Do Music Lessons Make You Smarter?

Practice makes progress, if not perfection, for most things in life. Generally, practicing a skill—be it basketball, chess or the tuba—mostly makes you better at whatever it was you practiced. Even related areas do not benefit much. Doing ...

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No Scientific Basis for Prohibiting Same-Sex Marriage, Key ...

"Empirical research demonstrates that the psychological and social aspects of committed relationships between same-sex partners largely resemble those of heterosexual partnerships," the briefs state. "Like heterosexual couples, same-sex couples form ...

Mar 2

Categories: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender) Issues

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Physical Therapy In Autism Spectrum Disorders

The CDC estimated a 1% worldwide prevalence for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In the United States, 1 out of 88 kids is diagnosed with ASD (according to data from a survey conducted in 2008). Autism spectrum disorders are characterized by ...

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New studies link gene to selfish behavior in kids, find other ...

Most parents would agree that raising a generous child is an admirable goal — but how, exactly, is that accomplished? New results from the University of Notre Dame’s Science of Generosity initiative, which funds generosity research around the ...

Mar 1

Categories: Child Development

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Can People’s Personalities Change?

For many years personality psychologists gave the same answer as any pessimist: no, people's personalities don't change. This was even more true once they got to 30-years-old. By that time, it was thought that if people preferred their own ...

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Please, Don't Be This Couple

Couples retreats, group bike rides, dinner reservations for four? Yup, sounds like you're in love—and so are a bunch of your friends. But when was the last time you booked a table with an odd number of seats? According to new research in the ...

Feb 28

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Pain can be a relief

When something causes less pain than expected it is even possible for it to feel pleasant, a new study reveals. These findings may one day play a key role in treating pain and substance abuse. If you accidently kick your toe against a doorframe ...

Feb 28

Categories: Pain management

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Your spouse is trying your patience. Instead of freaking out, do this

Maybe you are outraged by the dirty socks strewn across your bedroom floor. Or you are frustrated that your anniversary has gone unacknowledged – again. Whatever the reason, your spouse is trying your patience. How do you bring back that loving ...

Feb 28

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Moments of Spirituality Can Induce Liberal Attitudes

People become more politically liberal immediately after practising a spiritual exercise such as meditation, researchers at the University of Toronto have found. "There's great overlap between religious beliefs and political orientations," says one ...

Feb 27

Categories: Spirituality

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The wilder side of sex

Humans may look down upon certain sexual interests as odd or gross, though chances are that animals indulge in a spot of similar behaviour too. Romantic relationships are complicated, and so is sex. Relationships can be fraught with the ...

Feb 27

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Memory Strategy May Help Depressed People Remember the Good Times

Previous research has shown that being able to call up concrete, detailed memories that are positive or self-affirming can help to boost positive mood for people with a history of depression. But it’s this kind of vivid memory for everyday events ...

Feb 27

Categories: Depression

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Trends in Psychology: 2013

nal relationships. But the trend for the past decade has been to move away from interpersonal methods of treatment and toward cognitive therapies that allow for short-term treatment of problems, rather than a commitment of months or even years of ...

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Preventing chronic pain with stress management

For chronic pain sufferers, such as people who develop back pain after a car accident, avoiding the harmful effects of stress may be key to managing their condition. This is particularly important for people with a smaller-than-average hippocampus, ...

Feb 26

Categories: Pain management, Stress Management

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Medicating Mental Illness For A Lifetime

When I walk into my psychiatrist’s office, I often feel like I am wearing a shirt stating: people with a serious mental illness will require medication for the rest of their lives. It is a tough pill to swallow−pardon the pun−but something I ...

Feb 26

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Video games and violence? Link is unclear

Playing video games does stir hostile urges and mildly aggressive behavior in the short term. Moreover, youngsters who develop a gaming habit can become slightly more aggressive, at least over a year or two. Yet it is not at all clear whether, ...

Feb 25

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