Psychology-Psychiatry

Stress & Depression Early in Life Stunts Our Reward Circuits

Stress & Depression Early in Life Stunts Our Reward Circuits

Researchers at Duke University and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio looked specifically at this second phenomenon in a longitudinal neuroimaging study of adolescents, in order to better understand how early life stress contributes to depression.

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How the Human Heart Functions as a Second Brain

Posted by on October 11, 2016 in Nature, Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 16 Comments
How the Human Heart Functions as a Second Brain

Did you know that the human heart is the organ that generates the strongest electromagnetic field of any organ of the human body? In fact, the electromagnetic field of your heart can be measured up to a few feet away from your body. Furthermore, this energy field changes in relation to your emotions. One thing you should know about electromagnetic field is that every organ and cell in your body generate an energy field.

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Americans Used to Get Happier in Their Thirties. Not Any More

Posted by on October 6, 2016 in Nature, Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 10 Comments
Americans Used to Get Happier in Their Thirties. Not Any More

For decades, Americans struggled through angst-filled and turbulent teenage years only to become happier once they reached the full bloom of adulthood. But that link between age and happiness disappeared in 2010, according to a study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science on Nov. 5. Adolescents have become steadily happier while those in their thirties are more miserable.

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Your Brain Peforms Better When It Slows Down (Video)

Posted by on September 29, 2016 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 2 Comments
Your Brain Peforms Better When It Slows Down (Video)

Best-selling author Steven Kotler recently visited Big Think to discuss the optimization of consciousness through flow states, a key topic in his recently published book, The Rise of Superman. The best way to describe a flow state is to use the example of practically every action movie released since The Matrix. Experiencing flow is similar to being in “bullet time.” Like Keanu Reeves’ Neo (though certainly not on his level), a person in flow obtains the ability to keenly hone their focus on the task at hand so that everything else disappears.

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Your Powers of Unconscious Awareness

Written by on September 19, 2016 in Psychology-Psychiatry with 0 Comments
Your Powers of Unconscious Awareness

Studies show that aspects of unconscious awareness provide us with knowledge of what’s about to happen, and the findings might not be what you’d expect. You may have heard of the expression, “women’s intuition,” and thus assumed that women might feel more excited than men about finding their intuitions are proven to be correct–but according to one researcher’s […]

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How to Persuade Others with the Right Questions: Jedi Mind Tricks from Daniel H. Pink

Posted by on September 19, 2016 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
How to Persuade Others with the Right Questions: Jedi Mind Tricks from Daniel H. Pink

Daniel H. Pink explains how you can use motivational interviewing to influence others’ thoughts and behaviors.

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Young People’s Friendships Affect Their Health Later On

Posted by on September 15, 2016 in Nature, Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Young People’s Friendships Affect Their Health Later On

What’s particularly important, regardless of how old you are, is to surround yourself with as many good friends as you can find, as a wide body of research links poor social connections with early mortality.

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Psychologists Explain 9/11 Denial Despite Hard Scientific Evidence

Posted by on September 11, 2016 in Psychology-Psychiatry with 49 Comments
Psychologists Explain 9/11 Denial Despite Hard Scientific Evidence

Seven psychologists plus author David Ray Griffin, Ph.D., provide insights on why so many people are in total denial regarding the truth about 9/11 despite “nine years of hard scientific evidence that disproves the government theory about what happened on September 11.” Trauma, fear, pride, and cognitive dissonance (information that contradicts beliefs about our worldview) are among the reasons given for why people can’t handle the truth about 9/11.

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A Simple Mind Trick Will Help You Think More Rationally

Posted by on September 8, 2016 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 2 Comments
A Simple Mind Trick Will Help You Think More Rationally

By adopting the perspective of an outside advisor, psychologist Dan Ariely says we can inject some rationality into our cognitive processes. Ariely’s new book is titled Irrationally Yours

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6 Examples of Psychological Projection We All Commit

Posted by on September 6, 2016 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 2 Comments
6 Examples of Psychological Projection We All Commit

Unfortunately, making assumptions – which is closely linked to something known as psychological projection – is not only something that we all do, but it is common for us to suffer greatly at the expense of such a habit. Keep reading to discover whether you’re a “serial projector” or not in your daily life.

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Mindset Science: How Our Attitudes Remake Our World

Posted by on September 2, 2016 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 4 Comments
Mindset Science: How Our Attitudes Remake Our World

Health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, author of the new book The Upside of Stress, talks about mindset science. McGonigal explains how positive thinking can put you on the road to positive outcomes while negative thoughts run the risk of becoming self-fulfilling prophecies. The way that you think about something can actually transform the effect that it has on you. That’s the meaning of mindset science.

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Why Paying It Forward Makes You Feel So Damn Good

Posted by on August 29, 2016 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 1 Comment
Why Paying It Forward Makes You Feel So Damn Good

There’s no happiness like one that comes from doing something good for someone else without expecting anything in return. This kind of selflessness comes in all shapes and sizes. It can happen on a large scale — like, for example, whenever Oprah has one of her famous giveaways — or on a smaller scale, like what occurs between you and another individual.

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How We Create Reality: The Infinite Power Behind Ideas

Posted by on August 21, 2016 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 13 Comments
How We Create Reality: The Infinite Power Behind Ideas

The mind is like an endless field of the richest soil, stretching off in every direction as far as the eye can see, and ideas are the seeds that create our inner reality which in turn, manifest into what we perceive as the external world around us.

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Study Finds Being Exposed To Buddhist Concepts Reduces Prejudice and Increases Pro-Sociality

Posted by on August 1, 2016 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 31 Comments
Study Finds Being Exposed To Buddhist Concepts Reduces Prejudice and Increases Pro-Sociality

Extensive data gathered by researchers from Belgium and Taiwan reveals that a person exposed to Buddhist concepts can lead to increased pro-social behavioral intentions, ultimately undermining prejudice and hate towards others.

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Studies Link Social Anxiety To High IQs & Empathetic Abilities

Posted by on July 31, 2016 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 15 Comments
Studies Link Social Anxiety To High IQs & Empathetic Abilities

A plethora of people who consider themselves to be “conscious” or “spiritual” also report feeling social anxiety and experience things like depression and other mental disorders. But as it turns out, people who suffer from anxiety may also be more intelligent.

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