Posts made in November, 2014

Teens Report Less Loneliness, More Isolation

»Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

New research suggests self-esteem and confidence among American high school and college students is growing. But the new report is mixed as researchers learn that while that subjective isolation has declined, social network isolation has increased. Researchers posit that modernization is fueling the emotional imbalance. In 2006, a New York Times article “The Lonely American Just Got a Bit Lonelier” highlighted research that showed a decline in social engagement. Researchers at that time found that people are less likely to join clubs, have fewer close friends, and are less likely to perceive others as trustworthy. However, emerging studies are now finding that teens and young adults are gaining in extraversion and self-esteem — information which suggests...

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Boosting Self-Regulation Helps At-Risk Kids

»Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills — such as paying attention, following directions, and learning to stay on task — has been shown to help prepare at-risk children for kindergarten. These skills are critical to a child’s success in kindergarten and beyond, according to Dr. Megan McClelland, a professor at Oregon State University and co-author of the new study. “Most children do just fine in the transition to kindergarten, but 20 to 25 percent of them experience difficulties — those difficulties have a lot to do with self-regulation,” McClelland said. “Any intervention you can develop to make that transition easier can be beneficial.” The intervention was most effective among children...

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Are Your Sexual Fantasies Normal?

»Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Having sex with two women is a common fantasy, but fantasizing about “golden showers” or sex with a prostitute is not, according to a new study. Researchers at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and Institut Philippe-Pinel de Montréal, affiliated with the University of Montreal, state their new study scientifically defines sexual deviation for the first time. Although many theories about deviant sexual fantasies incorporate the concept of atypical fantasies, the scientific literature does not describe what these types of fantasies actually are, the scientists said. “Clinically, we know what pathological sexual fantasies are: They involve non-consenting partners, they induce pain, or they are absolutely necessary in deriving...

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