Runners' Brains are more connected

If you're thinking about taking up running as your New Year's resolution and still need some convincing, consider this: MRI scans reveal that endurance runners' brains have greater functional connectivity than the brains of more sedentary ...

Dec 21

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Health Psychology

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Psychological Benefits of a Cold Shower

Cold bathing has been claimed to have multiple beneficial effects on health such as improvement of the immune system, cardiovascular circulation and vitality, but any true association remains unclear. Researchers explored if perceived illness could ...

Dec 19

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Health Psychology

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Let's Get Physical: The Psychology of Effective Workout Music

For some athletes and for many people who run, jog, cycle, lift weights and otherwise exercise, music is not superfluous - it is essential to peak performance and a satisfying workout. New research clarifies why music and exercise make such a good ...

Dec 8

Categories: Health Psychology, Sports Psychology

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Body Mass, Inflammation, and Cognition – What is the strongest ...

Body mass index (BMI) has been linked to inflammation, and systemic inflammation has been linked to decreased cognition. Now, a new study directly links a high BMI to lower cognitive functioning. The current study, published in the journal Brain, ...

Nov 28

Categories: Cognitive Problems Amnesia / Dementia, Health Psychology

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Who’s Top Monkey? How Social Status Affects Immune Health

Research on rhesus macaques finds that social interactions can influence immune system health. Specifically, social hierarchies among rhesus macaques give rise to differences in their ability to respond to bacterial and viral invaders. This has ...

Nov 26

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Health Psychology

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How Nutrition May Feed Mental Health

Good nutrition has long been viewed as a cornerstone of physical health, but research is increasingly showing diet's effect on mental health, as well. Psychology researchers are taking different approaches to understand the many ways in which ...

Nov 24

Categories: Health Psychology

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Is it bad for your health to pull an all-nighter?

A late night at the library, copious amounts of energy drinks or coffee and class notes from the last month; surely you'll be able to ace the exam if you just spend the next 24 hours focused on the material. Unfortunately, procrastination and sleep ...

Oct 27

Categories: Academic Issues, Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Health ...

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Stress ruins your diet!

The type of fat you eat matters, but a new study suggests that the benefits of good fats vanish when stress enters the picture. This study is the first to show that stress has the potential to cancel out benefits of choosing healthier fats.

Oct 22

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Health Psychology, Stress ...

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How Schools are using Mindful Eating to fight Eating Disorders

Mindful eating invites participants to "pay attention" to the food in front of them and engage their five senses (sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch) before consuming a single morsel. This mindfulness practice builds the children's awareness of ...

Sep 3

Categories: Eating Disorders, Health Psychology, Mindfulness

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How Long Do You Want to Live? Expectations Matter!

Why do some people want to live a very long time, while others would prefer to die relatively young? In a latest study, a team of researchers investigated how long young and middle-aged adults in the United States say they want to live in relation ...

Aug 30

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Health Psychology, Life Purpose / ...

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Curiosity Has the Power to Change Behavior for the Better

Piquing people’s interest can entice them to choose healthier behaviors over more tempting, unhealthy ones, study finds. New research shows that piquing people’s curiosity can influence their choices by steering them away from tempting desires, ...

Aug 23

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Health Psychology, Life Purpose / ...

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Marriage may prolong cancer survival, but why?

Cancer patients may live longer if they are married, with the effect varying by place of birth and race/ethnicity. However, better economic resources are unlikely to be a key driver for this association.

Apr 12

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Health Psychology, Relationships ...

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Irregular heartbeat risk increases for 1 year after death of a partner

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is one of life's toughest challenges. It can cause severe psychological stress, which studies have shown can raise the risk of acute cardiovascular problems.

Apr 7

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Health Psychology, Relationships ...

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Oxytocin nasal spray: how can it help curb obesity?

A new study suggests that oxytocin nasal spray could be a solution, after researchers found it may work by improving self-control.

Apr 5

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Health Psychology

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Is moderate drinking really good for you?

Many people believe a glass of wine with dinner will help them live longer and healthier -- but the scientific evidence is shaky at best, according to a new research analysis.

Mar 29

Categories: Addictions, Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Health Psychology

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