Entries by Dr Raj Persaud from 12/2012

If Morning Sickness Is Associated With Fewer Miscarriages and Higher IQ Babies - Should It Be Treated?

| Posted 12.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Miserable though it may be to experience as a condition, in fact 'morning sickness' (if it's not of the rarer more severe kind), oddly enough, can be good news for a pregnancy. It's associated with lowered risk for miscarriage, pre-term birth, low birth weight, and perinatal death.

Sexual Regret - The Latest Research Reveals How Men and Women Feel Sorry About Sex

| Posted 12.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle

The top three most common regrets in women's top five lists of regret were in descending order - Lost virginity to 'wrong' partner - 24% of women cite this as a top five regret, in contrast to only 10% of men. Then came 'Cheated on past or present partner' - 23% of women put this as a top five regret in comparison to 18% of men. Third was - 'Relationship progressed ''too fast'' sexually' - 20% of women put this as a top five regret, while this only applied to 10% of men.

Inside the Mind of a Mass Killer

| Posted 12.17.2012 | UK Lifestyle

As North America and the rest of the world try to answer the question 'why' when it comes to the murder of innocent school children, current psychiatric research uncovers patterns to apparently random and motiveless 'mass' killings, which might reveal clues as to their impetus.In a paper just published in the academic journal Psychiatric Clinics of North America, entitled 'Mass Murder: Causes, Classification, and Prevention', Dr James Knoll from the Division of Forensic Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University, New York, reports the most up to date current psychiatric understanding of mass killers.

Why Is the Ancient Mayan Prophecy That Today Is the End of the World So Popular?

| Posted 12.21.2012 | UK

If there is a recurrent pattern through history of believing in imminent apocalypse, does this begin to reveal more about our psychology? 'Apocalypticism' appears linked to certain religious and personality outlooks.

The Psychology of Christmas Presents - What Does Your Gift Say About You - What Does Theirs Say About Them?

| Posted 12.24.2012 | UK Lifestyle

During this season charity fund raisers actively appeal for the disadvantaged. They almost universally don't ask for presents - much preferring you donate cash - because this is pragmatically the most useful contribution you could make. If it's obviously more helpful than other gifts in the domain of charity, so economists remain perplexed as to the irrational paradox of continuing to buy each other 'suboptimal' presents?

The Psychology of Desire Reveals How to Achieve Any New Year's Resolution

| Posted 12.31.2012 | UK Lifestyle

The very latest thinking is that those who score high on self-control lead lives characterised by effective habits and routines, rather than deploying that much active resistance. Better self-control seems to involve avoiding temptations, rather than resisting them.