Why Humans Are Bad at Multitasking

It may not be uncommon to see someone typing out an email on their phone as they walk down the street, listen to music as they read the newspaper on the subway, or stare at a computer screen with multiple windows and tabs open. But despite ...

Jun 18

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Voices may not trigger brain's reward centers in children with autism

In autism, brain regions tailored to respond to voices are poorly connected to reward-processing circuits, according to a new study by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The research could help explain why children with ...

Jun 18

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If gadgets could gauge emotions

Artificial intelligence is creeping into our lives at a steady pace. Devices and apps can anticipate what we need, sometimes even before we realize it ourselves. So why shouldn't they understand our feelings? If emotional reactions were measured, ...

Jun 18

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Automated ‘coach’ could help with social interactions

Social phobias affect about 15 million adults in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and surveys show that public speaking is high on the list of such phobias. For some people, these fears of social situations ...

Jun 17

Categories: Asperger's Syndrome, Social Anxiety / Phobia

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Happy Father’s Day! The Psychology of Papas

When thinking about parents and children, most people — including psychological researchers — tend to focus on the characteristics and importance of the mother-child bond. However, in honor of Father’s Day, I think it’s about time to focus a ...

Jun 17

Categories: Parenting

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Elderly suicide rates hitting new highs as traditional social ...

The Who gave the world this famous line in their 1965 rock anthem My Generation. The sneering words, delivered by lead singer Roger Daltry, and the song remain icons for the baby boomer generation to this day. Sadly, many of them may be destined ...

Jun 17

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Suicide Prevention

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Calorie Restriction Prevents Neurodegeneration

Calorie restriction could be more than a weight loss technique. It may prevent nerve cell loss in the brain, and even contribute to increased lifespan and delayed aging. A new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience tested these hypotheses ...

Jun 15

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Volunteering Reduces Risk of Hypertension In Older Adults, Carnegie ...

It turns out that helping others can also help you protect yourself from high blood pressure. New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that older adults who volunteer for at least 200 hours per year decrease their risk of hypertension, or ...

Jun 15

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues

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Better Behaved Behavioral Models

We often can’t rely on ourselves to act rationally. We know this, but much social science has a bad habit of ignoring it. A more realistic role for rationality is needed to grasp the unhidden but unmodeled relationship between decisions and ...

Jun 15

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Humans are happier when they do the right thing; it also helps them ...

Communities that stick together and do good for others cope better with crises and are happier for it, according to a new study by John Helliwell, from the University of British Columbia in Canada, and colleagues¹. Their work suggests that part of ...

Jun 14

Categories: Happiness

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A Woman’s Tattoo Doubles The Chance of a Man Approaching

Not long ago I reported on a study which found that guitar cases have considerable power over women when they are asked on a date. The French psychologist who conducted that study, Nicolas Gueguen, has been up to his old tricks again on the ...

Jun 14

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Caregiving dads treated disrespectfully at work, new study finds

If policy-makers want to do something about falling birth rates, they may want to take a look at improving how people are treated at work when they step outside of traditional family roles at home. New studies show that middle-class men who take ...

Jun 14

Categories: Parenting

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People Anticipate Others’ Genuine Smiles, But Not Polite Smiles

Smile and the world smiles with you — but new research suggests that not all smiles are created equal. The research shows that people actually anticipate smiles that are genuine but not smiles that are merely polite. The differing responses may ...

Jun 13

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Meaning and Suffering

My experiences as a psychotherapist and spiritual counselor have made it evident to me that we all seek to discern a deeper meaning in our human existence by connecting with a higher spiritual sense of life, on personal and collective levels. There ...

Jun 13

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Study links social media use and narcissism

Facebook is a mirror and Twitter is a megaphone, according to a new University of Michigan study exploring how social media reflect and amplify the culture's growing levels of narcissism. The study, published online in Computers in Human Behavior, ...

Jun 13

Categories: Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem

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