Washing your hands doesn’t just keep you healthier; it has all sorts of subtle psychological effects as well. Hand washing sends an unconscious metaphorical message to the mind: we don’t just cleanse ourselves of physical residues, we also cleanse ourselves of mental residues.
Date Posted: November 4, 2013
Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)GO
Oxford researchers have found internet forums provide a support network for socially isolated young people. However, they also conclude that the internet is linked to an increased risk of suicide and self-harm among vulnerable adolescents.
Categories: Self-Harm, Suicide PreventionGO
A Deakin University study has found for the first time that, just like humans, un-predictability is also a consistent behavioural ...
Couples shouldn’t let their thumbs do the talking when it comes to serious conversations, disagreements or apologies. Brigham Young University researchers Lori Schade and Jonathan Sandberg studied 276 young adults around the country and found ...
Categories: Communication Disorders Problems, Relationships & MarriageGO
Indonesia - A 50-year-old man sat quietly on top of a large stone, resting against the brick wall of a modest home in Paringan village, Ponorogo, East Java. He smiled at Ponorogo Deputy Regent Yuni Widyaningsih, who was walking in his ...
Categories: Mental Health in AsiaGO
A common assumption in the cognitive sciences is that thinking consists of following sets of rules (as it does in a computer). A recent research paper published in Elsevier journal Cognition argues that unlike digital computers, which are designed ...
Video gaming causes increases in the brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning as well as fine motor skills. This has been shown in a new study conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Human ...
A group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths have come together to develop a new campaign to improve mental-health awareness among Indigenous youth. They are working with the national youth mental-health foundation Headspace in attempt ...
Categories: Multicultural Concerns, Teenage IssuesGO
Early life pain alters neural circuits in the brain that regulate stress, suggesting pain experienced by infants who often do not receive analgesics while undergoing tests and treatment in neonatal intensive care may permanently alter future ...
Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Pain managementGO
With the help of a rat casino, University of British Columbia brain researchers have successfully reduced behaviours in rats that are commonly associated with compulsive gambling in humans. The study, which featured the first successful modeling of ...
Categories: Addictions, Gambling AddictionGO
A squad of elite fear specialists will descend into the slightly musty basement of a Victorian house Friday night to take up haunting positions. Their preferred instrument of terror? Insights from the science of emotion. The monsters and ghouls in ...
People tend to be rated as more attractive when they're part of a group than when they're alone, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. This phenomenon — first dubbed the ...
Usually, women can tell when someone’s eyes aren’t on her face and are, well, focused elsewhere on her body. In other words, there’s a reason the saying on the t-shirt is My Eyes Are Up Here. But how, exactly, does that “objectifying ...
Schizoaffective disorder is a mental disorder characterized by disordered thought processes (called psychosis) and abnormal emotional ...
Categories: Bipolar, SchizophreniaGO
Today it seems that almost everyone is certifiably mad. According to critics, amateur and professional psychiatrists are routinely guilty of "diagnostic inflation": turning normal people into mental patients with alphabet soup diagnoses. In a new ...