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Are You Poisoning Your Marriage or Intimate Relationships And Don’t Even Know it?

Are You Poisoning Your Marriage or Intimate Relationships And Don’t Even Know it? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Detoxify your intimate relationships with these five, simple tips..

[And these tips will work in your work relationships and elsewhere too.]

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One act of remembering can influence future acts

One act of remembering can influence future acts | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Can the simple act of recognizing a face as you walk down the street change the way we think? Or can taking the time to notice something new on our way to work change what we remember about that walk?

When you walk into a restaurant or for the first time, your memory system can both encode the details of this new environment as well as allow you to remember a similar one where you recently dined with a friend. The results of this study suggest that what you did right before walking into the restaurant can determine which process is more likely to occur.

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Genes May Play Role in Educational Achievement

Genes May Play Role in Educational Achievement | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Researchers have identified genetic markers that may influence whether a person finishes high school and goes on to college, according to a national longitudinal study of thousands of young Americans. [But remember: genes aren't destiny: the home environment has a say in which genes are expressed.]

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Mom Psych: Urban Gardens--Cheaper Than Therapy (And You Get Tomatoes)

Mom Psych: Urban Gardens--Cheaper Than Therapy (And You Get Tomatoes) | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

In his 1965 book Countryman, nature journalist Hal Borland deftly captured a sentiment shared by many home gardeners the world over. “Knowing trees,” he wrote, “I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.” There is no arguing with this observation. Particularly when one is referring to crabgrass, and particularly when it has chosen to nestle cozily among the roots of one’s favorite rose bush.

 

Nevertheless, as much as this statement may resonate with some, others may be too far removed from nature to fully appreciate the truth of it. More than half of all people in the world now live in cities, say global think tanks, and this trend is not expected to reverse. In fact, by 2050, urban areas may contain as many people as now make up the entire planet’s population.

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Angry? Be a Fly on the Wall

Angry? Be a Fly on the Wall | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Study showed people calmer if they thought of themselves as detached.

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Children as Young as Age 3 Enforce Social Norms

Children as Young as Age 3 Enforce Social Norms | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Association for Psychological Science (APS): German study finds that young children’s behavior mostly conforms to social norms, as they follow adult behavioral directives and instructions. But it turns out that even preschool children also actively enforce social norms on others, often using generic normative language to do so. This behavior is not easily explained by individualistic motives; it is more likely a result of children’s growing identification with their cultural group, which leads to prosocial motives for preserving its ways of doing things.

 

"We think that the experimental findings suggest something like the following explanation. When children begin to identify with their cultural group—which more and more research is showing happens at a very young age, based on such things as linguistic accent and common clothing (e.g., Kinzler, Dupoux, & Spelke, 2007)—they understand that part of this group identification is that “we” do things in certain ways. Gilbert (1989) argued that when someone wants to be a member of a group, they, in essence, jointly accept the social norms that the members of the group commit themselves to, which naturally includes upholding the norms when others in the group violate them (see Gräfenhain, Behne, Carpenter, & Tomasello, 2009).

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How our brains see men as people and women as body parts: Both genders process images of men, women differently

How our brains see men as people and women as body parts: Both genders process images of men, women differently | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that two distinct cognitive processes are in play with our basic physical perceptions of men and women -- and, importantly, provides clues as to why women are often the targets of sexual objectification.
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The Rise and Fall of the American Childhood

The Rise and Fall of the American Childhood | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

From the 1930s to 1980, childhood in America became a cherished space for youngsters to grow in. After 1980, and with increasing furor, that space has been under assault and childhood terribly compromised. Look at what we once did and what we’re now doing.

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The Lasting Effects of Neglect: Altered Brain Structure in Children | Healthland | TIME.com

The Lasting Effects of Neglect: Altered Brain Structure in Children | Healthland | TIME.com | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Romanian Orphan Study: Kids who are neglected, growing up without normal emotional and social interaction, have measurably different brain structure from other kids, according to a new study from researchers at Boston Children's Hospital.

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Cleaning conflict? What happens when neat freaks and slobs are paired, either romantically or as roommates?

Cleaning conflict? What happens when neat freaks and slobs are paired, either romantically or as roommates? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Study:  What happens when roommates, romantic partners have different levels of tolerance for housework left undone?

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Aurora aftermath: Trying to understand dastardly acts understandable but futile

Aurora aftermath: Trying to understand dastardly acts understandable but futile | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

"People have great difficulty in accepting that sometimes unspeakable tragedies happen and they are not preventable . . . [This leads to] "counterfactual thinking -- when people mentally simulate 'what ifs' to change outcomes in order to understand why a set of events took place. For instance, believing that the massacre could have been avoided if only the Aurora cinema had metal detectors helps to 'undo the tragedy,' which makes the event seem preventable (and thus, controllable)."

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» Sound Sleep Patterns Keeps Seniors Out of Institutions - Psych Central News

» Sound Sleep Patterns Keeps Seniors Out of Institutions  - Psych Central News | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Researchers say fragmented or interrupted sleep is a predictor for placement of an elder into an assisted living or long-term care facility.
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Talking to Yourself: Not So Crazy After All

Talking to Yourself: Not So Crazy After All | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
How and when you "self-talk" can increase your concentration and improve performance...
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Researchers find more links between childhood abuse and age at menarche

Researchers have found more links between childhood physical and sexual abuse and age at menarche.  [Also see this study from 2009: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090518134142.htm ]

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Lucid dreamers help scientists locate the seat of meta-consciousness in the brain

Lucid dreamers help scientists locate the seat of meta-consciousness in the brain | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Studies of lucid dreamers show which centers of the brain become active when we become aware of ourselves in dreams. [I thought everyone could control their dreams while they were dreaming?]

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The fine art of ignoring your children

The fine art of ignoring your children | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
We had dinner at our friend's house a few weeks ago. Half-way through the evening, one of the other dinner guests complimented our children.

 

[Okay, there is some hyperbole here. There are times when it's crucial to intervene to avoid a bullying situation. But if you are the kind of parent who feels it is important to constantly entertain your kids . . . you're going to end up with a kid who thinks they are entitled to a personal entertainer. Please don't create that kid.]

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Why Thinking of Others Improves Our Creativity

Why Thinking of Others Improves Our Creativity | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Research indicates we're better at solving problems and being creative when we're thinking of others instead of ourselves.
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Rachelle Capo's comment, July 28, 2012 7:37 PM
This article goes really well with that "Angry? Be a Fly on the Wall" article. If you can step outside the moment when you're upset, and pretend someone else is in your situation, it seems like you might have a better chance at keeping calm and coming up with a good solution/plan of action.
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Common regrets of the dying

Common regrets of the dying | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
At the end of our days, each and every one of us will be forced to stop and face up to the life we have lived. In this moment of reflection, many will ask, "Is there anything I would do differently?"

 

This question is the subject of The Top Five Regrets of Dying by Australian palliative care nurse and singer, Bronnie Ware.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/life/common-regrets-of-the-dying-20120716-224y2.html#ixzz21mO8kjVr
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Birds, young children show similar solving abilities for 'Aesop's fable' riddle: At about 8 years old, children's performance changes

Birds, young children show similar solving abilities for 'Aesop's fable' riddle: At about 8 years old, children's performance changes | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Birds in the crow family can figure out how to extract a treat from a half-empty glass surprisingly well, and young children show similar patterns of behavior until they reach about eight years old, at which point their performance surpasses that of the birds.  (Nice!)

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» Involved Dads Boost Behavioral Outcomes at Year 1 - Psych Central News

» Involved Dads Boost Behavioral Outcomes at Year 1 - Psych Central News | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Children whose fathers are more engaged with them at 3 months have fewer behavioral problems at 12 months, according to new research.
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After Aurora, Expect PTSD to Spread Far Beyond Theater -

After Aurora, Expect PTSD to Spread Far Beyond Theater - | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Like all such tragedies, the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater will claim more victims than is immediately apparent. In the coming weeks and months, many people who were somehow involved in the event but physically unhurt will find themselves experiencing the sometimes debilitating symptoms of PTSD.

 

Who will experience this psychological trauma, and what’s the best way to help them? A pair of recently published studies examining the aftermath of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, which claimed 32 lives, offer some clues.

 

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Aunt Psych's Blog: Adopted Family

Aunt Psych's Blog: Adopted Family | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

"When my husband was doing chemo and on disability from work, he would keep himself busy by visiting some of the elderly ladies we knew. They all adored him and the highlight of their week was seeing him come down the driveway with a bag of groceries and a tool kit . . . "

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Thought Beyond Language:

Thought Beyond Language: | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

UCLA psychologists investigated a widely-held view that natural language underpins different areas of thought, such as mathematic reasoning. However, their findings overturn this assumption: language and algebra are processed through different neural mechanisms.

 

"Our findings indicate that processing the syntax of language elicits the known substrate of linguistic competence, whereas algebraic operations recruit bilateral parietal brain regions previously implicated in the representation of magnitude," write the study authors. "This double dissociation argues against the view that language provides the structure of thought across all cognitive domains."

 

These results are consistent with neuropsychological evidence (Butterworth, 2005; Cipolotti et al., 1991; Varley et al., 2005) and findings showing parallel dissociations between the operations of language and those of logical reasoning (Monti & Osherson, 2012; Monti, Osherson, Martinez, & Parsons, 2007; Monti et al., 2009).

 

As a side note on their way toward further supporting their findings, the researchers observed that "on a behavioral level, algebraic equivalence was more difficult than linguistic equivalence" for their participants.  [Yep, I think a lot of us could have helped them out with that assessment . . . ]

 

 

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Two Risk Factors for Schizophrenia Now Linked - Psych Central News

Two Risk Factors for Schizophrenia Now Linked - Psych Central News | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

A cause-and-effect relationship has been discovered between two already established biological risk factors for schizophrenia previously thought to be independent of one another.

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Discovery may lead to new treatment for ALS

Discovery may lead to new treatment for ALS | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered that TDP-43, a protein strongly linked to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and other neurodegnerative diseases, appears to activate a variety of different molecular pathways when genetically manipulated.
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