Hobbies may boost brainpower as you age

New research has found that hobbies such as reading, socializing, and traveling can keep your mind engaged and boost mental health during your golden years. Taking up a few hobbies after retirement can keep your brain sharp and fend off mental ...

Oct 9

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues

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Wedded bliss or blues? Scientists link DNA to marital satisfaction

What makes some people more prone to wedded bliss or sorrow than others? Researchers at UC Berkeley and Northwestern University have found a major clue in our DNA. A gene involved in the regulation of serotonin can predict how much our emotions ...

Oct 8

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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How ‘impermanence’ can help us all get along

We are born colorblind—literally. Newborn color vision is limited, lacking many of the visual distinctions that characterize mature sight. Soon enough, though, color takes over, figuratively as well as physiologically: We learn to see ourselves ...

Oct 8

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Is the human brain capable of identifying a fake smile?

“The smile plays a key role in recognizing others´ happiness. But, as we know, we are not really happy every time we smile”. In some cases, a smile merely expresses politeness or affiliation. In others, it may even be a way of hiding negative ...

Oct 7

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The meanings of life

Parents often say: ‘I just want my children to be happy.’ It is unusual to hear: ‘I just want my children’s lives to be meaningful,’ yet that’s what most of us seem to want for ourselves. We fear meaninglessness. We fret about the ...

Oct 7

Categories: Happiness

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Reading Literary Fiction Improves “Mind-Reading” Skills

Heated debates about the quantifiable value of arts and literature are a common feature of American social discourse. Now, two researchers from The New School for Social Research have published a paper in Science demonstrating that reading literary ...

Oct 7

Categories: Asperger's Syndrome

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8 Fascinating Facts About Anxiety

Studies show that anxiety affects the sense of smell and balance, how we judge faces and perceptions of our personal space. Anxiety may be an unpleasant emotion, which can be crippling in excess, but it does exist for a good reason.

Oct 5

Categories: Anxiety

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How Instagram can ruin your appetite

Warning Instagrammers: you might want to stop taking so many pictures of your food. New research out of BYU finds that looking at too many pictures of food can actually make it less enjoyable to eat. Turns out your friend’s obsession with taking ...

Oct 5

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Mental health and wellbeing at work

October 2013 is Mental Health Month in most Australian States and Territories: a campaign aimed at raising awareness about mental health issues, ahead of World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2013. Mental Health Month serves as an opportunity for ...

Oct 5

Categories: Workplace Issues

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Psychotherapy’s Image Problem

PSYCHOTHERAPY is in decline. In the United States, from 1998 to 2007, the number of patients in outpatient mental health facilities receiving psychotherapy alone fell by 34 percent, while the number receiving medication alone increased by 23 ...

Oct 4

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Researcher found where pleasant memories are stored

Where do you go for a tasty bite and where the food is not so good? Where are you likely to meet an attractive partner and where you risk damage to your health? For every person - but also for animals - the information about pleasant and unpleasant ...

Oct 4

Categories: Happiness

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Gratitude Is About the Future, Not the Past

When life's got you down, gratitude can seem like a chore. Sure, you'll go through the motions and say the right things -- you'll thank people for help they've provided or try to muster a sense of thanks that things aren't worse. But you might not ...

Oct 4

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You Say He's Just a Friend, But Your Voice Says Differently

Think your partner is cheating? His or her voice may be a dead giveaway. New research by Albright College associate professor of psychology Susan Hughes, Ph.D., has found that men and women alter their voices when speaking to lovers versus friends ...

Oct 3

Categories: Infidelity, Relationships & Marriage

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What “60 Minutes” Gets Wrong in Report on Mental Illness and ...

On Sunday night the television news program 60 Minutes broadcast “Untreated mental illness an imminent danger?” Correspondent Steve Kroft introduces the report by stating: “The mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard two weeks ago that ...

Oct 3

Categories: Depression, Schizophrenia

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Clinician observations of preschoolers’ behavior help to predict ...

Don’t rely on one source of information about your preschoolers’ inattention or hyperactivity. Rather, consider how your child behaves at home as well as information from his or her teacher and a clinician. This advice comes from Sarah O'Neill, ...

Oct 3

Categories: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Child Development

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