Say you're visiting Los Angeles and you have a sudden craving for Chinese food. Since you are only visiting, you might not be aware that nothing is open past, like, 10pm (not even coffee houses), but you get in your rental car and go driving around in search of your Chinese feast anyway. You try hitting up Panda Express, but no such luck. Of course they're closed. You try the neighborhood Chinese restaurant: closed as well. You get back in the car, and think to yourself "maybe the OTHER Panda Ex........ Read more »
In the May issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs is an article titled "Parental R-Rated Movie Restriction and Early-Onset Alcohol Use." (1) Without reading the study, one can guess the reported result : the more R-rated movies that youths watch, the higher the frequency of early-onset alcohol use. This study was funded by the National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Remember what the Last Psychiatrist says: What do researcher........ Read more »
Tanski SE, Cin SD, Stoolmiller M, & Sargent JD. (2010) Parental R-rated movie restriction and early-onset alcohol use. Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs, 71(3), 452-9. PMID: 20409440
Can this little blue pill make you more satisfied in your relationship? The answer is not as straightforward as you might think. Find out more.... Read more »
Aubin, S., Heiman, J., Berger, R., Murallo, A., & Yung-Wen, L. (2009) Comparing Sildenafil Alone Vs. Sildenafil Plus Brief Couple Sex Therapy on Erectile Dysfunction and Couples' Sexual and Marital Quality of Life: A Pilot Study. Journal of Sex , 35(2), 122-143. DOI: 10.1080/00926230802712319
Heiman JR, Talley DR, Bailen JL, Oskin TA, Rosenberg SJ, Pace CR, Creanga DL, & Bavendam T. (2007) Sexual function and satisfaction in heterosexual couples when men are administered sildenafil citrate (Viagra) for erectile dysfunction: a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology, 114(4), 437-47. PMID: 17284249
Hundertmark J, Esterman A, Ben-Tovim D, Austin MA, & Dougherty M. (2007) The South Australian couples sildenafil study: double-blind, parallel-group randomized controlled study to examine the psychological and relationship consequences of sildenafil use in couples. The journal of sexual medicine, 4(4 Pt 2), 1126-35. PMID: 17627725
If you’ve read the sleep hygiene information I posted yesterday, you’ll read that it’s not a good idea to stay in bed if you’re not asleep. Here’s another version. Beds are for sleep and sex, not for being awake – because our brains are very good at learning to put two and two together to [...]... Read more »
Tang NK. (2009) Cognitive-behavioral therapy for sleep abnormalities of chronic pain patients. Current rheumatology reports, 11(6), 451-60. PMID: 19922736
Spielman AJ, Saskin P, & Thorpy MJ. (1987) Treatment of chronic insomnia by restriction of time in bed. Sleep, 10(1), 45-56. PMID: 3563247
The Cognitive Neuroscience Society 2010 Annual Meeting was held last week in Montreal, Québec. Unfortunately, many European registrants were unable to attend because of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. The meeting website has links to the PDFs for 67 of these "Volcano Posters".One of those unable to attend was Dr. Jonas Persson of Stockholm University. He was scheduled to speak in the final symposium of the conference, which was on control of executive control, or who controls the "controller" in........ Read more »
Persson, J., & Reuter-Lorenz, P. (2008) Gaining Control: Training Executive Function and Far Transfer of the Ability to Resolve Interference. Psychological Science, 19(9), 881-888. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2008.02172.x
PERSSON, J., WELSH, K., JONIDES, J., & REUTER-LORENZ, P. (2007) Cognitive fatigue of executive processes: Interaction between interference resolution tasks. Neuropsychologia, 45(7), 1571-1579. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2006.12.007
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Regular readers of this blog will be aware of my conception of positive emotions in terms of promotion focus and negative emotions in terms of prevention focus. Today I will try to relate this to the specific action-tendency theory of negative emotions and broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions (as proposed by Barbara Fredrickson).
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The latest issue of Psychology of Music includes a very original study by Lisa Margulis (University of Arkansas) who decided to study what the effects are of the widespread practice of including program notes for classical concerts on the actual musical experience.In this study, the researchers presented people without formal musical training excerpts from Beethoven String Quartets prefaced by either a dramatic description, a structural description, or no description al all. Consequently, they w........ Read more »
Margulis, E. (2010) When program notes don't help: Music descriptions and enjoyment. Psychology of Music. DOI: 10.1177/0305735609351921
There are a number of things about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator that make me uncomfortable, but they are not the ones that most psychologists go on about.... Read more »
Boyle, G.J. (1995) Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): Some psychometric limitations. Australian Psychologist, 30(1), 71-74. info:/
Everyone has experienced the recollection of memories by some smell or odor. Sometimes these memories have to be fetched from a long long time ago not without difficulty. Often smelling something nice makes me wonder of what it reminds me off. But is this also evidence based or just sentimental crap?
According to a recent review [...]
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Sackeims letter to the editor about memory loss due to electroshock
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Have you ever had a series of nights with broken sleep? It seems OK on the first night, and most of us can function adequately that next day, but if it goes on, and on, and on – and on… then life starts to take on a negative hue and even little things can feel [...]... Read more »
O'Brien EM, Waxenberg LB, Atchison JW, Gremillion HA, Staud RM, McCrae CS, & Robinson ME. (2010) Negative mood mediates the effect of poor sleep on pain among chronic pain patients. The Clinical journal of pain, 26(4), 310-9. PMID: 20393266
Today for Monday Pets, we're going to go old school and talk about vision.
Vision is arguably our most (intentionally) utilized sensory system, so its pretty important to figure out how it works. And it's what David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel set out to investigate starting in the late 1950s. Ultimately, their work would get them a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, in 1981. Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this post...... Read more »
Hubel DH, & Wiesel TN. (2009) Republication of The Journal of Physiology (1959) 148, 574-591: Receptive fields of single neurones in the cat's striate cortex. 1959. The Journal of physiology, 587(Pt 12), 2721-32. PMID: 19525558
Even naps as short as ten minutes have been shown to provide psychological benefits in terms of reduced fatigue and improved concentration (pdf). But would-be nappers face some awkward decisions, most obviously - does it matter whether I nap in my chair or ought I try to find somewhere to lie down? And then ... if remaining seated, is it okay to lean forwards and rest my head on a desk?When it comes to napping while leaning back in a chair or car seat, past research has shown that the further yo........ Read more »
Zhao, D., Zhang, Q., Fu, M., Tang, Y., & Zhao, Y. (2010) Effects of physical positions on sleep architectures and post-nap functions among habitual nappers. Biological Psychology, 83(3), 207-213. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2009.12.008
Gunn et.al. (2009), comparing a number of aged/aging twinned and non-twinned subjects (some of the non-twins were of different ages), have concluded that the primary indicators of aging in women are: skin wrinkling hair graying lip height (measured from the “vermillion border on the philtral crest” (the high points of the upper lips spaced around [...]... Read more »
An analysis of a recent fMRI study that examined social interaction via live video... Read more »
Redcay E, Dodell-Feder D, Pearrow MJ, Mavros PL, Kleiner M, Gabrieli JD, & Saxe R. (2010) Live face-to-face interaction during fMRI: a new tool for social cognitive neuroscience. NeuroImage, 50(4), 1639-47. PMID: 20096792
Blakemore SJ. (2010) The developing social brain: implications for education. Neuron, 65(6), 744-7. PMID: 20346751
Saunders M, & Peerson A (2009). Australia’s national men’s health policy: masculinity matters. Health promotion journal of Australia : official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, 20 (2), 92-7 PMID: 19642955 Australians love to gamble. We have more poker machines than we do shoes. If we can see it, we can place a [...]... Read more »
Saunders M, & Peerson A. (2009) Australia's national men's health policy: masculinity matters. Health promotion journal of Australia : official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, 20(2), 92-7. PMID: 19642955
There’s a beautiful paper in Nature this week by Adrian Owen and colleagues that provides what’s probably as close to definitive evidence as you can get in any single study that “brain training” programs don’t work. Or at least, to the extent that they do work, the effects are so weak they’re probably not worth [...]... Read more »
Amidst an unceasing media-fueled stream of reports about infidelity, is monogamy even possible? Learn more about the prevalence of monogamy in relationships and the known risk factors of infidelity.... Read more »
Allen, E. (2005) Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Contextual Factors in Engaging in and Responding to Extramarital Involvement. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 12(2), 101-130. DOI: 10.1093/clipsy/bpi014
Whisman MA, Gordon KC, & Chatav Y. (2007) Predicting sexual infidelity in a population-based sample of married individuals. Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), 21(2), 320-4. PMID: 17605555
Whisman MA, & Snyder DK. (2007) Sexual infidelity in a national survey of American women: differences in prevalence and correlates as a function of method of assessment. Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), 21(2), 147-54. PMID: 17605537
Tedstone Doherty and Kartalova-O'Doherty (2010) call for a 'gender sensitive approach' to mental health policies, promotion, and prevention. They base this strategy on their findings that men 'do' help-seeking differently to women and that we need to take account of this gender split when planning services, et al. ... Read more »
Tedstone Doherty, D., & Kartalova-O'Doherty, Y. (2010) Gender and self-reported mental health problems: Predictors of help seeking from a general practitioner. British Journal of Health Psychology, 15(1), 213-228. DOI: 10.1348/135910709X457423
It's amazing how much you can learn about an animal's mind by a simply watching it.
Video 1: Gratuitous video of octopuses never hurt anyone. Maybe this will sate the Pharyngulites. Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this post...... Read more »
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This should be a no-brainer: in an era when increasingly words like ‘gene-environment interaction‘ are bandied around, it would be self evident that for full flowering of a prototypical trait, the genotype has to get the right environmental inputs. In absence of the right environmental conditions, the genetic differences may be masked More >Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
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Taylor, J., Roehrig, A., Hensler, B., Connor, C., & Schatschneider, C. (2010) Teacher Quality Moderates the Genetic Effects on Early Reading. Science, 328(5977), 512-514. DOI: 10.1126/science.1186149
Kishiyama, M., Boyce, W., Jimenez, A., Perry, L., & Knight, R. (2009) Socioeconomic Disparities Affect Prefrontal Function in Children. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21(6), 1106-1115. DOI: 10.1162/jocn.2009.21101
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