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Selfless Genes: A New Revolution in Biology | Psychology Today

Selfless Genes: A New Revolution in Biology | Psychology Today | Psychology | Scoop.it
Can selfless genes beat selfish genes? By Jonathan Gottschall, Ph.D....
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Dichotomies; or Psychology in a nutshell

Dichotomies; or Psychology in a nutshell | Psychology | Scoop.it
The field of psychology abounds with dichotomies- some of which are patently false/outdated, as per the grapevine.
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11 Odd Facts About 'Magic' Mushrooms

11 Odd Facts About 'Magic' Mushrooms | Psychology | Scoop.it
Psilocybin, or "magic," mushrooms are a controlled substance with hallucinogenic effects. Recently, however, researchers have been studying this fungus as a potential mental health treatment. Here are 11 strange facts about "'shrooms."
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The theraputic uses are promising.

 

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DailyGood: The Noble Art of the Manly Cry

DailyGood: The Noble Art of the Manly Cry | Psychology | Scoop.it
One of our most firmly entrenched ideas of masculinity is that men don't cry. But historical and literary evidence suggests that, in the past, male weeping was regarded as normal in almost every part of the world for most of recorded history. Consider Homer's Iliad, in which the entire Greek army bursts into unanimous tears no less than three times...
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On crying....anyone for Emotional Mondays? !?

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What Generous People’s Brains Do Differently

What Generous People’s Brains Do Differently | Psychology | Scoop.it
For some people, self-sacrifice is automatic.
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Interesting article about how brains of people who are altruistic process things differently (TPJ associated with empathy fires up)

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Feeling blue and seeing blue: Sadness may impair color perception

Feeling blue and seeing blue: Sadness may impair color perception | Psychology | Scoop.it
The world might seem a little grayer than usual when we're down in the dumps and we often talk about "feeling blue" -- new research suggests that the associations we make between emotion and color ...
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a sad mood impairs detection of colors on the yellow-blue axis.

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Elias "Estatistics" Tsolis's comment, October 29, 2015 9:50 AM
oh what a sad picture! my best wishes: Elias EstatisticsEU
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How Mindfulness Changes Your Brain

How Mindfulness Changes Your Brain | Psychology | Scoop.it
Mindfulness has a solid neuronal basis and there is increasing evidence of its salutary effect on emotional health and behavior.
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therapeutic effects of mindfulness

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, August 31, 2015 11:20 AM

This seems to be a fad that also has solid evidence of impact. -Lon

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Tap Into Your Character Strengths to Improve Your Life

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Tap Into Your Character Strengths to Improve Your Life | Psychology | Scoop.it
Everyone has a unique character strengths profile. And if you harness your signature strengths properly, you'll be happier, healthier, and more successful.
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a pretty good infographic on how you can use your strengths!

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Evidence of Learning and Memory in Fetuses Six Weeks Prior to Birth

Evidence of Learning and Memory in Fetuses Six Weeks Prior to Birth | Psychology | Scoop.it
According to researchers, babies begin to acquire knowledge in the womb earlier than previously believed.
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no wonder Abhimanyu remembered how to enter the chakravyauh:-)

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Here are the 10 careers with the most psychopaths

Here are the 10 careers with the most psychopaths | Psychology | Scoop.it
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some not-so-obvious careers on the list!

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hahahhahahahahahah!!! :) my best wishes: Elias EstatisticsEU
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hahahhahahahahahah!!! :) my best wishes: Elias EstatisticsEU
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Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking - Issue 24: Error - Nautilus

Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking - Issue 24: Error - Nautilus | Psychology | Scoop.it
Julian Jaynes was living out of a couple of suitcases in a Princeton dorm in the early 1970s. He must have been an odd sight there…
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an interesting idea!

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The Upside of Not Fitting In

The Upside of Not Fitting In | Psychology | Scoop.it
Social exclusion enhances our ability to manage the emotions of others.
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social exclusion leading to becoming a better 'manipulator'?

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How Thinking About Death Shapes Your Life

How Thinking About Death Shapes Your Life | Psychology | Scoop.it
We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.
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Terror management theory, meaning maintenance model and stoic philosophy!

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From “Economic Man” to Behavioral Economics

From “Economic Man” to Behavioral Economics | Psychology | Scoop.it
When we make decisions, we make mistakes. We all know this from personal experience, of course. But just in case we didn’t, a seemingly unending stream of experimental evidence in recent years has documented the human penchant for error. This line of research—dubbed heuristics and biases, although you may be more familiar with its offshoot, behavioral economics—has become the dominant academic approach to understanding decisions. Its practitioners have had a major influence on business, government, and financial markets. Their books—Predictably Irrational; Thinking, Fast and Slow; and Nudge, to name three of the most important—have suffused popular culture.

So far, so good. This research has been enormously informative and valuable. Our world, and our understanding of decision making, would be much poorer without it.

It is not, however, the only useful way to think about making decisions. Even if you restrict your view to the academic discussion, there are three distinct schools of thought. Although heuristics and biases is currently dominant, for the past half century it has interacted with and sometimes battled with the other two, one of which has a formal name—decision analysis—and the other of which can perhaps best be characterized as demonstrating that we humans aren’t as dumb as we look.

Via David Hain
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decisions , decisions!

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David Hain's curator insight, April 29, 2015 11:43 AM

A useful HBR brief history of decision making.

Elaine Cox's curator insight, April 30, 2015 4:10 AM

In our new book 'Leadership Coaching, now published by Routledge,, Mike McLaughlin and I look at how coaches can support leaders in their decision making.  Some synergies here.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/toc/1138786020/ref=dp_toc?_encoding=UTF8&n=266239

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Why boredom is anything but boring

Why boredom is anything but boring | Psychology | Scoop.it
Implicated in everything from traumatic brain injury to learning ability, boredom has become extremely interesting to scientists.
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"boredom was about restlessness as much as apathy, the search for meaning as much as ennui"

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What Happens In Your Brain During The Two Critical Stages Of Sleep

What Happens In Your Brain During The Two Critical Stages Of Sleep | Psychology | Scoop.it
We shouldn't wear lack of sleep like a badge of honor. Our brains are actually doing important work to make us more successful as we snooze.
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on the importance of sleep!

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There Is a Fine Line between Love and Drunk

There Is a Fine Line between Love and Drunk | Psychology | Scoop.it
Oxytocin, known as the “love hormone,” has a dark side—and it looks like alcohol intoxication
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drunk in love? there may be more to the metaphor than meets the eye!

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What Emotions Are (and Aren’t)

What Emotions Are (and Aren’t) | Psychology | Scoop.it
Most people believe that emotions are distinct, locatable entities inside us — but they’re not. No brain region is dedicated to any single emotion.
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a contrarian view on emotions.

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The Fuel of Good Decision Making, by Mark Liskey

The Fuel of Good Decision Making, by Mark Liskey | Psychology | Scoop.it
Don't think planning healthy meals and snacks during your day are important? Read this eye-opening article that illustrates the connection between good decision-making and healthy eating.
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we make status quo decisions when our brains are fatigued.

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A dream-traveller’s guide to the sleeping mind

A dream-traveller’s guide to the sleeping mind | Psychology | Scoop.it
Almost 100 years ago, an English aristocrat found the secrets of dream control. Her adventures explored the limits of consciousness – which modern science has only now rediscovered.
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On lucid dreaming

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NeuroLogica Blog » Expertise and the Illusion of Knowledge

NeuroLogica Blog » Expertise and the Illusion of Knowledge | Psychology | Scoop.it
In general people think they know more than they do. This is arguably worse than mere ignorance - having the illusion of knowledge. Psychologist David Dunning...
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Beware the illusion of expertise!

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Why We Love, Lust, and Live with Helen Fisher

Why We Love, Lust, and Live with Helen Fisher | Psychology | Scoop.it
In this episode you will hear about:

Critical factors that influence love and attraction
The biological patterns of partner choice
Some of the major reasons behind the prevalence of infidelity
The neuroscience of love
How our brain’s architecture allows us to love more than one person at once
Why we refer to it as “falling” in love
How Bill Clinton was our first “female” president
Some psychological truths about our modern hookup culture
Four patterns of mate pairing
The role of fetishes
The genetic basis for stability in relationships
Sex differences in sexual/romantic rejection.
Helen’s experience as an identical twin and her opinions on nature vs. nurture
The role of culture in changing our biology
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Scott and Helen Fisher discussing the science of love and lust!

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To Ease Pain, Reach For Your Playlist

To Ease Pain, Reach For Your Playlist | Psychology | Scoop.it
Music can energize, soothe or relax us. And it can also help reduce pain. Researchers found that listening to a favorite song or story helped children manage pain after major surgery.
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Music soothes not only the soul, but also the body!!

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Can Reading Make You Happier?

Can Reading Make You Happier? | Psychology | Scoop.it
“Fiction and poetry are doses, medicines,” the author Jeanette Winterson has written. “What they heal is the rupture reality makes on the imagination.”
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on bilbliotherapy!

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The Psychology of Simple

The Psychology of Simple | Psychology | Scoop.it
For a concept that we all understand, ‘simple’ is deceivingly difficult to pin down.
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simple = beauty + function!

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Diabetes

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Diabetes | Psychology | Scoop.it

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is usually short-term, goal-directed, and skills-based. Therapists help patients identify and solve problems and learn specific skills to change their thinking and behavior so they can make lasting changes in their behavior and general functioning. At each session, patients record responses to their unhelpful and inaccurate thinking, along with steps they have committed to take in the coming week.

A growing body of literature has demonstrated the effectiveness of CBT for people with diabetes. For example, a randomized controlled trial published last year inDiabetes Care showed that CBT enhanced treatment adherence and decreased depression in Type 2 diabetes patients. In this study, participants received either enhanced usual care or enhanced usual care plus a CBT intervention. Four months after treatment, the group receiving CBT intervention showed greater improvements in medication adherence, depressive symptoms, and diabetes control compared to the usual care group. At the eight-month follow up, the CBT intervention group maintained their gains in adherence and diabetes control.

 


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new uses for CBT!

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Sorting Out Emotions | Caltech

Sorting Out Emotions | Caltech | Psychology | Scoop.it
Building on previous studies targeting the amygdala, a team of researchers has found that some brain cells recognize emotions based on the viewer's preconceptions rather than the true emotion being expressed.

Via Sharrock
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emotions are the products of our mind, as much as they are of objective reality out there!

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Sharrock's curator insight, March 1, 2015 4:49 PM

"These are very exciting findings suggesting that the amygdala doesn't just respond to what we see out there in the world, but rather to what we imagine or believe about the world," says Ralph Adolphs, the Bren Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Caltech and coauthor of a paper that discusses the team's study.  "It's particularly interesting because the amygdala has been linked to so many psychiatric diseases, ranging from anxiety to depression to autism.  All of those diseases are about experiences happening in the minds of the patients, rather than objective facts about the world that everyone shares."


Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, March 4, 2015 3:29 AM

Another, deeper roots to our biases... on the brain-cell level... well, that might be a challenge...