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Ways Stress Affects Your Body And Your Health

Ways Stress Affects Your Body And Your Health | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
Your body just recognizes stress as strain. And whether it's from an emotional, mental, or physical source, it cannot tell the difference and will act accordingly.

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Deal with it before its too late. Learn what it does to your health and how to beat it.

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American Institute Health Care Professionals's curator insight, September 3, 2013 12:07 PM

#waysstressaffects #howstresscanhurtyou #hazardsofstress #stresscancause #sourceofstress

Looking for information on how stress can hurt you?   Here is an excellent infograph on the ways stress affects our physical body.    As you can see the hazards of stress are more than just a bad day and a headache.  


Stress can cause chronic fatigue, panic disorders, hypertension,irritable bowel syndrome, weight gain, muscle tension, etc to name a few.   It does not matter where your stress is coming from either.    Any source of stress can cause these effects on your body.   



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How To Read Someone's Emotions With 90% Accuracy

How To Read Someone's Emotions With 90% Accuracy | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Brain scans can read human emotions with 90% accuracy, a new study finds. Researchers have been able to predict the intensity of negative emotions to evocative images. They found that negative emotions have a ‘neural signature’ which a computer could learn. This has enormous implications for improving our understanding of how emotions are generated and regulated, which have been notoriously difficult to define and measure. In addition, these new types of neural measures may prove to be important in identifying when people are having abnormal emotional responses — for example, too much or too little — which might indicate broader issues with health and mental functioning.

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Brain imaging has the potential to accurately uncover how someone is feeling without knowing anything about them other than their brain activity.

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Reducing the risks of bullying and violence at work

Reducing the risks of bullying and violence at work | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
Bullying and violence can have severe consequences for individuals affected as well as for organisations. The causes of bullying and violence vary across different sectors but risk factors such as bad work organisation or poorly defined task roles can make a workplace more at risk. Fortunately tools like EU-OSHA’s e-guide can help.
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Employers need to be aware of their legal obligations to protect their workers. At EU-level an agreement on harassment has been agreed by unions and employers, which presents common positions on how to deal with harassment and violence at work. Under this agreement, employers have obligations with regards to prevention, and for dealing with harassment. Employers should also check what their legal obligations are in their own country as these differ across the EU.

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Does Talent or Training Make a Musician Good? Depends on Their Brain Structure

Does Talent or Training Make a Musician Good? Depends on Their Brain Structure | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? New research on the brain’s capacity to learn suggests there’s more to it than the adage that “practise makes perfect.” A music-training study by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, at McGill University and colleagues in Germany found evidence to distinguish the parts of the brain that account for individual talent from the parts that are activated through training. The research involved brain imaging studies of 15 young adults with little or no musical background who were scanned before and after they underwent six weeks of musical training. Participants were required to learn simple piano pieces. Brain activity in certain areas changed after learning, indicating the effect of training. But the activity in a different set of brain structures, measured before the training session had started, predicted which test subjects would learn quickly or slowly.

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Predisposition plays an important role for auditory-motor learning that can be clearly distinguished from training-induced plasticity!

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Loneliness Is A Mind Killer -- Study Shows Link With Rapid Cognitive Decline In Older Adults

Loneliness Is A Mind Killer -- Study Shows Link With Rapid Cognitive Decline In Older Adults | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
Loneliness accelerates cognitive decline in older adults, says a research team presenting at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington, D.C. The findings build on recent research indicating that late-life depression is linked with an increased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease.
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Lonely people decline cognitively at a faster rate than people who report more satisfying social networks and connections.

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Musicians don't just hear in tune, they also see in tune

Musicians don't just hear in tune, they also see in tune | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

That is the conclusion of the latest scientific experiment designed to puzzle out how the brain creates an apparently seamless view of the external world based on the information it receives from the eyes. "Our brain is remarkably efficient at putting us in touch with objects and events in our visual environment, indeed so good that the process seems automatic and effortless. In fact, the brain is continually operating like a clever detective, using clues to figure out what in the world we are looking at. And those clues come not only from what we see but also from other sources," said Randolph Blake, Centennial Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University, who directed the study.

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Our senses complement each other much more than we realize!

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Last Chance, 'Masturbation Month' Is Ending: All the Ways Self Love Is Good for You

Last Chance, 'Masturbation Month' Is Ending: All the Ways Self Love Is Good for You | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

In 1995, Jocelyn Elders was fired as Surgeon General of the United States for suggesting that masturbation should (maybe) be taught in schools. That same year, sex-toy company Good Vibrations launched National Masturbation Month to help break down stigmas surrounding the practice. Twenty years later, National Masturbation Month has grown into International Masturbation Month. And while things are slowly starting to come around, there still doesn't seem to be enough love surrounding the act of self-love. As Susan Block once told me, “You are your own longest term lover.” Now that masturbation month is drawing to a close, it’s important to be reminded of that. While partnered sex is certainly a thrilling endeavor, a little solo practice can go a long way in enhancing the experience. Listed below are 10 examples of how.

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9 TED Talks on How Your Mind Works

9 TED Talks on How Your Mind Works | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Human behavior is a riddle. In these talks, speakers share psychological studies—from asking kids to wait to eat marshmallows to planting false memories through a single word—that offer possible solutions as well as surprising new twists.


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These fascinating and bizarre psych experiments show how our minds really work.


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Changing Direction Radio: Your Life After Trauma

Changing Direction Radio: Your Life After Trauma | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Changing Direction is a weekly radio program designed to bring support and information to both civilian and military trauma survivors, plus their caregivers and professionals. If you’ve been through a trauma and now your life has gotten to a point where things feel stuck, stalled, just plain wrong or full of PTSD symptoms it’s time to think about changing direction! Hosted by Michele (a trauma survivor and certified professional coach), Changing Direction provides resources, inspiration, hope and specific actions to help anyone learn to formulate a recovery plan, access healing potential and apply personal strengths to post-trauma recovery. On this weekly program we cover a wide spectrum of topics designed to better cope with symptoms of posttraumatic stress, get treatment, heal and start feeling better. Guests include experts and everyday people from backgrounds that cover self-help, mental health, trauma, motivation and inspiration exploring what it takes to restore your life after trauma. All episodes are listed and available as free downloads.

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This radio show interviews top experts in trauma, PTSD and recovery, plus survivors about moving forward towards healing and recovery.

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Mortality and blood pressure directly linked to relationship quality

Mortality and blood pressure directly linked to relationship quality | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
While other studies have shown that stress and negative marital quality can influence mortality and blood pressure, there has not been research that discussed how it might affect married couples over time. Using systolic blood pressure as a gauge, researchers assessed whether an individual's blood pressure is influenced by their own as well as their partner's reports of chronic stress and whether there are gender differences in these patterns.
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It's important to consider the couple as a whole rather than the individual when examining marriage and health.

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Porn Insights: Pornhub & Denmark

Porn Insights: Pornhub & Denmark | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

The Pornhub statisticians just can’t seem to quit Scandinavia. After stints in both Norway and Finland, we couldn’t help but be curious about the Pornhub habits of the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Denmark. As a continuation of our quest to unearth porn stats in all corners of the world, we’re digging deep into that Danish Pornhub data to see how the country that brought us LEGO gets down with the best site in the world – let’s get started!

 

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Danish porn consumption statistics: 28% of regular porn viewers are women. Sundays and Mondays are particular popular days to watch porn. Danes appear to be especially interested in national porn with “Danish” as the most popular search term. Katja Kean and Denice Klarskov still appear to be considered beloved national treasures. On average, Danish people spend 8 minutes and 40 seconds per porn session. Porn consumption drops considerably to the lowest over Christmas and New Year, while it increases dramatically to the highest over Easter. Perhaps concepts like “birth” or “surprise pregnancy” put Danes off, while other concepts like “resurrection” or “being raised into glory” facilitate sex drive.  Or conversely, perhaps Danes have more “real” sex over Christmas, but less than average “real” sex due to Easter fasting…?! Interesting numbers for the first country in the world to legalize pornography.

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Psychology TED Talks

Psychology TED Talks | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
A wonderfully diverse collection of psychology related videos from one my all time favorite websites.
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Top TED talks about psychology!

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The 6 Elements of Persuasion (Infographic)

The 6 Elements of Persuasion (Infographic) | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

The word "influencer" gets thrown around a lot in business, but how does the power of the persuasion really work? An infographic from U.K.-based virtual phone service Everreach, explains the elements companies can utilize to impact their customers and get to "yes." The list is based on the teachings of Dr. Robert Cialdini, author of the popular book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. For businesses, the principles of "reciprocity" and "scarcity" are big factors in the persuasion game. Customers feel more inclined to appreciate your business, for instance, when they've been given something personalized or unexpected. In that same vein, they also tend to want things that are scarcer, which is why limited-time offers tend to be a big selling point.

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Persuasion is an art, an acquired skill. Learn it and love it!

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Are men inferior to women? Let's check the data

Are women good, and men bad? How many times have you heard that women are wiser, kinder, more efficient, and just all around superior human beings? A never ending succession of books and news stories suggests they are. AEI scholar Christina Hoff Sommers looks at the evidence.
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The answer to male supremacy is not female supremacy!

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Is rudeness in the workplace contagious?

Is rudeness in the workplace contagious? | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

We experience rudeness and incivility all the time. From simple insults and offhand remarks to purposely excluding others from groups, these behaviors are largely tolerated in our daily lives and in the workplace. The question is, what effect do these behaviors have on us? It’s pretty clear that high-intensity negative behaviors like abuse, aggression and violence are harmful. But what’s the harm in just being rude and uncivil? A growing body of research offers compelling evidence that experiencing rudeness, and even simply witnessing rudeness, can have surprisingly harmful effects on performance, creativity and even helpfulness. However, it might not even end there. What if rudeness was actually contagious? This would mean that rudeness may not only hurt those who experience or witness it, but also have secondary effects. People who’ve experienced rude behavior from others are now “infected” with rudeness themselves, and will be rude to the people they interact with next.

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What comes around, goes around...

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Why Do Some People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?

Why Do Some People Believe in Conspiracy Theories? | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
The attractiveness of conspiracy theories may arise from a number of cognitive biases that characterize the way we process information. “Confirmation bias” is the most pervasive cognitive bias and a powerful driver of belief in conspiracies. We all have a natural inclination to give more weight to evidence that supports what we already believe and ignore evidence that contradicts our beliefs. The real-world events that often become the subject of conspiracy theories tend to be intrinsically complex and unclear. Early reports may contain errors, contradictions and ambiguities, and those wishing to find evidence of a cover-up will focus on such inconsistencies to bolster their claims.
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We sometimes see patterns and causal connections that are not there, especially when we feel that events are beyond our control.

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Is it normal to resent my working spouse this much?

Is it normal to resent my working spouse this much? | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

It sounded like a dream when you started your family — you’d take a step back from your career, ask the boss for flexible or fewer hours, begin working from home, even quit your job entirely. But pretty soon, you noticed something unsettling: a feeling of jealousy toward your spouse for getting to go off to a demanding job each day. It’s a familiar and growing — though little-talked about — problem, as more women (and a growing number of men) are giving up or stepping back their careers to raise their family. While the number of women ages 25-54 in the workforce from 2000 to 2013 grew steadily in most Western countries, in the U.S. it fell from 74% in 2000 to 69% in 2013. And women in this country work part-time jobs at nearly double the rate that men do.

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If you want to avoid returning home everyday from work to a nightmare, make sure your spouse stays in the job market. The alternative is a bad deal!

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When We Read, We Recognize Words as Pictures and Hear Them Spoken Aloud

When We Read, We Recognize Words as Pictures and Hear Them Spoken Aloud | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

We recognize words as pictures. As your eyes scan these words, your brain seems to derive their meaning instantaneously. How are we able to recognize and interpret marks on a page so rapidly? A small new study confirms that a specialized brain area recognizes printed words as pictures rather than by their meaning.

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Sound remains a critical element of reading!

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People more likely to cheat as they become more economically dependent on their spouses

People more likely to cheat as they become more economically dependent on their spouses | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
Both men and women are more likely to cheat on their spouses the more economically dependent they are on them, according to a new study. "You would think that people would not want to 'bite the hand that feeds them' so to speak, but that is not what my research shows," said study author Christin L. Munsch, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut. "Instead, the findings indicate people like feeling relatively equal in their relationships. People don't like to feel dependent on another person."
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In an average year, there is about a 5 percent chance that women who are completely economically dependent on their husbands will cheat, whereas there is about a 15 percent chance that men who are entirely economically dependent on their wives will have an affair.

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A water bottle that glows when you should drink more water

A water bottle that glows when you should drink more water | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

These days, water bottles are colorful and trendy. But smart water bottles that remind you when to drink? Not many. HidrateMe water bottle emits a glow when it senses you might be dehydrated. Former data analyst Nadya Nguyen and her team developed the smart water bottle, which uses a sensor and smartphone app to act as a friendly little hydration buddy looking out for your best health.

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Brilliant!

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This is a such an innovative idea! I know there are times when I think I've consumed enough water  or simply can't recall how much I've consumed in a day, so having this device would keep you updated on consumption and hydrated. 

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A psychologist explains 3 ways power messes with your head

A psychologist explains 3 ways power messes with your head | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Power inevitably changes people — sometimes for the better, sometimes not. It warms our hearts when we see CEOs share their fortunes with their employees and give back to the community in a big way. These acts of social responsibility and accountability are positive byproducts of power. Sadly, though, this isn't the only way people respond to power. Sometimes it can get downright ugly. Being in a position of power relative to those around you certainly does change you — not necessarily in an evil way, but there is a definite shift in how you see things when you are in the driver's seat.

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The good, the bad, and the ugly!

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People With Disabilities Can Play Piano Thanks to Eye-Tracking in Virtual Reality

People With Disabilities Can Play Piano Thanks to Eye-Tracking in Virtual Reality | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
Virtual reality is often associated with immersive entertainment experiences like gaming and movies. But the Japanese VR headset manufacturer Fove is working on an entirely different vein of entertainment and expression. Collaborating with the University of Tsukuba, the company has developed a system that tracks eye movement in virtual reality...

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In the future, disability will have a completely different meaning!

 

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CTD Institute's curator insight, May 4, 1:51 PM

FOVE is using crowd-funding to raise raise additional funds to make it possible to “donate the Eye Play the Piano universal piano system ... to 135 schools for the physically-disabled.” 

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Loneliness and social isolation are just as much a threat to longevity as obesity

Loneliness and social isolation are just as much a threat to longevity as obesity | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

"The effect of this is comparable to obesity, something that public health takes very seriously," said Julianne Holt-Lunstad, the lead study author. "We need to start taking our social relationships more seriously." Loneliness and social isolation can look very different. For example, someone may be surrounded by many people but still feel alone. Other people may isolate themselves because they prefer to be alone. The effect on longevity, however, is much the same for those two scenarios.

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The effect of loneliness surpasses the health risks associated with obesity.

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10 Incredible Kids Who Are Heroes

 

 

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These 10 courageous, inspiring, quick thinking and reacting children remind us of what a selfless act of humanity can do for so many other people. What these young ones did to save lives teaches us that children should never be underestimated. Stories like this restores the faith in humanity. 

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Porn belongs in the classroom, says Danish professor

Porn belongs in the classroom, says Danish professor | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

A leading sexologist in Denmark has called for pornography to be shown in the classroom, claiming that starting a debate about the industry could help teenagers become “conscientious and critical consumers” who are able to tell the difference between pornography and the reality of sexual relationships. Prof Christian Graugaard of Aalborg University caused a furore in Denmark when he suggested on public television that pornography should be shown in schools. This was preferable, he told the Danish public broadcaster DR, to sex education classes that were “boring and technical, where you roll a condom onto a cucumber”. Graugaard’s proposal is not simply following in the long tradition of sexually permissive Scandinavia. It is, he insists, a sensible way of teaching teenagers that pornography is nothing like real sex.

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A tricky issue. Boys have certain very predictable physiological reactions to nudity and sex. Showing porn to teenagers in schools could make an awkward situation all the more awkward. I'm pretty sure the pressing topics can be addressed without all the graphic illustration...

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16 Naughty Facts About Sex

Presenting to you, 16 facts you most likely didn't know about sex.
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A single sperm cell contains 37.5 MB of DNA information. One ejaculation represents a data transfer of 15,875 GB, equivalent to the combined capacity of 62 Macbook Pro laptops.

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