School shootings: what we know and what we can do

Since the early 1970s school shootings at American elementary, secondary and higher education institutions have been a painful reality for American society. After each incident – like the recent attack in Newtown, CT – there is voluminous ...

Dec 20

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Guided Meditation


Professor Mark Williams offers a brief guided meditation.

Dec 19

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation

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Psychology Reveals the Comforts of the Apocalypse

December 21, according to much-hyped misreadings of the Mayan calendar, will mark the end of the world. It’s not the first “end is nigh” proclamation—and it’s unlikely to be the last. That’s because, deep down for various reasons, ...

Dec 19

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Mistaking OCD for ADHD Has Serious Consequences

On the surface, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appear very similar, with impaired attention, memory, or behavioral control. But Prof. Reuven Dar of Tel Aviv University's School of ...

Dec 19

Categories: Adult ADHD, Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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The dopamine side(s) of depression

Depression is a disease with a difficult set of symptoms. Not only are the symptoms difficult to describe (how do you really describe anhedonia, before you know the word for it?), symptoms of depression manifest in different ways for different ...

Dec 18

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Who Likes Bling? The Answer Relates To Social Status

A desire for expensive, high-status goods is related to feelings of social status - which helps explain why minorities are attracted to bling, a new study suggests. Previous research had shown that racial minorities spend a larger portion of their ...

Dec 18

Categories: Self-Esteem

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A Gunman, Recalled as Intelligent and Shy, Who Left Few Footprints in ...

Pale, tall and scrawny, Adam Lanza walked through high school in Newtown, Conn., with his hands glued to his sides, the pens in the pocket of his short-sleeve, button-down shirts among the few things that his classmates recalled about him. He ...

Dec 18

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Study suggests we are basically honest – except when we are at work

A new study has revealed we are more honest than you might think. The research by the University of Oxford and the University of Bonn suggests that it pains us to tell lies, particularly when we are in our own homes. It appears that being honest is ...

Dec 17

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An evolutionary psychology perspective: why virtually all spree ...

After the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre of innocents, a friend of mine posted this question to his Facebook page: "Once again, we miss the obvious... It is boys and men who shoot, not girls and women! Mental illness aside... what is ...

Dec 17

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Impaired executive function may exacerbate impulsiveness and risk of ...

Executive function (EF), frequently associated with the frontal lobes, guides complex behavior such as planning, decision-making, and response control. EF impairment due to alcohol dependence (AD) has been linked to alcohol's toxic effects on the ...

Dec 17

Categories: Addictions

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Schizophrenia linked to social inequality

Higher rates of schizophrenia in urban areas can be attributed to increased deprivation, increased population density and an increase in inequality within a neighbourhood, new research reveals. The research, led by the University of Cambridge in ...

Dec 15

Categories: Schizophrenia

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Asperger’s gone, dyslexia stays in first change to psychiatric ...

The now familiar term “Asperger’s disorder” is being dropped. And abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums will be given a scientific-sounding diagnosis called DMDD. But “dyslexia” and other learning disorders remain. The revisions ...

Dec 15

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Countering brain chemical could prevent suicides

Researchers have found the first proof that a chemical in the brain called glutamate is linked to suicidal behavior, offering new hope for efforts to prevent people from taking their own lives. Writing in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, ...

Dec 15

Categories: Suicide Prevention

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Understanding How Children Develop Empathy

The mother was trying to hold the baby still, and I was pulling gently on the ear, angling for a better look at the infant’s eardrum. The wriggling baby didn’t like any of it, and her whimpering quickly turned to full-fledged wails. Suddenly ...

Dec 14

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Psychosocial Distress Associated With Increased Stroke Risk

People over age 65 with high psychosocial distress face increased risk of stroke External link, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. Psychosocial distress is a broad concept that includes depression, stress, ...

Dec 14

Categories: Depression

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