“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).
Published by the Wall Street Journal on 10-27-17 (MHConcierge tends to ignore the journals politics and political commentaries, and focus on the superb health, science, and technology reporting which appears to be free of political bias), “The Real Benefits of Pet Ownership; our animal friends may not make us healthier, but they earn in their keep in other ways.” This is an interesting and well with article that reviews the current research about the potential benefits of pets. Some of the older research nas not held up very well, but current research is refining our understanding of the potential benefits
“A New Way for Therapists to Get inside Heads; Virtual Reality” was published by the New York Times on 7-30-17. This article reports on a new Silicon Valley startup called Limbix, a company that bills itself as providing “modern treatment tools for therapists.” Limbix provides a “treatment dashboard” for therapists that enables them to assign work with their patients between appointments by providing assignments, thought records, guided meditations, and more. It also provides a mobile app for patients which enables them to access their assignments.