Oxytocin Improves Brain Function in Children With Autism

Preliminary results from an ongoing, large-scale study by Yale School of Medicine researchers shows that oxytocin -- a naturally occurring substance produced in the brain and throughout the body -- increased brain function in regions that are known ...

May 21

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Facebook and Smartphones: New Tools for Psychological Science Research

Whether you’re an iPerson who can’t live without a Mac, a Facebook addict, or a gamer, you know that social media and technology say things about your personality and thought processes. And psychological scientists know it too – they’ve ...

May 19

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Pain Relief Through Distraction: It's Not All in Your Head

Mental distractions make pain easier to take, and those pain-relieving effects aren't just in your head, according to a report. The findings based on high-resolution spinal fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) as people experienced ...

May 19

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Study released on Impact of Homophobia and Transphobia on the LGBTQ ...

Oogachaga Counselling and Support released it's first study on the effects of homophobia and transphobia on the GLBT community in Singapore. The survey include results such as the most commonly experienced form of homophobia as well a list of common ...

May 18

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Why A Touch Can Double Your Chances of Getting a Date

Touch research has many obvious applications. For example, in an experiment involving eight servers and several hundred restaurant diners, the servers were trained to touch randomly selected customers briefly on the arm toward the end of the meal ...

May 18

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Internet Usage Pattern Can Indicate Depression

Depressed internet users browse the web more randomly, switching between several applications, new research on university students suggests. The researchers analyzed Internet usage among college students and found that students who show signs of ...

May 18

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There's Nothing Wrong With Turning Red: How Embarrassment Helps Us

Embarrassment is embarrassing. As anyone who has ever been told, “You’re blushing!” knows, displays of embarrassment can become mortifying events of their own. According to recent research, however, revealing embarrassment is nothing to be ...

May 17

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Music as Therapy: Music, Movement, Cognition!

It is rhythm that makes it pos­si­ble for a per­son with Parkinson’s Dis­ease to get up out of their seat and dance their way across the floor. As the Parkinson’s brain processes music, the rhythm seems to coerce and cajole the move­ment ...

May 17

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Perfectionists worry away the benefits of a break from work

Go on, have a few days off. Take a week - you've certainly earned it! Clear your mind, take a break - things will tick over til you return... Easier said than done, of course. But respites from work are valuable, replenishing resources and ...

May 17

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Searching for the Onset of Autism

Early behavioral intervention has shown some promise as a way to help children with autism. But it’s difficult to see the hallmarks of autism before two years of age with today’s diagnostic criteria. Could we find other methods? Seeking to ...

May 16

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Chronic Child Abuse Strong Indicator of Negative Adult Experiences

Child abuse or neglect are strong predictors of major health and emotional problems, but little is known about how the chronicity of the maltreatment may increase future harm apart from other risk factors in a child's life. The study tracked ...

May 16

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People see sexy pictures of women as objects, not people

Perfume ads, beer billboards, movie posters: everywhere you look, women's sexualized bodies are on display. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that both men and women see ...

May 16

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Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath?

One day last summer, Anne and her husband, Miguel, took their 9-year-old son, Michael, to a Florida elementary school for the first day of what the family chose to call “summer camp.” For years, Anne and Miguel have struggled to understand their ...

May 15

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A Walk in the Park Gives Mental Boost to People With Depression

A walk in the park may have psychological benefits for people suffering from depression. In one of the first studies to examine the effect of nature walks on cognition and mood in people with major depression, researchers in Canada and the U.S. have ...

May 15

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