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Nobel prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman: 'A great deal of prejudice is built-in' – video

Comment is free interviews: Nobel laureate and father of behavioural economics, Daniel Kahneman, on the cognitive biases that affect our decision-making.

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They Met on the Psych Ward | Psychology Today

They Met on the Psych Ward | Psychology Today | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

An unusual wedding invitation arrived in my mailbox recently. Two former psychiatric patients in my practice—I will call them Sam and Patty—are getting married.

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WHO: Dementia cases worldwide will triple by 2050

WHO: Dementia cases worldwide will triple by 2050 | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

In the last few decades, dementia has become a major public health issue in rich countries. But with populations in poor and middle-income countries projected to grow and age rapidly over the coming decades, WHO appealed for greater public awareness and better support programs everywhere.

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Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth -- visualized

http://www.ted.com Image-maker Alexander Tsiaras shares a powerful medical visualization, showing human development from conception to birth and beyond.

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Pursuit of Happiness: Your Behavior

Pursuit of Happiness: Your Behavior | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

But people with happy brains have their parents to thank, to a certain extent, not only for happy genes, but also for loving childhoods. Studies have shown that angry or critical parents can actually alter a child's happiness level until it's set around age 16. But can adults adjust their own feelings of happiness?

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The Classic Marshmallow test and the biological basis for delayed gratification

The Classic Marshmallow test and the biological basis for delayed gratification | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

A landmark study in the late 1960s and early 1970s used marshmallows and cookies to assess the ability of preschool children to delay gratification. A 2011 follow-up revisited some of the same children, now adults.

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Your Health Is Shaped By Who You Love

Your Health Is Shaped By Who You Love | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Information from a relatively new field called interpersonal neurobiology suggests we're never too old to learn. In fact, who we love has the power to constantly rewire our brain. This confirms what therapists have long known through their own research: If children with insecure attachment are lucky enough to partner up with someone who has secure attachment--their own attachment style and mental health can improve.

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This confirms what therapists have long known through their own research: If children with insecure attachment are lucky enough to partner up with someone who has secure attachment--their own attachment style and mental health can improve.
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Part 1: Does It Matter If You Are Single with No Kids? | Psychology Today

Part 1: Does It Matter If You Are Single with No Kids? | Psychology Today | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Among the most popular scare stories about single people with no children is that they will grow old alone: miserable, lonely, and with no one there for them when they are most in need. Like so many other stereotypes about single people, this is a myth. ~By Bella DePaulo, Ph.D.

 

[In Dr. DePaulo's case, at least, it is certainly a myth. I've seldom had the pleasure of interviewing a more positive, active and connected person.]

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Trouble coping with the unfamiliar as you age? Blame your white matter

Trouble coping with the unfamiliar as you age? Blame your white matter | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

A brain-mapping study has found that people's ability to make decisions in novel situations decreases with age and is associated with a reduction in the integrity of two specific white-matter pathways.

"The evidence that this decline in decision-making is associated with white-matter integrity suggests that there may be effective ways to intervene," said Gregory R. Samanez-Larkin, the post-doctoral fellow in Vanderbilt's psychology department and Institute of Imaging Science, who is the study's first author. "Several studies have shown that white-matter connections can be strengthened by specific forms of cognitive training."

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Learning Online May Be Better - NYTimes.com

Learning Online May Be Better - NYTimes.com | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

A  93-page report on online education in 2009 came to a most intriguing conclusion: “On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.” A couple of years later, Universities all over the country as well as High Schools are jumping on the bandwagon.

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Are Individualism and Collectivism Compatible? | Psychology Today

Are Individualism and Collectivism Compatible? | Psychology Today | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Seems our ancestors were happier and freer than we are By Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D

 

[There go those psychologists dissing individualism again. :) The three great rules of good mental health: community, community, community.]

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The Secrets of Failure | Psychology Today

The Secrets of Failure | Psychology Today | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Studying failure is just as important as relishing in success. Here are reasons why we refuse to dissect our mistakes.
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Return to Sender: Unrequited Love is Painful for the Rejector Too

Return to Sender: Unrequited Love is Painful for the Rejector Too | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Poets have written about many a broken-hearted lover over the centuries, but oddly, the rejector has been almost completely ignored. Who really feels more pain?

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Recognizing flipped famous faces might indicate the mental health problem body dysmorphic disorder

Recognizing flipped famous faces might indicate the mental health problem body dysmorphic disorder | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Individuals with the mental health problem "body dysmorphic disorder" (BDD) cannot accurately detect negative facial emotions but they have what may be a more amazing ability: They can recognize famous faces - when they are upside-down.

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» Exercise: Improve Your Mood and Help Repair the Effects of Stress

» Exercise:  Improve Your Mood and Help Repair the Effects of Stress | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

What grandmothers, psychologists and friends have always suggested as an antidote for depression is backed by the research: "Exercise, you'll feel better." Getting active provides a distraction, reduces muscle tension, builds brain resources (increases and balances serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, all important neurotransmitters involved in mood), improves resilience by showing you that you can be effective in controlling anxiety, and breaks the feeling of being trapped and immobilized. The effects can be equal or even better than medication.

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Building resilience is not just an antidote for depression and anxiety but a preventative for these issues too.
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Music And Health: 11 Ways Playing And Listening To Music Help Both Body And Mind

Music And Health: 11 Ways Playing And Listening To Music Help Both Body And Mind | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Ah, the healing power of music. Whether it's the perfect song after a bad break-up, or something relaxing to listen to while you study, there are endless ways that music makes our hearts and souls feel better.
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Apologies To The Parents I Judged Four Years Ago

Apologies To The Parents I Judged Four Years Ago | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

"Pre-children: I was going to cloth diaper. Post-children: I did with my daughter, sort of, but not with my twins. Pre-children: No TV until age of 2 and then only 30 minutes a day. Post-children: Ha."

"Because here's another realization I've made as a parent: Everyone's situation is different. There is a story behind every action and inaction. Every parent has his or her own style. Every child has his or her own temperament. What might be a stellar day for my family has been a downright awful day for another -- perhaps the parent's job is in danger, their parent is sick or they just had an argument with their spouse. Perhaps the child is failing math or being bullied at school, or the toddler hasn't slept for two weeks. This can explain the short-temper in the grocery store or the harsher-than-necessary punishment, or the lack of care when it comes to sweets or TV or a late bedtime. We don't know, can't know, someone's entire story."

Read more:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kara-gebhart-uhl/mom-judgments_b_1319775.html ;


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I Can't Live Without You: When Unrequited Love Turns Deadly

I Can't Live Without You: When Unrequited Love Turns Deadly | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

After reviewing existing research and interviewing 18 men convicted of murdering their wives or girlfriends, University of Haifa researchers Aaron Ben-Ze'ev and Ruhama Goussinsky argue that it isn't simply a possessive personality that leads to murder, nor is it accurate to suggest these are merely "crimes of passion."  What makes one man react to unrequited love by murdering his wife or girlfriend, while another walks away and rebuilds his life?

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Mothers and OCD Children Trapped in Rituals Have Impaired Relationships

Mothers and OCD Children Trapped in Rituals Have Impaired Relationships | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
A new study from Case Western Reserve University finds mothers tend to be more critical of children with obsessive-compulsive disorder than they are of other children in the family.

 

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Flickr Creative Commons Image by Rachel: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachelpasch/3661158937/sizes/m/in/photostream/
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Why Learning Leads To Happiness

Why Learning Leads To Happiness | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
By Philip Moeller for U.S. News Your mind may be the closest thing to the Holy Grail of longevity and happiness.

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Are We Putting the (Knowledge) Cart Before the (Emotional) Horse?

Are We Putting the (Knowledge) Cart Before the (Emotional) Horse? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
What would you say if I told you that all of our efforts to improve public education were insensitive to the actual way people interacted with the world?

Depressing, right? But it's true.

 

"We elevate the wrong hero in school reform every day when we overvalue the importance of academic learning and assume that merely focusing on better curricula and clearer standards will carry the day. Yet the research suggests otherwise, affirming what sociologist Pedro Noguera and others have said repeatedly: 'unmet social needs become unmet academic needs.'”


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Kids and Nature (Part I) : Why Children Need REAL Nature Experiences - Away from TV

Kids and Nature (Part I) : Why Children Need REAL Nature Experiences - Away from TV | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

I share my thoughts on why it’s important for our children (and us) to have REAL nature experiences – away from merely the vicarious pleasure of watching nature on television.


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Personality and habits of thought influence how we remember

Personality and habits of thought influence how we remember | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
We all have them -- positive memories of personal events that are a delight to recall, and painful recollections that we would rather forget.
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The Psychology of Whew! - Association for Psychological Science

The Psychology of Whew! - Association for Psychological Science | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Relief may be the most common yet unexamined emotion in the human repertoire. Despite its familiarity, we don’t really know much about its nature or purpose. How does relief function in the human mind? What benefit could this pervasive emotion have in navigating life?

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The Millions : It’s All in Your Head: The Problems With Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine

The Millions : It’s All in Your Head: The Problems With Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Not too long ago, the idea that “you are your brain” was the revolutionary mantra of a handful of scientists, but today it raises hardly an eyebrow among the general public. The brain has become, for many, synonymous with the biological machinations of the self, and the self-knowledge promised by neuroscience has ignited a hunger to understand how it weighs in on age-old questions: Do we have free will? How do we make decisions? What happens when we fall in love? Why do we make art? Imagine, Jonah Lehrer’s polymathic new book is poised to feed this hunger. But will science take "a backseat to story" in the process?


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