Scientists Show using Facebook Is a Downer

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 ...

Oct 2

GO

How to stay sharp in retirement

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 ...

Oct 2

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues

GO

Australian Olympic Committee to send more psychologists to Rio ...

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 ...

Oct 1

Categories: Sports Psychology

GO

Given a warning, we can shield ourselves from subliminal messages

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 ...

Oct 1

GO

Obesity influences school success

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 ...

Oct 1

Categories: Child Development

GO

Mental illness gets the silent treatment

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 ...

Oct 1

GO

Puberty blues: The very real issue of youth mental health

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 ...

Sep 30

Categories: Child Development, Teenage Issues

GO

Telecommuting can be beneficial for a work/life balance

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 ...

Sep 30

Categories: Workplace Issues

GO

Abuse, Lack of Parental Warmth in Childhood Linked to Multiple Health ...

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 ...

Sep 28

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Parenting

GO

More awareness on preventing suicide

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 ...

Sep 28

Categories: Suicide Prevention

GO

New Study Links Heavy Texting, Sleep Problems in College Freshmen

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 ...

Sep 28

Categories: Sleep Disorders

GO

Scientists identify brain circuitry that triggers overeating

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 ...

Sep 27

Categories: Eating Disorders

GO

Quitting smoking easier for social media users

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 ...

Sep 27

Categories: Addictions

GO

Caging mentally disabled man ‘unpardonable’

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 ...

Sep 27

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

GO

A shot of anxiety and the world stinks

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 ...

Sep 27

Categories: Anxiety

GO