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Coincidence or Conspiracy? Studies Investigate Conspiracist Thinking
In pop culture, conspiracy believers 8212 like FBI agent Fox Mulder on The X Files or professor Robert Langdon in The Da Vinci Code 8212 tend to reject the notion of coincidence or chance even the most random-seeming events are thought to result from some sort of intention or design. And researchers have suggested that such a bias against randomness may explain real-world conspiracy beliefs. But new research from psychological scientists at the University ...
Psychological Science - Tue. Oct 6
Could Your Cellphone Be Harming Your Love Life?
Spending too much time on your cellphone can take a toll on your love life, a new study finds. Baylor University researchers surveyed more than 450 American adults to define and gauge the impact of what they called phubbing partner phone snubbing . That s when people use or get distracted by cellphones while in their partner s company. What we discovered was that when someone perceived that their partner phubbed them, this created conflict and led to lower ...
Healthday - Tue. Oct 6
Do You Blame a Higher Power When You Get Sick?
Feeling abandoned or persecuted by a higher power could be bad for your health, new research suggests. Counseling people to overcome such negative spiritual beliefs could help decrease pain in some and improve their overall health, according to the study authors. In general, the more religious or spiritual you are, the healthier you are, which makes sense, author Brick Johnstone, a neuropsychologist and professor of health psychology at the University of M ...
Healthday - Tue. Oct 6
Face-to-Face Contact May Beat Email, Phone for Staving Off Depression
While your days may be filled with electronic communications, a new study suggests that face-to-face contact might have more power to keep depression at bay -- at least if you re older. The research doesn t prove that personal conversations are more valuable than email and phone calls. Still, study author Dr. Alan Teo, a staff psychiatrist at VA Portland Health Care System in Oregon, is convinced there s a connection. Meeting friends and family face-to-fac ...
Healthday - Tue. Oct 6
Children in Foster Homes Need Better Health Care
The U.S. foster care system needs to do a better job of providing consistent, quality health care to children living in foster homes, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics AAP says. Children in foster care have been removed from their families due to abuse and or neglect, so they ve suffered trauma -- whether physical or emotional -- and they often have health conditions that have been inconsistently treated or not addressed at all, accordin ...
Healthday - Mon. Sep 28
Whatever Happened to Assertiveness Training?
My fellow blogger over at BehaveNet had an interesting entry on 4 23 of this year about a consultant coming in to talk to a psychiatric hospital staff about physician burnout . The consultant suggested that the psychiatric staff consider using mindfulness techniques to basically chill out about all the stresses they are under. I have said before that mindfulness techniques can be very helpful in learning to stay relaxed when one is subjected to either comm ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Sep 28
Are Diesel Cars Responsible for Rising Rates of Autism?
Since Volkswagen, the world s largest automobile manufacturer, admitted that it misled U.S. regulators in exhaust emissions tests, repercussions continue to be extensive. The BBC News now reports that Switzerland has temporarily banned the sale of Volkswagen diesel-engine models which could be connected with the emission tests scandal, while concerns are now being raised that other car makers may be implicated.
Psychology Today - Mon. Sep 28
How to Fight Better
A recent study about how well couples resolve fights found that how we begin a conflict is much more important than how we end it Gottman, Driver amp Tabares, 2015 . What the researchers called pre-emptive repair, which involves setting a positive tone in the first 3 minutes of conflict, was decidedly the most effective contribution a partner could make toward conflict resolution.
Psychology Today - Mon. Sep 28
Chemical exposure linked to rising diabetes, obesity risk
Washington, DC--Emerging evidence ties endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure to two of the biggest public health threats facing society - diabetes and obesity, according to the executive summary of an upcoming Scientific Statement issued today by the Endocrine Society. The statement s release comes as Society experts are addressing a global meeting, the International Conference on Chemicals Management ICCM4 , in Geneva, Switzerland, on the importance of u ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Sep 28
Weight loss surgery offers new hope to children and adolescents with Prader-Wi...
New York, NY, September 28, 2015 -Obesity is a leading cause of complications and death in children suffering from Prader-Willi syndrome PWS , yet there are few effective treatment options for these patients. In a new study published in Surgery for Obesity and Related Disease researchers found that bariatric surgery, specifically laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy LSG , resulted in substantial weight loss with no apparent adverse effect on growth in a small g ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Sep 28
Best way to prepare fat cells for grafting? The jury's still out...
September 28, 2015 - Fat grafting--taking fat from one area of the body and transferring it elsewhere--has become a widely used plastic surgery technique. But what s the best method of processing cells for fat grafting procedures Available research data still can t settle that long-running debate, according to a review in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reg , the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons A ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Sep 28
Early exposure to tobacco as a cause of behavioral problems in children
This news release is available in French . Researchers from Inserm and Pierre and Marie Curie University UPMC , in collaboration with the university hospitals of 6 French cities, have analysed data on pre- and postnatal exposure to tobacco in the homes of 5,200 primary school children. They show that this exposure is associated with a risk of behavioural disorders in children, particularly emotional and conduct disorders. The association is stronger when e ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Sep 28
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