The Island Where People Forget to Die

I met Moraitis on Ikaria this past July during one of my visits to explore the extraordinary longevity of the island’s residents. For a decade, with support from the National Geographic Society, I’ve been organizing a study of the places where ...

Oct 30

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Researchers Identify Area of the Brain That Processes Empathy

An international team led by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York has for the first time shown that one area of the brain, called the anterior insular cortex, is the activity center of human empathy, whereas other areas of the ...

Oct 30

Categories: Empathy

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Parents Tend to Downplay Kids’ Worries

A new study implies that parents, perhaps naturally so, are positively biased toward their child’s abilities and emotions. Psychologists at the Center for Mind and Brain, at the University of California, Davis, discovered parents consistently ...

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Autism early intervention found to normalize brain activity in ...

An intensive early intervention therapy that is effective for improving cognition and language skills among very young children with autism also normalizes their brain activity, decreases their autism symptoms and improves their social skills, a ...

Oct 29

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child and/or Adolescent Issues

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How Does The Cleanliness of Money Affect Our Spending?

With the rise of credit cards, PayPal and other ways of transferring cash electronically, real cash-money is in decline. Like CDs and books before it, the folding stuff looks certain to be another victim of technological advances. But not just ...

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Traumatic consequences long after fall of the Berlin Wall

One in three former political prisoners of the GDR still suffers from sleeping disorders, nightmares and irrational fear. Professor Andreas Maercker from the University of Zurich and PD Matthias Schützwohl from Dresden University of Technology ...

Oct 29

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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How self-discipline works

Converging scientific evidence tells us that self-control is an important ability. It helps us keep our cool, get things done, and resist the things that tempt us. Numerous studies have found evidence for the idea of self-control as a limited ...

Oct 27

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Video game with biofeedback teaches children to curb their anger

Children with serious anger problems can be helped by a simple video game that hones their ability to regulate their emotions, finds a pilot study at Boston Children’s Hospital. Noticing that children with anger control problems are often ...

Oct 27

Categories: Anger Management, Child and/or Adolescent Issues

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South Korea takes steps to reduce suicides on Seoul bridge

South Korea has some of the highest suicide rates in the country — and yet people still won't talk about how to get help. But the Seoul government is trying to combat the problem, by changing the atmosphere and environment on one bridge that has ...

Oct 27

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How to Find A Good Psychotherapist

It is a difficult, yet brave and courageous moment when someone makes the decision to pursue mental health therapy. But more difficult than the decision to go to therapy is the decision of who to go to for therapy. So, how does someone find a ...

Oct 25

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Self-Affirmation Enhances Performance, Makes Us Receptive to Our ...

Life is about failure as much as it is about success. From the mistakes we make at work or school to our blunders in romantic relationships, we are constantly reminded of how we could be better. By focusing on the important qualities that make us ...

Oct 25

Categories: Self-Esteem, Stress Management

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Why do children hide by covering their eyes?

A cute mistake that young children make is to think that they can hide themselves by covering or closing their eyes. Why do they make this error? A research team led by James Russell at the University of Cambridge has used a process of elimination ...

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The more money we have, the fewer problems we see

“Money doesn’t buy happiness” is a cliche for a reason. The Nobel laureate psychologist/economist Daniel Kahneman and Princeton economist Angus Deaton have found that “emotional well-being” (that is, what emotions people report themselves ...

Oct 24

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Are Schizophrenia and Autism Close Relations?

New research by Dr. Mark Weiser of Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Sheba Medical Center has revealed that ASD appears share a root cause with other mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Oct 24

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Schizophrenia

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Waiting longer to have sex tied to more wealth, education and ...

Here's some more reasons why teens should wait to have sex: A recent study shows that people who were over the age of 19 when they first had sexual intercourse were more likely to have higher educational levels and higher household income. In ...

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