Mindfulness Training can lower anti-social behavior and recidivism

Researchers at the New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN), the University of Miami, and the Lionheart Foundation in Boston, found that mindfulness training, a meditation-based therapy, can improve attention skills in incarcerated youth, ...

Nov 5

Categories: Social Anxiety / Phobia

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APA to correct manual: Pedophilia is not a ‘sexual orientation’

Pedophilia is not a “sexual orientation,” and erroneous use of that phrase will be corrected soon in its new manual on mental illnesses, the American Psychiatric Association said Thursday. The APA’s statement came in response to media ...

Nov 5

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Mindful individuals less affected by immediate rewards

A new study from the University of Toronto Scarborough shows that people who are aware of and their own thoughts and emotions are less affected by positive feedback from others. The study, authored by UTSC PhD candidate Rimma Teper, finds that ...

Nov 4

Categories: Mindfulness

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Psychological Effects of Washing Your Hands

Washing your hands doesn’t just keep you healthier; it has all sorts of subtle psychological effects as well. Hand washing sends an unconscious metaphorical message to the mind: we don’t just cleanse ourselves of physical residues, we also ...

Nov 4

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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How internet affects young people at risk of self-harm or suicide

Oxford researchers have found internet forums provide a support network for socially isolated young people. However, they also conclude that the internet is linked to an increased risk of suicide and self-harm among vulnerable adolescents.

Nov 4

Categories: Self-Harm, Suicide Prevention

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Animal personalities are more like humans than first thought, ...

A Deakin University study has found for the first time that, just like humans, un-predictability is also a consistent behavioural ...

Nov 2

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Too much texting can disconnect couples

Couples shouldn’t let their thumbs do the talking when it comes to serious conversations, disagreements or apologies. Brigham Young University researchers Lori Schade and Jonathan Sandberg studied 276 young adults around the country and found ...

Nov 2

Categories: Communication Disorders Problems, Relationships & Marriage

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Hope for Schizophrenic patients in Indonesia

Indonesia - A 50-year-old man sat quietly on top of a large stone, resting against the brick wall of a modest home in Paringan village, Ponorogo, East Java. He smiled at Ponorogo Deputy Regent Yuni Widyaningsih, who was walking in his ...

Nov 2

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Understanding the Difference Between 'Human Smart' and 'Computer ...

A common assumption in the cognitive sciences is that thinking consists of following sets of rules (as it does in a computer). A recent research paper published in Elsevier journal Cognition argues that unlike digital computers, which are designed ...

Nov 2

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Brain regions can be specifically trained using video games

Video gaming causes increases in the brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning as well as fine motor skills. This has been shown in a new study conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Human ...

Nov 1

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Reaching Australian Indigenous youth about mental health

A group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths have come together to develop a new campaign to improve mental-health awareness among Indigenous youth. They are working with the national youth mental-health foundation Headspace in attempt ...

Nov 1

Categories: Multicultural Concerns, Teenage Issues

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Research Finds Pain In Infancy Alters Response To Stress, Anxiety ...

Early life pain alters neural circuits in the brain that regulate stress, suggesting pain experienced by infants who often do not receive analgesics while undergoing tests and treatment in neonatal intensive care may permanently alter future ...

Oct 31

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Pain management

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Scientists reduce behaviours associated with problem gambling in rats

With the help of a rat casino, University of British Columbia brain researchers have successfully reduced behaviours in rats that are commonly associated with compulsive gambling in humans. The study, which featured the first successful modeling of ...

Oct 31

Categories: Addictions, Gambling Addiction

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Northeastern researchers experiment with fear at Newton haunted house

A squad of elite fear specialists will descend into the slightly musty basement of a Victorian house Friday night to take up haunting positions. Their preferred instrument of terror? Insights from the science of emotion. The monsters and ghouls in ...

Oct 31

Categories: Fear

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People seem more attractive in a group than they do apart

People tend to be rated as more attractive when they're part of a group than when they're alone, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. This phenomenon — first dubbed the ...

Oct 30

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