PsyPost http://www.psypost.org Behavior, cognition and society Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:52:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Money can’t buy happiness — but it can protect from sadness, study findshttp://www.psypost.org/2015/01/money-cant-buy-happiness-can-protect-sadness-study-finds-31170 http://www.psypost.org/2015/01/money-cant-buy-happiness-can-protect-sadness-study-finds-31170#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:46:35 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=31170 Money can’t buy love. Money can’t buy happiness. But you might be able to buy your way out of sadness. Research has found that wealthier individuals feel less sadness during their daily activities but, surprisingly, no more happiness than their poorer counterparts. The results “provide the first evidence that the emotional advantage of higher income [...]

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Brain white matter changes seen in children who experience neglecthttp://www.psypost.org/2015/01/brain-white-matter-changes-seen-children-experience-neglect-31168 http://www.psypost.org/2015/01/brain-white-matter-changes-seen-children-experience-neglect-31168#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:08:07 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=31168 Experiencing neglect in childhood was associated with alterations in brain white matter in a study of abandoned children in Romania who experienced social, emotional, linguistic and cognitive impoverishment while living in institutions compared with children who were placed in high-quality foster care or those who had never been in institutional care, according to the results [...]

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Neuroscientists identify the brain’s on-off switch for thirsthttp://www.psypost.org/2015/01/neuroscientists-identify-brains-off-switch-thirst-31164 http://www.psypost.org/2015/01/neuroscientists-identify-brains-off-switch-thirst-31164#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:03:11 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=31164 Neurons that trigger our sense of thirst–and neurons that turn it off–have been identified by Columbia University Medical Center neuroscientists. The paper was published today in the online edition of Nature. For years, researchers have suspected that thirst is regulated by neurons in the subfornical organ (SFO), in the hypothalamus. But it has been difficult [...]

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Mindfulness-based program in schools making a positive impact: studyhttp://www.psypost.org/2015/01/mindfulness-based-program-schools-making-positive-impact-study-31161 http://www.psypost.org/2015/01/mindfulness-based-program-schools-making-positive-impact-study-31161#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:00:49 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=31161 A social and emotional learning program started by Academy Award winning actress Goldie Hawn to help school children improve their learning abilities, be more caring, and less stressed is now backed by new scientific evidence. In a study from the University of British Columbia, researchers from across multiple disciplines – a neuroscientist, developmental pediatrician, developmental [...]

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Mother’s stress hormone levels may affect fetal growth and long term health of childhttp://www.psypost.org/2015/01/mothers-stress-hormone-levels-may-affect-fetal-growth-long-term-health-child-31159 http://www.psypost.org/2015/01/mothers-stress-hormone-levels-may-affect-fetal-growth-long-term-health-child-31159#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:56:56 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=31159 Increased levels of stress hormones can lead pregnant mice to overeat, but affect growth of the foetus and, potentially, the long term health of her offspring, according to a study published today. In the Journal of Physiology, researchers at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge examine whether levels of [...]

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Are medications’ adverse cognitive effects reversible?http://www.psypost.org/2015/01/medications-adverse-cognitive-effects-reversible-31157 http://www.psypost.org/2015/01/medications-adverse-cognitive-effects-reversible-31157#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:55:47 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=31157 Whether the adverse cognitive effects of medications can be reversed is of significant importance to an aging population, their caregivers and their families, as well as to an overburdened health care system. In a commentary in JAMA Internal Medicine, Noll Campbell, Pharm.D., and Malaz Boustani, M.D., MPH, of the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University [...]

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Would you tell your manager you had a mental health problem?http://www.psypost.org/2015/01/tell-manager-mental-health-problem-31155 http://www.psypost.org/2015/01/tell-manager-mental-health-problem-31155#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:54:40 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=31155 Although nearly four in 10 workers wouldn’t tell their manager if they had a mental health problem, half said that if they knew about a coworker’s illness, they would desire to help, a new survey by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows. The survey, headed by CAMH Senior Scientist Dr. Carolyn Dewa, [...]

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Majority of homeless adults with mental illness have high rates of cognitive deficitshttp://www.psypost.org/2015/01/majority-homeless-adults-mental-illness-high-rates-cognitive-deficits-31153 http://www.psypost.org/2015/01/majority-homeless-adults-mental-illness-high-rates-cognitive-deficits-31153#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:50:56 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=31153 Nearly three-quarters of homeless adults with mental illness in Canada show evidence of cognitive deficits, such as difficulties with problem solving, learning and memory, new research has found. The study-believed to be the largest of its kind -assessed neurocognitive functioning indicators such as mental processing speed, verbal learning and memory in 1,500 homeless adults in [...]

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In infants, pain from vaccinations shows up in brain activityhttp://www.psypost.org/2015/01/infants-pain-vaccinations-shows-brain-activity-31151 http://www.psypost.org/2015/01/infants-pain-vaccinations-shows-brain-activity-31151#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:50:03 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=31151 Infants show distinct, consistent patterns of brain activity in response to painful vaccinations, reports a study in the February issue of PAINĀ®, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. “We have shown that inoculation evokes, [...]

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Brain study sheds light on how children with autism process social playhttp://www.psypost.org/2015/01/brain-study-sheds-light-children-autism-process-social-play-31148 http://www.psypost.org/2015/01/brain-study-sheds-light-children-autism-process-social-play-31148#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:48:30 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=31148 Brain scans confirm significant differences in play behavior, brain activation patterns and stress levels in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as compared with typically developing children. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at Vanderbilt University examined social play exchanges on multiple levels, revealing associations among brain regions, behavior and arousal in children with ASD. The [...]

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