Too Aware? The Downside of Mindfulness Revealed

"Mindfulness" is the watchword of gurus and lifestyle coaches everywhere. But too much awareness could prevent the formation of good habits, new research suggests. People high in mindfulness — a state of active attention to what's going on in ...

Nov 22

Categories: Mindfulness

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10 Remarkable Ways Meditation Helps Your Mind

Meditation may make us feel calmer while we’re doing it, but do these benefits spill over into everyday life? Desborders et al. (2012) scanned the brains of people taking part in an 8-week meditation program, before and after the course. While ...

Nov 21

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation

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Has Toxic Stress become a part of our normal lives

Millions of Australians are stressed. This much is clear from the Australian Psychological Society's annual stress and wellbeing survey, the results of which were released last week. According to the survey, more than seven in 10 Australians feel ...

Nov 21

Categories: Stress Management

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Low self-esteem and scared of death? Try hugging a teddy

Teddy bears and cuddly "haptic" jackets could be the solution to existential angst for people with low self-esteem. That's according to a team of psychologists based in Amsterdam who say that people with low self-belief are unable to use meaning in ...

Nov 20

Categories: Anxiety, Self-Esteem

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Working up a sweat helps you bargain better

If better health isn’t enough incentive to take a brisk walk, perhaps there is another one: it may get you a better deal. New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a twist on the adage “never let them see you sweat.”

Nov 20

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Could saving the traditional pub be the answer to Britain’s binge ...

A research study finds evidence for the traditional pub as a site for restrained and responsible social interaction for young adults. The UK government wants further controls to restrict high street bars but on the other hand is concerned about the ...

Nov 20

Categories: Addictions

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Your Brain Sees Things You Don’t

A new study by UA doctoral student Jay Sanguinetti indicates that our brains perceive objects in everyday life of which we may never be aware. The finding challenges currently accepted models about how the brain processes visual information.

Nov 19

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Effects of a violent video game depend on whether you're Superman or ...

After Aaron Alexis shot dead 12 people at the Navy Yard in Washington DC in September, media outlets were quick to highlight his reported enjoyment of violent video games. To many, this was just the latest example of how violent games can foster ...

Nov 19

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What determines the friends you make in school?

It’s a common perception portrayed in movies from “The Breakfast Club” to “Mean Girls.” Teenage friendships are formed by joining cliques such as jocks, geeks and goths. But a national study led by a Michigan State University scholar ...

Nov 19

Categories: Friendships

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Playing video games boosts mental health in young

Playing video games can improve mood, reduce stress levels and boost self-esteem in young people, a new study has found. Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia also found that playing video games as a family ...

Nov 19

Categories: Child Development

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Which 2 words will make you more Selfish?

Don't think about Wall Street. Did you think about Wall Street? Of course you did. You can't stop yourself from thinking about something you're told not to think about. But I didn't just conjure images of stocks, suits, and a bronze bull. I primed ...

Nov 18

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How Many Friends Can Your Brain Handle?

Being a social butterfly just might change your brain: In people with a large network of friends and excellent social skills, certain brain regions are bigger and better connected than in people with fewer friends, a new study finds.

Nov 18

Categories: Friendships

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Older age key factor in suicide risk in Asian patients with early ...

Suicide risk among patients with first-episode psychosis appears to be greatest for older individuals with severe symptoms that have gone untreated for a long time, Asian study findings indicate. High levels of functioning were also associated with ...

Nov 16

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Suicide Prevention

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Gene linked to common intellectual disability

University of Adelaide researchers have taken a step forward in unravelling the causes of a commonly inherited intellectual disability, finding that a genetic mutation leads to a reduction in certain proteins in the brain. ARX is among the top four ...

Nov 16

Categories: Intellectual Disability

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Soda Consumption Connected to Behavioural Problems in Children

The US researchers found that children who drank more soda were more likely to be aggressive, to have attention problems, to get into fights and to destroy other people’s belongings.

Nov 15

Categories: Child Development

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