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  • February 15, 2011
  • 07:47 PM

Are You Normal? It Depends.

by Jenika in ionpsych

We all have personality quirks.  But occasionally, a person may behave so eccentrically and erratically that they cannot function in regular life situations.  It might seem easy to identify a person who behaves oddly.  They might be chronically suspicious of … Continue reading →... Read more »

Dickey CC, Morocz IA, Minney D, Niznikiewicz MA, Voglmaier MM, Panych LP, Khan U, Zacks R, Terry DP, Shenton ME.... (2010) Factors in sensory processing of prosody in schizotypal personality disorder: an fMRI experiment. Schizophrenia research, 121(1-3), 75-89. PMID: 20362418  

Guitart-Masip M, Pascual JC, Carmona S, Hoekzema E, Bergé D, Pérez V, Soler J, Soliva JC, Rovira M, Bulbena A.... (2009) Neural correlates of impaired emotional discrimination in borderline personality disorder: an fMRI study. Progress in neuro-psychopharmacology , 33(8), 1537-45. PMID: 19748540  

  • February 15, 2011
  • 04:58 PM

Cannabis Use and Psychosis (Part 2)

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

I reviewed a research study last fall examining a Dutch study of cannabis use and psychotic symptoms.  That post is linked here.  In summary, the study suggested cannabis probably does not produce psychotic symptoms in the majority of users.  However, if you have a family member with a psychotic disorder (suggesting you may have a genetic risk for psychosis) you may be more likely to experience psychotic symptoms (i.e. hallucinations/delusions) with cannabis use.  This risk m........ Read more »

  • February 15, 2011
  • 12:30 PM

To rock at video games, pick the red team

by Hel in Substantia Innominata

At the moment I play a lot to Team Fortress 2, a funny first-person-shooter where teams are red or blue. The aim is to defend your bases, to attack the enemies’ bases, to steal documents and so one. It is a really good game that I advice you. Well, I am not here to speak [...]... Read more »

Ilie A, Ioan S, Zagrean L, & Moldovan M. (2008) Better to be red than blue in virtual competition. Cyberpsychology , 11(3), 375-7. PMID: 18537513  

  • February 15, 2011
  • 12:13 PM

How does Culture Improve Mental Health?

by Ida Salusky in ionpsych

If you or a loved one had schizophrenia, where do you think you would have a better long term outcome: in the USA, or in a developing country?  The answer is probably not what you think.  The World Health organization … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • February 15, 2011
  • 09:23 AM

Why You Can't Cure a Plague of Olbermanns With An Infusion of O'Reillys

by David Berreby in Mind Matters

Do left-leaning social sciences need an influx of conservatives to open their collective minds? So argues Jon Haidt, but I wonder. As I read this study in this month's Journal of Risk Research, adding another ideology to social psychology would more likely lead to a lot of pointless yelling and a ...Read More
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Kahan, D., Jenkins-Smith, H., & Braman, D. (2011) Cultural cognition of scientific consensus. Journal of Risk Research, 14(2), 147-174. DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2010.511246  

  • February 15, 2011
  • 06:37 AM

Influencing others by showing emotion: a new emotional ability?

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

Many workplaces recognise that besides more cognitive notions of intelligence – our capability to solve problems, use logic, process and judge factual information – they also need Emotional Intelligence (EI): the capability to recognise, make the most of and manage emotion. Now a new theoretical paper makes the case that we should be expanding this concept of EI to include the ability to influence others through emotional displays.EI currently focuses on spotting, dealing with and making sen........ Read more »

  • February 15, 2011
  • 05:20 AM

Learning new faces - A mental ability that doesn't peak until the early thirties

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Cognition researchers should beware assuming that people's mental faculties have finished maturing when they reach adulthood. So say Laura Germine and colleagues, whose new study shows that face learning ability continues to improve until people reach their early thirties.

Although vocabulary and other forms of acquired knowledge grow throughout the life course, it's generally accepted that the speed and efficiency of the cognitive faculties peaks in the early twenties before starting a steady ........ Read more »

  • February 14, 2011
  • 10:03 PM

Dunning-Kruger Effect

by Jon Wilkins in Lost in Transcription


Dunning-Kruger Effect by jonfwilkins
Kruger, J., & Dunning, D. (1999). Unskilled and unaware of it: How difficulties in recognizing one's own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77 (6), 1121-1134 DOI: 10.1037/0022-3514.77.6.1121

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  • February 14, 2011
  • 07:09 PM

Posterior Hippocampus and Sexual Frequency

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

Fig. 2D (Acevedo et al., 2011). Image and scatter plot illustrating greater response to the Partner (vs. a highly familiar acquaintance) in the region of the posterior hippocampus is associated with higher sexual frequency.Now there's an unexpected correlation suitable for Valentine's Day. How romantic! Actually, it is romantic because the neuroimaging study by Acevedo et al. (2011) is entitled "Neural correlates of long-term intense romantic love." How do you quantify long-term intense romantic........ Read more »

Acevedo BP, Aron A, Fisher HE, & Brown LL. (2011) Neural correlates of long-term intense romantic love. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience. PMID: 21208991  

  • February 14, 2011
  • 02:46 PM

‘You had me at hello’ – Love at First Sight

by Ben Good in B Good Science

Valentine’s day is upon us. With love hearts adorning every shop window, radio stations playing non-stop love songs and an army of loved up teddy bears invading homes there is never a better time to look at the science of love. A recent meta-analysis has indicated that falling in love can take a little as … Read more... Read more »

Ortigue S, Bianchi-Demicheli F, Patel N, Frum C, & Lewis JW. (2010) Neuroimaging of love: fMRI meta-analysis evidence toward new perspectives in sexual medicine. The journal of sexual medicine, 7(11), 3541-52. PMID: 20807326  

  • February 14, 2011
  • 12:08 PM

Love, Hate… What’s the Difference?

by Melanie Tannenbaum in ionpsych

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’d like to take a quick look at one of the most fundamental human emotions — hate. Wait, that doesn’t seem right. Hate? On Valentine’s Day? Isn’t V-Day supposed to be about love, Hallmark, and … Continue reading →... Read more »

Zeki S, & Romaya JP. (2008) Neural correlates of hate. PloS one, 3(10). PMID: 18958169  

Berntson GG, Norman GJ, Bechara A, Bruss J, Tranel D, & Cacioppo JT. (2011) The insula and evaluative processes. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 22(1), 80-6. PMID: 21148459  

  • February 14, 2011
  • 11:43 AM

When It Comes to Your Greatest Case Weakness, Steer Into the Skid

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By: Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - With our current nationwide surplus of wintry weather, it has become a familiar feeling: The car you are driving loses traction and starts to slide. Your every impulse is to wrench the steering wheel hard in the opposite direction. Then the voice of your long-ago high school drivers' ed teacher enters your brain: "No," he says with an unnatural calm that only high school drivers' ed teachers and Buddhist monks are capable of, "first steer into the the skid, regain tracti........ Read more »

  • February 14, 2011
  • 10:44 AM

Is a Kiss Ever Just a Kiss? Decoding the Art of Flirtation

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

A lingering look. A coy smile. Standing just a bit too close. An accidental brush.
Flirtation is an art. It is also a deftly employed social tool. It marks an exploratory, transformative stage—in a first meeting or an existing relationship—when interested parties look toward a tantalizingly unknown future. We flirt to establish a connection, and to gauge the interest of others in reciprocating that connection. While not all flirting is done with the aim of establishing a romantic or sexual ........ Read more »

Hall, Jeffrey A., Carter, S., Cody, M., and Albright, J. (2010) The Communication of Romantic Interest: Development of the Flirting Styles Inventory. Communication Quarterly, 58(4), 365-393. info:/10.1080/01463373.2010.524.874

  • February 14, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

Religious Orthodoxy Does Not Protect Against Disordered Eating

by Arya M. Sharma in Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes

One of the most persistent and pervasive beliefs amongst experts in eating disorders is that much of this problem in “western” society is promoted by the focus on thinness in popular media and weight-obsessed societal norms.
It is therefore interesting, when researchers find that actual data to support this commonly held notion may not be all [...]... Read more »

  • February 14, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Women are soft (and sweet) and men are hard (and tough)

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Here’s a new entry in the embodied cognition research. You remember, it’s the research that leads us to see others as ‘warm’ when we are holding a cup of hot coffee.  There are associations (warm drink = warm person) and there are symbolic meanings (like Pontius Pilate or Lady MacBeth washing their hands). And then. Then [...]

Related posts:Men married to rich women are more likely to cheat
Who knew we’d be such grumpy (but NOT old!) men and women?
New research on men: What do we k........ Read more »

Slepian ML, Weisbuch M, Rule NO, & Ambady N. (2011) Tough and tender: embodied categorization of gender. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 22(1), 26-8. PMID: 21106884  

  • February 14, 2011
  • 06:00 AM

Know your type

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

In last week’s post about employability I presented four approaches to employability (Careerist, Ritualist, Rebel and Retreatist). This got me all enthusiastic about typologies that put people into boxes which describe their approach to career management and decision making. I’ve found a few, but I’m hoping that you can come up with some more for [...]... Read more »

  • February 14, 2011
  • 02:09 AM

Is oxytocin truly a universal social panacea?

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Oxytocin is the new hormone possibly responsible for increase of trust, “the hormone of love”, and improvement of social cognition. This optimism is sometimes turned around in the way that some researchers believe that oxytocine could also ameliorate social deficits such as present in social phobia and autism. I don’t share this optimism, in biology [...]

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Bartz, J., Zaki, J., Bolger, N., Hollander, E., Ludwig, N., Kolevzon, A., & Ochsner, K. (2010) Oxytocin Selectively Improves Empathic Accuracy. Psychological Science, 21(10), 1426-1428. DOI: 10.1177/0956797610383439  

  • February 13, 2011
  • 09:42 PM

Existential Neuroscience

by Psychothalamus in Psychothalamus

Is it reasonable to fear death? If you agree with Lucretius, you will say no. In what is known as the Symmetry Argument, Lucretius contends that that the time before our existence is similar to the time of our future non-existence. And since we do not fear the time before we existed, it is not reasonable to fear our future non-existence i.e. death. ... Read more »

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