New evidence that chronic stress predisposes brain to mental illness

University of California, Berkeley, researchers have shown that chronic stress generates long-term changes in the brain that may explain why people suffering chronic stress are prone to mental problems such as anxiety and mood disorders later in ...

Feb 12

Categories: Stress Management

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The Science of Kissing

When you really think about it, kissing is an odd human behavior. You know, all the rubbing of our faces all over each other. So ...

Feb 12

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Heroin, addiction and free will

The death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman has sparked some strong and seemingly contradictory responses. What these reactions show is that many people find it hard to think of addiction as being anything except either a choice or a loss of free ...

Feb 12

Categories: Addictions

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Beauty Is in the Brain of the Beholder

There are few things more personal than one's aesthetic taste. When you really connect to a piece of art or music, it touches something deep inside. It moves you in a way that often escapes words. But what's going on in your brain when you are moved ...

Feb 11

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Why Do We Get Nervous?

This short video presentation explains why we get butterflies in our tummy whenever we have to get up in front of an audience or when ...

Feb 11

Categories: Anxiety

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Movie-Watching Together Strengthens Marriages

Keeping a marriage together takes effort. And care. And maybe even watching classic romance movies, like The Way We Were or Husbands and Wives. And this is because of the conversations such movies can start. That's the finding from a study in the ...

Feb 11

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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An Antidote for Mindlessness

In the mid-nineteen-seventies, the cognitive psychologist Ellen Langer noticed that elderly people who envisioned themselves as younger versions of themselves often began to feel, and even think, like they had actually become younger. Men with ...

Feb 10

Categories: Mindfulness

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Philippines: Specialised mental health treatment to target survivors ...

Many children were among the victims of typhoon Haiyan, with one school in the Tacloban area of the Philippines losing 59 of its pupils. Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) psychiatrist Frederique Drogoul describes a mental health programme that will ...

Feb 10

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma ...

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How being happy changes your personality

Outgoing, conscientious, friendly people who are open to new experiences tend to be happier than those who are more shy, unadventurous, neurotic and unfriendly. It's easy to imagine why this might be so. Barely studied before now, however, is the ...

Feb 10

Categories: Happiness

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Psychologists Find the Perceived Benefits of Casual Video Games Among ...

New research from psychologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst finds that while a majority of adults cite the ability to compete with friends as their primary reason for playing online casual video games, they report differing perceived ...

Feb 8

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How To Use Color Psychology To Give Your Business An Edge

Whether you're wondering what color to paint the office, or you're looking to redesign your retail space, the colors you choose can increase your chance of reaching your goals. Color greatly influences human emotion and behavior. If you're hoping to ...

Feb 8

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What makes us human?: Unique brain area linked to higher cognitive ...

Oxford University researchers have identified an area of the human brain that appears unlike anything in the brains of some of our closest relatives. The brain area pinpointed is known to be intimately involved in some of the most advanced planning ...

Feb 7

Categories: Executive Functions

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You still can't tickle yourself, even if you swap bodies with another ...

You wouldn't believe the amount of ink spilled by neuroscientists and psychologists attempting to explain the simple fact that we can't tickle ourselves. A popular, long-standing theory posits that the self-tickle failure occurs because of the way ...

Feb 7

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Understanding Mental Health: Defining mental illness

PHILIPPINES - "A MENTAL illness is just like any other illness," said Dr. Laureen Conanan, chief of Southern Philippines Medical Center's Institute of Psychology and Behavioral Medicine (SPMC-IPBM), and that mental illness can also take various ...

Feb 7

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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How to Respond to Rude or Inappropriate Remarks

Sooo, you've been together for seven years; when are you finally going to get engaged? How come you two aren't having kids yet? You know it's harder to get pregnant as you age. For instance, my cousin, Tina… People say the darnedest things, ...

Feb 6

Categories: Anger Management

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