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Cynical? You May Be Hurting Your Brain Health

Written by Rev. Manson B. Johnson Special from the Houston Forward Times on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 14:00.

MINNEAPOLIS – People with high levels of cynical distrust may be more likely to develop dementia, according to a study published in the May 28, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Cynical distrust, which is defined as the belief that others are mainly motivated by selfish concerns, has been associated with other health problems, such as heart disease. This is the first study to look at the relationship between cynicism and dementia.

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WH FACT SHEET: Marking the Administration's Progress on Mental Health

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 10:46.

On Monday, May 5, Vice President Biden is delivering remarks to the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting in order to highlight the actions the Administration has taken to break down the barriers preventing people from getting help for mental illnesses. Nearly one in five American adults experience a mental illness in any given year.  Less than half received mental health services. And only about half of children with mental problems receive treatment. The top three reasons given for not receiving help are cost, belief they could handle the problem without treatment, and that they did not know where to go for services.

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Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:02.

Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie John Travis Holt People lie – we know this. People lie to kids – we know this, too. But what happens next? Do children who’ve been lied to lie more themselves? Surprisingly, the question had not been asked experimentally until Chelsea Hays, then an undergraduate student in psychology at the University of California, San Diego, approached professor Leslie Carver with it. Now the pair have a paper out in Developmental Science, suggesting that adult dishonesty does make a difference, and not in a good way. “As far as we know,” said Carver, associate professor of psychology and human development in the UC San Diego Division of Social Sciences. “This is the first experiment confirming what we might have suspected: Lying by an adult affects a child’s honesty.”
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Unconscious Mind Can Detect a Liar When Conscious Mind Fails

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:52.

TRAVIS HOLT editor Unconscious Mind Can Detect a Liar When it comes to detecting deceit, your unconscious instincts may be more accurate than conscious thought when making judgments about others, according to research by Leanne ten Brinke, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. In the paper, “Some Evidence for Unconscious Lie Detection,” published in Psychological Science (online March 21, 2014), the authors find that conscious awareness may hinder our ability to detect whether someone is lying, perhaps because we tend to seek out behaviors that are supposedly stereotypical of liars, like averted eyes or fidgeting. But those behaviors are not indicative of an untruthful person.

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My Brother’s Keeper Is the Wrong Scripture

Written by Nathaniel A. Turner, J.D. on Thursday, 27 March 2014 15:13.

John Travis holt brother keeper It was all-to-easy for many to overlook the tragedy occurred Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 6:20 pm in Brooklyn, NY -- Kahton Anderson shot and killed Angel Rojas. Spirit And Blood. On that tragic day, Angel Rojas was doing what he had done every day since arriving from the Dominic Republic – riding the bus to work to support the needs of his family. Unfortunately for Angel and his family, a 14 year old African-American gang member shot and fatally wounded him bringing undesired sentimentality to his surname. Mr. Rojas – or “red” as in the color of his blood – was killed as his body fluid was senselessly spilled on the B15 bus in Brooklyn. 

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Tips for Connecting with Elders During the Holidays

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 02 December 2013 20:08.

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People over 65-years-old are twice as likely to spend the holidays alone compared to those less than 65. Bad weather, increased noise and crowds, and health challenges may make it more difficult for loved ones from older generations to travel. Fortunately, there are ways to connect with them this holiday season that don’t require travel, said Rhoda Meador, director of the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute. “Elders are more technically advanced than most people think, and it is important for their health and well being to remain socially connected – even if it’s virtual.”

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