) replication and 4)  abstraction. There were also two polar ways of approaching each fundamental problem; that of pleasure-pain; activity-passivity; self-other and I added to it the fourth…
  • Doing more by doing less!

    11 Oct 2013 | 10:20 am
    Hepburn (band) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) When I first heard of the book title ” Why Quitters Win: Decide to be excellent“,  to say the least, I was very much intrigued. Was Nick trying to say something like stop doing something mid-way if you know that it is going to fail- and ignore the sunk costs…or was it about quitting when faced with unreasonable odds- rather than doubling your efforts and commitment. I believe in sticking with the choices you make,  till you have given it your last shot, and so was slightly apprehensive. However, what Nick Tasler means, is not about…
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    Ellen Langer - blog

  • 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.
  • Mindfulness in the Wild

    10 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    I just returned from an amazing South African safari. Being up close to the “big five” was a bit scary, which made it very exciting. The big five are the strongest not the biggest animals—lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, and rhinoceros. Elephants came to the lodge and aways to drink from a watering hole, about eight yards away. I tried to get even closer to take a photo and was quickly told to step back. As an American believing we’re safe in most situations, I had to be reminded that these animals were wild and potentially dangerous. By the time I saw the lions I was fully aware…
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    Graphology World

  • Save your Child from the Bogey of Perfectionism

    14 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    The Bogey of Perfectionism I’ve always found perfectionists to be a little intimidating – even a bit scary if truth be told.  I envisage these perfect individuals with perfect rows of shoes and colour coded clothes. And of course perfect handwriting. But that’s where the shock and awe ends. Because although adult perfectionists are happy in their perfection – I’m not so sure that this applies to children. Perfectionism may seem to be a rather desirable trait at first. After all, a child who is a perfectionist tends to be highly motivated with high standards of achievement. But…
  • Blog Comments: This one Set the Page on Fire

    2 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    Blogging can be a frustrating experience. And I’m not just talking about the writing aspect which is a challenge in itself. I’m talking about the whole enchilada – the writing, the seo, the managing of comments and particularly the perpetual feeding of the blog! A blog is like a young bird in a nest with its mouth wide open waiting for its next feed. Somehow the bird is never satisfied because its mouth is always gaping. And when food doesn’t arrive on time the ungainly little fledgling sets up a commotion, screaming and flapping its naked wings! I presume that this applies to many a…
  • 7 Magic Keys to Self-discovery

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    How well do you think you know yourself? Do you have a realistic assessment of your own personality? And importantly, do you have any idea of how others see you? The most famous quote from Socrates is the phrase “know thyself.” It was relevant two thousand years ago – and it’s still relevant today – it’s that important! Knowing who you are and understanding yourself is the key to every aspect of your life. In fact, your happiness and success in life are largely dependent on your personality and the impression it makes on others. Your personality can either make or break you.
  • 5 Danger signs in Handwriting

    5 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    Would you go out with this man? Or would you let your daughter go out with him? As you read this note you may suspect a trap – but how can you be sure? Obviously you can’t. And unfortunately there’s nowhere to turn to for further information – unless you look at the handwriting itself. And that’s where it gets interesting. Because the handwriting speaks volumes about this person. At a mere glance it reveals red flags everywhere. 5 Danger Signs warn us that the writer is: dogmatic and dictatorial emotionally unstable bad tempered extremely resentful and probably even violent!
  • The Secrets of her Phenomenal Memory

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:21 am
    Have you ever come across someone with a truly phenomenal memory? Well one such person hit the headlines a while ago. She has a phenomenal memory and her secrets are wrapped up in her strange handwriting. I’m sure you’ve never seen anything like it. You may have heard of her.  She is Jill Price and she is famous for her unbelievable memory. In fact, she was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show and her personal story was widely reported in the media.   But that is not the only point.  The important thing for us is her remarkably strange handwriting.  And if ever you wanted…
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    The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies

  • Memories, Dreams, Reflections – C.G. Jung

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    In the spring of 1957, at the age of eighty-four, the Swiss psychologist and founder of analytical psychology (also known as Jungian psychology), Carl Gustav Jung, set out to tell his life’s story, embarking upon a series of conversations with his colleague and friend Aniela Jaffe, which he used as the basis for his autobiography, Memories, Dreams, Reflections (MDR). Jung described his life as being ordinary for his time and place; he was schooled, forged a career, married, had children and traveled. But Jung’s extraordinary intellectual life changed the world as we know it, leaving us…
  • The Dark Side of getting to know yourself

    10 Jan 2015 | 1:12 am
    Sia, an Australian singer, recently brought out a video that disturbed some people and drew a fair amount of criticism. The video is of an adult male and a young girl fighting in a cage. Sia responded to this criticism by saying that the two actors portray a single person, namely herself, and represent her two warring-self states. It is a wonderful depiction of the war between shadow and ego. Coming to terms with your shadow is hard, unpleasant and often violent. The shadow does not wait around submissively to be seen and recognized. It screams and rages and shouts and fights and bites. And,…
  • Did mommy & daddy neglect to mention that you are a freak?

    2 Dec 2014 | 12:53 am
    Yes I am afraid it is quite true, you are a freak. This short communication should remove any lingering doubts you may have and dash any hope that you are not a freak. Let me spell it out for you, to avoid any unintended ambiguity. You are not a normal, well adjusted, respectable member of society.You are not a pillar of the community, someone to whom others should look as an example to model themselves on.You are not someone whom mommy and daddy can be proud of. You may as well wipe that smug look off your face now. If you think your paltry achievements somehow redeem you from this…
  • Midway in life’s journey, I found myself in a dark wood, having lost my way.

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:58 am
    This is a guest post by Tasha Tollman. In the space of a few years I lost my father, I lost my business, I lost my financial freedom, I lost my passion for life. And in this my darkest hour I lost even my faith in God. The life that I had worked so hard to create disappeared and I slipped deeper and deeper into the dark night of the soul. Every day presented a new crisis, everything I touched turned to shit. Life became a chore, a struggle, filled with mind numbing, boring, endless tasks of trying to survive. Nothing made any sense, nothing had any meaning. My illusions that I could control…
  • Jung on Active Imagination: key readings selected by Joan Chodorow

    9 Nov 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Book review by Tasha Tollman Joan Chodorow, dance therapist, analyst and analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco combed through volumes of Jung’s writings and lectures to bring us this collection of Jung’s writings on Active Imagination. Fascinating for me was the insight into the many different names Jung used for this process – transcendent function, picture method, active fantasy, active phantasying, trancing, visioning, exercises, dialectical method, technique of differentiation, technique of introversion, introspection and technique of the descent – before…
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    Psychology Matters Asia

  • Self-Sabotage : Are You Getting in the way of Your Own Happiness and Success?

    13 Jan 2015 | 3:59 pm
    It’s not uncommon in therapy for me to work with clients who desperately want to achieve a personal goal – such as to be in a fulfilling relationship, save more money, lose weight, or find a dream job – yet somehow find themselves engaging in behaviours and beliefs which indirectly or even actively prevent them from manifesting these dreams. Perhaps you can relate to this and also have something in your life which you have been wanting to achieve for some time now, but for some reason , have been struggling to find success with. At the heart of this , could be an unconscious…
  • Year-End Mental Health Prescription

    1 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    Time to visit your thoughts. That would be my mental health prescription for you this year-end. It-s a most essential thing you can do as the holidays wind up.
  • Psychology Happenings in Singapore 2014 (and 2015 too!!)

    31 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    This is a list of the psychology-related events that were held in 2014. Make sure you stay tuned to theConferences and Events pageand theFacebook Pageto keep yourself updated about the latest events and happenings!!! The below events are written in chronological order.
  • Safety Guidelines When Disclosing Mental Health Issues Online (A Response to Cyberbullying of Vulnerable People)

    29 Dec 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Recently, I-ve heard accounts of cyberbullies targeting persons with mental health issues, particularly cult show fanbases posting on Tumblr and various blogging platforms. These cyberbullies allegedly send hate messages, feeding on the posters- anxieties with some even urging their prey to commit suicide. And while online harassment may seem harmless, cyberbulling is very serious. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics reports that cyberbullying is more strongly related to suicidal thoughts in children and adolescents than traditional bullying. That cyberbullies…
  • Pathway for Singapore Psychology Education

    29 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
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    Connecting Hypnotherapy...

  • 10 Inspiring Quotes January 2015

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:12 pm
  • Social Psychology of the 'Selfie'

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:09 pm
    The "selfie." I kind of cringe every time I hear that word, imagining Myspace-style angles, duck faces, peace signs and dirty mirrors. I'm not alone either. Many are hesitant to take and share photos of themselves, for fear of looking vain, vulnerable or being scrutinized.But still, photo sharing sites like Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr are filled with self-portraits. Some upload entire albums to Facebook of their Mac Photo Booth sessions. Others take filtered pictures of what they wore that day, or caption a close up with mild to severe self-deprecation.Among the many self-portraits are…
  • VIDEO Body Language Shapes Who You Are

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
  • Hypnosis, Metaphor and Guided Meditation

    19 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Hypnosis is focused attention, metaphor is story-telling, and guided imagery is mind games mainly used for healing. The common denominator is words the therapist uses, words to effect both mental and physical changes.How is it possible for:the suggestions given in the suggestible state of trance; the telling of interesting stories; using internal imagery (all senses possible) to bring about change in a client?Is the therapist an active/directive/causative agent, or is the therapist a facilitator who helps the client to find unique solutions based on their own life? In the old days…
  • Video How a great book can benefit your brain

    15 Jan 2015 | 2:49 pm
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    What is Psychology?

  • It’s a Jungle Out There – Optical Illusion

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:03 am
    How many animals can you find in the jungle? Post your responses below!
  • The Link between Facebook and Depression

    K. Coomarsingh
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    Regular Facebook use could contribute to depressive symptoms, according to the results of one recent study. Researchers conducted a two-part investigation into the impact of Facebook on user’s psychological health and found a positive  association between time spent on Facebook and depressive symptoms among both males and females. In other words, the more time persons spent on Facebook the more depressive symptoms they experienced. The U.S. based researchers also examined how social comparison (upward, downward and non-directional) mediates the relationship between time on Facebook and…
  • Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    American lawyer, journalist and author Glenn Greenwald speaks about the issue of privacy and why we need it. He states that even persons who claim that privacy is not really important, instinctively take steps to secure and protect their privacy. Greenwald mentions the horror and humiliation often experienced by persons who have their privacy violated, and explains that it is not only the “bad” people who have reason to be worried about the reality of government internet surveillance, “good” people should be concerned too. People who know they are being…
  • The Business of Color Psychology – Infographic

    7 Sep 2014 | 6:56 pm
    What would you do in order to improve the performance of your business? Would you invest all of your personal savings? Would you be willing to take out a massive loan? Well, what if you could enhance brand recognition, improve customer feedback and increase sales without spending an arm and a leg? By simply taking advantage of the quirks of human psychology, such results are possible. The infographic below shows that by spending a bit more time on the colors used to market your brand, both you and your business can reap huge rewards.   Please include attribution to…
  • Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend – VIDEO

    4 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    For decades we have been taught that too much stress is harmful to one’s health. However, psychologist Kelly McGonigal posits that, if viewed in a positive light, stress can not only be harmless, but even beneficial.
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    Psychology in Everyday Life: The Psych Files Podcast

  • Ep 235: Body Swapping - Now We Can Make You FEEL Like Someone Else

    Michael Britt
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:35 pm
    What if you could swap bodies with someone else? What would it be like to be someone of the opposite sex? A different race? We're getting darn close to being able to do that with new techniques like the Rubber Hand Illusion, the Enfacement illusion, and now the Full body illusion. You can now virtually switch bodies with someone else and thanks to our mirror neurons and other brain systems, you can have a very different sense of body ownership. Come listen to me talk about the latest research on this topic and some potential intriguing applications to problems like bullying.
  • Ep 234: Transvestism - Is It Normal? What Is Normal Anyway?

    Michael Britt
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:28 am
    A small number of men cross dress and many movies and broadway shows feature cross dressers (transvestites), so obviously many people find it fascinating and those who cross dress typically enjoy it. Why? What does it mean about the people who do it? I was recently cast as Albin/ZaZa in the musical version of the movie "La Cage Aux Folles" so I've been doing a lot it recently. I decided to take a closer look at cross dressing and see what psychologists think about it. Along the way, I'll also look at some of the ways we determine how or if a behavior, thought or feeling is "abnormal"
  • Ep 233: While Policemen and Black Victims - What's Really Going on?

    Michael Britt
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    In the US, we've experienced a number of recent incidences of white policemen shooting black men. What's going on? Are these more examples of prejudice and discrimination or unprovoked attacks on police? How do we know what really happened? In this episode of The Psych Files we look at how key social psychological theories are on display in these incidences: false memories, attribution biases, blaming the victim and social identity theory.
  • Ep 232: Psychologists Involved in Torture: What Will We Do About It?

    Michael Britt
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
    You may have heard from the US Senate report on Terrorism and Interrogations that a small group of psychologists were involved in the interrogations of detainees from the 9/11 incident. How could psychologists, who have a long tradition of concern and adherence to ethical standards in the treatment of others, become involved in such activities? Is it justified? More important: would YOU have become involved in these activities in the swirl of confusion and fear after the attacks? We examine these issues in this episode of The Psych Files.
  • Ep: 231: Multiple Personalities, and Tips on Getting People to Help

    Michael Britt
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    Is there such a thing as a person having multiple personalities? The idea makes for great headlines and fascinating talk shows, but what's the real story? I talk about that in this episode of The Psych Files along with giving tips on how maximize the chances that you'll get help in an emergency and answer the question: is the new generation of teens lazy?
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    The Socially Responsible Practitioner

  • On the Super Bowl, Sport Psychology & Strategies for Mental Discipline

    Adler University
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Michele Kerulis, Ed.D., LCPC, CC-AASP, is director of Adler University’s Counseling Psychology, Sport and Health Psychology Specialization program. A private-practice therapist, she is also an Association of Applied Sport Psychology Certified Consultant and a past president of the Illinois Counseling Association. As the Seahawks and Patriots get ready for the biggest game of the season, they’ll be practicing sport psychology skills to mentally prepare and stay focused during the game. These are techniques they have honed all season and throughout their careers. However, the Super…
  • From Graduate School to Employment: Interviewing Insights and Tips

    Adler University
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    Briana Colton graduated in October with her Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy from the Adler School–now Adler University–in Chicago. A Chicago resident, she is blogging for us to chronicle her experiences navigating the transition between graduate school and full-time employment—and to share her progress and insights with the Adler community including current students and fellow graduates.  Today she writes: Job interviews often scare people.  They feel put on the spot, nervous, and fearful about not being good enough. I have not had that experience in several…
  • Five Tips on Preparing for the Graduate Admission Interview

    Adler University
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    Here at Adler University in Chicago, prospective students have been on the phone and exchanging emails with our Admissions counselors about their applications and Interview Days. What is Interview Day? It’s a day that prospective students visit campus to meet with current students, Financial Aid staff, and other faculty and staff to get questions answered. Each applicant also takes part in an hour-long interview with a Core Faculty member in the academic program for which he or she is applying. How do you prepare for the interview? We spoke with Michelle Tiwade, Director of…
  • Update: Institute on Social Exclusion Assessing Health Impact in Chicago’s Pilsen, Little Village Communities

    Adler University
    2 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    View of the decommissioned Fisk power plant from Canal Origins Park For the past year, Adler University’s Institute on Social Exclusion has been conducting a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on open space redevelopment concepts in Chicago’s Pilsen and Little Village communities. The HIA has shown that potential health implications presented through the repurposing and redevelopment of the decommissioned Fisk and Crawford coal plant sites in those communities, as well as overall increased resident access to open space, are of vital importance. As background: HIA is a tool for…
  • Responding to Ferguson as a Black Mother, Psychologist and Activist

    Adler University
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    Nataka Moore, Psy.D. Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown. Eric Garner. So many more. I have shuddered at each of these deaths. Mind you, as a black woman and mother of a black child, as a psychologist, and as an activist for human rights, I am well aware of our nation’s history of racism. However, this recent onslaught has made me pause and reflect on how to respond. How do I teach and foster in my 14-year-old son, who is beautiful and worthy, a sense of belonging—an important contributor to well-being—in a society that has for over 350 years continued to reject black men, women and children…
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  • Researchers identify brain circuit that regulates thirst

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute scientists have identified a circuit in the brains of mice that regulates thirst. When a subset of cells in the circuit is switched on, mice immediately begin drinking water, even if they are fully hydrated. A second set of cells suppresses the urge to drink. The thirst-regulating circuit is located in [...]The post Researchers identify brain circuit that regulates thirst appeared first on PsyPost.
  • When the price just feels right: Do rounded numbers appeal to our emotions?

    University of Chicago Press Journals
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Consumers usually look for the lowest price when shopping for a product. But can prices sometimes just feel right? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers are drawn to prices with rounded numbers when a purchase is motivated by feelings. “A rounded price ($100.00) encourages consumers to rely on feelings [...]The post When the price just feels right: Do rounded numbers appeal to our emotions? appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Love and intimacy in later life — new study reveals active sex lives of the over 70s

    University of Manchester
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Older people are continuing to enjoy active sex lives well into their seventies and eighties, according to new research from The University of Manchester and NatCen Social Research. More than half (54%) of men and almost a third (31%) of women over the age of 70 reported they were still sexually active, with a third [...]The post Love and intimacy in later life — new study reveals active sex lives of the over 70s appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Diet and nutrition essential for mental health

    University of Melbourne
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Evidence is rapidly growing showing vital relationships between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health, a new international collaboration led by the University of Melbourne and Deakin University has revealed. Published in The Lancet Psychiatry today, leading academics state that as with a range of medical conditions, psychiatry and public health should [...]The post Diet and nutrition essential for mental health appeared first on PsyPost.
  • Gender roles: Men and women are not so different after all

    Iowa State University
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Gender is a large part of our identity that is often defined by our psychological differences as men and women. Not surprisingly, those differences are reflected in many gender stereotypes – men rarely share their feelings, while women are more emotional – but an Iowa State University researcher says in reality men and women are [...]The post Gender roles: Men and women are not so different after all appeared first on PsyPost.
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    Watersedge Counselling

  • Be Daring, Be Original, Be You and Celebrate 30 Days Alcohol Free!

    Colleen Morris
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    One of my best moments of celebration was during a family caravan holiday to the Grampians, a beautiful location marked by mountains and forest. Being a couple with young children, our caravan was typically well equipped with every necessity for a happy, enjoyable and relaxing holiday – or so I thought. Unfortunately I made one important oversight – we forgot the board games which were a standard essential for children easily bored and looking to their parents for entertainment (These were the days before iPads and Facebook). Not to be defeated and with a very fertile imagination, I…
  • Why Exercise Really Makes You Happier

    Jessica Morris
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Do you struggle to be active? Maye you’re just exhausted after a long day at work and have no energy to go outside for a walk? If you find yourself feeling down, exercise may just be what you need to make you happier and give you greater satisfaction. In this infographic by Happify, we are shown that even 20 minutes of exercise can significantly impact our mood. When we are active, our endorphins go up so we feel good, stress-related hormones like cortisol are reduced and it helps treat anxiety and depression. So how do we get motivated to exercise? If you struggle to get active, don’t…
  • Alcohol and the Workplace

    Jessica Morris
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Have you ever shown up to work with a hangover? It makes for an ugly and difficult day, but for many of us it has become normal. In fact, this infographic by Recovery Connection tells us that 15% of all workers in the US are under the influence of alcohol at one time or another. It is easy to assume alcohol only effects ‘alcoholics,’ but the truth is that most alcohol related issues within the workplace come from social drinking. Whether we drink before work or arrive with a hangover, it is something which impacts not only our productivity in the workplace, but also our personal health.
  • Mindful Living 101

    Jessica Morris
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    It can be hard to catch a breath most days. We are driven by our never ending to do list, and are constantly changing our agenda depending on the needs of our family, friends and workplace. When we do this, we can neglect ourselves and we consistently live in a hyper-tense state. Living with this constant stress and pressure is not healthy for us or the people we do life with. So what can we do to change this? The practice of Mindfulness could be just what you need to help you through the day. In the Watersedge Go 30 Days Alcohol Free Challenge, Mindfulness is described as “an awareness of…
  • Be Daring, Be Original, Be You!

    Colleen Morris
    31 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Welcome to the New Year, and welcome to a new you. What do you hope 2015 will bring? Perhaps you long for a change in your relationships and the space to talk about things that have been hurting you. Or maybe you have resolved to look after yourself, and have plans to lose weight and become healthier? Whatever hopes you have for 2015, this is January 1 and this is a new start. Over the past 6 months, the team at Watersedge Counselling have been busy contemplating what the New Year will mean for you, and we came up with the phrase, “Be Daring, Be Original, Be You.” It is our hope that in…
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    Career Assessment Site

  • Myers Briggs® MBTI® INFJ Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
      Different people have different gifts as leaders. Use the knowledge of your Myers-Briggspersonality type to develop insights into how you and your team can function optimally in today’s fast-paced business environment. This week’s blog explores The Introverted-Intuitive-Feeling-Judging (INFJ) personality types and how they can maximize their own productivity and more effectively support their teams in doing the same. Image courtesy of hyena reality at According to Richards (2008), the modern workplace is more challenging and complex than ever before. Leaders…
  • Myers-Briggs® MBTI® Test ESFJ Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    28 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
      Knowing your Myers-Briggspersonality type can help you be an efficient, self reflective and effective leader. This week’s blog post is focused on Extraverted- Sensing-Feeling-Judging personality types (ESFJ) and how they can capitalize on their own strengths and work to maximize the productivity of their teams. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at Leaders today face increasing challenges in a global environment (Richards, 2008). That means that they need to have even more information about their own working style and those of their colleagues in order to function…
  • Myers-Briggs® test ESFP Personality Type and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Myers-Briggs test ESFP Types and Leadership  Have you ever wanted to be a more efficient leader or manager? Have you wondered how you can best lead a corporate team or group? Learning about The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, your Myers-Briggs® personality type, and the array of tools available, can greatly improve your understanding of yourself and those around you. Additionally, this awareness can aid you in becoming a more efficient leader, manager, and team member and possibly even a motivator or mentor. This week, we will learn about how The Extraverted-Sensing-Feeling-Perceiving…
  • Myers Briggs® ISFP Personality Types and Leadership Style

    Geeta Aneja
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Myers Briggs® ISFP Personality Types and Leadership Style Knowing your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI® test) personality type can help you lead more effectively. Knowing the personality types of your peers and employees can also help you build stronger teams and committees, in the long run increasing your organization’s efficiency. In this blog, we describe how ISFP’s, who are Introverted-Sensing-Feeling-Perceptive types, can capitalize on their strengths in the workplace and support others in doing the same. Image courtesy of Anusorn P nachol at Following…
  • Myers-Briggs® Test MBTI® Test ISFJ Personality Types and Leadership

    Geeta Aneja
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Myers-Briggs® Test MBTI® Test ISFJ Personality Types and Leadership Being aware of your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality type will help you more effectively use your strengths and ease the process of dealing with challenges that may arise. The best way to position yourself for success is to learn that of your leadership style, and utilize this knowledge in a positive manner towards growth in your daily life at the workplace. This week’s blog focuses on the ISFJ MBTI test personality type, The Introverted-Sensing-Feeling-Judging type. Image courtesy of digitalart at…
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    The Friendship Blog

  • Exhausted: When a friend needs more than a friend

    1 Feb 2015 | 4:17 am
    If a relationship leaves you feeling totally exhausted, you may need to bow out. The post Exhausted: When a friend needs more than a friend appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • In the Media – How to manage your bridesmaids (Wedding)

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:14 am
    Emma Vince of Wedding U.K. writes about the problems that can arise when you ask a mix of friends with different personalities to be your bridesmaids. The post In the Media – How to manage your bridesmaids (Wedding) appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • In the Media – On friendship and weddings (Wedding)

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    Planning a wedding can be trying. Wedding Magazine UK asked Dr. Levine how to preserve five different types of friendship dilemmas. The post In the Media – On friendship and weddings (Wedding) appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • Friendship and happiness

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:59 am
    The folks at Happify developed this nifty infographic summarizing some of the relevant research on friendship and happiness. The post Friendship and happiness appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
  • In the Media – When you’re jealous of your friends

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    An article in Woman's Day tackles the thorny problem of how to handle jealous feelings so they don't destroy your friendship. The post In the Media – When you’re jealous of your friends appeared first on The Friendship Blog.
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  • Inside the Mind of a Job Recruiter: How to Write a Winning Resume

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    This graphic shows the thought process of a job recruiter when they are considering a resume. Pay attention to red flags and find a way to either avoid them altogether or find a good explanation to increase your chances for success.
  • Test: How Sociable Are You?

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:34 am
    This quiz is built to measure the degree of your sociability. In other words, it tells you how friendly, cooperative and sensitive you are.
  • How to Sell to Different Personality Types

    16 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
    One mistake many sales people make is assuming that other people need what they need, like what they like and feel the way they feel. This infographic shows how to target your marketing for four basic personality types.
  • Funny vs. Happy: 30 Comedians Who Had Major Depression

    4 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Funny and happy are not the same thing. These people make you laugh but they may be crying inside. Comedians and depression [INFOGRAPHIC].
  • Gabi Grecko on Depression

    27 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    12-27-2014 After her infamous walk in Melbourne a week ago where she wore nothing but a green wig, veil and a pair of heels, Gabi Grecko has confessed about her struggle with depression. Earlier today, Gabi posted words of encouragement to her Instagram fans, urging them not to give up hope even if they felt […]
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  • 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! ]]
  • Social Effectiveness Therapy Beats Social Anxiety, Study Shows

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    At some point in our lives, we all experience symptoms of anxiety. Public speaking or other unfamiliar situations can provoke natural feelings of anxiety. When these natural feelings turn into... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Psychology Resources: List of Blogs, Databases, and Videos

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    Psychology blogs Research Digest by The British Psychological Society: A great concise blog on brain and behavior PsyBlog by Jeremy Dean: A popular psychology blog that covers many areas of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Saying ‘I Know How You Feel’ is Flawed, From a Psychologist’s Perspective

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Have you ever said to someone, “I know how you feel“? Well, I think most of us have at some point, but do we truly know how others feel, or is it just a saying that we use for better or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Does Brain Training Work or is it a Waste of Time? This is What Research Shows

    Simon Moesgaard-Kjeldsen
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Brain training is a hot topic. It’s a million-dollar business and its popularity is still increasing. We have been interested in increasing people’s intelligence since the study of intelligence, but... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Accessible Psychology

  • New Year, New Life – How to Exercise Your Way to Well Being; Part Two

    12 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
      Picture courtesy of One of the main excuses I used in the past was that I simply did not have the time to exercise. In reality most of us lead hectic lives with busy schedules and even with the best of intensions we struggle to find time to exercise. If you find you can’t find the time to exercise try fitting it in to your daily routine by walking or running part or even all of the way to work. Another great strategy is to buy an exercise DVD that can fit into your schedule. Although DVD’s require you to have more motivation because you are in the comforts of our…
  • New Year, New Life – How to Exercise Your Way to Well Being; Part One

    5 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Picture courtesy of According to national statistics compiled by the Health and Social Care Information Centre around one in five British men and woman were obese in 2011. These figures rose sharply since 1993 and, if history is to be believed, are set to continue to rise.   Although we all know that exercising is good, for most of us it stays low on our list of priorities. Often we have the intention to tackle exercise once our to do lists have been taken care of – an impossible task considering they are constantly being added to.   The truth is that our inactive…
  • Happy New Year!

    31 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    One of Gretchen Rubin’s favourite quotes is ‘The days are long but the years are short’ and as I get older I can’t help but realise just how true this saying is. The years tend to pass so quickly, almost too fast to count. One of the things I like most about New Year is that it is an opportunity to take stock of the year past and to look to the future. I find it quite comforting to have this day as a time when I can look back on what goals I’ve achieved and to reschedule and reorganise the goals that I didn’t manage to achieve – yet!  …
  • Happy Holidays!

    25 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Well it’s that time of year again where we gather with friends and family to share some quality time and show our love for one another by giving and receiving gifts. As you sit by your Christmas tree, with eggnog or mulled wine in hand and admire your new gifts I’d like to share a little story with you.   When I was five years old my mom planned a monumental birthday party for me. She invited all the neighbours and their children, organised countless party games and even ordered a ladybird cake especially made to order from a bakery. Even at five I knew my mom had gone to a…
  • Review: Guided Mindfulness Meditation Series 3 by Jon Kabat-Zinn

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re an Accessible Psychology regular it will come as no surprise to you that I am familiar with the works of Jon Kabat-Zinn – the pioneer of mindfulness and the man responsible for bringing it into the mainstream medical arena.   Mindfulness is a form of meditation which has gained great medical recognition and is designed to cultivate an experience of living in the moment. However, to stop there would be to sell mindfulness short. It serves to both heighten our perceptions and teach us to appreciate and see our environment anew. Jon Kabat-Zinn describes mindfulness as…
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  • Feel Special

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:48 am
    “Never love anybody who treats you like you’re ordinary.” – Oscar Wilde
  • Smiling is the best

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    Smiling is the best way to face every problem, to crash every fear, to hide every pain… Start everyday with a smile!
  • Love for Animals

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France
  • Protect your children

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Divorce is not what emotionally destroys the children… The bad and harmful communication between the parents before and after the divorce does!
  • Sound of Silence

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Only those who care about you can hear you when you’re quiet.
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    Hi Tim - HOME

  • Too Close for Kissing

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    Hi Tim,I'm a college girl in my 20’s and I have a new friend who is a gorgeous, funny guy. We have a mutual attraction but are in that awkward phase where we both want to go further but wait for the other one to confirm, etc. No big deal, we will get past that, and when he invited me to go to his parents' house over the holidays I thought this might be a good time to get closer. We arrived at the house first, and as his sisters and brothers and various cousins started getting there, I noticed something odd. They kiss each other hello, goodbye, etc. on the mouth with their lips locked…
  • Go Fix Yourself!

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Hi Tim,I'm a man, 50’s, married for 30 years and we have two children who are grown, successful and happy. The problem is our son, “Brian” who is 23. He recently came out as homosexual to the family and we're having a tough time. We already suspected, before he even started school. But at least we had hope that he might not choose this path. We're Christians and we can't ignore a clear violation of our faith. It makes me sick. I want to get help for him, to fix him somehow but he won't discuss it. My wife and daughter and I treat him differently now, and the…
  • The Cuckolded Clothier

    13 Jan 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Hi Tim,I'm a woman, 46 and my husband just turned 60. We've been married for 11 years and are very happy, but he's taken up a strange interest. He's become sexually excited by my wearing other men's clothing. Not cross-dressing, just a jacket or usually a shirt will do with nothing else on, and the clothes must have been worn by the man and not washed. The man must also be someone we know, so a stranger will not do. I had worn one of his own shirts on vacation and it kind of snowballed from there. Once we housesat for friends, another time my brother was visiting, so we had access. Now, he…
  • Hi Tim is Now Available on the Advice Owl app!

    13 Jan 2015 | 1:14 pm
    You can access Hi Tim along with all your other favorite advice columns (unless I am all you need)  in a great free app called Advice Owl, available for iOS or Android.
  • Inky What?

    5 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Hi Tim,I am a girl, 18 living at home and attending college. My family belongs to a popular church that is known for being very strict about lifestyles. My sister, 23, goes to college in a huge city 400 miles away. She brought her new boyfriend home for Christmas to meet everyone. He is into painting and photography, and nice looking but covered in tattoos, completely covering one arm and has his tongue and lip pierced. We usually call people who cover themselves in tattoos "inky-stinkies," and we don't make fun of them but certainly would never date one! After all, they…
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  • #TBT on Psyched – Home: Adult Children of Divorce Step Out of the Legacy

    Traci Ruble
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Let’s face it; divorce is one of life’s most difficult transitions. If you have not personally gone through this passage, imagine the loss of your closest someone, your vision of the future, your identity in the world, financial status, home, and social connections all at the same time. Add to this mix the intense feelings of anger, betrayal, abandonment, guilt, and fear.  Although most parents care greatly about their children’s well being during this time, the truth is that when we are experiencing this level of crisis and need ourselves, it takes a very mature person to be available…
  • Eat and Let Eat

    Lily Sloane
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Well, I usually use my monthly article to make a confession because my mistakes or shortcomings are where I learn the most important lessons. Duh. This one is about how I made a bitchy (sort of joking) comment to my friend when she informed me that our homemade pizza dinner party was going to be gluten and dairy free. Ugh. A little background: after years of hating my body and trying to impose all kinds of arbitrary rules on what I should and shouldn’t be eating leading to feelings of deprivation and overeating, I finally stopped and began allowing myself to eat what I want while learning…
  • #TBT on Psyched – Sandy Hook: How To Help

    Katie Read
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I remember the news that day after Sandy Hook.   As a mother, like Katie, I couldn’t catch my breath imaging the heartache of those parents.  I wanted to shut off.   When a writer captures heartache so profoundly as Katie did about Sandy Hook, salve is applied to the wound for us all.   As I reflect on the news of Charlie Hebdo and the awful school shooting in Pakistan in December I am aware that all of our hearts need salve.  It is so easy to harden our hearts and turn sorrow into hatred.   Some of the city buses in San Francisco represent hardened hearts.  Katie’s piece…
  • The Dating Game SUCKS: Here’s how to stop playing and always WIN!

    Abby Volk
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    The hardest part about dating is the “dating game” which often creates more harm than good. There are the social norms of not harassing or abusing on dates which are really important. But other dating games can end up suppressing a person’s own intuition and desires, like when daters try to be the fantasy people they assume is idealized in the other’s mind. The dating rules that I have come across make me concerned for those loving souls just trying to connect while holding on to their authentic sense of self; so I thought, I would write guidelines for a win-win situation. 1)…
  • Who Does She Think She Is?!: Women Business Leaders

    Traci Ruble
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Did you know the counseling center paradigm is becoming the deFacto standard in the “psychotherapy market”?  It is and more are cropping up every day.  Yet each center has an underlying vision or mission.  Psyched in San Francisco is unique in that;  it was the first woman owned counseling center in San Francisco, we have a clear focus to reach people beyond the therapy room who might not ever come to therapy,  we are focused on unbiased outcomes research to inform how we work with people so they get the most effective treatment currently possible, we are driven by high integrity in…
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  • 8 Things You Should Know About Enlightened People

    Staff Writer
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Here is an article that pertains to the patterns of people who are ‘spiritually enlightened’. By reviewing the traits of spiritually enlightened individuals, it gives you an idea about how you could possibly make changes in your own lifestyle with the goal of reaching that state. This is an excellent list, including items like living in the now and being content  just being who you are. Read the full article here: 8 Things You Should Know About Enlightened People The post 8 Things You Should Know About Enlightened People appeared first on BrainSpeak.
  • Can Brain Research Pave the Way to Building Better Learners?

    Staff Writer
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The article consists of different elements that show the consistency of developmental ages. Meaning, how early in the developmental cycle can we begin to build better learners? The article first shows the concept of a research lab looking at the very young, looking inside of the brain and the electrical pulses to see if we can understand the brains true power.  For example, how they perceive sound can give insights into how their reading and writing skills may develop. Read the full article on Scientific American: How to Build a Better Learner The post Can Brain Research Pave the Way to…
  • Tips To Improve Your Focus

    Kusha Karvandi
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    by Kusha Karvandi All elite athletes know that training the brain is the key to success. It doesn’t matter how hard you train your body, if you can’t maintain full focus during critical moments your performance will suffer. Not just in athletic endeavors, either- successful business people and artists will tell you that in all areas of life, being able to focus is essential. Here are a few tips to improve your focus: Build Confidence Many individuals find that they are their own worst enemy- negative thoughts and questions constantly pop up in their brains and make them feel and act…
  • A Surprising Solution to Time Management

    Staff Writer
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    This article notes that with increased technology, the demand for faster lives has also increased. One research experiment even demonstrated that people may feel so obligated to work constantly that they will choose to receive an electrical shock rather than relax without doing anything. Although it may at first seem contradictory, one solution to stress and feeling like there is not enough time in the day to be productive can in fact be to practice simply relaxing and not doing anything. This is revealed as necessary and beneficial to both boost energy levels, appreciate life and improve…
  • Your Children Will Be Smarter If They Get Musical Training

    Staff Writer
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:43 pm
    This article provides three positive aspects of cognitive development of Music Training to children and unborn babies. The first benefit of Music training is that it improves that part of the brain involved in executing functions like reasoning, switching between multiple tasks, forming working memory and problem solving. The second benefit of children trained in music is that they exhibit enhanced verbal memory and increased reading skills in comparison to those who had never received any musical training. The third benefit of musical training on children showed that they exhibit coordinated…
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  • 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…
  • Fear of Homosexuals Phobia – Homophobia

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:37 am
    Homophobia is the extreme fear of feeling love for members of the same sex or fear of homosexuals. The word is derived from Greek homos meaning ‘same’ and phobos meaning fear or aversion. Many countries and cultures have accepted homosexuality today and some have even legalized same-sex marriages. However, others remain firm in their beliefs that sexual contact between men (or between women) is sick, immoral and even nonexistent. Naturally, Homophobia can be categorized into different types, namely personal or interpersonal. Personal Homophobia is internalized Homophobia which is…
  • Fear of Cows or Cattle Phobia – Bovinophobia or Taurophobia

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:38 am
    Bovinophobia is the excessive (and often irrational) fear of cows or cattle. The word originates from Latin bovi meaning ox or cattle and Greek phobos meaning fear. Its alternative terms are Taurophobia, where tauro is Latin for bull. People with Bovinophobia cannot stand thinking about or being around cows or cattle. Thankfully, most urban places do not have these animals. Cattle are generally only seen on farms and unlike other phobias, the person suffering from Bovinophobia is not afraid of cows or bulls all of the time. Thus, the phobia should not really interfere with one’s day to day…
  • Fear of Being Watched Phobia – Scopophobia

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Scopophobia or Scoptophobia is the fear of being watched or stared at. It originates from the Greek word ‘skopein’ which means “to look or to examine” and phobos meaning “deep dread or aversion”. The degree to which a person suffers from Scopophobia can vary: some are so affected by it that they are afraid of “being watched” all the time. Still others may be Agoraphobic in that; they refuse to step outdoors as they feel they would be stared at by strangers (which makes them want to flee or hide). In either case, the phobics experience a full blown panic attack at the mere…
  • Fear of Earthquakes Phobia – Seismophobia

    16 Jan 2015 | 12:45 am
    There are hundreds of thousands of phobias and Seismophobia is one of the most common ones if you live in a seismic hazard zone. It is defined as the extreme, often irrational fear of earthquakes. The word ‘Seismophobia’ originates from Greek ‘seismo’ meaning famine, earthquakes or wars and ‘Phobos’ the Greek God of fear. To an extent we all fear earthquakes which are natural calamities over which one has no control. They also cause huge destruction of life and property. In case of people with extreme Seismophobia, the fear interferes with their daily lives. Many sufferers also…
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  • Evolutionary Psychology

    Loi Liang Yang
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    When you see that beautiful lady walking down the streets, you cannot help but become fixated into her presence. At the same time, when you converse with a powerful gentleman, you cannot help but become attracted into his persona. In those moments, hard-wired attraction switches get triggered and we inevitably become drawn into their demeanour. In fact, the rationalities behind our actions can be unveiled through the intense study of evolutionary psychology. The post Evolutionary Psychology appeared first on Kissless Love.
  • Art Is A Form Of Higher Function

    Loi Liang Yang
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:06 am
    Art is subjective and the quality of its work is very difficult, if not, impossible to measure. Yet, artworks continue to sell at exorbitant prices. There are social reasons and functions for the purchase of these work from a sociological lens. Not only does art serve as an expression of oneself in an abstract manner, it is also used as a vehicle to portray certain social status. The post Art Is A Form Of Higher Function appeared first on Kissless Love.
  • Thinking Is An Action

    Loi Liang Yang
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    Thinking does not occur in a foreign place outside of your entity. Thinking stems from a desire of the mind. Like how all great ideas first began within you, and then later through massive actions, those thinking then serves as a reality for others... The post Thinking Is An Action appeared first on Kissless Love.
  • Tremendous Power Lies In Your Hands

    Loi Liang Yang
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    “Tremendous power lies in your hands whether you’re a king or a slave.” -Kai Greene All that has happened in our lives is simply a result of our actions. We have tremendous control over how... The post Tremendous Power Lies In Your Hands appeared first on Kissless Love.
  • Dark Side Of Psychology

    Loi Liang Yang
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:36 am
    A close of mine went to the doctor recently and was prescribed a pill that could get his immunity system down and become virally infected. Initially, I thought he was joking about that form... The post Dark Side Of Psychology appeared first on Kissless Love.
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    Amy Bucher, Ph.D.

  • January Happiness: Remove What Drains Your Energy

    Amy Bucher
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    The new year is supposed to be a time of renewal and motivation, but I’ve always struggled with it. I hate the cold, and early sunsets, and having my workouts impeded by all of the resolution runners. It’s not a good head space for me to make positive changes. In her book The Happiness Project, Gretchen … Continue reading January Happiness: Remove What Drains Your Energy →
  • When Emotions Drive Health Behaviors

    Amy Bucher
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    From a rational perspective, being healthy isn’t complicated. You need to move often, eat lots of vegetables, and sleep regularly. Put into practice, health is a challenge for most people. Whether it’s an unhealthy attachment to your couch, an inability to say no to potato chips, or a tv addiction that keeps you up late, … Continue reading When Emotions Drive Health Behaviors →
  • Healthier Body, Happier Mind: The Many Benefits of Volunteer Work

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:02 am
    It should come as no surprise that giving of yourself to help others is a good thing, not just for the people who receive your help, but even more so for you. In fact, Stephanie Brown and colleagues found that in terms of the health and happiness benefits, you’re better off being the one extending help … Continue reading Healthier Body, Happier Mind: The Many Benefits of Volunteer Work →
  • Procrastination May Be In Your Genes, But You Can Still Overcome It With These Tips

    Amy Bucher
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    I used to be a terrible procrastinator in college. You could typically find me awake until dawn the night before a paper was due, steadily putting words to page. It wasn’t that I didn’t care about my schoolwork; I did, deeply. It was more that I had trouble denying myself the everyday pleasures of college … Continue reading Procrastination May Be In Your Genes, But You Can Still Overcome It With These Tips →
  • Boston Marathon Week 6 Training Recap: The Week Where I Try Not to Complain About the !#$&!^@ Weather

    Amy Bucher
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    I was thinking it would be fun if every week my Boston Marathon training had a theme, but honestly, at least for January and February, every week’s theme would be some form of complaint about the weather. Not only am I not a cold person anyway (which you may have guessed from my tendency to … Continue reading Boston Marathon Week 6 Training Recap: The Week Where I Try Not to Complain About the !#$&!^@ Weather →
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  • Being non-judgmental: How to really stop judging others

    Hanan Parvez
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Many people advise others to be non-judgmental. Truly enlightened people, they say, never judge others. But they never provide you with a viable psychological method to do just that. I agree that we shouldn't judge others but the way our mind is designed makes it hard for us to do so. We like to quickly label others when we see them act in a certain way, without really bothering to dig deeper and understand the reasons behind their behaviour. It saves time, energy and makes us feel good about ourselves!In this post, I’ll tell you how to really become non-judgmental by providing your mind…
  • Unconscious surrender: The last hurdle in conquering your habits

    Hanan Parvez
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Bad habits are often triggered when you are feeling bad and the sole purpose of a bad habit is to give you a temporary ‘dose of pleasure’ so that you can cope with your badfeelings. Also, there are some subtle situational triggers that can trigger your bad habits. Armed with this knowledge, you can conquer any habit that you want but there’s still one last factor that can hold you back.Unconscious surrender‘Unconscious surrender’ is the last hurdle that many people fail to overcome when they are trying to change their habits. So what does this ‘unconscious surrender’ mean and…
  • The concept of the 'ideal self' and its effect on happiness

    Hanan Parvez
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:58 pm
    There are essentially three components of self-concept:Ideal self- the way a person wants to beReal self- the way a person sees himselfPublic self- the way a person thinks others see himIn some situations, the real self and the pubic self might overlap i.e. the way you see yourself might be the same as the way you think others see you. However, our main focus in this post will be on the ‘ideal self’.      All of us are constantly trying to reach an ‘ideal self’, the best that we can be. From time to time, we picture ourselves as this ‘ideal self’ who has achieved…
  • Why identity crisis happens and what you can do to prevent it

    Hanan Parvez
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:54 pm
    We have many identities that we acquire as a result of our past experiences. Some of these identities we like and some we don’t. Identity crisis happens when a person losesa psychological identity, when he loses a way he used to define himself. It can be both an identity that he liked or didn't like, but in most cases an identity crisis is often the result of losing an identity that served to increase a person’s self-worth, an identity that he liked.Identity and the egoWe usually suffer from an identity crisis when we lose an identity that we were using to feed our ego with. The purpose…
  • How our psychological wounds can make us dislike our looks

    Hanan Parvez
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:05 pm
    We all develop some psychological wounds as we go through our childhood and teenage. Even if parents, teachers and other caregivers did their best to raise a child inhealthy circumstances, still there are many societal influences that cannot be escaped.        Childhood and teenage are crucial periods in the psychological development of a person. It is during this time that he gets to develop his self-concept and identity. It is during this time that his psyche gets loaded with emotional wounds as a result of the experiences that he goes through. When a person steps out of…
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