Early dialogue between parents and children most effective in ...

Early, substantive dialogue between parents and their grade-school age children about the ills of tobacco and alcohol use can be more powerful in shaping teen behavior than advertising, marketing or peer pressure, a University of Texas at Arlington ...

Apr 26

Categories: Addictions

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5 Ways to Help Your Kids Use Social Media Responsibly

“For most teens, the Internet is a fundamental part of life,” according to Dana Udall-Weiner, Ph.D, a psychologist who specializes in media literacy. It’s how they communicate and interact. Teens use social media sites like Facebook for ...

Apr 26

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Examine Social Factors to Explain Rise in Diagnoses of Mental ...

Examining social factors is vital to better explaining and understanding the dramatic rise in the number of Americans diagnosed with mental disorders in recent years, according to an analysis by a team of medical and mental health experts. Their ...

Apr 26

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Humans feel empathy for robots

Data from Star Trek, humans have been presented with the fictional dilemma of how we empathize with robots. Robots now infiltrate our lives, toys like Furbies or robot vacuum cleaners bring us closer, but how do we really feel about these ...

Apr 25

Categories: Empathy

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The Peaceful Mind: 5 Step Guide to Feeling Relaxed Fast

We worry about work, money, our health, our partners, children...the list goes on. And let's face it, there are plenty of things to worry about, and that's even before you've turned on the news. This means that when the mind is given an idle ...

Apr 25

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Psychopaths are not neurally equipped to have concern for others

Prisoners who are psychopaths lack the basic neurophysiological "hardwiring" that enables them to care for others, according to a new study by neuroscientists at the University of Chicago and the University of New Mexico. "A marked lack of empathy ...

Apr 25

Categories: Empathy

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Coping When Horrible Things Happen

With the recent bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon, many of us find ourselves asking the same questions… How do we make sense out of senseless brutality? How do we deal with those who embrace an ideology of destruction? How do we reckon ...

Apr 24

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Anti-Smoking Ads with Strong Arguments, Not Flashy Editing, Trigger ...

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that an area of the brain that initiates behavioral changes had greater activation in smokers who watched anti-smoking ads with strong arguments versus ...

Apr 24

Categories: Addictions

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Happiness Inc.

According to Sonja Lyubomirsky, you have a happiness set point. It’s partly encoded in your genes. If something good happens, your sense of happiness rises; if something bad happens, it falls. But either way, before too long, your mood will ...

Apr 24

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Aging Successfully

Successful aging is an experience governed by gender, culture, personality, and health-related factors. For some, successful aging simply means freedom from disability, while for others it is a more comprehensive assessment of life satisfaction. ...

Apr 23

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Social stress and the inflamed brain

Depression is the leading cause of disability with more than 350 million people globally affected by this disease. In addition to debilitating consequences on mental health, depression predisposes an individual to physiological disease such as heart ...

Apr 23

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Stress Management

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Fool yourself out of your fear of public speaking

You're on a stage, lights hot and glaring, watching the large audience you’ll soon be addressing file in. How is your body reacting? You’re most likely jittery, your heart pounding through your rib cage and your breath quickening. Your legs ...

Apr 23

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Why do babies calm down when they are carried?

Parents know that crying babies usually calm down when they are picked up and carried, but why is that? In a study published today, researchers from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute show that human babies and mouse pups alike automatically and ...

Apr 22

Categories: Parenting

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Like a part of me is missing

Matter magazine has an amazing article about the world of underground surgery for healthy people who feel that their limb is not part of their body and needs to be removed. The condition is diagnosed as body integrity identity disorder or BIID ...

Apr 22

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Why Some Stress Can Actually Be Good for You


Watch this video by the Univresity of Rochester on why not all stress is bad

Apr 22

Categories: Anxiety, Stress Management

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