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Archives for January, 2011

Brain Function

What Is the Opposite of Writing?


Not that I am in the habit of turning to semi-obscure TV sitcom stars for wisdom, but I once found in the newspaper a quote from Jenna Elfman that struck me as so wise, I clipped it and kept it over my desk for years.

Guru Elfman said, “Do other things. I don’t just act. It starts to feel like you’re digging into an open wound...
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Psychology

Epiphany: Just One Step of the Journey

The conclusions drawn in a paper titled “The mental health of mothers in and after violent and controlling unions,” published in Social Science Research are of the “well, yeah” sort for me. Reviewing longitudinal data from the Fragile Families and Child Well-Being study, the authors conclude that, "Overall, we find that women are still at risk for mental health problems even after leaving IPV [intimate partner violence] unions."

Among the reasons cited for the...
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Consumer Behavior

The TV Can’t Tell You When Dinner is Over


“Mindfulness” is a buzzword these days—the latest fad based on ancient precepts.

Yoga, of course, is a mindful practice now entrenched in modern culture. "Mindful meditation" (which sounds redundant) is taking hold.  

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article about mindfulness in psychotherapy. And you've probably started hearing talk of mindful eating.

Although the utility of mindfulness for weight control is...
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Dieting

Counting Calories: Do You Want a Half-Order of Fries With That?

Few relationships are as complex as the one we have with food.

We love it we hate it, we veer from overcontrolling with restrictive diets, to out of control with Mint M&Ms (my addiction).

We know what we should do. But why we don’t do the right things is a riddle wrapped in an enigma dipped in secret sauce, and it appears connected to everything from socioeconomics to scheduling.

For example, if calorie counts were listed on fast...
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General

Talking About Research and You (and Me)

I’m delighted to join the PsychCentral team and would like to take a moment to introduce myself and this blog.

I’ve always been interested in psychology, but life took me this way and that, and I didn’t pursue a BA in the subject until I was in my 40s. (Note to anyone in midlife considering returning to college: totally­ worthwhile. It was great fun, and it’s taken my writing career in exciting new directions, including this...
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