“Are You A ‘Testosterone’ or A ’Dopamine’?” Reports on a new brain-based personality test designed to help people better understand both their own psychology and their relationships, particularly romantic ones. The test, the Fisher Temperament Index, identifies four brain systems that have been linked by research to personality traits. It was developed a biological anthropologist, Helen Fisher, who set out to develop a personality test to replace tests like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
“Here’s what the evidence shows about the links between creativity and depression” was posted by the British Psychological Society Research Digest online blog on 1-3-18. This is a fairly long and detailed article that reviews research recently published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. The researchers surveyed almost 3000 studies of the relationship between creativity and mood disorders, and selected 36 for analysis.
“Nice Brains Finish Last” reports on a study that found that “pro-social” people, who are highly attuned to fairness and inequity, have a more active amygdala. In a study published in Nature Human Behavior, these people were found to have a higher frequency of depression symptoms, as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory, then “individualist” personality types (people assessed to have egotistical and selfish traits).
“How to Be Happy” describes research done by behavioral (psychological) scientists who study what helps people to be happy. They find that happiness does just come on it’s own, and there are some things that people can do to increase their happiness – or least the chances of being happier. Of course, there are some things that reduce changes of happiness, too. The article discusses three categories of happiness resources: mind, body and environmental changes.
A group of neuroscientists and psychologists published “Brain Activity and Functionality Associated with Hypnosis” in Cerebral Cortex, published online on 7-28-16 and reported in the New York Times in their article “Is Hypnosis All in Your Head? Brain Scans Suggest Otherwise.” The NYT article provides an interesting brief overview of the history of therapeutic hypnosis and the question of whether the effects of hypnosis are “all in the head” – the person just thinks that something different is happening, or whether brain functioning actually changes during hypnosis. It is not surprising that this research study, which used functional magnetic resonance