Can You ‘Catch’ Depression?

We all know how easy it is to catch your roommate’s cold or flu, but what about his or her mood? New research claims that, in some situations, a depressed mood can be contagious. The authors of the new study, which is published in the journal ...

Jul 8

Categories: Depression

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The Right Incentive Can Erase an Autism Deficit

With the right incentive, such as winning a prize, children with autism do fairly well at inferring the thoughts and beliefs of others, according to a study published in the May issue of Developmental Science. Research has shown that children with ...

Jul 6

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Exercise reorganizes the brain to be more resilient to stress

Physical activity reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function, according to a research team based at Princeton University. The researchers report in the Journal ...

Jul 6

Categories: Stress Management

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Girls' and boys' brains respond differently to funny videos

When exposed to humour, women's brains exhibit more activity than men's in reward-related regions. Some experts say this is consistent with an idea derived from evolutionary theory that women are predisposed to be humour appreciators whereas men are ...

Jul 6

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How Exercise Can Calm Anxiety

In an eye-opening demonstration of nature’s ingenuity, researchers at Princeton University recently discovered that exercise creates vibrant new brain cells — and then shuts them down when they shouldn’t be in action. For some time, ...

Jul 5

Categories: Anxiety

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Hypnosis Showed I Was A Killer

Janet, 64, had buried the horrific memories until she went for therapy. In 1976 Fred Handford, 56 — her business partner on the farm — vanished. Despite a huge police search he was never found. For more than 30 years Janet, who worked with him ...

Jul 5

Categories: Hypnosis

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Knowing the end goal increases productivity

Working in a team is not always easy, and achieving our aims often turns out to be much harder than we thought it would be. What can we do to increase our chances of gaining ultimate success? A new study from Aarhus University's transdisciplinary ...

Jul 4

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Your Friends Are More Important Than You Think

Indeed, psychological science has known for quite some time that we define ourselves-that is, we come to know who we are as a person-through our closest relationships. When the relationships go, so goes a very part of our existence. After a divorce, ...

Jul 4

Categories: Social Isolation

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Impulsive adolescents more likely to drink heavily

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that young people who show impulsive tendencies are more prone to drinking heavily at an early age. The research suggests that targeting personality traits, such as impulsivity, could potentially ...

Jul 4

Categories: Addictions, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Inattention, Impulsivity, ...

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Neighborhood Residents with Lowest Incomes Most Likely to Care about ...

Some may assume that low-income residents of run-down, crime-ridden neighborhoods do not care about their communities. However, research from the University of Missouri suggests otherwise. Mansoo Yu, an assistant professor of social work and public ...

Jul 3

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The Psychology of Nostalgia

It seems incredible now but at one time nostalgia used to be considered a psychiatric condition: "Nostalgia was regarded as a medical disease confined to the Swiss, a view that persisted through most of the 19th century. Symptoms—including bouts ...

Jul 3

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Are Thoughts of Death Conducive to Humor?

A New Study Shows an Increase in Humorous Creativity when Individuals are Primed with Thoughts of Death. Humor is an intrinsic part of human experience. It plays a role in every aspect of human existence, from day-to-day conversation to television ...

Jul 3

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15 Things To Give Up For Happiness

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead ...

Jul 2

Categories: Happiness

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Body Drugs that Can Affect the Mind

Many drugs that treat bodily ills can alter mood, memory and other mental functions. Often the trials required to approve new drugs miss these uncommon side effects, but when the medications go on the market and are doled out to millions, thousands ...

Jul 2

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues

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Self-Disciplined People Are Happier (and Not as Deprived as You Think)

It’s easy to think of the highly self-disciplined as being miserable misers or uptight Puritans, but it turns out that exerting self-control can make you happier not only in the long run, but also in the moment. The research, which was published ...

Jul 2

Categories: Control Issues

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