D-cycloserine Enhances PTSD Psychotherapy

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is among the most common, distressing, and disabling medical consequences of combat or other extremely stressful life events. The first-line treatment for PTSD is exposure therapy, a type of behavioral therapy ...

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When Good People Behave Badly

Perhaps the most notorious example of harmful behavior ever captured in a research lab comes from Stanley Milgram's work on obedience to authority. In these studies—ostensibly investigations of punishment and learning—a majority of people ...

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The Power of Suggestion: What We Expect Influences Our Behavior, for ...

Across many studies, research has shown that deliberate suggestion can influence how people perform on learning and memory tasks, which products they prefer, and how they respond to supplements and medicines, which accounts for the well-known ...

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Psychologists: Awesomeness Is Good For You

A seriously cool study is coming out later this year in Psychological Science on the benefits of awe. Awe, which describes a "feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder" and comes from the old Norse word for "terror," seems like a ...

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Exercise does not lift depression, research suggests

A study into whether physical activity alleviates the symptoms of depression has found there is no benefit. Research published in the British Medical Journal suggests that adding a physical activity intervention to usual care did not reduce ...

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Mental Imagery Technique Helps Abuse Victims

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse commonly report lingering feelings of being contaminated. This effect can lead to problems with self-esteem and body image, relationship trouble, and behavioral issues such as obsessive washing. Now a study in the ...

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Magazine Trends Study Finds Increase in Advertisements Using Sex

Sex sells, or at least that is what advertisers hope. A recent study from the University of Georgia looked at sexual ads appearing in magazines over 30 years and found that the numbers are up. "Advertisers use sex because it can be very effective," ...

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The new science of "Phew!"

There's a childish prank I never tire of. As soon as we've left the house and the front-door has slammed shut, I pat down all my pockets and say nervously to my companion "Er, you've got the keys, right?". Then, just when their dismay at the ...

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When Nice Guys Finish First

The tension between group and individual interests is famously illustrated by the prisoners’ dilemma game. In a variant called the voluntary contribution mechanism, each of several individuals is given some units of experimental currency and ...

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How To Handle Conflict In Your Relationship

Remember the day you gazed into the eyes of your prospective partner and truly grasped that their excitement about you matched your fascination with them? You saw your idealized self reflected back to you in their soft smiling eyes. You were hooked ...

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A Richer Life by Seeing the Glass Half Full

The definition of an optimist: Someone, like me, who plans to get more done than time permits. Having failed to achieve the impossible, someone, like me, who is sure everything will somehow get done anyway. A more classical definition from ...

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Toilet psychology

According to a 2010 survey, the British public considers the flush toilet to be the ninth greatest invention of all time, just above the combustion engine. Toilet paper, ranked 22nd, wipes the floor with trains, shoes and e-mail, and nappies, at ...

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Do Dogs Feel Guilty?

“I walked into the house, and he was acting strange. I could tell he had done something wrong,” she told me. I pressed for further details. “His head was down, and he wasn’t making eye contact,” she explained. “Then, I found it. Under ...

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Awakening The Compassionate Mind

Fundamentally, the term “compassion” means a sensitivity to the presence of suffering in others and in ourselves, coupled with a deep desire to alleviate that suffering. As we will see, the experience of compassion is essential to our ...

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