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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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Deric Bownds' MindBlog: Elegance of our brain lies in its inelegance.

Deric Bownds' MindBlog: Elegance of our brain lies in its inelegance. | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

For centuries, neuroscience attempted to neatly assign labels to the various parts of the brain: this is the area for language, this one for morality, this for tool use, color detection, face recognition, and so on. This search for an orderly brain map started off as a viable endeavor, but turned out to be misguided.

 


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Early-life exposure to BPA affects adult learning, animal study suggests

Early-life exposure to BPA affects adult learning, animal study suggests | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
A new study is the first to identify a neurobehavioral effect of BPA using a zebrafish model exposed to concentrations comparable to what humans might encounter in the environment.
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Bullying: Why Social and Emotional Learning in Schools Is Paramount to Prevention

Bullying: Why Social and Emotional Learning in Schools Is Paramount to Prevention | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
How does a child reach the point that they become a bully? Could the things our caregivers say and do, while well-intentioned, set the stage for bullying behavior to later surface?

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» 5 Myths About Fighting the Blues - World of Psychology

» 5 Myths About Fighting the Blues - World of Psychology | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

We all have a few tricks for beating the blues -- things we do when we’re feeling down. It turns out, however, that several popular strategies don’t actually work very well in the long term. Beware if you’re tempted to try any of the following.

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Study Shines Light on Brain Mechanism That Controls Reward Enjoyment

Study Shines Light on Brain Mechanism That Controls Reward Enjoyment | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
UNC researchers manipulate brain wiring to identify inner workings of reward enjoyment.


Image shows VTA dopamine neurons (in red) and VTA GABA fibers (in green).

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Tackling dyslexia before kids learn to read

Tackling dyslexia before kids learn to read | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
For children with dyslexia, the trouble begins even before they start reading and for reasons that don't necessarily reflect other language skills.
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Autism and Disappearing Bees: A Common Denominator?

Autism and Disappearing Bees: A Common Denominator? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

In addition to genetic risk factors, the list of autism’s environmental suspects is long and comes from many studies that show higher rates of autism with greater exposure to flame retardants, plasticizers like BPA, and many other chemicals, among them pesticides. The brain of insects is the intended target of pesticides. In bees, homing behavior is disrupted, along with their ability to return to the hive, kind of like “bee autism.” Human and insect nerve cells share the same basic biologic infrastructure. During critical first trimester development a human is no bigger than an insect.  A recent study showed that every human tested had detectable levels of the world’s best selling pesticide in their urine at concentrations between five and twenty times the level considered safe for drinking water.

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Helicopter Moms Hover Over Kids' Romances

Helicopter Moms Hover Over Kids' Romances | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Moms weep over breakups, read texts and even suggest double dates -- with them. "I have seen several families in which the mother is much more upset about the break-up than their son or daughter was," said [Philadelphia psychologist Larina] Kase. 

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The Inappropriate World | Psychology Today

The Inappropriate World | Psychology Today | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

At some point in the last decade or two, “inappropriate” migrated from the realm of manners to the realm of morals. In my youth, inappropriate behavior would mean, say, using the wrong spoon for your soup, or some other etiquette peccadillo. Cheating, lying, or yelling would constitute behaviors that went beyond the realm of inappropriate into some more vivid, ominous, richly-hued ethical domain.

Why are we so drawn to this word with our kids as a tool of moral instruction?

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The pain of social rejection

The pain of social rejection | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

"You may have read the research finding that the pain of being excluded is not so different from the pain of physical injury. True, but despite what the fMRI scanner says,  popping two Tylenols probably isn’t the most effective way to deal with a painful episode of rejection. Instead, researchers say, the rejected should seek out healthy, positive connections with friends and family.That recommendation squares with the neural evidence that shows positive social interactions release opioids for a natural mood boost. Other activities that produce opioids naturally, such as exercise, might also help as will putting things into perspective. True, rejection can sometimes be a clue that you behaved badly and should change your ways. But frequently, we take rejection more personally than we should."

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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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Consumerism and its antisocial effects can be turned on—or off - Association for Psychological Science

Consumerism and its antisocial effects can be turned on—or off - Association for Psychological Science | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Money doesn’t buy happiness. Neither does materialism: Research shows that people who place a high value on wealth, status, and stuff are more depressed and anxious and less sociable than those who do not. Now new research shows that materialism is not just a personal problem. It’s also environmental.

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Deaf Children’s Gesture Mismatches Are Clues to Their Learning

Deaf Children’s Gesture Mismatches Are Clues to Their Learning | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

In a discovery that could help instructors better teach deaf children, a team of University of Chicago researchers has found that a gesture-sign mismatch made while explaining a math problem suggests that a deaf child is experiencing a teachable moment.

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Emotional issues may follow motor problems in kids

Emotional issues may follow motor problems in kids | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study suggests the way kids with severe coordination problems see themselves may influence their emotional wellbeing later in life.

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Too much happiness can make you unhappy, studies show

Too much happiness can make you unhappy, studies show | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

The happier you are, the better? Maybe not. Studies show that there is a darker side to feeling good. Negative emotions have their place: "They make us change behavior to help us survive. Anger prepares us to fight; fear helps us flee. But what about sadness? Studies show that when we are sad, we think in a more systematic manner. Sad people are attentive to details and externally oriented, while happy people tend to make snap judgments."


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» The Marshmallow Test for Adults: Delayed Gratification and Religion - Psych Central News

» The Marshmallow Test for Adults: Delayed Gratification and Religion - Psych Central News | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
A new study finds that religious people are better able to forgo immediate satisfaction in order to gain larger rewards in the future.
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What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains

What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Neuroscience may seem like an advanced subject of study, perhaps best reserved for college or even graduate school. Two researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia propose that it be taught earlier, however—much earlier. As in first grade.


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Brain Scan Foretells Who Will Fold Under Pressure - Science News

Brain Scan Foretells Who Will Fold Under Pressure - Science News | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

As any high school senior staring down the SAT knows, when the stakes are high, some test-takers choke. A new study finds that activity in distinct parts of the brain can predict whether a person will remain cool or crumble under pressure.

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Gina Stepp's comment, April 5, 2012 8:36 AM
See this one also, dealing with the same topic: http://www.scoop.it/t/mom-psych/p/1507031756/how-to-deal-with-kids-and-math-anxiety
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PTSD, Depression Passed Through Generations, Study Finds

PTSD, Depression Passed Through Generations, Study Finds | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Researchers at UCLA have identified mutations within three genes that they say may make some people more likely to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.

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The Mistake Bank: Carol Dweck interviewed.

The Mistake Bank: Carol Dweck interviewed. | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Learning from faux pas, miscalculations and decisions gone wrong:

The person giving the feedback needs to focus on...how they engaged in the process, maybe as a team, what strategies they tried, how they gauge when and whether those strategies were being successful, whether they were sensitive enough to change strategies when they were starting to get the negative feedback. How they went forward, how they corrected themselves. And why, in the end, it might not have worked and what they might do differently next time.

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Rob McEntarffer's comment, April 4, 2012 1:02 PM
great find! Thanks!