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Preschoolers' reading skills benefit from one modest change by teachers

Preschoolers' reading skills benefit from one modest change by teachers | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
A small change in how teachers and parents read aloud to preschoolers may provide a big boost to their reading skills later on, a new study found.
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Critical Thinking is Not for Cocktail Parties

Critical Thinking is Not for Cocktail Parties | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Here's what happened when I brought up Daniel Kahneman's book "Thinking, Fast and Slow" at a cocktail party recently. I found out he was right about a few things . . .

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So you think autism is nothing to joke about? "Asperger's Are Us" doesn't care

So you think autism is nothing to joke about? "Asperger's Are Us" doesn't care | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Britton, Hanke and the other two members of Asperger's Are Us don't care who thinks they're weird. Or even funny. They think they're hilarious. And if others don't laugh, who's the one with the disability?

"You don't want to rely on academics to tell you whether something is funny," says Simon Baron-Cohen, a leading autism researcher in England and cousin to comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. "Ultimately you want to look at the audience response."

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Kids Get More Active When Given More Toy Choices, Studies Show

Kids Get More Active When Given More Toy Choices, Studies Show | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
In an age when even preschoolers have electronic toys and devices, many parents wonder how to get their children to be more physically active. Now, two studies published by University at Buffalo researchers provide some answers.
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Being happy 'protects the heart'

Being happy 'protects the heart' | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Being cheerful may protect against heart problems and much more.

 

 

[~via Prakash Sebastian.]

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Depressed Moms May Wake Sleeping Babies Unnecessarily

Depressed Moms May Wake Sleeping Babies Unnecessarily | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Previous studies had found a link between depression in moms and disturbed sleep in babies, and some researchers had suggested that infants' who slept poorly could affect their mothers' mental health. But the new study shows that it was most likely the mothers' behavior, and not the infants, that played the larger role in the link, the researchers said.

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How Outside Stress Affects Family Relationships

How Outside Stress Affects Family Relationships | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

People often continue to react to a stressful event long after it has occurred and may find themselves nursing too many work wounds at home as a result. How does the fallout affect family relationships?

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Babies Are Needy—Does That Bug You? | Psychology Today

Babies Are Needy—Does That Bug You? | Psychology Today | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Babies are not plants. They are social creatures. Infants are born expecting constant compassionate, responsive care, constant physical companionship and interpersonal communication.

 

 

 

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"Thinking, Fast and Slow" shows intuition isn't everything in making good decisions

"Thinking, Fast and Slow" shows intuition isn't everything in making good decisions | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

[G. Stepp: I wrote a review of this book a month or so ago--due out soon and will post a link to it here when it goes up.]

 

We like to think of ourselves as rational beings, capable of making objective decisions about life. The truth, says Daniel Kahneman, is that we have some faulty wiring in our ability to make judgments and choices.

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People: Who Needs Them?

People: Who Needs Them? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Pop psychologists freely use words such as introvert and extravert. But as Curt and Anne Bartol point out, two out of every three people will score in the ‘average’ range on the extraversion dimension, thus disqualifying them from studies based on extraversion and introversion. Roughly 16 percent of the population are extraverts, and another 16 percent introverts, and the remainder (68 percent) are ambiverts.

 

It may be tempting to think of extraversion and introversion as two sides of a coin—that each of us is either one or the other—but this is simply not the case.

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Adela Rubio mentions me on FaceBook
 

Was chatting with my friend Roy Montero the other day and he mentioned a term I'd never heard... ambivert. Care to elaborate, Roy?
 

http://www.FaceBook.com/adelarubio/posts/10151782572998421

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Are humans too optimistic for their own good?

Are humans too optimistic for their own good? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

[G. Stepp: The short answer is "No." I hate headlines like this because it's not really a matter of "too" or "not enough." Judging from the levels of anxiety and depression in Western  societies, most people could probably stand to use their capacity for positive bias to greater effect. Negative bias contributes greatly to depression and anxiety. But there is a trick to knowing when to curb which biases, and finding it begins with "metacognition," a fancy word  for "thinking about how you're thinking."]

 

 

We humans are a hopeful bunch — so hopeful, in fact, that our views of the future are often irrationally positive. But at what point does unflagging optimism become detrimental to our progress and success?

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Dirty kids are healthy kids - the Hygiene Hypothesis

Dirty kids are healthy kids - the Hygiene Hypothesis | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Here's a concept that most parents will find a little hard to believe:
new research shows that it's possible kids can be too clean.

[G. Stepp: Actually . . . of my three children, the one with the highest resistance to illness is the one who licked the filthy inside of a McDonald's window when she was three. Not that I'm recommending that avenue to parents. Personally, I felt ill for three days after watching her do it.]


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Your left side is your best side: Our left cheek shows more emotion, which observers find more aesthetically pleasing

Your left side is your best side: Our left cheek shows more emotion, which observers find more aesthetically pleasing | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Your best side may be your left cheek, according to a new study: possibly due to the fact that we present a greater intensity of emotion on the left side of our face.

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» Mortality Awareness Can Lead to Living Better Life - Psych Central News

» Mortality Awareness Can Lead to Living Better Life - Psych Central News | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that thinking of death, or acknowledging human frailty, can help re-prioritize goals and values.
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Excessive worrying may be as beneficial to human survival as intelligence

Excessive worrying may be as beneficial to human survival as intelligence | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Worrying may have developed along with intelligence as a beneficial trait, according to scientists. "While excessive worry is generally seen as a negative trait and high intelligence as a positive one, worry may cause our species to avoid dangerous situations, regardless of how remote a possibility they may be," said Dr. Coplan. "In essence, worry may make people 'take no chances,' and such people may have higher survival rates. Thus, like intelligence, worry may confer a benefit upon the species."

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Lack of sleep is linked to obesity, new evidence shows

Lack of sleep is linked to obesity, new evidence shows | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Can lack of sleep make you fat? A new paper which reviews the evidence from sleep restriction studies reveals that inadequate sleep is linked to obesity.
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Freakonomics » The Myth of Common Sense: Why The Social World Is Less Obvious Than It Seems

Freakonomics » The Myth of Common Sense: Why The Social World Is Less Obvious Than It Seems | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

"Social scientists have struggled with all these questions for generations, and continue to do so. Yet many people feel they could answer these questions themselves—simply by examining their own experience. Unlike problems in physics and biology, therefore, where we need experts to tell us what is true, when the topic is human or social behavior, we’re all “experts,” so we trust our own opinions at least as much as we trust those of social scientists.

Nor is this tendency necessarily a bad reaction—any theory should be consistent with empirical reality, and in the case of social science, that reality includes everyday experience. But not everything about the social world is transparent from common sense alone—in part because not everything that seems like common sense turns out to be true, and in part because common sense is extremely good at making the world seem more orderly than it really is."

 

 

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The Misperception of Sexual Interest: Men overestimate, Women Underestimate

The Misperception of Sexual Interest: Men overestimate, Women Underestimate | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

"As predicted, men significantly overperceived the sexual interest of their conversation partners. Also as predicted, women significantly underperceived the sexual interest of their partners. Essentially, men who rated themselves as more attractive were more likely to overperceive women’s sexual interest. The more attractive the men actually were to women, however, the more likely they were to underperceive women’s sexual interest.

Most previous research has focused on men’s misperceptions of women’s sexual interest; the current study suggests that women also misperceive men’s interest, but with a bias opposite to that exhibited by men. Whether this underperception bias is a true cognitive bias or a reporting bias remains to be determined.

 

Despite the positive correlations between women’s self-ratings of attractiveness and men’s ratings of women’s attractiveness, women’s self-ratings were not correlated with women’s tendency to be sexually misperceived. This finding suggests that in their judgments of women’s attractiveness, men may take into account some traits that women ignore when rating themselves, and that the degree to which women possess these traits may be positively correlated with women’s tendency to be sexually misperceived. For example, sexual accessibility and exploitability (Buss & Duntley, 2008) are traits that men may find attractive but that women would not necessarily incorporate into their self-ratings."

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The science of attachment parenting

The science of attachment parenting | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
What scientific studies reveal about attachment parenting.

 

[Following the curation rules, identifying my own comments-GS: I think what hurts this "cause" is that some in the "movement" are separating it as a "movement," or "cause" or something outside the norm. I get that identifying it as a "movement" may bring attention, but it also antagonizes others. "Attachment parenting" is a name that got "attached" to a common sense, evidence-based understanding. It's not meant to be as regimented as some make it, so please don't be put off by it. Children need the connections that are encouraged by these folks. Seriously. Generations of children that were sent off to boarding school so their parents could freely live their own lives should have taught us that much! How much resilience did their kids grow up with?) Okay. Off my soapbox.]

 

 

 


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The science of smiling

The science of smiling | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Computers may be able to read human emotions in the very near future, according to the researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Do Women Make More Romantic Compromises Than Men Do? | Psychology Today

Do Women Make More Romantic Compromises Than Men Do? | Psychology Today | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

An important factor in determining the readiness to make romantic compromises is how prepared we are to marry those we do not love. An overwhelming majority of people (over 85% of Americans) said that they would not marry someone with whom they were not in love and about 50% of Americans believe that they have the right to seek a divorce when their love fades (Fisher, 2004). While these attitudes express the profound wish of people not to compromise in love and to combine romantic love with marriage, many people nevertheless make romantic compromises. Are there gender differences in this regard? By Aaron Ben-Zeév, Ph.D

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6 Lesser Known Eating Disorders

6 Lesser Known Eating Disorders | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Anorexia and bulimia are not the only eating disorders, doctors warn. There's also Orthorexia (a fixation with healthy or "righteous" eating), Pregorexia (extreme dieting while pregnant), and a host of others.

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I had no idea that there were more than just two eating disorder. 

Jacob Beck's curator insight, February 27, 2014 3:32 PM

Many people in the world mainly think that there is one main eating disorder. But really there are more eating disorders are there. There are new ones every year. this article shows a list of the new eating disorders. 

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Dealing with infertility is a complicated journey of options and decisions

Dealing with infertility is a complicated journey of options and decisions | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
When you cannot become a parent without outside help, making decisions to deal with your longing is a complicated process.
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» Caffeine’s Effects On Your Thinking - World of Psychology

» Caffeine’s Effects On Your Thinking - World of Psychology | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Caffeine is the most widely consumed stimulant in the world.  But what are caffeine’s effects on our thinking? Is it helping or hindering our thought processes? Let’s find out…

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