Why all babies love peekaboo

Peekaboo is a game played over the world, crossing language and cultural barriers. Why is it so universal? Perhaps because it's such a powerful learning tool.

Apr 24

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How to deal with Bad Memories?

What's one of your worst memories? How did it make you feel? According to psychologists, remembering the emotions felt during a negative personal experience, such as how sad you were or how embarrassed you felt, can lead to emotional distress, ...

Apr 24

Categories: Anger Management, Anxiety, Depression

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Life With a Dog: You Meet People

As I approached four years as a widow, the loneliness of a one-person household began to drag me down. Acquiring a four-legged companion, rather than a two-legged one, appealed to me.

Apr 24

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Raising a Moral Child

What does it take to be a good parent? We know some of the tricks for teaching kids to become high achievers. For example, research suggests that when parents praise effort rather than ability, children develop a stronger work ethic and become more ...

Apr 24

Categories: Child Development

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Child bullying victims still suffering at 50

Children who are bullied can still experience negative effects on their physical and mental health more than 40 years later, say researchers from King's College London. Their study tracked 7,771 children born in 1958 from the age of seven until 50.

Apr 23

Categories: Bullying

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Boosting Depression-Causing Mechanisms in the Brain Increases ...

A new study points to a conceptually novel therapeutic strategy for treating depression. Instead of dampening neuron firing found with stress-induced depression, researchers demonstrated for the first time that further activating these neurons opens ...

Apr 23

Categories: Depression

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Empathy and Stress - Women Are the Stronger Sex

I learned many of life's great lessons while watching Audrey Hepburn movies with my grandmother. To this day, I cannot hear the word "empathy" without being reminded of the first time I heard that word in the movie Funny Face. Empathy is difficult ...

Apr 22

Categories: Empathy

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How to age well

Many of us assume that once we hit a certain age, our best years are behind us. In fact, there are plenty of examples of folk throughout history (and right up to the present day) who only really hit their stride and celebrate their greatest triumphs ...

Apr 22

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues

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Music Lessons Combat Poverty's Effect on the Brai

Scientists have observed that reading ability scales with socioeconomic status. Yet music might help close the gap, according to Nina Kraus and her colleagues at Northwestern University.

Apr 22

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Confirmation of the neurobiological origin of attention deficit ...

A study, carried out on mice, has just confirmed the neurobiological origin of attention-deficit disorder (ADD), a syndrome whose causes are poorly understood. Researchers from CNRS, the University of Strasbourg and INSERM have identified a cerebral ...

Apr 22

Categories: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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Heart test to detect mental illness

A RADICAL new medical test will measure patients' heart rates to determine if they have a mental illness. The test, which has been ­developed by Australian researchers, could be in use by mid-2015.

Apr 21

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1 in 68 Children Now Has a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Why?

Rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are not creeping up so much as leaping up. New numbers just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that one in 68 children now has a diagnosis of ASD - a 30 percent increase in just ...

Apr 21

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child ...

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Cultivating happiness often misunderstood

The paradox of happiness is that chasing it may actually make us less happy, a Stanford researcher says. So how does one find happiness? Effective ways exist, according to new research.

Apr 19

Categories: Happiness

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder may reflect a propensity for bad habits

Two new studies published in Biological Psychiatry shed light on the propensity for habit formation in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). These studies suggest that a tendency to develop habits, i.e., the compulsive component of the disorder, may ...

Apr 19

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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Can Shy Children grow up to be Anxious adults?

Three little girls sit together in a room, playing with the toys surrounding them. One of the girls - "Emma" - has clearly taken ...

Apr 19

Categories: Anxiety, Child Development

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