Why your brain makes you reach for junk food

Will that be a pizza for you or will you go for a salad? Choosing what you eat is not simply a matter of taste, conclude scientists in a new study at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University ...

Oct 21

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Social media can help connect those with severe mental illness

Researchers found people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorder are comfortable using a social media website like YouTube to provide and receive naturally occurring peer support.

Oct 21

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Eating breakfast boosts dopamine and regulates overeating and cravings

A new study has found that eating breakfast, especially foods rich in protein, increases the levels of a brain chemical associated with feelings of reward, which can help reduce food cravings and overeating later in the day.

Oct 20

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How to feel happy just by walking differently

It’s well-known that when we’re in a good mood, our style of walking tends to reflect how we feel: we bounce along, shoulders back, swinging our arms in style. Sometimes, just from our gait, it’s more obvious to other people how we feel than ...

Oct 20

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Toddlers with low empathy at risk for future behavior problems

Toddlers who don’t feel guilty after bad behavior or who are less affectionate or less responsive to affection may be at risk for greater behavior problems by the time they enter first grade, according to a new study by the University of Michigan ...

Oct 20

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The dark side of empathy

Contrary to the common view of empathy as an emotion solely eliciting compassion and warmth, empathy can unexpectedly motivate aggression. The result comes from a new study which found that when feeling empathy towards someone in distress, people ...

Oct 18

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Siblings can help develop prosocial behaviour

A new study shows a positive sibling relationship helps boys, as well as girls. The finding is a surprise to family scholars because boys typically report that they benefit less than girls from peer relationships.

Oct 18

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What Alzheimer’s patients feel after their memories have vanished

While patients with Alzheimer’s might not remember when their loved ones visit, it has a profound effect on how they feel, a new study finds.

Oct 18

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Seeing ADHD on a spectrum

A new study suggests that there is a natural spectrum of attention function in the general population, with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at one extreme. If this opinion is accurate the concept has broad implications for ...

Oct 17

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Many women blame poverty on failed relationships

Researchers discovered having children early in life and a troubled romantic relationship are the two most frequently cited reasons when low-income mothers are asked about why they find themselves in poverty. It suggests that policymakers and health ...

Oct 17

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How to keep your kids safe from online bullying

Each day, an estimated 160,000 school kids stay home from school out of fear of bullying. But technology in the form of smart phones and social media has made bullying a 24/7 threat that can occur anywhere — even in safety of a child's home. That ...

Oct 17

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Your typing style can reveal your emotions

While computers outperform humans in most mathematical tasks and can do complex calculations that people never could, there's one area where machines haven't quite achieved humanlike smarts: emotional intelligence. But now, a new computer program ...

Oct 16

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Can shopping help anxiety?

Most people are guilty of emotional spending at one time or another. Whether you partake in retail therapy while you're sad, angry, or happy, you are bound to end up with some unneeded items and an empty wallet. So why do we spend to feel better?

Oct 16

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Teens' mental health linked to parents' understanding of daily ...

New research suggests the better a parent understands the daily experiences of their teen, the better the mental health of the teen. Moreover, having a parent who “gets” a teen’s daily life may influence the way a teen’s body responds to ...

Oct 16

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Is Kindness Physically Attractive?

One of the most robust findings in social psychology is the beauty-is-good stereotype: physically attractive people are perceived and treated more positively than physically unattractive people. But here’s the thing: I have definitely met ...

Oct 15

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