“All I Really Want to Do Is Sleep”

A recent article in NYTimes [1] declared that the rising rate of suicides among our baby boomer generation now made suicides, by raw numbers alone, a bigger killer than motor vehicle accidents! Researchers quoted within the article pointed to ...

May 14

Categories: Depression, Suicide Prevention

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How Positive Emotions Lead to Better Health

New research suggests that meditation or any other mood-enhancing activity can serve as a nutrient for the human body. We’ve all experienced downward spirals, in which dark emotions lead to destructive behavior that damages our health, strains ...

May 13

Categories: Positive Psychology, Self-Care / Self Compassion

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Study finds brain system for emotional self-control

Different brain areas are activated when we choose for ourselves to suppress an emotion, compared to situations where we are instructed to inhibit an emotion, according a new study from the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Ghent ...

May 13

Categories: Control Issues

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Perform Better Under Stress Using Self-Affirmation

In a burgeoning series of experiments which use self-affirmation exercise, participants are then asked to write a paragraph or two on why this characteristic or value is so important to them. Sometimes they also think about a specific time or story ...

May 13

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Markets Erode Moral Values

Many people express objections against child labor, exploitation of the workforce or meat production involving cruelty against animals. At the same time, however, people ignore their own moral standards when acting as market participants, searching ...

May 11

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Power Up: The Performance Benefits of a Simple Mental Exercise

"Have successful professionals always been successful? Take Francesca Gino. An Associate Professor at Harvard, she is considered by many to be a superstar. But things did not always look so bright for her: two years in a row she gave job talks at a ...

May 11

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After the breakup in a digital world: Purging social media memories

The era is long gone when a romantic breakup meant ripped-up photos and burned love letters. Today, digital photos and emails can be quickly deleted but the proliferation of social media has made forgetting a bigger chore. What about the ubiquitous ...

May 11

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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Study uncovers the key to brand affinity and brand aversion for ...

Why do brands such as Manchester United and Apple capture hearts and minds? When consumers feel a strong emotional attachment to a brand, there is seemingly nothing we would not do–from paying more for it to defending it against detractors. For ...

May 10

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Children aren't scared by nasty dentist visits, but by what they ...

The Greek Stoic Epictetus wrote that "Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them." A new study involving 185 children and teenagers, 88 fathers and 97 mothers shows how this same principle applies to children's fear of ...

May 10

Categories: Fear

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Experience leads to the growth of new brain cells

he adult brain continues to grow with the challenges that it faces; its changes are linked to the development of personality and behavior. But what is the link between individual experience and brain structure? Why do identical twins not resemble ...

May 10

Categories: Individuation

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What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

Most of us are on the Internet on a daily basis and whether we like it or not, the Internet is affecting us. It changes how we ...

May 9

Categories: Addictions, Adult ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ...

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Why parents should leave their kids alone

Many parents' reasons for using controlled crying can be summed up in one word: work. Parents who want "routines" are keen on controlled crying, says Gina Ford, a famous British advocate of the system, and she comments that babies who have been ...

May 9

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Early Math and Reading Ability Linked to Job and Income in Adulthood

Math and reading ability at age 7 may be linked with socioeconomic status several decades later, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The childhood abilities predict ...

May 9

Categories: Child Development, Learning Difficulties

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Study: Meditation Improves Memory, Attention

Students who did about an hour of "mindfulness training" for eight days subsequently did better on the GRE as well as tests of working memory and mind-wandering. The Internet is probably destroying our attention spans and working memories, but ...

May 8

Categories: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Mindfulness ...

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When Women Sell Themselves Short on Team Projects

Working on a team is always a challenge, but a new study highlights a particular challenge to women: how much they credit themselves in a joint success. Women will devalue their contributions when working with men but not with other women, according ...

May 8

Categories: Women's Issues, Workplace Issues

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