Stand by me: Close friendships appear to counteract genetic ...

Publication of US psychiatry's updated diagnostic code has provoked renewed debate in recent weeks over the extent to which mental illness ought to be framed as a psychosocial or a biological problem. The answer of course is that it is both. A new ...

May 22

Categories: Depression

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1 in 10 teens using ‘study drugs,’ but parents aren’t paying ...

As high schoolers prepare for final exams, teens nationwide may be tempted to use a “study drug” — a prescription stimulant or amphetamine — to gain an academic edge. But a new University of Michigan poll shows only one in 100 parents of ...

May 22

Categories: Addictions, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Child ...

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Retirement 'harmful to health', study says

Retirement has a detrimental impact on mental and physical health, a new study has found. The study, published by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a think tank, found that retirement results in a "drastic decline in health" in the medium ...

May 21

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Life Purpose / Meaning / ...

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First Long-Term Study Reveals Link Between Childhood ADHD and Obesity

A new study conducted by researchers at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center found men diagnosed as children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were twice as likely to be obese in a 33-year follow-up study compared ...

May 21

Categories: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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Why Do Top Athletes Suddenly Develop “the Yips” - a Tendency to ...

A single short putt is necessary to win the tournament, but suddenly the golfer's hands cramp up, and the putt goes wide. According to several studies, as many as 48 percent of serious golfers have experienced such motor skill failures, known as the ...

May 21

Categories: Sports Psychology

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Youth Who Have Their First Drink During Puberty Have Higher Levels of ...

Research shows that the earlier the age at which youth take their first alcoholic drink, the greater the risk of developing alcohol problems. Thus, age at first drink (AFD) is generally considered a powerful predictor of progression to ...

May 20

Categories: Addictions

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Want to be happier and live longer? Protect green spaces

A new study in Psychological Science reveals that the benefits of urban green space—and the more of it, the better—extend far beyond the purely ornamental. Increases in green space correspond to increases in happiness, decreases in depression, ...

May 20

Categories: Stress Management

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Thomas Insel: Toward a new understanding of mental illness

Can we reduce deaths caused by depression and schizophrenia with early detection?

May 20

Categories: Depression, Schizophrenia

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Happiness is the best medicine

We've all experienced downward spirals, in which dark emotions lead to destructive behavior that damages our health, strains our relationships, and leaves us feeling even worse than when we started. Wouldn't it be nice if there was an uplifting ...

May 18

Categories: Happiness, Health / Illness / Medical Issues

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Which ear your listen to your phone on can determine which side of ...

If you’re a left-brain thinker, chances are you use your right hand to hold your cell phone up to your right ear, according to a newly published study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The study – to appear online in JAMA ...

May 18

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Understanding How Color Is Perceived in the Brain

Scientists have examined the effects of language on categorical color perception — the idea that color perception is affected by how it is described in language — with behavioral research. Meanwhile, other scholars have looked into this ...

May 18

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Brain Stimulation may be a fast and painless way to better mental ...

In the future, if you want to improve your ability to manipulate numbers in your head, you might just plug yourself in. So say researchers who report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on May 16 on studies of a harmless form of brain ...

May 17

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Mice, Men, and Fate

Almost fifteen years ago, in a book called “Chance, Development, and Aging,” the gerontologists Caleb Finch and Thomas Kirkwood described a truly elegant study of biology: a batch of roundworms, all genetically identical, raised on identical ...

May 17

Categories: Adult psychological development, Child Development, Individuation

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Bach to the blues, our emotions match music to colors

Whether we’re listening to Bach or the blues, our brains are wired to make music-color connections depending on how the melodies make us feel, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley. For instance, Mozart’s jaunty ...

May 17

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‘Good Vibrations’! Brain Ultrasound Improves Mood

Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques aimed at mental and neurological conditions include transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for depression, and transcranial direct current (electrical) stimulation (tDCS), shown to improve memory. ...

May 16

Categories: Mood Swings / Bipolar

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