Imagine a person is terrified of dogs because they once suffered a terrible bite. Following long-established techniques, their psychologist might gradually expose them to dogs in a safe setting, until their fear gradually faded away. This “exposure therapy” can be effective but it has some ...
Date Posted: December 9, 2016
The stress hormone cortisol strengthens memories of scary experiences. However, it is effective not only while the memory is being formed for the first time, but also later when people look back at an experience while the memory reconsolidates. ...
Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD, Stress ...GO
For some athletes and for many people who run, jog, cycle, lift weights and otherwise exercise, music is not superfluous - it is essential to peak performance and a satisfying workout. New research clarifies why music and exercise make such a good ...
Categories: Health Psychology, Sports PsychologyGO
There are broadly two types of heterosexual mating strategies that humans pursue: short-term and the long-term mating strategy. Short-term mating strategy means forming brief relationships with multiple partners while long-term mating strategy means ...
Categories: Child DevelopmentGO
As human beings, we all know that we are going to die some day. Most of us deal with this knowledge by trying to live meaningful lives, but people with low self-esteem tend not to see their lives as particularly meaningful. Now, research suggests ...
Categories: Adult psychological development, Self-EsteemGO
Fear of confronting the tensions and conflicts brought on by existential concerns - the "big questions" of life - is linked with poorer mental health, including higher levels of depression, anxiety and difficulty regulating emotions, according to a ...
"Never go to bed on an argument," so the saying goes. And according to a new study, we should take note of this age-old advice. Researchers have found that going to sleep while still holding on to negative memories can make it harder to suppress ...
Categories: Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex ...GO
Dementia patients living in long-term care often have very low levels of activity, and this strongly contributes to a low quality of life, according to a new large-scale national study by the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre and Griffith ...
Women and men look at faces and absorb visual information in different ways, which suggests there is a gender difference in understanding visual cues, according to a team of scientists that included psychologists from Queen Mary University of London ...
Have you ever freaked out and forgotten everything you needed to know at the onset of an exam? A study published in the November 25, 2016 issue of the journal Science found clues to the link between anxiety and memory in test taking.
Insomnia is a common symptom of major depression, and yet sleep deprivation can be part of the solution for a patient seeking quick relief. Although it seems counterintuitive, an old and often forgotten approach to improving mood rapidly involves ...
Categories: Depression, Sleep DisordersGO
We tend to think of adult ageing as a time of losses: many aspects of our health and memory get worse. However, wellbeing and wisdom often show increases across the lifespan. How might the pattern of age-related gains and losses influence emotional ...
Categories: Adult psychological developmentGO
The bittersweet emotion increases feelings of vitality. On holidays, it's natural to feel a longing for times gone by—a childhood spent singing carols or meals spent with now departed loved ones. Recently scientists have explored the bittersweet ...
As humans, we can read all the brilliant self-help books and possess wisdom about relationships, yet so many of us still are hindered by toxicity. We are often scared to speak up to those who produce toxic vibes and are even more fearful of leaving ...
Categories: Antisocial personality, Personality problems, Relationships & ...GO
It's always comforting to think that people can change if they're given the right conditions. If, as the philosopher John Locke suggested, we are all born as "blank slates," any writing on these slates that occurs early in life should be modifiable. ...
Categories: Adult psychological development, Antisocial personality, Child and/or ...GO
People have struggled with habitual hesitation going back to ancient civilizations. The Greek poet Hesiod, writing around 800 B.C., cautioned not to "put your work off till tomorrow and the day after." The Roman consul Cicero called procrastination ...
Categories: Academic Issues, Other, Workplace IssuesGO