Neglected Babies Develop Less Myelin

solating mouse pups from their mothers early in development can reduce the insulation surrounding neurons of the brain, which leads to problems with memory and socialization, a study in Science reported last week (September 14). The study provides a ...

Sep 28

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Researchers investigate aggression among kindergartners

Not all aggressive children are aggressive for the same reasons, according to Penn State researchers, who found that some kindergartners who are aggressive show low verbal abilities while others are more easily physiologically aroused. The findings ...

Sep 28

Categories: Aggression & Violence, Antisocial personality, Child and/or ...

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Eyes: a Window to Diagnosis

Observing patients’ eye movements may hold clues about neurological functioning. In a study published last month (August 25) in the Journal of Neurology, scientists show that subtle differences in eye movement patterns can be utilized to identify ...

Sep 27

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Caltech study shows that the distance at which facial photos are ...

As the saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words." For people in certain professions—acting, modeling, and even politics—this phrase rings particularly true. Previous studies have examined how our social judgments of pictures of people ...

Sep 27

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Laugh and the workplace laughs with you

How far can a laugh carry? According to Christopher Robert and James Wilbanks, it can reverberate through time, with far-reaching consequences. Their theoretical paper, synthesising research from neuroscience, behavioural psychology and the ...

Sep 27

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Removing the Optimism Bias

Humans tend to embrace good news, while discounting bad news. We overestimate our odds of winning the lottery or living long lives, while underplaying our risk of cancer, divorce, or unemployment. Now, researchers from University College London ...

Sep 26

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Exercise Does a Body – and a Mind – Good

We’ve heard it time and time again: exercise is good for us. And it’s not just good for physical health – research shows that daily physical activity can also boost our mental health. But what actually accounts for the association between ...

Sep 26

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5 Reasons You Should Choose Psychotherapy

Depression and anxiety are common, affecting millions of adults in our country. And many people who need professional treatment don’t get it. But for those who do seek help, the first course of recommended treatment is often medication. But ...

Sep 26

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Common Parasite Linked to Personality Changes

Feeling sociable or reckless? You might have toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by the microscopic parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which the CDC estimates has infected about 22.5 percent of Americans older than 12 years old. Researchers tested ...

Sep 25

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Feeling Guilty Versus Feeling Angry – Who Can Tell the Difference?

When you rear-end the car in front of you at a stoplight, you may feel a mix of different emotions such as anger, anxiety, and guilt. The person whose car you rear-ended may feel angered and frustrated by your carelessness, but it’s unlikely that ...

Sep 25

Categories: Anger Management, Control Issues, Depression

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4 Ways to Support Someone With Depression

Well meaning people often attempt to fix the problem. They may say something like, “Have you tried aromatherapy? There was an article about it in the paper…” This kind of comment can come across as trivializing the illness. If you want to ...

Sep 25

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Pacifiers may stunt boys emotionally

researchers for the first time have linked heavy pacifier use among baby boys to poorer emotional maturity through to adulthood. Lead author Paula Niedenthal, a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said a baby with a ...

Sep 24

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Misinformation: Psychological Science Shows Why It Sticks and How to ...

Childhood vaccines do not cause autism. Global warming is confirmed by science. And yet, many people believe claims to the contrary. Why does that kind of misinformation stick? A new report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, ...

Sep 24

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A Counter-Intuitive Remedy to Feeling Short of Time

Psychological research shows that, paradoxically, giving away your time can make you feel you have more of it. So, what if I said there was a solution to feeling continuously short of time, and it involved giving your free-time away to ...

Sep 22

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People Can Be Tricked into Reversing Their Opinions on Morality

People can be tricked into reversing their opinions on moral issues, even to the point of constructing good arguments to support the opposite of their original positions. The surveys contained a ‘magic trick’. Each contained two sets of ...

Sep 22

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