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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How do stay-at-home dads seek greater social acceptance?

In order to avoid the stigma and loss of status posed by their lifestyle choice, stay-at-home fathers are mobilizing to build greater legitimacy for their marginalized gender identity, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer ...

Dec 14

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Too Big or Just Right? Optimal Circle of Friends Depends on ...

Some people like to have a few close friends, while others prefer a wider social circle that is perhaps less deep. These preferences reflect people’s personalities and individual circumstances — but is one approach to social networks ...

Dec 13

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New antidepressant acts very rapidly and is long lasting

A first-of-its-kind antidepressant drug discovered by a Northwestern University professor and now tested on adults who have failed other antidepressant therapies has been shown to alleviate symptoms within hours, have good safety and produce ...

Dec 13

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Stress-Resilience/Susceptibility Traced to Neurons in Reward Circuit

A specific pattern of neuronal firing in a brain reward circuit instantly rendered mice vulnerable to depression-like behavior induced by acute severe stress, a study supported by the National Institutes of Health has found. When researchers used a ...

Dec 13

Categories: Stress Management

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Eating or Spending Too Much? Blame It on Facebook

Participating in online social networks can have a detrimental effect on consumer well-being by lowering self-control among certain users, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. “Using online social networks can have a ...

Dec 12

Categories: Control Issues

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Putting a price on emotions

Would you pay more cash to experience intense happiness or to avoid intense embarrassment? Your answer may depend on the culture you live in. A team led by Hi Lau at the University of Hong Kong used this "willingness to pay" approach to find out ...

Dec 12

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Rethinking the Classic ‘Obedience’ Studies

Stanley Milgram’s 1961 obedience experiments and the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment are legendary. But new research adds new wrinkles to our understanding of allegiance and evil. They are among the most famous of all psychological studies, and ...

Dec 12

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You scratch, I scratch! The social contagion of itch

What IS an itch? The clinical definition is that it’s an “unpleasant sensation associated with the urge to scratch”. Ok, then. Itching is a very important part of clinical diagnosis, from things like poison ivy to allergies to severe use of ...

Dec 11

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Functional magnetic resonance imaging offers insights into mental ...

We all perhaps know the feeling of mental exhaustion, but what does it mean physiologically to have mental fatigue? A new study carried out using brain scans could help scientists uncover the neurobiological mechanisms underlying mental fatigue.

Dec 11

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ADHD & Parenting: 4 Mindfulness Techniques to Curb Stress

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) doesn’t just affect the individual. It affects the entire family, according to Mark Bertin, MD, a board-certified developmental behavioral pediatrician and author of The Family ADHD ...

Dec 11

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How kindness can go viral

One of the most circulated items on the Web last month was a snapshot taken by a tourist of a New York City police officer giving a pair of boots to an apparently homeless, barefoot man in Times Square. The officer, Lawrence DePrimo, found the man ...

Dec 10

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Paradox of Aging: The Older We Get, the Better We Feel?

Presently, there are about 40 million Americans over the age of 65, with the fastest-growing segment of the population over 80 years old. Traditionally, aging has been viewed as a period of progressive decline in physical, cognitive and ...

Dec 10

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues

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Thinking Clearly About Personality Disorders

Personality disorders occupy a troublesome niche in psychiatry. The 10 recognized syndromes are fairly well represented on the self-help shelves of bookstores and include such well-known types as narcissistic personality disorder, avoidant ...

Dec 10

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