Can you feel my pain? Middle-aged women sure can

Looking for someone to feel your pain? Talk to a woman in her 50s. According to a new study of more than 75,000 adults, women in that age group are more empathic than men of the same age and than younger or older people. "Overall, late middle-aged ...

Jan 31

Categories: Empathy

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Holding a lofty position brings people happiness by making them feel ...

Far from being lonely at the top, people with power are happier than those without it, researchers have found. Wielding power brings contentment and leads people to believe that they can be true to themselves. Researchers conducted experiments ...

Jan 31

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Why Humans Like to Cry

Michael Trimble, a British professor at the Institute of Neurology in London, begins his new book with Gana the gorilla. In the summer of 2009, 11-year-old Gana gave birth to a boy at a Muenster zoo. But one day in August, the baby suddenly and ...

Jan 30

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'Moral realism' may lead to better moral behavior

Getting people to think about morality as a matter of objective facts rather than subjective preferences may lead to improved moral behavior, Boston College researchers report in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Jan 30

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Colombia study on the armed conflict and mental health

One of the things I quickly discovered while working for Médecins Sans Frontières in Colombia, was that while there is lots of research on people who have experienced armed conflict in the past, there was very little information on the mental ...

Jan 30

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Successful and Schizophrenic

THIRTY years ago, I was given a diagnosis of schizophrenia. My prognosis was “grave”: I would never live independently, hold a job, find a loving partner, get married. My home would be a board-and-care facility, my days spent watching TV in a ...

Jan 29

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Turns out your first time really matters

Research conducted by Matthew Shaffer, a doctoral psychology student at UT and C. Veronica Smith, an assistant psychology professor at the University of Mississippi, reveals that the first sexual experience can set the tone for the rest of one's ...

Jan 29

Categories: Sexual Problems / Sex Therapy

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Decreasing Loneliness

Decreasing Loneliness By Karyn Hall, PhD Free Souls Embrace Creative Commons “I feel like such a loser, I don’t have any friends to call to hang out with.” I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard some ...

Jan 29

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Can Doodling Improve Memory and Concentration?

All sorts of claims have been made for the power of doodling: from it being an entertaining or relaxing activity, right through to it aiding creativity, or even that you can read people's personalities in their doodles. Although it's probably a ...

Jan 28

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A new scientific study proves that there is not any association ...

There is not significant evidence to support the association between facial shape and aggression in men, according to a study published by the journal PLOS ONE. The professor Mireia Esparza, from the Anthropology Section of the Department of Animal ...

Jan 28

Categories: Aggression & Violence

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Feeling anxious in a world of real dangers

The young professional golfer Charlie Beljan should have been enjoying himself on the course in Florida last November as he stroked and putted his way to his first PGA victory. Instead, he spent the entire time thinking he was going to die. Fear ...

Jan 28

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Diet, Parental Behavior, and Preschool Can Boost Children’s IQ

Supplementing children’s diets with fish oil, enrolling them in quality preschool, and engaging them in interactive reading all turn out to be effective ways to raise a young child’s intelligence, according to a new report published in ...

Jan 26

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Parenting

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How Disasters and Trauma Can Affect Children’s Empathy

Do children become more kind and empathetic after a disaster— or does the experience make them more focus more on self-preservation? The first study to examine the question in an experimental way shows that children’s reactions may depend on ...

Jan 26

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'Cool' kids in middle school bully more, UCLA psychologists report

Bullying, whether it's physical aggression or spreading rumors, boosts the social status and popularity of middle school students, according to a new UCLA psychology study that has implications for programs aimed at combatting school bullying. In ...

Jan 26

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues

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What is the best psychological strategy to avoid boredom?

There are these weird people who never seem to get bored. "Oh!" say the chronically interested and engaged, "What a fascinating and exciting world we live in. How wonderful it is to be alive. How can anyone possibly be bored with all the variety ...

Jan 25

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