Antidepressants to treat grief? Psychiatry panelists with ties to ...

It was a simple experiment in healing the bereaved: Twenty-two patients who had recently lost a spouse were given a widely used antidepressant. The drug, marketed as Wellbutrin, improved “major depressive symptoms occurring shortly after the ...

Dec 31

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Teenagers without the internet are 'educationally disadvantaged'

A major in-depth study examining how teenagers in the UK are using the internet and other mobile devices says the benefits of using such technologies far outweigh any perceived risks. The findings are based on a large-scale study of more than ...

Dec 31

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Don’t Talk About Your New Year’s Resolutions

As I read the funny pages this morning in the paper, I noticed a running joke: no one keeps their New Year’s resolutions. There are a million different personal and psychological reasons for this–but you can use SCIENCE to better understand why ...

Dec 31

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A New Focus on the ‘Post’ in Post-Traumatic Stress

Psychological trauma dims tens of millions of lives around the world and helps create costs of at least $42 billion a year in the United States alone. But what is trauma, exactly? Both culturally and medically, we have long seen it as arising ...

Dec 29

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Long-lasting Effects of Meditation

Meditation has longed been used to calm the mind and the body, but the long-term effects of such practices are difficult to evaluate. Recently, a team of investigators studied the effects of mindful meditation on emotional processing and reported ...

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Why doesn't the holidays make you happier?

We look forward to celebrating all year long, cutting out holiday recipes, writing to-do lists, researching gifts and making travel plans. We anticipate the delight on our children’s faces when they open presents, the wonderment we feel during ...

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Older People Become What They Think, Study Shows

All of us have beliefs — many of them subconscious, dating back to childhood — about what it means to get older. Psychologists call these “age stereotypes.” And, it turns out, they can have an important effect on seniors’ health. When ...

Dec 28

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Mount Sinai Researchers Survey Shows That Nearly Half of Children ...

Nearly half of children diagnosed with food allergies who participated in a recent study are bullied, according to researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. One third of those bullied specifically due to their food allergy. Almost ...

Dec 28

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Increasing peer acceptance is key to preventing bullying

Children who make an effort to perform acts of kindness are happier and experience greater acceptance from their peers, suggests new research from the University of British Columbia and the University of California, Riverside. Kimberly ...

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Ah, Wilderness! Nature Hike Could Unlock Your Imagination

Want to be more creative? Drop that iPad and head to the great outdoors. That's the word from David Strayer, a cognitive neuroscientist who studies multitasking at the University of Utah. He knew that every time he went into the southern Utah ...

Dec 27

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The Eyes are now the Window to Your Mental Health

The eyes tell a lot about our physical and emotional well-being. You may have heard that the eyes are the window to the soul. Now scientists believe that the eyes can also tell if someone has schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a complicated disorder ...

Dec 27

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Autism Progress

Every year the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) updates its Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, identifying progress and new opportunities across the range of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research. Each year this ...

Dec 27

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Depression Surpasses Asthma as Top Disability Problem among U.S. and ...

New data show an increasing contribution of mental and behavioral disorders to deterioration in the health-related quality of life among teens in the U.S. and Canada over the past two decades, and increases elsewhere around the globe. The recent ...

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Geniuses are getting brighter. And at genius levels of IQ, girls are ...

SCIENCE has few more controversial topics than human intelligence—in particular, whether variations in it are a result of nature or nurture, and especially whether such variations differ between the sexes. The mines in this field can blow up an ...

Dec 26

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How Expertise can Strengthen or Dilute your Credibility

Japanese television offers a wide selection of variety shows. Unlike those in the U.S., Japanese variety shows will invite a group of “talents” (although I’m still not sure what many of their talents are, other than smiling and tasting ...

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