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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How to Help Other People Change Their Habits

Say I want my partner to stop cracking his knuckles or get my daughter to put down her mobile phone at meal times or start someone else exercising: how do I do that? It's not something I cover in the book, which focuses mainly on how habits work, ...

May 16

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Advertising Product Results ? Put Product and Result Images Closer ...

Consumers believe a product is more effective when images of the product and its desired outcome are placed closer together in advertisements, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. “Merely changing the spatial proximity ...

May 16

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Relationship Troubles? Some Sad Music Might Help You Feel Better

Consumers experiencing relationship problems are more likely to prefer aesthetic experiences that reflect their negative mood, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. “Emotional experiences of aesthetic products are ...

May 15

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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Male Testosterone Levels Increase When Victorious in Competition ...

Sporting events can bring a community together, such as when the Louisville Cardinals won the NCAA championship and University of Louisville campus was filled with camaraderie. They also can fuel bitter rivalries, such as the long-standing animosity ...

May 15

Categories: Sports Psychology

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Teaching the Brain to Calm Itself

Estimates of combat-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in U.S. veterans since the Vietnam War ranges from approximately 2& to 17%. Additional studies of combat veterans of more recent wars places the range of Iraq War returnees who suffer ...

May 15

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD, ...

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Exercise for Depression – A Gold Standard Therapy

Depression has become a common medical issue worldwide. Conventional treatments, generally, have not been effective in preventing recurrence of this condition. SSRIs can take months to provide a beneficial effect. Adverse side effects of ...

May 14

Categories: Depression

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