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Thu, 07 May 2015 21:56 UTC
Study author Dr. Pam Ramsden, of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Bradford in the UK, and colleagues recently presented their findings at the Annual Conference of the British Psychology Society.
Past studies have found health care workers who help victims of traumatic events or situations may experience "vicarious traumatisation," in which they become psychologically and emotionally affected by victims' suffering.
But for their study, Dr. Ramsden and colleagues wanted to see whether exposure to violent and traumatic events via social media would have a similar effect.
"Social media has enabled violent stories and graphic images to be watched by the public in unedited horrific detail," says Dr. Ramsden. "Watching these events and feeling the anguish of those directly experiencing them may impact on our daily lives."
"In this study we wanted to see if people would experience longer lasting effects such as stress and anxiety, and in some cases post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSDs) from viewing these images."
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Thu, 07 May 2015 20:50 UTC
The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, studied two groups of sixth-graders from a Southern California public school. One group was sent to the Pali Institute, an outdoor education camp in Running Springs, Calif., where the kids had no access to electronic devices. For the other group, it was life as usual.
Sun, 10 May 2015 13:46 UTC
Psychopathy is a personality disorder characterized by impulsivity, manipulative behavior, and a lack of empathy, fear and remorse. However, new psychology research suggests that while psychopathic individuals don't feel these emotions as strongly as others, they can do a better job of pretending to display them than the average person.
Comment: A true psychopath won't feel empathy or remorse at all - that's what makes them psychopaths.
Sat, 09 May 2015 23:31 UTC
Sometimes I find, no matter how uncomfortable it makes me and others feel, I have to speak the truth. We can use all the euphemisms we want, but the literal truth is that schools, as they generally exist in the United States and other modern countries, are prisons. Human beings within a certain age range (most commonly 6 to 16) are required by law to spend a good portion of their time there, and while there they are told what they must do, and the orders are generally enforced. They have no or very little voice in forming the rules they must follow. A prison - according to the common, general definition - is any place of involuntary confinement and restriction of liberty.
Comment: The Untold History of Modern U.S. Education
"In our dreams, people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present education conventions of intellectual and character education fade from their minds and unhampered by tradition we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into men of learning or philosophers, or men of science. We have not to raise up from them authors, educators, poets or men of letters, great artists, painters, musicians, nor lawyers, doctors, statesmen, politicians, creatures of whom we have ample supply. The task is simple. We will organize children and teach them in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way.
~ First mission statement of the J.D. Rockefeller-endowed General Education Board in 1906
Mon, 04 May 2015 03:12 UTC
The brains of people with the schizophrenia show various abnormalities, including faulty neural connections or an imbalance of certain brain chemicals. However, it has been unclear whether such brain-based observations could be related to one another or could describe different types of schizophrenia.
Published May 4, 2015, in Nature Neuroscience, the new findings may eventually lead to treatment strategies targeted for the underlying causes of schizophrenia and related disorders, said the study's corresponding author Scott Soderling, an associate professor of cell biology and neurobiology in the Duke School of Medicine.
She pointed to the MTV shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. "So much of our society is sexually oriented," she said, arguing that the fixation on sex was enticing girls to have unprotected sex earlier and more often. A lot of us might say the same thing. We know that teenagers are impressionable, and the idea that they would be swayed by MTV makes sense.
Wed, 06 May 2015 00:03 UTC
If you ever wondered about those names, it's because we produce oxytocin when we're feeling love or connection (with a human, animal, tree, spiritual diety) and also when we hug.
Here's a little summary of some of the healthy things that happen in our bodies when we produce oxytocin.
Comment: For more information about Oxytocin - a hormone released by the pituitary gland that affects both the body and the brain, read the following articles:
- Brain's 'trust machinery' identified
- Human Connections Start With A Friendly Touch
- Love and Envy Linked by Same Hormone, Oxytocin
- Hormone oxytocin offers hope in treating mild autism
- Scientists find childbirth wonder drug that can 'cure' shyness
- A hormone that enhances one's memory of happy faces
- "Tell me about your mother": oxytocin evokes maternal memories
- New research reveals that oxytocin could make us more accepting of others
- Tail-waggers and their people share hormonal bond through mutual gazing
The word "narcissism" is becoming more of a household term, but is usually used in disparaging others. It is not funny, sometimes not understood, and often used to describe a haughty or arrogant person. The reality is, true narcissism is a serious disorder that harms children. I don't find the humor. Narcissists are truly all about themselves and cannot show genuine empathy. They have a limited capacity for giving unconditional love to their children. The alarming effects are cause for concern.
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:06 UTC
In a new study, researchers using a brain scanner and some fancy camera work gave study participants the illusion that their bodies were located in a part of a room other than where they really were. Then, the researchers examined the participants' brain activity, to find out which brain regions were involved in the participants' perceptions about where their body was.
The findings showed that the conscious experience of where one's body is located arises from activity in brain areas involved in feelings of body ownership, as well as regions that contain cells known to be involved in spatial orientation, the researchers said. Earlier work done in animals had showed these cells, dubbed "GPS cells," have a key role in navigation and memory.
Comment: Interesting research in how our brain works.
Tue, 05 May 2015 16:22 UTC
Synonyms for laziness include indolence and sloth. Indolence derives from the Latin indolentia, 'without pain' or 'without taking trouble'.
Sloth has more moral and spiritual overtones than either laziness or indolence. In the Christian tradition, sloth is one of the seven deadly sins because it undermines society and God's plan and invites all manner of sin. The Bible inveighs against slothfulness, notably in the Book of Ecclesiastes: 'By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through. A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.'
Comment: For more on willpower, procrastination, and getting things done, check out:
- New trick could help overcome procrastination
- Willpower alone is not enough: Unconscious motivation plays a substantial role in how we respond to challenges
- Use the power of check lists!