Neuroscientists Find Excessive Protein Synthesis Linked to ...

Autistic-like behaviors can be partially remedied by normalizing excessive levels of protein synthesis in the brain, a team of researchers has found in a study of laboratory mice. The findings, which appear in the latest issue of Nature, provide a ...

Dec 24

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Why we want to feast on food

Ah, Christmas, the season of peace, goodwill and overindulgence. If this year is like others, I’ll probably be taking up residence on the couch after a big lunch, continuing to munch my way through packets of unhealthy snacks, and promising myself ...

Dec 24

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On Facebook, Bad With the Good

Facebook, that repository of the mundane (mealtime updates, party reminders and job changes) that people have long used to show the positive sides of their lives, is increasingly also a place they go to break difficult news.

Dec 22

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Not all gamers are low scorers on friendships, relationships

"There's a common stereotype that if you play video games, then you are a loner," said Benjamin Hickerson, assistant professor of recreation, parks and tourism management. "But it may have more to do with how a person is involved in gaming that ...

Dec 22

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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Science by the numbers: Researchers ask, 'How true are our findings?'

Next month, the respected British Medical Journal will no longer publish the results of clinical trials unless drug companies agree to provide detailed study data. They hope to nudge other medical journals to follow suit. The journal Psychological ...

Dec 22

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Toddlers' language skills predict less anger by preschool

Toddlers with more developed language skills are better able to manage frustration and less likely to express anger by the time they're in preschool. That's the conclusion of a new longitudinal study from researchers at the Pennsylvania State ...

Dec 21

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Communication Disorders Problems

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Why grandma and grandpa fight

Disparities in health and abilities, major life changes like retirement take their toll on elderly couples' relationships. George and Gracie (not their real names) are in their 80s and have been married for more than 65 years. Until recently they ...

Dec 21

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For power and status, dominance and skill trump likability

Finding the next Barack Obama or Warren Buffett might be as simple as looking at who attracts the most eyes in a crowd, a new University of British Columbia study finds. For the study, which used eye-tracking technology, participants who observed ...

Dec 21

Categories: Strengths Assessment

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Experiencing Discrimination Increases Risk-Taking, Anger, and ...

Experiencing rejection not only affects how we think and feel — over the long-term it can also influence our physical and mental health. New research suggests that when rejection comes in the form of discrimination, people respond with a pattern ...

Dec 20

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Power of Words Can Change Mental Health Stigma

On the negative side, the use of certain words and phrases may stereotype, stigmatize or promote incorrect conclusions about groups of people. People are shocked about what happened, and in that anger or disbelief, they use words that can imply an ...

Dec 20

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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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