Can you spot a psychopath in the making?

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. ...

Nov 29

Categories: Adult psychological development, Antisocial personality, Child and/or ...

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Why Wait? The Science Behind Procrastination

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 ...

Nov 29

Categories: Academic Issues, Other, Workplace Issues

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Body Mass, Inflammation, and Cognition – What is the strongest ...

Body mass index (BMI) has been linked to inflammation, and systemic inflammation has been linked to decreased cognition. Now, a new study directly links a high BMI to lower cognitive functioning. The current study, published in the journal Brain, ...

Nov 28

Categories: Cognitive Problems Amnesia / Dementia, Health Psychology

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Some children are extra sensitive to parenting style, bad and good

Just over ten years ago, a fascinating journal article argued that some children are like orchids – they don’t just wither in response to a harsh upbringing, they also flourish in a positive environment, unlike their “dandelion” peers who ...

Nov 28

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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With Thanks in the Brain

What happens in your brain when you experience gratitude? A study last year set out to determine the neural correlates of gratitude using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Nov 26

Categories: Happiness

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Who’s Top Monkey? How Social Status Affects Immune Health

Research on rhesus macaques finds that social interactions can influence immune system health. Specifically, social hierarchies among rhesus macaques give rise to differences in their ability to respond to bacterial and viral invaders. This has ...

Nov 26

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Health Psychology

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Walking lifts your mood, even when you don’t expect it to

The mere act of putting one foot in front of the other for a few minutes has a significant beneficial impact on our mood, regardless of where we do it, why we do it, or what effect we expect the walk to have. That’s according to a pair of ...

Nov 25

Categories: Sports Psychology

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Best Strategy to Manage Stress Depends on the Person

Stress is inevitably common in our lives and everyone equip a different coping strategy to deal with stressful events deemed fit for themselves. Some people may use coping strategies more than others. There are three techniques for keeping ...

Nov 25

Categories: Stress Management

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Anxiety raises risk of dementia

People who experienced high anxiety any time in their lives had a 48%t higher risk of developing dementia compared to those who had not, according to a new study led by USC researchers. The study sample involved data collected over 28 years from ...

Nov 24

Categories: Anxiety, Cognitive Problems Amnesia / Dementia, Dementia

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How Nutrition May Feed Mental Health

Good nutrition has long been viewed as a cornerstone of physical health, but research is increasingly showing diet's effect on mental health, as well. Psychology researchers are taking different approaches to understand the many ways in which ...

Nov 24

Categories: Health Psychology

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Art can heal PTSD's invisible wounds

Nov 23

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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It's Surprisingly Easy to Become an Optimistic Person

Take the next five minutes and imagine yourself in the future. This future self is doing wonderfully. You have worked hard and it is really paying off. You’re achieving all you set out to do. Everything has turned out in the best way possible. ...

Nov 23

Categories: Positive Psychology

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Weight-loss psychology: how your brain is preventing you from losing ...

Despite the fact that 77% of Americans are trying to lose weight, nearly 70% of all Americans are obese or overweight. Given the inability of the majority of us to manage our weight, are we all just weak-willed slackers? Or are other factors ...

Nov 22

Categories: Eating Disorders, Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Self-Love

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Young bosses supervising older workers fosters resentment, harms ...

Places of work have become fairer thanks to their embrace of meritocracy: the idea that the best person for the job is the right person for the job. Formal assessment processes, for example, help ensure that interviews are granted on merit, rather ...

Nov 22

Categories: Workplace Issues

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Why it's hard to talk and make eye contact at the same time

When someone’s talking to you, have you noticed how they seem to keep breaking off eye contact, as if finding it hard to both talk and look you in the eye at the same time? Similarly, when you’re explaining something to someone or telling them a ...

Nov 21

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