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Study rebuts the gaze aversion hypothesis in autism

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) do not avoid eye contact any more than typically developing children, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. One of the earliest emerging symptoms of ASD is reduced attention to other people’s eyes. There...
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Study finds rituals can improve children’s ability to delay gratification

A cross-cultural study published in the journal Child Development has found that ritualistic behavior can improve children’s ability to delay gratification. The 3-month-long study of 210 schoolchildren from Slovakia and Vanuatu found that special social games designed to improve children’s executive function and their ability to...
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Refugees with PTSD regulate stress differently

New Michigan State University research has found that refugees diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder regulate stress differently than those who don’t have the disorder, but may have experienced similar suffering. PTSD is a mental health disorder that makes a person re-experience a traumatic event. “What...
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Why CEOs of failing companies jump ship or don’t

It’s a common scenario in the corporate world. A company begins to fail, and before long the CEO is out the door. Sometimes the person is asked to go, but other times it’s a voluntary move — a decision that may be driven largely by...
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Imagining dialogue can boost critical thinking, study finds

Examining an issue as a debate or dialogue between two sides helps people apply deeper, more sophisticated reasoning, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “Envisioning opposing views leads to a more comprehensive examination of the...
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Getting to Know Your Shadow Self Boosts Happiness

Here’s how. If you want to truly be successful (and happy!), you need to get naked. I am not speaking here of nudity or physical nakedness (although that’s fun, too). I’m talking about emotional nakedness. How To Be Happy With Yourself As You Improve Your...
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Teen Pregnancies Fall But School Sex Ed Doesn’t Work. Huh?

The number of teen pregnancies has plummeted by more than half in a generation. But a new analysis shows that school-based sex education classes don’t work. How is this possible?[Read More …] Accept LoveDeservingly! Ride On A Magic Carpet Ride On! Source: The Psychology of...
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A robot that eats pollution | Jonathan Rossiter

Meet the "Row-bot," a robot that cleans up pollution and generates the electricity needed to power itself by swallowing dirty water. Roboticist Jonathan Rossiter explains how this special swimming machine, which uses a microbial fuel cell to neutralize algal blooms and oil slicks, could be...
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Improve Communication with Your Teen

The one thing that sets the teen years apart from no other is incredibly rapid change! Parents wake up one day and their “little baby” is suddenly a teenager. The rules of the game have changed and parents don’t know how to “play” anymore. Suddenly...
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Silencing Is Golden: The Chilling Dogma of AntiNormalization

Many college students are unable to debate bad ideas because they aren’t learning the difference between a firmly held opinion and a self-evident truth.[Read More …] Accept LoveDeservingly! Ride On A Magic Carpet Ride On! Source: The Psychology of Mental HealthNew feed
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Do Only Dead Fish Swim With the Stream?

Many people’s long-term romantic behavior is similar to dead fish floating with the current, slowly drifting with the stream. Is such behavior damaging? Not always, it would seen.[Read More …] Accept LoveDeservingly! Ride On A Magic Carpet Ride On! Source: The Psychology of Mental HealthNew...
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5 Ways to Free Yourself From Dark and Obsessive Thoughts

Stuck thoughts. Painful ruminations. Unrelenting obsessions. They are the curse of depression — among the most excruciating symptoms, in my opinion. “When a child gets lost, he may feel sheer terror,” explains Byron Katie in her bestseller Loving What Is. “It can be just as frightening...
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