Why a good deed sometimes leads to bad behavior

Doing a good deed can lead some people to more kind acts while spurring others to backslide. But how people respond depends on their moral outlook, according to a new study. People who believe the ends justify the means are likelier to offset ...

Mar 15

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Writing on Addiction Culture

Because we don’t like to talk about addiction, a single story perpetuates. The one where the addict should choose better but doesn’t. But addiction isn’t a world with a fixed narrative. It has threads, black and sticky, that web and and reach ...

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Suppressing the Brain’s “Filter” Can Improve Performance in ...

The brain’s prefrontal cortex is thought to be the seat of cognitive control, working as a kind of filter that keeps irrelevant thoughts, perceptions and memories from interfering with a task at hand. Now, researchers at the University of ...

Mar 15

Categories: Creative Blocks

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Doctors Caution Against Prescribing Attention-Boosting Drugs for ...

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the world’s largest professional association of neurologists, is releasing a position paper on how the practice of prescribing drugs to boost cognitive function, or memory and thinking abilities, in healthy ...

Mar 14

Categories: Inattention, Impulsivity, & Hyperactivity (ADHD)

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Is There Life After Work?

AT an office party in 2005, one of my colleagues asked my then husband what I did on weekends. She knew me as someone with great intensity and energy. “Does she kayak, go rock climbing and then run a half marathon?” she joked. No, he answered ...

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Dwelling on stressful events can increase inflammation in the body, ...

Researchers discovered that when study participants were asked to ruminate on a stressful incident, their levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of tissue inflammation, rose. The study is the first time to directly measure this effect in the ...

Mar 14

Categories: Stress Management

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Rashness & Rumination: New Understanding About the Roots of Depression

Two studies explore some of the developmental roots of depression in childhood and adolescence. In the first study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, researchers focused on depressive rumination, or the relentless focus on ...

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Does Expressing Anger on Online Rant-Sites Make You Feel Better or ...

Little is known about the value and emotional consequences of expressing anger on the Internet. Rant-sites provide an outlet for anonymous, angry outbursts. How people feel after reading and writing rants and the effects of this behavior is explored ...

Mar 13

Categories: Anger Management

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The Endowment Effect: Why It’s Easy to Overvalue Your Stuff

No matter what it is—a pair of jeans, a car or even a house—in that moment when an object becomes your property, it undergoes a transformation. Because you chose it and you associate it with yourself, its value is immediately increased ...

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Suicide, With No Warning

O his large, loving family and many friends, Kerry Lewiecki was an optimist and problem-solver, with a big laugh and impressive hugs. Early in the summer of 2010, he graduated from the University of Oregon with dual degrees in law and conflict ...

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Children Who Avoid Scary Situations Likelier to Have Anxiety

Children who avoid situations they find scary are likely to have anxiety a Mayo Clinic study of more than 800 children ages 7 to 18 found. The study published this month in Behavior Therapy presents a new method of measuring avoidance behavior in ...

Mar 12

Categories: Anxiety, Child Development

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How to remove a face tattoo

“Depressed freak.” “She’s lost it.” “Mental case.” “When are you going back to IMH?” “Alien.” These are just some of the labels I heard in reference to myself, either directly or indirectly, from relatives, schoolmates and ...

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The Autistic Child – More Than Meets the Eye

Until recently, the sensory integration issues that plague many individuals on the autism spectrum have taken a back seat to the more commonly identified social and communication issues traditionally used to diagnose the disorder. In fact, the ...

Mar 11

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Short Bouts of Exercise Boost Self Control

Short bouts of moderately intense exercise seem to boost self control, indicates an analysis of the published evidence in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The resulting increased blood and oxygen flow to the pre-frontal cortex may explain ...

Mar 11

Categories: Control Issues

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In a Relationship with Someone Who Has ADHD? A Few Difficulties You ...

The challenges facing a person who is married or in a relationship with someone who has untreated Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD or ADHD) can be difficult to navigate. These challenges may be ...

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