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Baby Talking "Good Dog" Works For Building Social Bonds
I spend numerous hours at dog parks and other venues watching dogs and humans interact and listening to how the people talk with their own and other dogs. While I can t estimate precisely the percentage of these discussions that reek of baby-talk, they occur frequently enough to attract my attention, and I often wonder if there s any reason why people baby-talk to dogs and if this really works to bond humans with the dogs. Thus, I was glad to see a new stu ...
Psychology Today - Thu. Mar 8
How Negative, Repetitive Thoughts Relate to Procrastination
Procrastination is best understood as an emotion-focused coping strategy. We use task avoidance to escape negative emotions associated with a task e.g., frustration, boredom, stress , anxiety . As colleagues have explained so well before, we give in to feel good , prioritizing the management of aversive mood states over our goal pursuit. When we feel bad in relation to a task at hand, we re more likely to procrastinate in an effort to feel better. Of cours ...
Psychology Today - Thu. Mar 8
Preschoolers exposed to nighttime light lack melatonin
Exposing preschoolers to an hour of bright light before bedtime almost completely shuts down their production of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin and keeps it suppressed for at least 50 minutes after lights out, according to new University of Colorado Boulder research. The study, published today in the journal Physiological Reports , is the first to assess the hormonal impact nighttime light exposure can have on young children. The study comes at a ti ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Mar 8
Our circadian clock sets the rhythm for our cells' powerhouses
Countless genetically controlled clocks tick inside different parts of our bodies, such as the liver, kidneys and heart. Among other things, they initiate many metabolic processes, ensuring that these occur at the optimal time of day. Mitochondria - small organelles that exist in almost all our cells and supply them with energy - play an important role in these cellular processes. Until now, it was unclear how exactly the 24-hour circadian rhythm regulated ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Mar 8
Cueing newly learned information in sleep improves memory, and here's how
Scientists have long known that sleep plays an important role in the formation and retention of new memories. That process of memory consolidation is associated with sudden bursts of oscillatory brain activity, called sleep spindles, which can be visualized and measured on an electroencephalogram EEG . Now researchers reporting in Current Biology on March 8 have found that sleep spindles also play a role in strengthening new memories when newly learned inf ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Mar 8
Memories can be decoded from brain waves during sleep, say researchers
Scientific study has already shown that memories are better remembered after sleep than wakefulness. Recently acquired information is thought to be reactivated and strengthened in the sleeping brain. The researchers, in collaboration with scientists at the University of Birmingham, have now demonstrated that there is a particular pattern of brain activity that supports this reactivation process. Sleep spindles, the short bursts of activity in the brain dur ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Mar 8
How does resolving cannabis problems differ from problems with alcohol or othe...
Individuals who report having resolved a problem with cannabis use appear to have done so at younger ages than those who resolved problems with alcohol or other drugs, report investigators from the Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital MGH . While study participants also were much less likely to use any formal sources of assistance or support in resolving problems with cannabis than those whose problems were with other substances, t ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Mar 8
Researchers use health data to predict who will use opioids after hospitalizat...
Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are working to develop statistical models to better predict which patients will be prescribed opioid medications long-term following discharge from a hospital stay. Opioids are commonly prescribed in the hospital but little is known about which patients will progress to chronic opioid therapy following discharge. In the U.S. last year, more than 63,000 people died of a drug overdose, with op ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Mar 8
We're not addicted to smartphones, we're addicted to social interaction
A new study of dysfunctional use of smart technology finds that the most addictive smartphone functions all share a common theme they tap into the human desire to connect with other people. The findings, published in Frontiers in Psychology , suggest that smartphone addiction could be hyper-social, not anti-social. There is a lot of panic surrounding this topic, says Professor Samuel Veissi 232 re , from the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, C ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Mar 8
8 Small But Meaningful Things To Do For Your S.O. If They're Depressed
Depression , especially high-functioning depression , often goes unrecognized, unseen and undiagnosed. But if you re in a relationship with someone suffering from depression, you see that person at their most vulnerable and know just how heavy their burden is every day. What s the best way to support a partner dealing with depression and encourage them to get treatment Below, therapists share eight small but meaningful things you can start doing. 1. Adjust ...
Huffington Post - Thu. Mar 8
29 Things People Said That Were Actually Code for 'I'm Anxious'
29 Things People Said That Were Actually Code for I m Anxious was published on The Mighty . Written by Haley Quinn Anxiety can sometimes make you feel trapped freezing you in your tracks as the rest of the world continues to spin. On the outside, people may think you look fine, but on the inside, it s a different story. It can be incredibly difficult to effectively communicate what s going on and what you need when you re in the throes of anxiety. It can s ...
Huffington Post - Thu. Mar 8
10 Things We Keep Getting Wrong About Gun Violence
Experts say one of the most pervasive misconceptions about mental illness is that perpetrators of America s all-too-common mass shootings have mental health issues. It s no surprise why that stereotype persists Politicians often bring up mental health reform following tragedies. Public figures discuss mental illness and gun violence on social media, inaccurately linking the two. A 2016 study also found that more than a third of stories in the media connect ...
Huffington Post - Thu. Mar 8
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