Knocking on wood is the most common superstition in Western culture used to reverse bad fortune or undo a "jinx." Other cultures maintain similar practices, like spitting or throwing salt, after someone has tempted fate. Even people who aren't particularly superstitious often participate in these ...
Date Posted: October 2, 2013GO
Humans like being around other humans. We are extraordinarily social animals. In fact, we are so social, that simply interacting with other people has been shown to be use similar brain areas as those involved with the processing of very basic ...
October is Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month, but how does one stay mentally fit after the 40-hour workweek is traded in for the gold watch? The more you want to use your brain — and the more you enjoy doing it — the more likely you are to ...
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THE Australian Olympic Committee is set to send more psychologists to the Rio Olympics to meet athletes’ increasing demand for mental support. It comes after sporting stars, including champion swimmers Leisel Jones and Ian Thorpe, spoke out about ...
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Ad-man James Vicary generated excitement and discomfort in equal measure back in the 50s when he boasted about the success of his "subliminal adverts". Presenting the words "Drink Coke" or "Eat Popcorn" on-screen, mid-movie, too fast to be ...
Children who are extremely overweight achieve lower math grades and attend German upper secondary school (Gymnasium) less frequently, is shown by a study, undertaken by the WZB Berlin Social Science Center (WZB). For the first time, it has been ...
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Esther Olsson knows what it's like to lose someone to mental illness. In the last two years, the 20-year-old from Hawthorn had to attend the funerals of two uncles who lost their battles with depression. As a result, Ms Olsson is once again taking ...
The onset of mental illness can occur as young as 14, so it stands to reason that the emotional wellbeing of youth is a very real and very relevant concern in today’s society. Some of the problems young people face are longstanding; drug and ...
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There are mornings when getting out of bed may seem impossible, and the idea of spending the day at work is unappealing. If working from home is an option, one University of Alabama at Birmingham expert says perks of telecommuting go beyond working ...
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The effects of childhood abuse and lack of parental affection can last a lifetime, taking a toll both emotionally and physically. There are many reports assessing the psychological damage resulting from childhood abuse, and the effects on physical ...
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Malaysia - The recent increase in suicides may actually point to an improved awareness, Befrienders Malaysia president Ganga Dara said. “Previously, suicides were often reported as accidental deaths but the awareness for the need to intervene is ...
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Sleep deprivation has long been considered a significant problem for college freshmen during their transition to campus life. Now, a new study by a Washington and Lee University psychology professor identifies another culprit when it comes to ...
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Sixty years ago scientists could electrically stimulate a region of a mouse’s brain causing the mouse to eat, whether hungry or not. Now researchers from UNC School of Medicine have pinpointed the precise cellular connections responsible for ...
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Smoking is a major public health problem, killing approximately 443,000 people every year in the United States. Quitting smoking can have a profound effect on a person's health, but it is also one of the hardest addictions to kick. A recent paper ...
Malaysia - Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) president Datuk Dr N.K.S Tharmaseelan is “embarrassed, distressed and pained” over the caging of a mentally-disabled person in Kuala Pilah. Commenting on a statement by Senaling Welfare Department ...
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In evolutionary terms, smell is among the oldest of the senses. In animals ranging from invertebrates to humans, olfaction exerts a primal influence as the brain continuously and subconsciously processes the steady stream of scent molecules that ...