The Psychology of Gift-giving

A team of scientists have figured out the secret to giving the perfect Christmas present - and fortunately, it isn't about spending as much as possible. Choosing a present that reflects your personality, and not what you think the receiver would ...

Dec 21

Categories: Other, Relationships & Marriage

GO

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

GO

Why Toddlers with Autism Avoid Eye Contact

Science has long debated whether meeting another's gaze feels unpleasant or just uninteresting. A new study has lent support to one side of the debate with the finding that toddlers with autism are oblivious to the social information in the eyes, ...

Dec 20

Categories: Asperger's Syndrome, Autism spectrum disorders, Child and/or ...

GO

How to Be a Better Spender

Practicing smart restraint may feel tough to us, a generation brought up on a collective consumerist culture. Hopefully, this advice, gleaned from experts in marketing and psychology research, will help us become smarter, happier spenders.

Dec 20

Categories: Happiness, Other

GO

Is Resentment Ruining Your Marriage?

There are many factors that lead to the demise of a marriage. When couples have hurt feelings, it can be a challenge to forgive and forget. Problems in a marriage such as emotional detachment and a lack of sexual intimacy seldom develop overnight. ...

Dec 19

Categories: Anger Management, Relationships & Marriage

GO

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

GO

Cycle of Abuse: New Answers

Stressful early environments affect the brain in ways that are inherited. Majority of abusive parents were abused themselves as children. Now we are starting to understand the underlying psychological and biological mechanisms thanks to animal ...

Dec 16

Categories: Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues, Physical Abuse

GO

Social Media, Loneliness, and Anxiety in Young People

Is there a role for social media in perpetuating anxiety through feelings of disconnection and loneliness? At first glance, social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter seem to be a modern means of facilitating our connectedness with others, ...

Dec 16

Categories: Addictions, Social Anxiety / Phobia, Social Isolation

GO

This one specific brain area was smaller in participants who were in ...

Psychology research is starting to back up on what poets have been describing on mind-altering effects of a passionate relationship – “my love’s a noble madness” wrote John Dryden. Cicero said “of all emotions, there is none more violent ...

Dec 15

GO

Half of us likely to believe events that never happened

Remember that time at school when you played a prank on your math teacher? The one with the curly hair and the pink-rimmed glasses? No? If you were told the story a few times, you might - even if it never happened.

Dec 15

GO

Sniff Out Alzheimer’s Risk with Powerful New Smell Test

A provocative new report suggests a low-cost, non-invasive testing protocol may identify older individuals at increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. There is a new discovery by the investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) on testing ...

Dec 14

Categories: Cognitive Problems Amnesia / Dementia

GO

Wardrobe malfunction – three failed attempts to replicate the ...

It’s one of the simplest, most evidence-backed pieces of advice you can give to someone who’s looking to attract a partner – wear red. Many studies, most of them involving men rating women’s appearance, have shown that wearing red clothing ...

Dec 14

GO

Why do left-handers earn less than right-handers?

It’s popularly believed that left-handers are uncommonly blessed with talents like high intelligence or an artistic temperament, but this is a myth. In fact, some studies even show cognitive deficits in lefties (though other research has failed to ...

Dec 13

GO

Are You A Good Listener?

We hear a lot about how to speak well in public, but very little about how to learn the equally important art of listening ...

Dec 13

GO

People with traumatic brain injury approximately 2.5 times more ...

People who have suffered a traumatic brain injury are approximately 2.5 times more likely to be incarcerated in a federal correctional facility in Canada than people who have not, a new study has found.

Dec 12

GO