Can Viagra Improve Your Relationship?

Since its introduction over 10 years ago, Viagra has become as recognizable a product as General Motors or Coca Cola. It is estimated that over 25 million men around the world have tried Viagra since its inception. Viagra, of course, is a drug that helps men with erectile dysfunction. After being introduced it immediately gained attention from the press and the general public. However, despite it name recognition, people are not very knowledgeable about it or the condition it is meant to treat.

The first thing to know about Viagra is that it treats what is considered to be a physiological problem. That is, it helps get blood flow to the penis which in turn helps to get and maintain an erection. This physiological difficulty is common among men between 40 and 70 years of age.

The second thing to be aware of is that an erection does not occur as a result of taking the pill. Instead, when one is sexually aroused mentally, the pill helps this arousal manifest itself in an erection by allowing for increased blood flow.

Anatomy of Active Listening (Episode 134)

Active Listening by Brian MacDonald

Active Listening by Brian MacDonald

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about the importance of active listening, including:

  • Why active listening builds trust between parents and children, as well as in other relationships
  • The benefits of active listening
  • How to listen actively
  • Does talking about sad feelings prolong sadness?
  • The great debate: researchers question whether listening is important between spouses

Find out all about active listening this week!

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Babies learn similar first words

A study in the July 2008 issue of Developmental Psychology examined the first words uttered by hundreds of English-, Mandarin-, and Cantonese-speaking infants between the ages of 8 and 16 months. Interestingly, 6 of the top 20 first words were heard in all three languages: Daddy, Mommy, Hi, Bye, UhOh, and WoofWoof. The three groups learned words describing objects found in their homes that could be manipulated, rather than the names of large objects or things that would be found outside. “People terms” were the most commonly reported in all three languages (e.g., kinship terms, names, categories), with Mandarin and Cantonese speakers using a wider variety of words and types of people terms.

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The impact of rejection: What if kids don't fit in?

Sometimes I feel like I don't quite fit in by artgeekWe’ve all heard the saying “Opposites attract.” When it comes to friendship, though, researchers believe that similarity is an important factor in determining who becomes, and remains, friends. People who are considered to be different from the group are less likely to be popular, and may be the target of bullies. Kids with social problems are also more likely to have academic difficulties as well. A study published in Psychology in the Schools looked at whether kids who are perceived to be different are more likely to be rejected, and examined some of the possible outcomes of that rejection.

Researchers first interviewed elementary school students about what made someone “strange” or “weird.” Interestingly, it wasn’t appearance or clothing that topped the list (both of these were the first things I thought of when considering what an elementary school student might consider to be unusual). Class clowns beware: 35% of the “weird” behaviours were related to failed attempts at humour! Pretending to fall down, making faces, speaking in a “funny” voice, making odd noises, or telling strange jokes were behaviours that kids perceived as being unusual. Other responses covered a wide gamut: appearance, clothing, verbal or academic difficulties, disruptive behaviour, aggression, and disobedience were all described as reasons that someone might be considered weird.