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  • November 9, 2012
  • 09:42 AM

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Generalized anxiety disorder (or GAD) involves a core group of physical symptoms along with frequent and uncontrollable worries that are often irrationally intense. It can be difficult to diagnose GAD, as its severity and nature may dramatically vary from person to person. However, the following eleven symptoms are the most common, so if you experience [...]... Read more »

  • October 31, 2012
  • 11:10 AM

Question Dodging, Social Goals, and Limited Attention Capacity – Are You The Artful Dodger’s Next Victim?

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Question asked.  Question dodged.  The [election] season of avoiding the real question asked or answering a question not asked has reached the home stretch.  Do you know how to detect when someone tries to wriggle out of asking a question that they would rather avoid?Researchers recently gleaned some tips on how to detect [...]... Read more »

Rogers, T., & Norton, M. (2011) The artful dodger: Answering the wrong question the right way. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 17(2), 139-147. DOI: 10.1037/a0023439  

  • October 26, 2012
  • 01:07 AM

An Accurate First Impression Is a Good First Impression

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

What’s the best way to make a good first impression? The question has dogged college freshmen and Project Runway contestants for ages, but some new research suggests the answer may lie in that old parental advice, “Be yourself.” The study examined how the accuracy of first impressions influences the development of long-term relationships. Impression accuracy [...]... Read more »

  • October 25, 2012
  • 06:10 AM

Obama should pray for sun – Psycho-meteorological effects on government approval

by Richard Kunert in Brain's Idea

Romney should pray for rain because rain improves a conservative’s chances of getting elected. Having covered this ‘Republican rain advantage’ in my last post, I will turn to a second reason why the presidential candidates should monitor the election day weather in this post. It turns out that the weather influences how well the government is perceived. Could this be exploited by the candidates?... Read more »

Mutz, M., & Kämpfer, S. (2011) …und nun zum Wetter: Beeinflusst die Wetterlage die Einschätzung von politischen und wirtschaftlichen Sachverhalten?. Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 40(4), 208-226. info:/

  • October 21, 2012
  • 12:57 PM

Romney should pray for rain – psycho-meteorological effects on GOP vote share

by Richard Kunert in Brain's Idea

I would not be surprised if Mitt Romney was going through the weather forecast for November 6th, the date of the next US presidential election. As the Republican candidate, he will know that his chances of being elected are higher if people are faced with pouring rain upon leaving for the ballot box. Research supports this opinion but the underlying reasons could give the Obama campaign a strategy to undo this Republican rain advantage.... Read more »

Carlson M, Charlin V, & Miller N. (1988) Positive mood and helping behavior: a test of six hypotheses. Journal of personality and social psychology, 55(2), 211-29. PMID: 3050025  

Keller MC, Fredrickson BL, Ybarra O, Côté S, Johnson K, Mikels J, Conway A, & Wager T. (2005) A warm heart and a clear head. The contingent effects of weather on mood and cognition. Psychological science, 16(9), 724-31. PMID: 16137259  

  • October 13, 2012
  • 02:15 AM

The Upside of Sharing Secrets

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Secrets are bad. It’s a mantra every ten-year-old learns (and then obsessively repeats to the cool kids in an effort to discover who has a crush on who.) But there’s truth to it. Scientists believe that keeping secrets can lead to more stress and increased negative affect. The problem is that because trust and privacy are important [...]... Read more »

  • October 2, 2012
  • 05:46 PM

Hey, I Could Be Your Girlfriend

by Melissa Chernick in Science Storiented

In the immortal words of Avril Lavigne: “Hey hey, you you, I don't like your girlfriend / No way, no way, I think you need a new one / Hey hey, you you, I could be your girlfriend...”Do I need to apologize for subjecting you to that? I almost feel as if I do. But it serves my point, I swear. Let’s say that the song was not titled “Girlfriend,” but instead was called “Mate Poaching.” Admittedly, it doesn’t really have the same ring to it, but that is essentially what she’s talki........ Read more »

  • September 22, 2012
  • 06:36 PM

Is Anorexia Nervosa a Version of Autism Spectrum Disorders?

by Tetyana in Science of Eating Disorders

Patients with anorexia nervosa often have difficulties recognizing and regulating emotions. This  conclusion that is largely based on data from  common tests such as Reading the Mind in the Eyes assessing  emotion recognition, and questionnaires like Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS) assessing emotion regulation (see my post here).  Although that study compared currently ill patients with healthy controls (thus raising the possibility that the resulting data was due to the e........ Read more »

Oldershaw, A., Treasure, J., Hambrook, D., Tchanturia, K., & Schmidt, U. (2011) Is anorexia nervosa a version of autism spectrum disorders?. European Eating Disorders Review: The Journal of the Eating Disorders Association, 19(6), 462-74. PMID: 21280165  

  • September 22, 2012
  • 02:26 PM

Can Video Games Teach Kids “Grit”?

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

KIPP’s character report card and Paul Tough’s new book have laudably placed an emphasis on how emotional skills and character traits (e.g. persistence, curiosity, optimism, etc.) influence a child’s academic trajectory. Yet the question remains, will our education system make a real effort to emphasize these new ideas, or will they join things like Carol [...]... Read more »

  • September 16, 2012
  • 02:37 PM

Why Are Conservatives Happier? The Selflessness of Their Selfishness

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Research has consistently found that conservatives score higher than liberals on self-reported happiness measures. The standard explanations tend to involve differences regarding religion, marriage, openness, opportunity, and perceptions of fairness, but some new research hints at another, previously overlooked explanation. Penn’s Jonathan Berman and Deborah Small were interested in how the conditions under which people [...]... Read more »

  • September 15, 2012
  • 09:05 AM

Emotional Intelligence, Environmental Cues, and Legal “Dream Teams”–(Im)possibilities for Lawyers and Law Firms?

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Emotion perception ability drives the emotional intelligence (EI)–performance relationship in workplace job contexts which involve the management of diverse individuals, functions, and lines of business. This post has two purposes.  First, it discusses a recent research report which describes this important advancement in the stream of EI research. Second, it hopes to [...]... Read more »

  • September 14, 2012
  • 02:16 AM

Why You Shouldn’t Berate Unhelpful Comcast Employees

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

The selfishness inherent in feeling angry means we rarely think about how our anger affects others. But anger does influence people, and one way it does this is by making it easier to be persuaded. For example, anger can elicit more concessions during negotiations. On the other hand, anger can also reduce persuasion. One recent [...]... Read more »

Rafaeli, A., Erez, A., Derfler-Rozin, R., Treister, D.E., & Scheyer, R. (2012) When customers exhibit verbal aggression, employees pay cognitive costs. Journal of Applied Psychology. DOI: 10.1037/a0028559  

  • September 14, 2012
  • 12:59 AM

Emotion Recognition and Regulation in Anorexia Nervosa

by Tetyana in Science of Eating Disorders

Should anorexia nervosa (AN) – or subtypes of AN – be classified as part of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD)? That’s a question that has been receiving some attention in the literature in the last few years, although there are only a handful of studies, most of which are small and limited in scope (thus limiting interpretation of the results).
In the Time Magazine article  ”A Genetic Link Between Anorexia and Autism?” the author mentions a study – whi........ Read more »

Harrison, A., Sullivan, S., Tchanturia, K., & Treasure, J. (2009) Emotion Recognition and Regulation in Anorexia Nervosa. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 348-356. DOI: 10.1002/cpp.628  

  • September 13, 2012
  • 02:41 PM

The science of the chubby chaser.

by NerdyOne in Try Nerdy

Before I go anywhere with this post, is the term “chubby chaser” offensive? If it is, you have my apologies, but I’m from Generation Y, and I think we view “chubby chaser” as something of a technical term for a person of any gender or sexual leaning who romantically prefers individuals with some extra meat on his or her bones. Y’know: thick, bootylicious, more to love, junk in the trunk…don’t act like you’re not familiar with these concepts......... Read more »

  • September 7, 2012
  • 01:18 AM

Why Conservatives Can’t Be Funny

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Last week the Daily Dish had a smart discussion about why, relative to liberals, conservatives seem to struggle with humor. The Dish post makes a number of good points, but it’s worth noting that the scientific research on humor can also provide an explanation. According to Peter McGraw — a man who is basically to humor [...]... Read more »

  • August 28, 2012
  • 09:00 AM

Eavesdropping on Feelings, Emotional Intelligence, and Workplace Interventions

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Successful foreign service officers have this ability.  Elementary school principals with great leadership skills also have it.  Lawyers, medical doctors, other medical providers, and mental health clinicians need it.  This ability or skill is called “emotion recognition”.  It is very complex and depends upon context.  Circumstances may dictate that when it comes [...]... Read more »

  • August 26, 2012
  • 04:33 AM

The Art of Delicate Sadness

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

Sad Noh masks (from Fig. 1 of Osaka et al., 2012).Noh is a traditional style of Japanese theater where the actors wear masks to convey facial expressions. Many of the masks are known for their ambiguity:As it is often difficult to tell the actual feelings expressed in a noh mask, it is said to be made with a “neutral” expression. The mask carver tries to instill a variety of emotions in the mask. It is up to the performer to imbue the mask with emotion. One of the techniques used in thi........ Read more »

  • August 17, 2012
  • 01:59 PM

No Pain, No Gain: Victimhood And Selfishness

by Jesse Marczyk in Pop Psychology

If you’re the kind of person who has an active social life, including things like friends and intimate sexual relationships, then you’re probably the type of person who has something better to do than read this page. In the event … Continue reading →... Read more »

Zitek EM, Jordan AH, Monin B, & Leach FR. (2010) Victim entitlement to behave selfishly. Journal of personality and social psychology, 98(2), 245-55. PMID: 20085398  

  • August 12, 2012
  • 10:28 PM

What Makes Beauty Subjective?

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Subjective experiences are known to influence our perception of beauty, but scientists still don’t have a great handle on what it is about these subjective experiences that influences our perceptions. Netta Weinstein of the University of Essex decided to examine the problem through the lens of self-determination theory (SDT), one of the chief theories of human [...]... Read more »

  • August 11, 2012
  • 08:37 PM

The benefits of seeing a “challenge” where others see a “threat.”

by Melanie Tannenbaum in PsySociety

    You ask [Aly Raisman] about feeling the pressure and she says, ‘I don’t really feel it,’ and you know, I think it’s because she labels it something different in her head. Some kids feel anxiety, feel pressure, she … Continue reading →... Read more »

Blascovich, Jim, Seery, Mark D., Mugridge, Carrie A., Norris, R. Kyle, & Weisbuch, Max. (2004) Predicting athletic performance from cardiovascular indexes of challenge and threat. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40(5), 683-688. info:/

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