The Art of Lying in Men and Women

Lying has received a bad reputation but it is actually one of the biggest accomplishments of our brain. For starters, we have to juggle multiple pieces of information and different perspectives. The Prefrontal Cortex (the executive part of the brain) does the heavy lifting when you are lying. In my research, I found that children who are good liars, are smarter than those who have trouble telling a convincing lie.

There is also a difference between men and women. A study found that men took longer when they lied about their personal information compared to when they lied about general information; and they also have more PFC activation. For women, there were no differences in their brain activation or response time when they lied about personal and general information.

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study shows coloring improves memory, reduces stress for veterans

UNF study shows coloring improves memory, reduces stress for veterans

Simple activities, such as drawing and coloring, may yield both mental health and cognitive benefits for veterans, according to a new study conducted by Dr. Tracy Alloway, associate professor of psychology at the University of North Florida.The study, in collaboration with UNF psychology graduate student Jourdan Rodak and psychology undergraduate student Michaela Rizzo, explored the use of coloring and drawing in veterans with and without self-reported Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms.

My Study Reveals Coloring Improves Working Memory/Reduces Stress Among Veterans

Simple activities, such as drawing and coloring, may yield both mental health and cognitive benefits for veterans. In my research, I found that:

1) Veterans showed decreased self-reported anxiety and stress after coloring a mandala—a geometric pattern—for 20 minutes

2) Veterans also showed improved working memory after drawing for 20 minutes.

Coloring can reduce stress and anxiety and improve memory in veterans

Study reveals coloring improves working memory/reduces stress among veterans

Simple activities, such as drawing and coloring, may yield both mental health and cognitive benefits for veterans, according to a new study conducted by Dr. Tracy Alloway, associate professor of psychology at the University of North Florida. The study, in collaboration with UNF psychology graduate...

Empathy and Sports - what's the link?

Sam Kouvaris: Psychology behind ups, downs of sports

Is it possible for an entire city to have a hangover for a whole week? It sure seemed like it last Sunday when the Jaguars took on the Tennessee Titans at the stadium.The week before, the Jaguars, with huge vocal support from their fans, exorcised the demon Patriots, the only thing standing between them and the Super Bowl last season.

Are Women more Emotional Decision Makers?

Women tend to describe themselves as emotional decision makers. Dr. Alloway conducted an experiment to discover if women would become more prone to making emotional decisions under pressure. She asked women to make a difficult decision (along the lines of sacrificing one person’s life to save many others.) Many women reacted emotionally, saying they simply could not make that difficult decision. 

Dr. Alloway then put the women under stress by asking them to count backward from 100 by sixes (100, 94, 87, etc.) After about a minute, she then asked them to make another difficult decision. Most women were able to make a more utilitarian decision (one that rationally considered the greater good, rather than personal emotions) under pressure. READ THE FULL ARTICLE

ADHD Brain: Boys vs Girls

Scientific research has now indicated that the brains of girls and boys with ADHD can be very different.In a recent brain imaging study, the differences showed up in the primary motor cortex, a part of the brain responsible for controlling basic motor functions for boys. In girls with ADHD, the differences appeared in the prefrontal regions of the brain, which control motivation and ability to regulate emotions, the study authors said.