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Large Study Finds Pet Owners Are Different
You ve read the headlines Puppy Love Pet Owners Are Happier, Healthier and How Pets Save Us Billions Every Year In Health Care Costs It is true that a lot of studies have reported that pet owners have better physical and mental health than people who do not live with companion animals. But, as I have pointed out in previous Psychology Today posts, the results of this body of research have been mixed here and here . Further, we do not don t know whether get ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Jul 3
Theory of Mind: Understanding Others in a Social World
What is Theory of Mind The core concepts involved in Theory of Mind are beliefs, desires, and intentions, which are used to understand why someone acts in a certain way or to predict how someone will act Kloo et al., 2010 . Overall, Theory of Mind involves understanding another person s knowledge, beliefs, emotions, and intentions and using that understanding to navigate social situations. A commonly used task to measure Theory of Mind is a false-belief ta ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Jul 3
Memory Training Produces Lasting Effects
I first got interested in memory training at age 15 when my dad was a salesman for the Dale Carnegie leadership course, which included a section on memory training. My dad taught me some tricks that enabled me to memorize the gist of what was on every page of a magazine, by page number, in 30 minutes. I used to put on demonstrations for prospective enrollees. Before the recruitment meeting started, the leader would tell the audience, Everybody see Billy he ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Jul 3
Is Sexual Shame Worth Preserving?
In a recent video interview , advice columnist, author, political and sexual advocate Dan Savage questioned whether getting rid of sexual shaming is even possible. Further, he went on to question whether sexual shaming might sometimes be useful I ve recently begun a new project , NoMoreSexShame on Youtube, exploring how sexual shame has impacted people, and more so, how they overcame it. Dan Savage shared how he started his advice column Savage Love with t ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Jul 3
Who Looks Obese to You?
Whether someone considers you obese may depend on your gender, race and age, a new study finds. It looks like obesity is in the eye of the beholder, said study co-author Vida Maralani, an associate professor of sociology at Cornell University. People are judged differently depending on who they are. Too fat in the medical world is objective. You can measure it. But in the social world, it s not. It s subjective, Maralani said in a university news release. ...
Healthday - Mon. Jul 3
Increased air pollution cuts victims' lifespan by a decade, costing billions
Oxford, UK, July 3, 2017 - One of the benefits to cutting fossil fuel consumption is lowering air pollution. A new study in the August issue of Ecological Indicators shows that, on average, an increase in pollution particles in the air of 10 micrograms per cubic meter cuts victims life expectancy by 9-11 years - more than previously thought. But the estimated economic cost of this differs wildly between the US and the EU because of the calculations used. T ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jul 3
Finnish mothers discovered to have gene variants that protect them from pre-ec...
Researchers at the University of Helsinki, Finland, in cooperation with Professor John P. Atkinson s research group at the University of Washington and Professor Mark Daly s research group at the Broad Institute, have discovered that some Finnish mothers carry rare gene variants that protect them from pre-eclampsia, also known as toxaemia of pregnancy. This is the first time that mothers genotypes have been proven to contain factors that protect against pr ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jul 3
The secret connection between anxiety and sleep
You may have experienced sleepless nights when you were anxious, stressed or too excited. Such emotions are well-known to affect wakefulness and can even cause insomnia, though the underlying mechanisms in our brain have still been unclear. Scientists in the Sleep Institute in Japan spotted neurons that play crucial roles in connecting emotions and sleep, shedding light on the future discovery of drug targets for anxiety disorder and or sleep disorders. En ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jul 3
Study shows childhood psychiatric disorders increase risk for later adult addi...
Washington, DC, July 3, 2017 - Children s health and well-being while growing up can be indicators of the potential health issues they may encounter years later. A study published in the July 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry JAACAP suggests that a childhood psychiatric disorder increases the risk of developing addiction later in life. Based on a large amount of data from previous studies on these particip ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jul 3
What is the vagus nerve?
The vagus nerve is the longest and most complex of the 12 pairs of cranial nerves that emanate from the brain. It transmits information to or from the surface of the brain to tissues and organs elsewhere in the body.
Medical News Today - Sat. Jul 1
Disturbed sleep might worsen suicidal thoughts
Insomnia, nightmares, and erratic sleep times could be indicators of worsening suicidal thoughts among young adults, a new study suggests.
Medical News Today - Sat. Jul 1
Enough Talk of Bikini Bodies
I love summer. Sunshine and warm breezes. Green grass. Vacation. But every year, the transition from spring to summer is rudely interrupted by an outbreak of advertisements and click-bait articles reminding women, Game of Thrones-style, that bikini season is coming. The message is clear. Be afraid. Be ashamed. And fight that fear and shame by pouring time, money, and energy into fast-fix weight loss schemes that are unlikely to lead to any long-term change ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Jul 1
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