“Having the Big Five Traits of the Rich can Help You Become Rich”, a New Study Says

Matching the prototypical personality profile of the rich may contribute to a higher chance of becoming rich. A new study shows there is a critical difference between the personality traits of the rich and the rest of the people. Lower Neuroticism, higher Risk Tolerance, Extraversion, Openness and Conscientiousness mark the prototypical personality profile of the rich. Interestingly, … Continue reading “Having the Big Five Traits of the Rich can Help You Become Rich”, a New Study Says

Did you know that a penny lost is valued more highly than a penny received?

Did you know that a penny lost is valued more highly than a penny received? Here is why: Research indicates that the effects of a reinforcer and punisher on human behaviour are not equally opposing.   Punishing effects of losses on choice behaviour are 2-3 times more potent than the reinforcing impacts of earnings.  It appears … Continue reading Did you know that a penny lost is valued more highly than a penny received?

Anxiety: Five Major Types of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a primary emotion that has long been considered an adaptive resource for danger and threats. Charles Darwin maintained that fear reactions are essentially the product of natural selection. Sigmund Freud saw fear and anxiety as aversive and universally experienced emotions distinct from other negative emotions. He argued that a certain degree of anxiety … Continue reading Anxiety: Five Major Types of Anxiety Disorders

Cognitive Motivation as a Resource for Depression Treatment

Depressive symptoms interfere with self-regulating and cognitive abilities. Individuals suffering from depression have to deal with deficient emotion regulation and cognitive control that manifest in rumination and cognitive bias.  Managing the deficits requires cognitive endeavour and motivation. Cognitive motivation has remarkably been found to positively influence emotion regulation and functional forms of coping. This motivational … Continue reading Cognitive Motivation as a Resource for Depression Treatment

The Role of Obesity in Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s Disease

Nutrition, lifestyle and insufficient physical activity to control body weight are making the global population more vulnerable to obesity. The obese body abnormally accumulates adipose tissues, including white adipose tissue (WAT), which aberrantly generates and secretes adipokines (substances that exert autocrine, paracrine or endocrine effects on processes in the central nervous system and periphery), causing … Continue reading The Role of Obesity in Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s Disease

Aerobic Exercise May Reduce Brain Degeneration in Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease

Robust evidence from animal models of Alzheimer's disease (AD) maintains that aerobic exercise is a modifying treatment for AD. Human research, however, is limited with inconsistent findings. The present study demonstrates that aerobic exercise reduces the progression of white matter hyperintensities (WMH) and may reduce degeneration of the hippocampus in older adults with AD. The … Continue reading Aerobic Exercise May Reduce Brain Degeneration in Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease

Formation of secure attachment in adulthood as a mental health intervention

Formation or regeneration of a sense of security in adults who experienced insecure attachment in childhood enhances resilience and improves psychological wellbeing. An instinctive drive for attachment is our fundamental survival mechanism in early childhood.[1] Attachment behaviour is any action intended for getting a response from a preferred person, someone who is usually wiser or … Continue reading Formation of secure attachment in adulthood as a mental health intervention

Can we outsmart our own cognitive biases?

We are susceptible to cognitive biases, which cause us to overfocus on some kinds of information while disregarding other kinds. These flaws in our thinking can trick us into making wrong conclusions and decisions. Moreover, cognitive biases are highly implicated in the development of mental disorders. For example, attentional bias—hyperattention to a certain category of … Continue reading Can we outsmart our own cognitive biases?