Are parents happier? Dads may be, but not moms, singles

Are parents happier than people without kids? The conventional wisdom would say kids bring parental joy, but in past research, childless people have reported greater well-being. Now, new research in the journal Psychological Science find that ...

Jan 21

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Loneliness, Like Chronic Stress, Taxes the Immune System

New research links loneliness to a number of dysfunctional immune responses, suggesting that being lonely has the potential to harm overall health. Researchers found that people who were more lonely showed signs of elevated latent herpes virus ...

Jan 21

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Stress Management

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Willpower Expert Roy Baumeister on Staying in Control

It’s the third week of the new year, and many of us are realizing that those New Year’s resolutions are getting harder to keep. So TIME asked Roy Baumeister, professor of psychology at Florida State University and co-author of the bestselling ...

Jan 21

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Understanding Personality for Decision-Making, Longevity, and Mental ...

Extraversion does not just explain differences between how people act at social events. How extraverted you are may influence how the brain makes choices – specifically whether you choose an immediate or delayed reward, according to a new study. ...

Jan 18

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues

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Can People Really Grow Out Of Autism?

et’s start with the headlines blaring the news about a recent autism study. They almost invariably use the phrase “grow out of autism,” even though the study itself does not use that phrase or even reference “grow” except to talk about ...

Jan 18

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New study challenges links between day care and behavioral issues

A new study that looked at more than 75,000 children in day care in Norway found little evidence that the amount of time a child spends in child care leads to an increase in behavioral problems, according to researchers from the United States and ...

Jan 18

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues

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Can You Be Addicted to Facebook or is it Just a Bad Habit?


It seems we live in an age of paranoia about what the Internet is doing to our minds. Inspired by this, some psychologists are now creating scales designed to measure whether the Facebook habit is getting out of ...

Jan 17

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Mindfulness meditation may relieve chronic inflammation

People suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma — in which psychological stress plays a major role — may benefit from mindfulness meditation techniques, according to a ...

Jan 17

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation

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Can home therapy help autistic kids?

SINGAPORE - After being diagnosed with severe autism at the age of three, much of Nathan Perez's childhood was centred on shuttling between numerous therapy centres. Nine months ago, Nathan's parents made a radical switch to home-based therapy ...

Jan 17

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The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational

The human brain is capable of 1016 processes per second, which makes it far more powerful than any computer currently in existence. But that doesn't mean our brains don't have major limitations. The lowly calculator can do math thousands of times ...

Jan 16

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Childhood trauma leaves its mark on the brain

It is well known that violent individuals are often themselves the victims of psychological trauma experienced in childhood. Some of these individuals also exhibit alterations in their orbitofrontal cortex. But is there a connection between these ...

Jan 16

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Do the Brain Benefits of Exercise Last?

It is well established that exercise bolsters the structure and function of the brain. Multiple animal and human studies have shown that a few months of moderate exercise can create new neurons, lift mood and hone memory and thinking. But few ...

Jan 16

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Quelling the Quarter Life Crisis With Psychology and Economics

Many young adults today find themselves facing a crisis of direction in their lives and identify this experience as a 'quarter life crisis.' Critics however suggest that this is nothing more than common life angst, heighted by the echo chambers of a ...

Jan 15

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Graphic warnings on cigarettes effective across demographic groups

Quitting smoking is a common New Year's resolution for Americans each year, but research has repeatedly shown it is not an easy task. Some groups, such as racial/ethnic minorities, have an even harder time quitting. New research suggests ...

Jan 15

Categories: Addictions

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What's the best way to learn? Psychologists tackle studying techniques

What's the best way to study for a test? A new study says taking practice tests and engaging in distributed practice -- which means sticking to a schedule of spreading out your studying over time -- work the best. Surprisingly, the methods that ...

Jan 15

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