PsyPost http://www.psypost.org Behavior, cognition and society Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:45:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Consistent distraction does not hinder learninghttp://www.psypost.org/2014/12/consistent-distraction-not-hinder-learning-30294 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/consistent-distraction-not-hinder-learning-30294#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:45:52 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30294 Maybe distraction is not always the enemy of learning. It turns out in surprising Brown University psychology research that inconsistentdistraction is the real problem. As long as our attention is as divided when we have to recall a motor skill as it was when we learned it, we’ll do just fine, according to the new [...]

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Office jerks beware – your good ideas may not always be welcomed by colleagueshttp://www.psypost.org/2014/12/office-jerks-beware-good-ideas-may-not-always-welcomed-colleagues-30292 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/office-jerks-beware-good-ideas-may-not-always-welcomed-colleagues-30292#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:44:12 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30292 You don’t have to be a jerk to come up with fresh and original ideas, but sometimes being disagreeable is just what’s needed to sell your brainchild successfully to others. However, difficult or irritating people should be aware of the social context in which they are presenting their ideas. A pushy strategy will not always [...]

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Discovery of novel drug target may lead to better treatment for schizophreniahttp://www.psypost.org/2014/12/discovery-novel-drug-target-may-lead-better-treatment-schizophrenia-30290 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/discovery-novel-drug-target-may-lead-better-treatment-schizophrenia-30290#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:43:29 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30290 Scientists at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have identified a novel drug target that could lead to the development of better antipsychotic medications. Dr. Fang Liu, Senior Scientist in CAMH’s Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and her team published their results [...]

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Study shows cognitive training can improve brain performance of students in povertyhttp://www.psypost.org/2014/12/study-shows-cognitive-training-can-improve-brain-performance-students-poverty-30288 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/study-shows-cognitive-training-can-improve-brain-performance-students-poverty-30288#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:42:44 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30288 The cognitive effects of poverty can be mitigated during middle school with a targeted intervention, according to researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas. In a paper published today in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, researchers for the first time examine the efficacy of cognitive training in [...]

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Internet addiction affects 6 percent of people worldwidehttp://www.psypost.org/2014/12/internet-addiction-affects-6-percent-people-worldwide-30286 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/internet-addiction-affects-6-percent-people-worldwide-30286#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:09:57 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30286 Internet addiction is an impulse-control problem marked by an inability to inhibit Internet use, which can adversely affect a person’s life, including their health and interpersonal relationships. The prevalence of Internet addiction varies among regions around the world, as shown by data from more than 89,000 individuals in 31 countries analyzed for a study published [...]

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Brain structures devoted to learning and memory are highly conserved in the animal kingdomhttp://www.psypost.org/2014/12/brain-structures-devoted-learning-memory-highly-conserved-animal-kingdom-30284 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/brain-structures-devoted-learning-memory-highly-conserved-animal-kingdom-30284#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:08:23 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30284 Whether you’re cramming for an exam or just trying to remember where you put your car keys, learning and memory are critical functions that we constantly employ in daily life. It turns out that the structure and function of brain centers responsible for learning and memory in a wide range of invertebrate species may possibly [...]

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A clear, molecular view of the evolution of human color visionhttp://www.psypost.org/2014/12/clear-molecular-view-evolution-human-color-vision-30282 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/clear-molecular-view-evolution-human-color-vision-30282#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:06:22 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30282 Many genetic mutations in visual pigments, spread over millions of years, were required for humans to evolve from a primitive mammal with a dim, shadowy view of the world into a greater ape able to see all the colors in a rainbow. Now, after more than two decades of painstaking research, scientists have finished a [...]

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High socioeconomic status increases discrimination, depression risk in black young adultshttp://www.psypost.org/2014/12/high-socioeconomic-status-increases-discrimination-depression-risk-black-young-adults-30280 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/high-socioeconomic-status-increases-discrimination-depression-risk-black-young-adults-30280#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:03:30 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30280 An investigation into factors related to disparities of depression in young adults has found that higher parental education – which has a protective effect for white youth – can also increase the risk of depression for black youth. The MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) study published online in the Journal of Pediatrics also found that, among [...]

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Research shows E.B. White was right in Charlotte’s Web: What it really means to be humblehttp://www.psypost.org/2014/12/research-shows-e-b-white-right-charlottes-web-really-means-humble-30277 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/research-shows-e-b-white-right-charlottes-web-really-means-humble-30277#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:55:52 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30277 Before Charlotte the spider spelled the word “humble” in her web to describe Wilbur the pig, she told Templeton the rat that the word meant “not proud.” That’s probably what most people say if you put them on the spot. But if you give them time to think about it deeply, like a new study [...]

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From disgust to deceit: A shorter path than you might thinkhttp://www.psypost.org/2014/12/disgust-deceit-shorter-path-might-think-30274 http://www.psypost.org/2014/12/disgust-deceit-shorter-path-might-think-30274#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:15:28 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=30274 Feeling queasy? How about deceitful? New research shows feelings of disgust encourage unethical, self-interested behaviours such as lying to get more money. At first look, these findings would suggest that feelings of disgust are to be avoided (such as dealing with that mouldy food container in the work fridge before the holiday break). On deeper [...]

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