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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Early cognitive behavioural therapy reduces risk of psychosis

Young people seeking help who are at high risk of developing psychosis could significantly reduce their chances of going on to develop a full-blown psychotic illness by getting early access to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), new research shows.

Apr 20

Categories: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Feeling Powerful Will Make You Smarter

Successful leaders often seem to have sharper minds than the rest of us—isn't that how they got to the top in the first place? While we often assume that people become powerful because of their superior thinking skills, research shows that the ...

Apr 20

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Why Do We Cry?


Why does your face leak when you're sad or emotional?

Apr 20

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Anxiety is normal, but PTSD may simmer in children who've seen Boston ...

The graphic nature of the attack at the Boston Marathon can be difficult for many to process, and that includes young people. Whether or not they were physically there at the bombing, children can be profoundly affected by what they hear and see. ...

Apr 19

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Risk Factor for Depression Can Be ‘Contagious’

A new study with college roommates shows that a particular style of thinking that makes people vulnerable to depression can actually “rub off” on others, increasing their symptoms of depression six months later. Studies show that people who ...

Apr 19

Categories: Depression

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Exploiting children's social instincts to boost their learning

Young children's instinct for group membership can be exploited to boost their learning performance. That's according to a new study that recalls classic social psychology research conducted in the 1970s. Back then Henri Tajfel showed a darker side ...

Apr 19

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Child IQ – Why Confidence Matters

Intellectual functioning has a significant relationship to the child’s confidence in his or her abilities. Both intellect and self confidence interact with, and to a great extent, originate from personal experience. It is through experience with ...

Apr 18

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