What are kindergartens really for?

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, author Robert Fulghum wrote in a book with that title some time ago. What he recalled was simple. "Share everything. Play fair. Don't hit." These and about a dozen similar lessons were the ...

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When to worry about kids' temper tantrums

Temper tantrums in young children can be an early signal of mental health problems, but how does a parent or pediatrician know when disruptive behavior is typical or a sign of a serious problem? New Northwestern Medicine research will give ...

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Can You Change Your Mood?

Ever heard somebody utter the phrase, “Somebody must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed!” in your general direction? Not only is it hugely irritating to be reminded that you aren’t feeling bright and cheery – the statement itself ...

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Understanding the Psychology of the American Idea of Choice

In a recent paper published in Psychological Science, Krishna Savani of the National University of Singapore Business School and Aneeta Rattan of Stanford University asked some of their participants to list five things they did during the previous ...

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Study finds gene that predicts happiness in women

A new study has found a gene that appears to make women happy, but it doesn’t work for men. The finding may help explain why women are often happier than men, the research team said. Scientists at the University of South Florida (USF), the ...

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Back off, stranger, that’s my mate! The role of kappa opioid ...

We’ve all heard of the legendary monogamous prairie vole, haven’t we? Our adorable rodent friend forms the kind of attachments that make us humans feel slightly ashamed of our more promiscuous habits. And of course, if we know about prairie ...

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Special commission on media violence confirms aggression link

The Media Violence Commission's research-based report concludes that the research clearly shows that media violence consumption increases the relative risk of aggression, defined as intentional harm to another person that could be verbal, ...

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Adolescent Pot Use Leaves Lasting Mental Deficits

The persistent, dependent use of marijuana before age 18 has been shown to cause lasting harm to a person's intelligence, attention and memory, according to an international research team. Among a long-range study cohort of more than 1,000 New ...

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5 Gifts of Being Highly Sensitive

One of the prominent “virtues” of high sensitivity is the richness of sensory detail that life provides. The subtle shades of texture in clothing, and foods when cooking, the sounds of music or even traffic or people talking, fragrances and ...

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Depression Linked with Hyperconnected Brain Areas

Like an overwhelmed traffic cop, the depressed brain may transmit signals among regions in a dysfunctional way. Recent brain-imaging studies suggest that areas of the brain involved in mood, concentration and conscious thought are hyperconnected, ...

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Why is My Child Defiant or Explosive?

One of the most difficult behaviors for parents or teachers to address is explosive behavior, a child who has little control over emotions and "melts down" in the classroom or at home. It is frustrating, it is embarrassing, it is anxiety producing, ...

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Father’s Age Is Linked to Risk of Autism and Schizophrenia

Older men are more likely than young ones to father a child who develops autism or schizophrenia, because of random mutations that become more numerous with advancing paternal age, scientists reported on Wednesday, in the first study to quantify the ...

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Self-compassion helps you overcome failure

Recently, I was reading a book that compared the entrepreneurial communities in Silicon Valley and the Boston area. In the early 1970s, both regions had a large number of high-tech companies. By the late 1980s, though, there was a thriving ...

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Understanding Bipolar Disorder

The biology and genetics of bipolar disorder are not well understood, thus making understanding of the disorder challenging. Now, in a new study, researchers utilize an integrative approach in order to investigate the biology of bipolar ...

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Wide circle of friends key to mid-life wellbeing for both sexes

The midlife wellbeing of both men and women seems to depend on having a wide circle of friends whom they see regularly, finds research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. A network of relatives is also important ...

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