The smell of fear more powerful than previously realised

The novelists had it right - fear really can fill the air. Research shows smelling the odour of a scared person triggers activity in a swathe of emotion-related regions in the brain of the sniffer, and leads them to sniff harder and express a ...

Jul 31

Categories: Fear

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How to learn successfully even under stress

Whenever we have to acquire new knowledge under stress, the brain deploys unconscious rather than conscious learning processes. Neuroscientists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have discovered that this switch from conscious to unconscious learning ...

Jul 31

Categories: Stress Management

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Why Summer Makes Us Lazy

In his meticulous diaries, written from 1846 to 1882, the Harvard librarian John Langdon Sibley complains often about the withering summer heat: “The heat wilts & enervates me & makes me sick,” he wrote in 1852. Sibley lived before the age of ...

Jul 27

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Materialism and Loneliness: Is There Really a Vicious Cycle?

Despite being much-maligned. materialism is not always bad for consumers. Loneliness may cause materialism, but the opposite is not necessarily true, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. "It is widely believed that there ...

Jul 27

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Actions to help prevent Suicide


Hear from Pat Risser drawing from his personal experience on actions you can take to prevent suicide.

Jul 26

Categories: Suicide Prevention

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Bad night's sleep? The moon could be to blame

Many people complain about poor sleep around the full moon, and now a report appearing in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, on July 25 offers some of the first convincing scientific evidence to suggest that this really is true. The findings ...

Jul 26

Categories: Sleep Disorders

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3 Reasons Why We're All Loafing At Work--And What To Do About It

Folks slack off when they don't think their work matters--a lack of intrinsic motivation that is also a symptom of burnout, the ultimate bugbear of productivity and at-work wellness. But when they see that their work is important, they work harder ...

Jul 26

Categories: Workplace Issues

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Want to stick with your diet? Better have someone hide the chocolate

If you are trying to lose weight or save for the future, new research suggests avoiding temptation may increase your chances of success compared to relying on willpower alone. The study on self-control by researchers from the Universities of ...

Jul 25

Categories: Eating Disorders

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How an Introvert Can Be Happier: Act Like an Extrovert

Extroverts, those outgoing, gregarious types who wear their personalities on their sleeve, are generally happier, studies show. Some research also has found that introverts, who are more withdrawn in nature, will feel a greater sense of happiness if ...

Jul 25

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Brain research shows psychopathic criminals do not lack empathy, but ...

Criminal psychopathy can be both repulsive and fascinating, as illustrated by the vast number of books and movies inspired by this topic. Offenders diagnosed with psychopathy pose a significant threat to society, because they are more likely to harm ...

Jul 25

Categories: Empathy

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ADHD in Children: How to Cope with it -- Keeping Kids Healthy


Many people still believe that ADHD isn't a "real" diagnosis, or that it's the fault of the parent, or that the child is just ...

Jul 23

Categories: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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What is Effexor (venlafaxine)?

Effexor (Venlafaxine) is an antidepressant, belonging to the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) class of drugs, used for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. The drug, currently marketed by Pfizer, is the most ...

Jul 23

Categories: Depression

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Surprise finding shows oxytocin strengthens bad memories and can ...

It turns out the love hormone oxytocin is two-faced. Oxytocin has long been known as the warm, fuzzy hormone that promotes feelings of love, social bonding and well-being. It's even being tested as an anti-anxiety drug. But new Northwestern ...

Jul 23

Categories: Anxiety, Fear

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Go-carting babies reveal origin of fear of heights

STEPPING out onto the glass platform of the Willis Tower, 412 metres above the streets of Chicago is enough to make most people dizzy. Not so babies, who are born with no fear of heights. Now it seems that this wariness develops as a result of ...

Jul 22

Categories: Fear

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How would it be to have the body of a child again?

A research, recently published on the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that a correlate of a body-ownership illusion is that the virtual type of body carries with it a set of temporary changes in perception and ...

Jul 20

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