Computer Scientists Present Smile Database

481 test subjects participated in the research of Theo Gevers and Albert Ali Salah. The researchers made a video recording of a posed smile and a spontaneous smile for each participant. The subjects also were also asked to look angry, happy, sad, ...

Jul 31

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Marriage Myth: Spouses Can’t Change

A fundamental law of relational theory is that when any part of a system changes, the entire system—meaning all other parts—will be forced to change in response. What this means in a marriage is that if I create a change in my own attitude and ...

Jul 30

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Think you are funny? Maybe your friends are just being polite

Knock, knock! Who's there? Cows go. Cows go who? No, cows go moo! OK, OK. So it's not a side-slapper — especially if the teller has zero sense of comic timing. But most likely the person sharing the joke over the water cooler thinks he or she ...

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Relationship Rescue: Bringing Back the Passion

Jeffrey, 52, is handsome, a vegetarian, enjoys exercising daily, and works hard as a lawyer in the suburbs near his family's home. He and his wife, Eloise, have two boys: Alex, 17, and Sam, 19. At 50, Eloise is a successful publicist who commutes to ...

Jul 30

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The Incubation Effect: How to Break Through a Mental Block

Mental blocks are incredibly irritating. The usual solution is simply to take a break. After an hour, a day or a week, you return to the problem afresh and suddenly everything seems clear. You can't understand what the problem was in the first ...

Jul 28

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5 One-Minute Ways to Be More Mindful

“If there is a single secret to one-minute mindfulness, it is this: live the next sixty seconds as if your whole life depended on them, with a sense of urgency and excitement, or as if you had just arrived in a foreign land where there is nothing ...

Jul 28

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Lucid Dreamers Help Scientists Locate the Seat of Meta-Consciousness ...

Which areas of the brain help us to perceive our world in a self-reflective manner is difficult to measure. During wakefulness, we are always conscious of ourselves. In sleep, however, we are not. But there are people, known as lucid dreamers, who ...

Jul 28

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Men seen as whole, women as body parts

The brains of both men and women perceived men as whole people while women were seen as body parts, according to a new U.S. study. The study, published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, discovered that both male and female subjects ...

Jul 27

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Depression Rates Triple Between Ages of 12-15 among adolescent girls

A new report shows that the percentage of girls who experience a major depressive episode in the past year triples between the ages of 12 and 15 (from 5.1 percent to 15.2 percent respectively). The report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health ...

Jul 27

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Which is Worse – The Memory or the Maltreatment?

Many studies have linked childhood maltreatment and adversity to mental and physical health disorders later in life. Most of the studies have been retrospective in design, which inserts bias into the study and makes the results less conclusive. A ...

Jul 27

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How to Fight Excessive Doubt

A little critical, analytical thinking is a good thing. Without doubting ourselves sometimes we'd find it difficult to make good decisions. Too much doubt, though, can stop us living our lives to the full. Some people can never make up their ...

Jul 26

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Identifying the Arrogant Boss

Arrogant bosses can drain the bottom line because they are typically poor performers who cover up their insecurities by disparaging subordinates, leading to organizational dysfunction and employee turnover. A new measure of arrogance, developed ...

Jul 26

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Tech firms are uneasy over the effect time online has on relationships

In a place where technology is seen as an all-powerful answer, it is increasingly being seen as too powerful, even addictive. The concern, voiced in conferences and in recent interviews with many top executives of technology companies, is that ...

Jul 26

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Mindfulness Meditation Reduces Loneliness in Older Adults, Carnegie ...

A new study led by Carnegie Mellon University's J. David Creswell offers the first evidence that mindfulness meditation ...

Jul 25

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Can Sleep Deprivation Cause Psychotic Behaviour?

The passengers of the Jet Blue flight (most of whom were traveling to the 2012 International Security Conference, ironically enough) were startled to see pilot Clayton Osbon running through the aisle screaming "say your prayers" as well as various ...

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