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Optimism and Anxiety Change the Structure of Your Brain
A fascinating new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has identified that healthy adults who have a larger orbitofrontal cortex OFC tend to have less anxious and more optimistic. This study offers the first evidence that optimism may play a mediating role in the relationship between the size of the OFC and a person s level of anxiety. The September 2015 study, Optimism and the Brain Trait Optimism Mediates the Protective Role of the O ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Sep 23
5 Reasons Why Poverty Reduces Self-Control
When considering poverty, our national conversation often turns to its origins. It is natural for us to look for attributes of a person that led him or her to poverty, such as poor self-control . David Brooks of the New York Times, for instance, placed the blame on poor people s lack of virtue . Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Congressman Paul Ryan argues that poor people s individual choices are at fault. Bad choices can certainly be a factor in pover ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Sep 23
Why Study Coincidences? Part 2
I study coincidences because they are fascinating. I study them because I ve discovered they are useful in ways most people never considered. Once you become aware of them, you realize what a ubiquitous part of life they are. They are intertwined with so many of the things we hold to be important. In Part 1, I looked at how coincidences are used in career development and in finding just what you need when you need it. Now, I ll explore how they help with p ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Sep 23
Macho Macho Men
It s no secret that men and women differ from each other physiologically in fact it s rather obvious. However, why these differences exist in the first place is often less clear. One aspect of these physiological differences that I study is the evolution of male facial shape. In contrast to females, males tend to have physically larger heads, with exaggerated jaw lines, thicker brows and heavier set features. It s not only the case that male faces differ f ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Sep 23
Why Are There So Many Mattress Stores in America?
One of my MBA students who recently moved to Houston from Europe was genuinely puzzled by the preponderance of mattress stores she found here. She said that in America, there appear to be more mattress stores than there are Starbucks shops. And this is saying something because the city of Houston alone has 135 Starbucks stores not counting those in its numerous and far-flung suburbs . She wondered whether the dense incidence of mattress stores said somethi ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Sep 23
Around the world, those treated for addiction far more likely to smoke
People in addiction treatment programs around the world use tobacco at two to three times the rate of people who are not being treated for addiction, according to a review of research studies from 20 countries other than the United States. The review, led by Joseph R. Guydish, PhD, a UC San Francisco professor of medicine and health policy, was published on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 in the journal Addiction . When people come into treatment for drugs and alc ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 23
Study suggests same-sex couples face more obstacles to infertility treatment
CHICAGO -- Same-sex couples encounter more obstacles to treatment for infertility than opposite-sex couples, suggests a new study that will be presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association ASA . For example, same-sex couples often must undergo psychological evaluations before being treated for infertility -- a process that is not normally required for opposite-sex couples, said study author Ann V. Bell, an assistant profess ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 23
New clues on the history of the smallpox vaccine virus
Smallpox - simply hearing the word evokes images of countless people suffering gruesome deaths throughout recorded history. Known scientifically as variola, the virus had 30 percent mortality rate and survivors were branded with pox scars for life. For millennia, physicians often did more harm than good. Smallpox victims were bled, poked with golden needles, kept in overheated rooms while febrile, and the list goes on. At best, the treatments were uncomfor ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 23
Most states don't think ignition interlock is severe enough punishment
LAWRENCE -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates intoxicated drivers involved in fatal crashes are six times more likely to have a prior DUI conviction than drivers with no alcohol in their system. Ignition interlock devices that prevent DUI convicted drivers from operating their vehicles if their blood contains a certain level of alcohol are associated with a 70 percent reduction in arrest rates for impaired driving, according to t ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 23
Eating more fruits and non-starchy vegetables is associated with less weight g...
Increased consumption of fruits and non-starchy vegetables is inversely associated with weight change, according to a study published this week in PLOS Medicine . The longitudinal study, conducted by Monica Bertoia of Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham Women s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, and colleagues, shows differences by type of fruit or vegetable, suggesting that characteristics of these foods influence the strength of their as ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 23
New research suggests not all trans fatty acids are bad for you
New evidence suggests that low levels of trans fatty acids TFAs may not be as harmful to human health as previously thought, even if industrially produced, and may even be beneficial if they occur naturally in foods such as dairy and meat products, according to a study published today Wednesday in the European Heart Journal [1]. Artificial TFAs occur when oil goes through a process of hydrogenation, which makes the oil more solid. They are used as ingredie ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 23
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