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Why people (and chimps) throw temper tantrums

Humans throw temper tantrums when they feel frustrated, lose power, or sense a threat to their status or security.Chimpanzees exhibit the same behavior; alpha male chimps who lose their status throw tantrums to elicit sympathy from their group, hoping to have their power restored.But that tactic almost never works, notes primatologist Frans de Waal. An important lesson for humans from chimps. Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ours...
Tags: Psychology, Animals, Monkeys, Nature, Innovation, Anger, Primates, Apes, Emotion, Frans de Waal


Can Access to Green Space Affect Child Development?

It’s no secret that spending time surrounded by nature is not only good for our physical health, but our mental health as well. Being in nature can benefit those with depression and has been shown to reduce anxiety and improve mood. Creativity and problem-solving are enhanced in nature and a walk in the park can improve cardiovascular function. There are so many varied benefits to embracing our natural environment. In fact, forest bathing , which involves slowing down and mindfully ...
Tags: Psychology, Environment, Child Development, Nature, Denmark, Children And Teens, Green And Environment, PNAS, Lambert, Aarhus University, University of Richmond, Engemann, Kelly Lambert, Kristine Engemann


A pleasure to burn: Why do people like spicy foods?

Humans are the only animals known to willingly eat foods that cause irritation, discomfort, and even pain.Theories for why range from thrill-seeking behavior to an evolutionary adaptation for seeking foods that reduce pathogens.Taste results from an interplay of genes, culture, memory, and personality, a complex design that scientists are only now beginning to understand. None If a Martian anthropologist found its way to a Clifton Chili Club Chili Eating Contest, it would discover one the univer...
Tags: Psychology, Food, Europe, Earth, Bacteria, Nature, Birds, Innovation, Evolution, University of Pennsylvania, Sherman, University Of Southern California, Evolutionary Psychology, Microbes, Biomechanics, Padron


Growing up in nature reduces mental issues by up to 55%

A childhood spent in green spaces reduces the chance of acquiring adult mental disorders by 15% to 55%. A comprehensive study tracked the life stories of one million Danes to reach this conclusion. Humanity is moving to cities, and the report underscores the need for ample green spaces for children. None In 1950, two-thirds of us lived in rural settings, with just one-third living in cities. That balance is rapidly shifting, and experts now expect that by 2050 the numbers will be turned all th...
Tags: Children, Mental Health, Nature, Innovation, Urban Planning, Denmark, Npr, Urbanization, Green space, Public Spaces, Danes, PNAS, Aarhus University, Cognitive Science, Engemann, Jens Christian Svenning


We can become clued into a system of support…via the earth…

Feel free to download and share the image on social media. ~~This is my experience. I only speak to what is happening for me. We are all different and we all have different needs at different times. ...
Tags: Health, Mindfulness, Mental Health, Nature, Infertility


Quit kissing adorable hedgehogs, says the CDC

The CDC has identified an outbreak of salmonella caused by contact with hedgehogs. A hedgehog can appear healthy and still carry salmonella. Conscientious hygiene is required for anyone living with a hedgie. None If you live in New York City, Pennsylvania, California, Hawaii, or Washington, D.C., we know you don't own a hedgehog — they're illegal in those places. However, if you live anywhere else…As a society, we've been developing a massive crush on these impossibly cute creatures: 2,752,58...
Tags: Health, Biology, Cdc, Washington, Animals, Public Health, Nature, Innovation, Disease, Illness, Hedgehogs, New York City Pennsylvania California Hawaii


5 types of climate change deniers, and how to change their minds

Climate change is easily one of humanity's greatest threats, and a mountain of data and evidence support this assertion.Despite the evidence, only 71% of Americans believe that climate change is real and primarily driven by human activities.People can and do change their minds about climate change. Trying to convince people to change their minds is often more about picking the right target than it is providing the right arguments. None Do facts matter? In an objective sense, yes, of course they ...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Identity, Climate Change, Iraq, Environment, Earth, Nature, Innovation, Reddit, North Carolina, Carl Sagan, Don, Michael Shermer, Shermer, Tali Sharot


Researchers have identified an area of the dog brain dedicated to processing human faces

If you want to know about the special relationship between human and canine you need only watch a dog owner slavishly feed, cuddle and clean up after her furry companion, day after day after day. But is this unique cross-species relationship also reflected at a deeper level, in the workings of the canine brain? A recent study in Learning and Behavior suggests so, finding that highly trained dogs have a dedicated neural area for processing human faces, separate from the area involved in processin...
Tags: Psychology, Dogs, Animals, Intelligence, Brain, Nature, Innovation, Evolution, Emotions, BPS Research Digest, Auburn University, Andie Thompkins


People who live in neighborhoods with green spaces have less stress, healthier blood vessels and lower risk of heart attack and stroke

People who live in neighborhoods with more green spaces may have less stress, healthier blood vessels and a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes. Residential greenness is associated with lower levels of sympathetic activation, reduced oxidative stress, and higher angiogenic capacity. This is independent of age, sex, race, smoking status, neighborhood deprivation, statin use, and roadway exposure.For this study (see the link below), researchers tested for a variety of biomarkers of stress and ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Nature, Reuters, Longevity, Geisinger, Ves Dimov, Danville Pennsylvania, Louisville Kentucky USA, Annemarie Hirsch


Extra-Healthy, Gene-Edited Spicy Tomatoes Are Coming

Scientists in Brazil are working to reconnect tomatoes with their chili pepper relatives (they separated some 19 million years ago, but maintain much of the same DNA) in order to create a super-healthy, spicy fruit. Rather than a food fad, this research and experimentation is occurring in order to have people eat more capsaicinoids, “the molecules that give red peppers their spicy pizzazz, for their health benefits.” …
Tags: Health, Food, Science, Design, Tomatoes, Nature, Brazil, Food Science, Food + Drink, Linkaboutit


The very best of 2018! 10 videos to get smarter, faster

365 days, 365 videos — it's been another huge year for big ideas.We've tallied up the 10 most popular, as chosen by you, plus the most controversial and most talked about videos of 2018. Enjoy! Jordan Peterson: The fatal flaw in leftist American politics Superhumans: The remarkable brain waves of high-level meditators Why Michio Kaku wants to avoid alien contact at all costs Bored out of your mind at work? Your brain is trying to tell you something. ...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Parenting, Navy, Animals, Race, Mindfulness, Brain, Nature, Innovation, Mind, Humanity, Trump, Pablo Escobar, Michio Kaku, Jordan Peterson


The one easy trick that will sharpen your decision-making

Every month, the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Executive Education and Wharton's Center for Leadership and Change Management come together to release a "nano tool" that hones in on small changes you can make to improve your performance and leadership abilities. Their September suggestion highlights the positive impact — and widespread usage amongst successful people — of walking while making difficult decisions or thinking through complex problems.Walking has a long history as a regular h...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Happiness, Research, Meditation, Mindfulness, Creativity, Nature, Innovation, Philosophy, Charles Dickens, University of Pennsylvania, Mind, Stanford University, Aristotle, Elizabeth


Psychology Around the Net: October 20, 2018

This week’s Psychology Around the Net brings you the latest on picture books and children’s mental health, why it’s important to maintain friendships when you’re in a romantic relationship, the mental health benefits of commuting in a natural environment, and more. Can Picture Books Meet the Crisis in Children’s Mental Health? Author Matt Haig is hopeful his first illustrated story, The Truth Pixie, will encourage children to talk about their mental health. As the name suggests, the book focu...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Family, Celebrities, Parenting, Relationships, Friends, Research, Kanye West, Nature, Urban Planning, Commuting, Friendships, Stigma, Children And Teens, Money And Financial


Underground Skunk Spray and Its Aftermath

If your dog is hit by skunk spray underground you may be in very serious trouble! Get your dog out of the ground as fast as possible. If the dog is not breathing when you get it out of the ground, do mouth-to-snout CPR as explained here .Even if your dog recovers, he or she may still end up having issues. The reason for this is that skunk spray explodes red blood cells, and can cause serious persistent anemia in your dog.Skunk toxic shock seems, in part, to be genetic, with certain lines more s...
Tags: Health, Pets, Time, Hydrogen Peroxide, Nature, Baking Soda, PBurns, Skunk, Acetycistein, Tixair Acetycistein


Fall Reading for Children of All Ages

Eight beautiful books on friendship, identity and the world around us Earlier this year we became smitten with the messages, meaning and heart of “Lulu is a Rhinoceros,” a powerful book for children by Jason and Allison Flom. Pets, the quest for identity, friendship and the value of animals in our lives all make for important themes—worth instilling in youth and revisiting time and time …
Tags: Psychology, Books, Science, Design, Education, Children, Reading, Nature, Culture, Lulu, Picture books, Jason, Reading Lists, Kids Books, Allison Flom, Story Books


Podcast: Using Nature to Improve Mental Health

 We often hear about the healing qualities of nature. We’re told that connecting with nature is important, especially in this age where many people are tech connected during all waking hours. Sebastian Slovin believes this. In fact, he believes it so strongly that he became a developmental coach, now working with people to help them develop a stronger connection to nature, improve their well-being, and generally improve their lives. Listen in as he shares his story of why he chose this dir...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, General, Suicide, Nature, Grief And Loss, Vincent, Mental Health And Wellness, Gabe Howard, Sebastian, Gabe, San Diego State University, La Jolla California, Sebastian Slovin, University of San Diego He, The Psych Central Show


Link About It: This Week's Picks: Peach-scented records, LSD for anxiety, windowless planes, gems falling from the sky and more

1. Psychedelics Could Repair Brain Cells "Shriveled" by Depression University of California researchers have observed that psychedelics like LSD and MDMA can rewire the brain—and trigger the growth of new branches between cells—long after the...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Health, Wellness, Art, Science, Design, Drugs, Planes, Tech, Nature, Records, Hawaii, Nsfw, Exhibitions, Album, Wellbeing, Limitededition


The Illustrated Medicinal Plant Map of the United States of America (1932): Download It in High Resolution

Two years ago, we highlighted collector David Rumsey’s huge map archive, which he donated to Stanford University in April, 2016 and which now resides at Stanford’s David Rumsey Map Center. The opening of this physical collection was a pretty big deal, but the digital collection has been on the web, in some part, and available to the online public since 1996. Twenty years ago, however, though the internet was decidedly becoming an everyday feature of modern life, it was difficult for the average...
Tags: Health, Google, Maps, College, Kentucky, Stanford, Chemistry, Nature, United States, Peru, Nevada, North America, Stanford University, Bolivia, United States of America, Facebook Twitter


Link About It: This Week's Picks: Nokia's banana phone, exploding stars, the world's oldest tattoos and more in our look around the web

1. Amateur Astronomer Photographs Exploding Star An Argentinian amateur astronomer was simply testing out his new 16-inch telescope by taking a bunch of short-exposure photographs when he managed to snap an image believed to be one in 10 million...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Health, Photography, Fashion, Space, Science, Design, Animals, Nokia, Tech, Sport, Stars, Nature, Tattoos, Phones, Baseball, Apparel


How the Japanese Practice of “Forest Bathing”—Or Just Hanging Out in the Woods—Can Lower Stress Levels and Fight Disease

When the U.S. media began reporting on the phenomenon of “forest bathing” as a therapy for mental and physical health, the online commentariat—as it will—mocked the concept relentlessly as yet another pretentious, bourgeois repackaging of something thoroughly mundane. Didn’t we just used to call it “going outside”? Well, yes, if all “forest bathing” means is “going outside,” then it does sound like a grandiose and unnecessary phrase. The term, however, is not an American marketing invent...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Google, Japan, College, Stanford, Nature, Tokyo, John Muir, Npr, The Washington Post, Clifford, Sierra Club, Buddhist, Facebook Twitter, Henry David Thoreau


Watch “The “Art of Flying,” a Short Film Capturing the Wondrous Murmurations of the Common Starling

In the tradition of Andrew Sullivan's Dish, we start the week--before it even gets a bit hectic--with a Mental Health break. Above, watch The Art of Flying, Jan van Ijken's short film that captures the mysterious flights--or murmurations--of the Common Starling. A blurb accompanying the film adds a bit more context: It is still unknown how the thousands of birds are able to fly in such dense swarms without colliding. Every night the starlings gather at dusk to perform their stunning air sho...
Tags: Google, College, Mental Health, Nature, Netherlands, Facebook Twitter, Facebook and Twitter, Andrew Sullivan, Jan Van Ijken, Ijken, Common Starling


Boost Your Creativity This Weekend With This

For many people, weekends present a chance to take a break from the rigors of work, relax and rejuvenate. A recent study suggests that spending that break in a specific way may result in a few positive side effects that will boost your performance when you resume your daily routine; namely, better creativity, insight, and ...
Tags: Psychology, Outdoors, Creativity, Nature, Innovation, Unplugging


Light Pollution Is Getting Worse Every Year. That’s Bad For Your Health

Bright lights affect everything from plants and birds to our sleep quality
Tags: Health, Science, News, Environment, Uncategorized, Light, Nasa, Nature, Noaa, Illumination, Onetime, Sprawl


The Psychology of Natural Colors for Presentation Design

Colors in presentation design carry psychological implications. Choice of color tones and pallets can impact the way your message is received by your audience. If you are learning towards natural colors for your presentation design, there are subliminal messages that you need to be aware of for your audience. Cognitive Effects Nature has a natural way of drawing our attention. The Atlantic reports that nature helps us be more relaxed, focused and content. The article cites a psychological stu...
Tags: Psychology, Design, Nature, Atlantic, Presentation, Speaking, William James, Adam Alter, Natural Colors


Study identifies novel molecular interactions that explain cognitive defects in Parkinson's disease

A study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, from Nature publishing group, describes the identification of a novel molecular pathway that can constitute a therapeutic target for cognitive defects in Parkinson's disease.
Tags: Health, Nature


Predators in the scientific world plaguing research work finds major investigation

According to new research that looks at the research world itself, there is a huge percentage of journals that are publishing thousands of research papers of little value and poor quality. The results from this investigation were published yesterday, 7th September 2017 in the journal Nature in a study entitled, “Stop this waste of people, animals and money”.
Tags: Health, Nature




Link About It: This Week's Picks: Art made from garbage, a Star Wars hotel, Japan's cute drone and more in our look around the web

1. Mobile Architecture's New Radical Homes There's more to mobile housing units than the trailer category. As design writer Rebecca Roke notes in her new book "Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move" (published by Phaidon), everything from floating...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Psychology, Art, Space, Japan, Science, Design, Environment, Tech, History, Nature, Architecture, Drones, Homes, Dinosaurs, Building, Link-about-it


New York Man Dies From ‘Exceedingly Rare’ Tick Virus Transmitted Within Minutes

The Powassin virus can be transmitted by a tick in as few as 10 to 15 minutes
Tags: Health, New York, News, Environment, Uncategorized, Nature, Disease, U.S, Onetime



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