The Well-Travelled Road Effect: Why Familiar Routes Fly By

Here's a common experience for motorists: you are driving somewhere new and you're late. As you drive down unfamiliar roads it seems that everything is conspiring against you: other cars, the road-layout, the traffic lights and even suicidal ...

Jun 21

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Pitt research paves way toward giving educators tools to recognize, ...

A student who shows up on time for school and listens respectfully in class might appear fully engaged to outside observers, including teachers. But other measures of student engagement, including the student’s emotional and cognitive involvement ...

Jun 21

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How to Become More Resilient

I clearly remember the day in the ninth grade that a classmate accosted me in the hallway of my junior high to recruit me for the high school debate team. I thought he was crazy. My heart would beat frantically at the prospect of answering a ...

Jun 21

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Mindfulness can increase wellbeing and reduce stress in school ...

Mindfulness – a mental training that develops sustained attention that can change the ways people think, act and feel – could reduce symptoms of stress and depression and promote wellbeing among school children, according to a new study ...

Jun 20

Categories: Mindfulness

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Simple fist-squeezing procedure helps athletes avoid choking under ...

The next time you're faced with a high-pressure situation in sport, try squeezing your left fist tight for thirty seconds. According to a team of German sports psychologists, doing so will activate your right hemisphere, aiding automatic, skilled ...

Jun 20

Categories: Sports Psychology

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Carnegie Mellon Researchers Identify Emotions Based on Brain Activity

For the first time, scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have identified which emotion a person is experiencing based on brain activity. The study, published in the June 19 issue of PLOS ONE, combines functional magnetic resonance imaging ...

Jun 20

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Where We Are Shapes Who We Are

IN the early 1970s, a team of researchers dropped hundreds of stamped, addressed letters near college dorms along the East Coast and recorded how many lost letters found their way to a mailbox. The researchers counted each posted letter as a small ...

Jun 19

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Exposure to high pollution levels during pregnancy may increase risk ...

Women in the U.S. exposed to high levels of air pollution while pregnant were up to twice as likely to have a child with autism as women who lived in areas with low pollution, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). It ...

Jun 19

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child Development

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Sibling aggression linked to poor mental health

Fights between siblings – from toy-snatching to clandestine whacks to being banished from the bedroom – are so common they’re often dismissed as simply part of growing up. Yet a new study from researchers at the University of New Hampshire ...

Jun 19

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development

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Why Humans Are Bad at Multitasking

It may not be uncommon to see someone typing out an email on their phone as they walk down the street, listen to music as they read the newspaper on the subway, or stare at a computer screen with multiple windows and tabs open. But despite ...

Jun 18

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Voices may not trigger brain's reward centers in children with autism

In autism, brain regions tailored to respond to voices are poorly connected to reward-processing circuits, according to a new study by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The research could help explain why children with ...

Jun 18

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If gadgets could gauge emotions

Artificial intelligence is creeping into our lives at a steady pace. Devices and apps can anticipate what we need, sometimes even before we realize it ourselves. So why shouldn't they understand our feelings? If emotional reactions were measured, ...

Jun 18

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Automated ‘coach’ could help with social interactions

Social phobias affect about 15 million adults in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and surveys show that public speaking is high on the list of such phobias. For some people, these fears of social situations ...

Jun 17

Categories: Asperger's Syndrome, Social Anxiety / Phobia

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Happy Father’s Day! The Psychology of Papas

When thinking about parents and children, most people — including psychological researchers — tend to focus on the characteristics and importance of the mother-child bond. However, in honor of Father’s Day, I think it’s about time to focus a ...

Jun 17

Categories: Parenting

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Elderly suicide rates hitting new highs as traditional social ...

The Who gave the world this famous line in their 1965 rock anthem My Generation. The sneering words, delivered by lead singer Roger Daltry, and the song remain icons for the baby boomer generation to this day. Sadly, many of them may be destined ...

Jun 17

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Suicide Prevention

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