How did the culture of food sharing in humans come about?

When you share your lunch with someone less fortunate or give your friend half of your dessert, does that act of generosity flow from the milk of human kindness, or is it a subconscious strategy to assure reciprocity should you one day find yourself ...

Aug 22

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Writing - for health and happiness?

Decades of research have shown that writing down your emotions has concrete health benefits - even helping wounds heal. But as more and more people publish their intimate feelings online, could they be doing themselves more harm than ...

Aug 21

Categories: Happiness

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Social giving makes us happier

People usually feel good when they make a charitable donation, but they feel even better if they make the donation directly to someone they know or in a way that builds social connection. Research to be published in the International Journal of ...

Aug 21

Categories: Happiness

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4 Tips for Setting Healthy Boundaries

Have you been feeling a little emotionally drained lately? Have you been finding yourself responding to the emergencies of others as if they are your own? Perhaps you have been allowing someone to invade your space even though you are not quite ...

Aug 21

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The supposed benefits of open-plan offices do not outweigh the costs

The worlds of business, office design and psychology really need to get their heads together. Large open-plan offices have become the norm across modern cities despite a sizeable literature documenting the disadvantages, including increased ...

Aug 20

Categories: Workplace Issues

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Recurrence Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders Examined for Full, Half ...

A Danish study of siblings suggests the recurrence risks for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) varied from 4.5 percent to 10.5 percent depending on the birth years, which is higher than the ASD risk of 1.18 percent in the overall Danish population, ...

Aug 20

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Men Want Women to Split Dating Costs But Are Scared to Ask

The survey of unmarried, heterosexual men and women found that men were willing to absorb the cost of early dates, but this quickly changes with time. There was a slight discrepancy in how much each gender thought they contributed. Most men and ...

Aug 20

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Intelligence Means Having More Than Just Raw Brainpower

What does it take to think and act in an intelligent way? Many of us would say it’s simply a matter of raw brainpower. That perspective was on display in a recent NPR segment, in which the pundit David Brooks described the case for appointing ...

Aug 19

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Autistic kids who best peers at math show different brain ...

Children with autism and average IQs consistently demonstrated superior math skills compared with nonautistic children in the same IQ range, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard ...

Aug 19

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Two New Studies on Motives for Monogamy

The golden lion tamarin, a one-pound primate that lives in Brazil, is a stunningly monogamous creature. A male will typically pair with a female and they will stay close for the rest of their lives, mating only with each other and then working ...

Aug 19

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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School Holiday fun can build kids’ brains

Summertime is fun time, when kids can make and sell lemonade, read for fun, catch and release fireflies at twilight, and daydream. These last few weeks of the best time of the year can provide your child with rich opportunities to grow their brains ...

Aug 17

Categories: Child Development

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High Debt Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

If young people are drowning in debt, their blood pressure may be on the rise and their health could suffer. A new Northwestern Medicine® study has found that high financial debt is associated with higher diastolic blood pressure and poorer ...

Aug 17

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues

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Is psychology a “real” science? Does it really matter?

Fellow Scientific American blogger Melanie Tannenbaum is flustered by allegations that psychology is not a science and I can see where she is coming from. In this case the stimulus was a piece by Alex Berezow, a microbiologist, who in a short and ...

Aug 17

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Facebook use predicts declines in happiness, new study finds

Facebook helps people feel connected, but it doesn't necessarily make them happier, a new study shows. 

Facebook use actually predicts declines in a user's well-being, according to a University of Michigan study that is the first known ...

Aug 16

Categories: Happiness

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Does Psychotherapy via the Internet Work

For the first time, clinical researchers from the University of Zurich have studied whether online psychotherapy and conventional face-to-face therapy are equally effective in experiments. Based on earlier studies, the Zurich team assumed that the ...

Aug 16

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