‘Everyday sadists’ receive emotional boost from seeing others ...

Two new studies show that people who score high on a measure of sadism seem to enjoy pleasure from behaviours that hurt others, and are even willing to spend extra effort to make someone else suffer. New research led by psychological scientist Erin ...

Sep 23

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Online time can hobble brain’s important work

Contrary to common wisdom, an idle brain is in fact doing important work – and in the age of constant information overload, it’s a good idea to go offline on a regular basis, says one KTH researcher. Erik Fransén, whose research focuses on ...

Sep 21

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Discovery of a gene essential for memory extinction could lead to new ...

If you got beat up by a bully on your walk home from school every day, you would probably become very afraid of the spot where you usually met him. However, if the bully moved out of town, you would gradually cease to fear that ...

Sep 21

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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Young Children Quickly Adopt Ritualistic Behavior, Study Shows

Although rituals such as shaking hands or saying, “bless you” after a sneeze don’t make practical sense, these arbitrary social conventions give people a sense of belonging in a particular social group. And according to a new psychology study ...

Sep 21

Categories: Child Development

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Using the web to combat youth alcoholism and depression

Australia - The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre is hopeful the first trial of an online intervention to help treat combined depression and alcohol abuse in young people will encourage more people to seek help. While other e-health ...

Sep 20

Categories: Addictions, Teenage Issues

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Exposure/ritual prevention therapy boosts antidepressant treatment of ...

NIMH grantees have demonstrated that a form of behavioral therapy can augment antidepressant treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) better than an antipsychotic. The researchers recommend that this specific form of cognitive behavior ...

Sep 20

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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Why some parents think your partner isn’t good enough

It is common for parents to influence mate choice — from arranged marriages to more subtle forms of persuasion — but they often disagree with their children about what makes a suitable partner. A new study has found an evolutionary explanation ...

Sep 20

Categories: Parenting, Relationships & Marriage

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World’s Economic Crisis Tied to Increased Suicide Rates

When people commit suicide, investigators, doctors and family and friends all want to uncover the factors that forced the individual to end his or her life. Since suicide is inflicted upon oneself, finding and understanding the motives can be ...

Sep 20

Categories: Suicide Prevention

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7 Things Fear has Stolen from You

Everything you want is on the other side of fear. Don’t ever hesitate to give yourself a chance to be everything you are capable of being. Although fear can feel overwhelming, and defeats more people than any other force in the world, it’s not ...

Sep 19

Categories: Fear

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Carbonation alters the mind's perception of sweetness

Carbonation, an essential component of popular soft drinks, alters the brain's perception of sweetness and makes it difficult for the brain to determine the difference between sugar and artificial sweeteners, according to a new article in ...

Sep 19

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Suicides up in Singapore

The number of attempted suicides increased from 1009 in 2011 to 1090 in 2012. This is an increase from 19.5 to 20.5 per 100,000 people. THe number of deaths from suicide rose from 8.1 per 100,000 people in 2011 to 10.3 in 2012.

Sep 19

Categories: Suicide Prevention

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Phobias may be cured by watching others, study shows

Whether it is a fear of spiders, snakes or heights, many of us have phobias that we would love to be rid of for good. Now, a new study suggests that we can, by watching other individuals interact with the object or scenario that frightens us.

Sep 18

Categories: Phobias

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Parents' Harsh Words Might Make Teen Behaviors Worse

Most parents yell at their kids at some point. It often feels like the last option for getting children to pay attention and shape up. But harsh verbal discipline may backfire. Teenagers act worse if they're yelled at, a study finds.

Sep 18

Categories: Parenting, Teenage Issues

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Researchers discover how and where imagination occurs in human brains

Philosophers and scientists have long puzzled over where human imagination comes from. In other words, what makes humans able to create art, invent tools, think scientifically and perform other incredibly diverse behaviors? The answer, Dartmouth ...

Sep 18

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Police should tackle mental problems among police personnel

Malaysia - All police contingent headquarters should have a special counselling or psychology unit to tackle mental problems among police personnel, according to the Malaysian Criminal Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice president Tan Sri Lee Lam ...

Sep 18

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