Changes in Brain Structure Found After Childhood Abuse

Different forms of childhood abuse increase the risk for mental illness as well as sexual dysfunction in adulthood, but little has been known about how that happens. An international team of researchers, including the Miller School's Charles B. ...

Jun 3

Categories: Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues, Child and/or Adolescent Issues

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Loneliness can hurt more than the heart

I now know why I gained more than 13 kilograms in my early 20s: I was lonely. I had left for school and a job in the Upper Midwest and I knew no one. I filled my lonely nights and days with food, especially candy, cookies and ice cream. I could not ...

Jun 3

Categories: Social Anxiety / Phobia, Social Isolation

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Facebook profiles raise users’ self-esteem and affect behavior

A Facebook profile is an ideal version of self, full of photos and posts curated for the eyes of family, friends and acquaintances. A new study shows that this version of self can provide beneficial psychological effects and influence ...

Jun 3

Categories: Self-Esteem

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Technology Use Before Bed Linked with Increased Stress

Using technology before bed may be stressing us out, preliminary results from a new study suggest. In the study, people who surfed the web or sent a text message within two hours of going to bed reported higher levels of stress than those who ...

Jun 1

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Healthy lifestyle choices mean fewer memory complaints, poll by UCLA ...

Research has shown that healthy behaviors are associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, but less is known about the potential link between positive lifestyle choices and milder memory complaints, especially those that occur ...

Jun 1

Categories: Cognitive Problems Amnesia / Dementia, Dementia

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Teenagers Are Wired for Peer Approval, Study Says

It's true: Adolescents really do want to jump off a bridge just because their friends are doing it. But new research suggests changes in how teenagers view risks and rewards around their peers are not only a critical part of their development, but ...

Jun 1

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Are children who take Ritalin for ADHD at greater risk of future drug ...

UCLA research has shown that that children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are far more likely than other kids to develop serious substance abuse problems as adolescents and adults. But do stimulant medications used to treat ADHD ...

May 31

Categories: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Drug Addiction, ...

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Why Older Adults Are Happier

People tend to get happier as they age, and a new study could explain why: Older adults may be better able to deal with negative emotions like anger and anxiety. In the study, older adults were less likely than younger adults to feel angry and ...

May 31

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Happiness

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Big Feet Preference in Rural Indonesia Defies One-Size-Fits-All ...

People in most cultures view women with small feet as attractive. Like smooth skin or an hourglass figure, petite feet signal a potential mate's youth and fertility. Because they signal reproductive potential, a preference for mates with these ...

May 31

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Men, Women Lie About Sex to Match Gender Expectations

People will lie about their sexual behavior to match cultural expectations about how men or women should act - even though they wouldn't distort other gender-related behaviors, new research suggests. When it came to sex, men wanted to be seen as ...

May 30

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The business case for happiness in the workplace

Forget spreadsheets, swot analysis and risk management; the latest topic on the business school agenda is happiness. “Meaning” is the term used by Lee Newman, dean of innovation and behaviour at IE Business School in Spain. At the Stephen M. ...

May 30

Categories: Happiness, Workplace Issues

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Categorizing rewards improves motivation

What truly inspires individuals to perform at their very best? When it comes to motivating others and ourselves, it turns out offering rewards in defined categories, even when they are largely meaningless, can heighten motivation. According to ...

May 30

Categories: Workplace Issues

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Art appreciation is measureable

Have you experienced seeing a painting or a play that has left you with no feelings whatsoever, whilst a friend thought it was beautiful and meaningful? Experts have argued for years about the feasibility of researching art appreciation, and what ...

May 29

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Why do dogs yawn when they see sleepy humans?

Why we yawn at all isn’t entirely clear. Some say it helps keep us awake, others say it has a role in group communication – a way of telling others without language when you’re ready to sleep. Another more recent suggestion is that perhaps ...

May 29

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Eating Yoghurt can Affect Brain Functions

UCLA researchers now have the first evidence that bacteria ingested in food can affect brain function in humans. In an early proof-of-concept study of healthy women, they found that women who regularly consumed beneficial bacteria known as ...

May 29

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