The jokes that toddlers make

Few sounds can be as heart-warming as a chuckling toddler. Often they're laughing at a joke you or someone else has performed, but what about their own attempts at humour? To find out, Elena Hoicka and Nameera Akhtar filmed 47 parent-child pairs ...

Nov 19

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Anxiety Linked to Chest Pain in Children

Psychological factors can have as much-or more-impact on pediatric chest pain as physical ones, a University of Georgia study found recently. UGA psychologists discovered pediatric patients diagnosed with noncardiac chest pain have higher levels of ...

Nov 19

Categories: Anxiety

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Placebos Work Better On Stoics

Aches and pains getting you down? Or maybe they really tick you off. If that’s the case, maybe don’t look to a placebo to give you any relief. Because a new study shows that sugar pills are less effective for people who are quick to anger. The ...

Nov 19

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Infographics: Rethink Mental Illness



Interesting inforgraphics on the origins of Schizophrenia and attempts to dispel the stigma and misconceptions surrounding it.

Nov 17

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Recreation to Help Teens with Anxiety



Pandemonium is a program for youth ages 13-17 with severe anxiety. ...

Nov 17

Categories: Anger Management, Anxiety, Child and/or Adolescent Issues

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Book review: Mind over Mind

Wearing all black can make you a more aggressive competitor, and striking a pose can make you act authoritative. According to journalist Berdik, fulfilling expectations—such as perceiving a commanding, “I am the law” persona—is what our ...

Nov 17

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10-12 Hours of meditation can improve emotional regulation

“A new study has found that par­tic­i­pat­ing in an 8-week med­i­ta­tion train­ing pro­gram can have mea­sur­able effects on how the brain func­tions even when some­one is not actively meditating…While neu­roimag­ing stud­ies ...

Nov 16

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Researchers Outline Effective Strategies to Prevent Teen Depression ...

University of Cincinnati researchers report on the positive connections that offset tragedies among teenagers. Untreated depression is one of the leading causes of teen suicide, and signs of depression can also be a warning that a teen is ...

Nov 16

Categories: Suicide Prevention

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Humans can smell fear, and it's contagious

Humans can smell fear and disgust, and the emotions are contagious, according to a new study. The findings, published Nov. 5 in the journal Psychological Science, suggest that humans communicate via smell just like other animals. "These ...

Nov 16

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5 Ways to Deal with a Partner’s Fear of Intimacy

As a therapist, I often hear couples complain that whenever one partner tries to get close, the other pulls away. It's a painful reality that love isn't always as easy to give and receive as we'd like to think. Many people have developed defenses ...

Nov 15

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Exploring the Financial Costs of Sadness

Your emotions can certainly impact your decisions, but you might be surprised by the extent to which your emotions affect your pocketbook. New research from psychological scientist Jennifer Lerner of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and ...

Nov 15

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The new psychology of awkward moments

In a new exploratory study, Johsua Clegg proposes a model. Social awkwardness, he posits, is what we feel when the situation threatens our goal of being accepted by others. The feeling prompts us to direct our attention inwards, to monitor our ...

Nov 15

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Meditation may reduce death, heart attack and stroke in heart patients

Twice-a-day Transcendental Meditation helped African Americans with heart disease reduce risk of death, heart attack and stroke. Meditation helped patients lower their blood pressure, stress and anger compared with patients who attended a health ...

Nov 14

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation

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Boredom at school: Is stress the cause?

Conventional wisdom tells us kids feel bored at school because they are under-challenged, under-motivated or poorly taught. When a child gazes out of a classroom window, fidgets and acts out at school, or heaves a sigh that says "I'm so bored!", ...

Nov 14

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Childhood abuse leads to poor adult health

The psychological scars of childhood abuse can last well into adulthood. New research from Concordia University shows the harm can have longterm negative physical effects, as well as emotional ones.

Nov 14

Categories: Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues, Adult psychological development

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