Brain Blog: Edition 2

Brain Blog: Edition 2

Welcome to Brain Blog: Edition 2

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. We hope that we can use this platform to share with you some of the psychology & criminology news that we have read. Plus some of the debates and topics that are currently evolving in the world of these fascinated subjects. 


Are you easily annoyed by certain sounds? Does the sound of someone eating or fingers chapping on a keyboard drive you crazy? If so, you may be interested in hearing that you are not alone and that there is a known condition, called Misphonia, that could explain why.

Misophonia is a condition where certain sounds trigger emotional and physiological responses. Reactions include annoyance, anger and the desire to remove yourself from the noise source.

The lifelong condition typically presents itself between age nine and thirteen and is more commonly found in girls. The causes as yet have not been identified; however, it is believed that those with misophonia may have some difference in how their brains filter sounds.

Those living with the condition say that eating, breathing, chewing, fingers tapping on a keyboard, and the sound of window wipers are the most common sounds that lead to an emotional and physiological response.



Are ladies always first?

How do gender stereotypes effect the order of romantic partners names? Here is what the studies suggest.

There is a preference to name stereotypically masculine names before stereotypically feminine names. Heterosexual couples are named with the man’s name first more often when the couple is imagined as conforming to gender stereotypes.  First-named partners of imaginary same-sex couples are attributed more stereotypically masculine attributes. People name couples they know well with the person they are closer to first. People name familiar heterosexual couples with members of their own gender first.



Do you know the size of your head?

It would appear that this question is difficult for us to answer without some help from proprioception. Research shows that people overestimate their head size compared to their actual size when visual information is not provided. Those in the experiments overestimated their head size compared to the heads of others, whether viewed directly or from memory. Overestimation for the actual size is reduced when proprioception is increased by asking the participants to wear a headband. This fashion accessory gave participants an increased awareness of the size of their heads compared to the other parts of their bodies.


Are children born in the summer absent from school more often?

It would appear so. A study of more than 5,000 primary school pupils revealed that summer-born children have the poorest school attendance rates; children born in the autumn have the highest. It has also been shown that summer-born children do less well educationally at school and are more likely to have their abilities underestimated by teachers.

Smartphone protests

Infants as young as six months are protesting against their parents' use of mobile phones. Recent research by Tidemann & Melinder (2022) showed that a sudden lack of responsiveness caused when the parent looks at a mobile phone causes infant stress reactions. Parents were asked to interrupt the ongoing interaction with their infant by using a mobile phone to see the response. Infants as young as six months old displayed an increased level of protest and lowered their positive engagement. This raises questions regarding the long-term implications on children's social, emotional and cognitive development.


More money. More problems?

Seeking the desired promotion at work is an aspirational goal for many. We work hard, try to get noticed, undertake more courses and training and do all we can to gain that step up the career ladder. With that position comes more responsibility and more money, but does it lead to more problems? Does that promotion cause an increase in work-family life conflict?

Recent research by Rubenstein et al. (2022) would suggest that it does lead to more work-family life conflict. The team explored how making more money relates to an employee's ability to manage work and family obligations. The researchers concluded that making more money at work leads to more work demands and depletion of resources to devote time to family.

So, it seems that the promotion at work increases an employee's investment of themselves in their place of work. The team also found that women are more likely than men to have stronger work-family life conflict due to making more money in their workplace.

In conclusion, more money can lead to more problems.

Thank you for reading. 

Jennifer x 





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