Psychology

Exposing infants to a new vegetable early in life encourages them to eat more of it compared to offering novel vegetables to older children, say psychologists from the University of Leeds.


Want to be sexier? Ask your next potential boyfriend to meet you in a bakery.

Perfumes and scented products have been used for centuries as a way to enhance overall personal appearance and studies have shown that perception of facial attractiveness could be influenced when using unpleasant vs. pleasant odors - but it was not known whether odors influence the actual visual perception of facial features or alternatively, how faces are emotionally evaluated by the brain. 


In the medical work force, women have representation no different than any other corporation. That makes sense, women have accounts for half of all medical student graduates for decades.

Yet in the top tiers of academia, they lag behind men. Is that gender bias? It is, claims Dr. Anna Kaatz and Dr. Molly Carnes of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


I may have once appeared as if endorsing Eckhart Tolle, by pointing out perhaps negligible similarities between Tolle and Muho. Muho wrote to me once that he does not know why his own meditative practice worked for him. Such awareness about uncertainty and such honesty about it are consistent with Zen, in my eyes. Tolle basically claims his way as the only true way for everybody.

 

Spontaneous thoughts, intuitions, quick impressions, we all have random thoughts popping into our minds on a daily basis and sometimes they even pop out of our mouths.

What to make of unplanned, spur-of-the-moment thoughts? If you know bad psychologists, you know they can't attend a Christmas party without declaring the entire room as having Asperger's based on snap judgments, but how do we view ourselves? Do we view spontaneous thoughts as coincidental wanderings of a restless mind, or as revealing meaningful insight?


Do you have a soul?

Even if you do, psychologists say, free will is a conscious choice. 

This is nothing new. Religious people of 400 B.C. debunked atomic determinism because they believed in free will, just like they debunked genetic determinism of the early 20th century. To scholars, there has always been a difference between mind and soul but an article in Consciousness and Cognition rehashes ancient metaphysical arguments and use results from  Amazon Mechanical Turk volunteers to do so, which means it is not a representative sample.


If we care about saving lives, we'd be better off funding more mental health services than we are taxing and penalizing cigarettes companies in order to subsidize the industry that has been built to market against cigarettes.

Serious mental illnesses reduce life expectancy by 10-20 years, worse than that for heavy smoking.


Mu Delta Kappa is a key
brain receptor targets for opiates
because the mu opioid receptor is the primary target for morphine and endogenous opioids like endorphin. The delta opioid receptor shows the highest affinity for endogenous enkephalins. The kappa opioid receptor (KOR) is very interesting, but the least understood of the opiate receptor family.


She will tell you it doesn't matter. But it does, men. It does.

Up to a third of all men have had premature ejaculation - it's all good for them, but a University of Zurich sex researcher says curtailed sexual intercourse without climaxing can be more frustrating for women. Or less. It depends. Women are complicated that way..

Premature ejaculation in men can causes increased psychological strain and stress in women, according to the survey conducted by Andrea Burri, a clinical psychologist at the University of Zurich,  but if men are focused too heavily on controlling ejaculation, they ignore the sexual needs of women and are unable to cater to their individual desires, which can seriously jeopardize the relationship.  See? Complicated.

In recent court cases involving affirmative action for university admissions, the obvious question became 'when should it ever end?' and how is that not discrimination? Supporters of race-based admissions argued that ending discrimination would mean favoritism.

Favoritism is something less understood than as a form of discrimination, the oft-repeated belief is that discrimination is a hostile act, but a new paper in American Psychologist argues it is even worse than believed. It's a review of other psychology papers, which are overrun with stereotype threats and Implicit Association tests, so the results are not a surprise.