In light of the universal stress created by COVID, Carragher concludes: "So it's important to point out that this study [Marchant et al., 2020] isn't saying a short-term period of negative thinking will cause Alzheimer's disease. Mental health could be a vital cog in the prevention and treatment of dementia; more research will tell us to what extent." … [Read more...] about Can Repetitive Negative Thinking Speed Up Cognitive Decline?
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“It is now quite common among journalists to think of opinions not as arguments to be advanced, engaged with, and potentially refuted,” wrote Damon Linker, “but as a kind of viral propaganda with the power to convert readers.” That metaphor is particularly apt, but not just because social media has long been known as a method of “viral” communication, or even that it provides opportunities for “viral justice.” Given our heightened concern about viral contagion during a pandemic, our emotional attunement to all kinds of potential contaminants may be amplified, including in the moral realm. … [Read more...] about The Apocalyptic Psychology of Mobs—and Media
As another week closes, America isn’t any nearer to regaining control over this outbreak. Let’s recap four things we learned while reporting on the pandemic. Then, we’ll send you into the weekend with three new movie recommendations. … [Read more...] about : Four Things We Learned This Week
“As a researcher in cognitive psychology, I feel that it is our duty to figure out why some people follow the developing norm of social distancing while others ignore it. Addressing this issue may help mitigate the current public health crisis due to the COVID-19,” Xie, a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, added. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Compliance with social distancing during early stages linked to working memory, study finds
Stay active Avoid overeating Eat at least one meal a week with fish that is not deep fried Watch out for salt levels in pre-made food Use lemon, vinegar, herbs and spices to flavour food over salt Snack on raw, plain, unsalted nuts Eat vegetables with a range of different colours Prepare meals from scratch Eleven researchers from the Global Council on Brain Health, including experts from the University of Exeter, met on September 12-to-13 2017 to discuss the impact of diet on the brain health of adults over 50. … [Read more...] about How BINGO could keep the mind sharp: People who play cards, chess and board games in their 70s score better on memory and thinking tests later in life, study claims
Working memory is the psychological process of holding information in the mind for a brief period of time - typically, just seconds. The amount of information working memory can hold briefly -- its capacity -- is predictive of many mental abilities such as intelligence, comprehension, and learning. … [Read more...] about Covid-19 pandemic: Working memory capacity plays major role in social distancing compliance