Study of Social Network “Check-ins” Shows That Geographic ...

The closer you live to another person, the more likely you are to be friends with them despite the growing use and impact of social media, according to a study that drew on data from the location-based social network provider Gowalla. The study, by ...

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Nostalgia Can Make You Feel Warmer, Say Psychologists

If you can't afford heat during the ongoing economic malaise, there is some good news; psychology surveys show that students who think about happier times are warmer. The results, published in Emotion, used college students in China and the ...

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Why People Believe Weird Things and 8 Ways to Change Their Minds

Let's just say that some people believe weird stuff and leave it at that. It turns out that just one of the fascinating reasons that people accept odd ideas is that they keep getting repeated, even if only to debunk them. So, where does all this ...

Dec 6

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Understanding anger, overcoming anxiety

Anger is a powerful emotion with serious health consequences. A new study from Concordia University shows that for millions of individuals around the world who suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), anger is more than an emotion; it’s an ...

Dec 6

Categories: Anger Management, Anxiety

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We all grieve in our own way

The taboo against naming the deceased has spiritual roots relating to not disturbing spirits of the departed but anthropologist Katie Glaskin describes how the naming taboo "serves to make people 'acutely aware' of the person whose name is being ...

Dec 6

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Self-Awareness with a Simple Brain

Consciousness, most scientists would argue, is not a shared property of all matter in the universe. Rather consciousness is restricted to a subset of animals with relatively complex brains. The more scientists study animal behavior and brain ...

Dec 5

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Second Hand Smoke Linked to Children's Behavior Problems

In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing examined data from 646 mother-child pairs in China, where more than 70 percent of men smoke, and concluded that 25 percent children of whose ...

Dec 5

Categories: Addictions, Child and/or Adolescent Issues

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The Psychology of making Elevators Go

You press a button and wait for your elevator. How long before you get impatient and agitated? Theresa Christy says 20 seconds. As a mathematician steeped in the theories of vertical transportation at Otis Elevator Co., Ms. Christy, 55, has spent ...

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The Autism Advantage

When Thorkil Sonne and his wife, Annette, learned that their 3-year-old son, Lars, had autism, they did what any parent who has faith in reason and research would do: They started reading. At first they were relieved that so much was written on the ...

Dec 4

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Men and women explore the visual world differently

Everyone knows that men and women tend to hold different views on certain things. However, new research by scientists from the University of Bristol and published in PLoS ONE indicates that this may literally be the case. Researchers examined where ...

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How does drawing improve children's mood?

Watch a child draw and they can seem so absorbed, their brow furrowed in blissful concentration. It seems an ideal way for them to cope with negative emotion. But what's the best approach - should they draw about what's upsetting them ("venting"), ...

Dec 3

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Origin of intelligence and mental illness linked to ancient genetic ...

Scientists believe that the same genes that improved our mental capacity are also responsible for a number of brain disorders. "This ground breaking work has implications for how we understand the emergence of psychiatric disorders and will offer ...

Dec 3

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Laughter as a Form of Exercise

Is laughter a kind of exercise? That offbeat question is at the heart of a new study of laughing and pain that emphasizes how unexpectedly entwined our bodies and emotions can be. For the study, which was published this year in Proceedings of the ...

Dec 3

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Best Gifts for Children Don't Require Dazzling Technology

Even before the holiday tree is taken down, the child in your life begins to lose interest in the expensive electronic toys that set you back a big chunk of money and hours in long lines. Maybe you made a vow not to repeat this same gift-giving ...

Dec 1

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Grin and bear it

Have you ever been in a terrible mood, and someone tells you to smile? It usually doesn't make your mood any better to be TOLD to smile, but what if you actually DO smile? Does it help? Well, according to this paper, actually smiling may really ...

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