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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To be creative, it helps to cheat

FROM James Moriarty to Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the idea of the evil genius has been a staple of storytelling. But is it true? Or, to put the matter less starkly, is there a connection between creativity and dishonesty in real people who are not bent ...

Feb 6

Categories: Creative Blocks

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Mind Over Matter: Beating Pain and Painkillers

With nearly one-third of Americans suffering from chronic pain, prescription opioid painkillers have become the leading form of treatment for this debilitating condition. Unfortunately, misuse of prescription opioids can lead to serious side effects ...

Feb 6

Categories: Chronic Pain, Pain management

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10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science

Happiness is so interesting, because we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it. So naturally we are obsessed with it. I would love to be happier, as I'm sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ...

Feb 5

Categories: Happiness, Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Meditation, Workplace ...

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Two Stressed People Equals Less Stress

Does giving a speech in public stress you out? Or writing a big presentation for your boss? What about skydiving? One way to cope, according to a new study from Sarah Townsend, assistant professor of management and organization at the USC Marshall ...

Feb 5

Categories: Stress Management

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Can having a savings account for your child promote positive ...

A college savings account in a child’s name not only gives parents hope for the future, it also results in improved social-emotional health for their children. The study, led by Washington University in St. Louis’ Center for Social Development ...

Feb 4

Categories: Child Development

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"Placebo sleep" can boost your mental performance

Believing that you've had a good night's sleep can influence your mental performance, regardless of how much sleep you actually had. That's according to a new paper, by Christina Draganich and Kristi Erdal, who tricked students into thinking there's ...

Feb 4

Categories: Sleep Disorders

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