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Poverty saps mental capacity to deal with complex tasks, say scientists

Poor people spend so much mental energy on the immediate problems of paying bills and cutting costs that they are left with less capacity to deal with other complex but important tasks, including education, training or managing their time, suggests research published on Thursday.<p>The cognitive …

Studies in Aviation Psychology Open Doors to a Diverse Range of Careers

One of the most challenging and rewarding educational fields available within the aviation industry concerns the study of aviation psychology and …

Pet Therapy: How Animals And Humans Heal Each Other

Those of us who own pets know they make us happy. But a growing body of scientific research is showing that our pets can also make us healthy, or healthier.<p>That helps explain the increasing use of animals — dogs and cats mostly, but also birds, fish and even horses — in settings ranging from …

Memoirist recounts her journey from mental patient to Yale psychologist

Annita Perez Sawyer’s new memoir tells a harrowing tale of near-tragedy.<p>Growing up in Westchester County, N.Y., in the 1950s, Sawyer was a high-achieving student but painfully shy, and she became self-destructive, with suicidal tendencies. Mistakenly diagnosing schizophrenia, doctors hospitalized …

Misjudged counselling and therapy can be harmful, study reveals

Counselling and other psychological therapies can do more harm than good if they are of poor quality or the wrong type, according to a major new analysis of their outcomes.<p>Talking therapies are usually helpful to people who are distressed, but in a minority of cases where it goes wrong it can leave …

Four Makeup Tricks Inspired by Evolutionary Psychology

When I was an intern at <i>Cosmo,</i> I spent a lot of time finding scientific studies for editors to use in sex columns. I wouldn’t recommend putting too much stock into living your life based on the principles of evolutionary psychology, but it’s fun to see how wacky facts are supported by …

More sciencey than the rest? The competitive edge of positive psychology coaching

Is positive psychology coaching better than what its competitors offer? Is positive psychology coaching <b>the</b> science-oriented brand or does it just …

Your Skin May Reflect Your Psychological Health

<i>By Melissa Dahl Follow @melissadahl</i><p>Stress, as you may be well aware, can cause your skin to do weird things like break out in acne or hives — which, cruelly, can cause you even more stress. It’s a vicious cycle, and a (slowly) growing field known as psychodermatology is aiming to address this …

The 'New' Benefits Of Mindfulness: Improved Memory, Focus, And GRE Scores

Paying attention may be one of the most fundamental and important cognitive abilities we have. It’s too bad, then, that many of us are so bad at it. It’s not only our outer distractions that get the better of us – email, texts, Twitter – but even worse can be the internal ones: Mind-wandering is a …

Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach

Her parents were running out of hope. Their teenage daughter, Mary, had been diagnosed with a severe case of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as ADHD. They had dragged her to clinics around the country in an effort to thwart the scary, intrusive thoughts and the repetitive behaviors …

A Study in Deception: Psychology's Sickness

For many social scientists, deceptive research methods are accepted as a necessary evil.<p>stef thomas/Flickr<p>Are meat eaters more selfish than vegetarians? Do chaotic situations promote stereotyping? Do we feel smarter when those close to us win awards? These and other intriguing questions have been …

How Being An Oldest, Middle Or Youngest Child Shapes Your Personality

Only children have a reputation for being perfectionists and high-achievers, constantly seeking attention and approval from their parents and from others.<p>But children with siblings, too, express unique personality types based on their birth order.<p>While a number of factors play a role in a child's …

Journal commentary warns that using a tablet or smartphone to divert a child’s attention could be detrimental to “internal mechanisms of self-regulation”<p>Using a smartphone or iPad to pacify a toddler may impede their ability to learn self-regulation, according to researchers.<p>In a commentary for the …

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Birth Of Memory: Why Kids Forget What Happened Before Age 7

Recently, my nearly-4-year-old niece suffered the kind of childhood accident every parent dreads: she fell off her bike and broke a front tooth high above the gum line. The resulting pain and eventual extraction were a harrowing experience for her parents, but fortunately the little girl emerged …

Neuroscience Reveals That Long-Term Meditation May Increase Brain Function

If you're looking for yet another reason to dedicate yourself to a consistent meditation practice, consider the big neurological benefits it may offer you down the road.<p>Over the years, research has suggested that moments of mindfulness can help improve concentration, reduce stress and boost …