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The Incredible New Way To Measure Your IQ

The Incredible New Way To Measure Your IQ | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Apparently, according to a new study from Washington University in St. Louis, having a bigger brain could actually mean you’re smarter. 

The study found brain size accounts for 6.7% variance in intelligence. In other words, it plays a role. The study went on to measure the strength of neural connections between the left prefrontal cortex (right behind your forehead) and the rest of the brain. The strength of this area leads to a 10% difference in intelligence. In other words, the stronger your connections here… the higher your IQ.

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Masters in School Counseling

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Scientists Discover What Our Brain Is Doing When We Become Aware That We Are Dreaming

Scientists Discover What Our Brain Is Doing When We Become Aware That We Are Dreaming | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
A team of researchers in Germany have discovered the source of human awareness in the brain through the analysis of dreams.

Previous research has been unable to document exactly what happens in the transitional period when people drift out of consciousness and into unconsciousness. But, by contrasting lucid dreams with non-lucid dreams, using EEG and MRI machines, researchers were able to discern exactly which brain areas came alive through lucid dreams.

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Leadership Psychology Degrees

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Find out more about taking leadership psychology degrees online and on campus, locating suitable university programs, what the prospects are, and more ...

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Functional neurologic abnormalities due to prenatal alcohol exposure are common

Functional neurologic abnormalities due to prenatal alcohol exposure are common | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
Most children who are exposed to large amounts of alcohol while in the womb do not go on to develop fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).

Instead, problems that arise fall under a broader term that describes a spectrum of adverse outcomes, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). A study using population-based prospective data from Chile to examine the risk for developing components of FASD has found that functional central nervous system abnormalities were alarmingly high.

 


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iPerformance Psychology Releases New Sports Psychology App Today

iPerformance Psychology Releases New Sports Psychology App Today | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 15, 2012 U.S. Track and Field sports psychologist Dr. Steve Portenga is releasing the world’s most advanced sport and performance psychology mobile app for the iPhone in the Apple App Store today.
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In the Age of Anxiety, are we all mentally ill?

In the Age of Anxiety, are we all mentally ill? | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

NEW YORK (Reuters) - "When Cynthia Craig was diagnosed with postpartum depression eight years ago, she told her family doctor she felt anxious about motherhood."
Like an increasing number of people, she was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. But was it a reasonable diagnosis in her case, or indeed, in so many other cases?
Some psychiatrists say the increase in the prevalence of anxiety from about 4 percent to 50 percent is the result of psychiatrists and others "getting better at diagnosing anxiety."
Critics, including other leading psychiatrists, disagree. They say the apparent explosion in anxiety shows there is something seriously and dangerously wrong with the DSM. Its next edition, due in May, would lower the threshold for identifying anxiety.


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Masters in School Counseling Programs

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Nano Patents and Innovations: Chimpanzees Teach Us Economic ...

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"Groundbreaking new research in the field of "evolutionary analysis in law" not only provides additional evidence that chimpanzees share the controversial human psychological trait known as the endowment effect – which in humans has implications for law – but also shows the effect can be turned on or off for single objects, depending on their immediate situational usefulness."

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Sports Psychology Programs

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Women Who Suffer from Infertility More Likely to Become Alcoholics, Study Says

Women Who Suffer from Infertility More Likely to Become Alcoholics, Study Says | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
A new study hints at the devastating psychological effects of infertility: Women who want to become mothers, but are unable to bear children, are more than twice as likely to end up hospitalized for alcoholism.

 

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Educational Psychology Online Degree Programs

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Find out more about studying educational psychology, what the job prospects are after graduating, and locate educational psychology online programs at suitable schools.

 

This area is very often of interest to those wishing to work as school psychologists, but is also of interest to those wanting management jobs or specialist positions in education, training, testing, or research.

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Highlights from the 24th APS Annual Convention

"The Association for Psychological Science held its 24th Annual Convention in Chicago last month. Psychological researchers and academics came together for an exciting program covering the entire spectrum of innovative research in psychological science under the theme “Diverse Perspectives.” Highlights included ..."

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Positive Workplace Psychology Permeates the Community ...

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A number of studies have shown that a workplace promoting positive psychology among employees and clients can increase innovation, loyalty and pride among those who work with the organization. The goodwill promoted when companies focus on their human capital as opposed to the cold, impersonal bottom line often creates conditions that allow businesses to grow profits and thrive for the long term. However, the scope of a company’s socially conscious efforts can reach much further than the office walls. The positive effects of corporate social responsibility can often ripple throughout a community, impacting interaction between neighbors and human interaction with the natural environment.

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July 31 - Minding Psychology: A Weekly Update

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This weekly newspaper brings updates on what's happening in psychology, in particular sharing resources designed to increase our knowledge of the field.

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Evolutionary Psychology and the Intercultural City

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Evolutionary studies of nature might not help us to understand everything better, but they might help us identify some “common denominators” of human taste that could benefit intercultural city-building. Most anthropologists (as well as a majority of humanists and social scientists) tend to dismiss the sciences of human nature, in particular sociobiology and its arguably more nuanced descendant, evolutionary psychology. Critiques of these fields of inquiry abound. I personally believe that anyone who accepts that Homo sapiens is an evolved species should take the sciences of human nature—and human evolutionary psychology—seriously.

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July 24 - Minding Psychology: A Weekly Update

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Supporting the challenges of an interdisciplinary degree ...

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"As a fundamentally interdisciplinary programme, a number of departments and units contribute to the teaching, including Biochemistry, Experimental Psychology, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics."
Robert Wilkins, Biomedical Sciences course director, gave educational technology a central role in the management of this new undergraduate degree.  WebLearn is a multi-faceted virtual learning environment that can used to help alleviate the practical challenges of complicated degree courses. 

 

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Facebook use leads to depression? No, says study

Facebook use leads to depression?  No, says study | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
A study of university students is the first evidence to refute the supposed link between depression and the amount of time spent on Facebook and other social-media sites.

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Health Psychology Online

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Twitter and the Social Unconscious: how tweets and blogs go far beyond the individual

Twitter and the Social Unconscious: how tweets and blogs go far beyond the individual | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
What does twitter tell us about our social unconscious? Studies are just beginning to scratch the surface of the meaning behind the cacophony of noise we humans put online, but what might be the meaning behind this collective activity?

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The coolest I’ve found yet (thanks to David Patman) has been the We Feel Fine project defined as “an exploration of human emotion, in six movements. This project searches weblogs across the world for words associated with the statements “I feel” and “I am feeling” and records the feeling associated with that statement”. To quote from their website:

The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 – 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? What are the most representative feelings of female New Yorkers in their 20s? What do people feel about right now in Baghdad? What were people feeling on Valentines’ Day? Which are the happiest cities in the world? The saddest? And so on.

There is a stunning graphic in which you can see, in real time, groupings and clusterings of feelings as they occur. Interestingly, you can filter your searches by feeling, gender, age, weather, location or date, and then view your search in a variety of visually interesting ways.

When I looked at it at 8:55 on Tuesday morning the 3rd of July I could see that in Britain the dominant feeling was “better” (circa 130,000 people) followed by “bad” (93,000 then) “good” (77,000). By clicking on individual nodes, you can even gain access to the original text. By doing this, you can get a great deal of detail about the context, as well as the feeling tone. The creators Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar should be highly commended for this work.

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Clinical Psychology Online Degrees

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July 3 - Minding Psychology: A Weekly Update

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Special Education Students and Bullying ... - Psychology Today

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Researchers at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln discovered that students receiving special education services for behavioral disorders, as well as kids with more obvious disabilities (like language or hearing impairments), are more likely than general-education students to be victims of bullying. What’s more, these children may be more likely to bully others.

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With mind-reading speller, free-for-all conversations that are silent and still

With mind-reading speller, free-for-all conversations that are silent and still | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
Researchers have come up with a device that may enable people who are completely unable to speak or move at all to nevertheless manage unscripted back-and-forth conversation.

Reference:  Current Biology, July 24, 2012 print issue.

http://www.cell.com/current-biology/retrieve/pii/S0960982212005751


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