Children under three should not watch screens, a leading psychologist ...

Dr Aric Sigman is warning that screens "may produce" an increased level of dopamine in children's brains. He suggests this could lead to a dependency on screen media when they are older. There are calls for more research to be carried out as ...

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Adults with ADHD commit fewer crimes when on medication

While previous research has shown that people with ADHD are more likely to enter a life of crime, it has remained uncertain how ADHD medication affects this risk. After having studied over 25,000 individuals with ADHD from different registries over ...

Nov 26

Categories: Adult ADHD, Aggression & Violence

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When Old Habits Die Easy

Some say it’s tough to break a habit—a behavior so ingrained in our mental infrastructure that it’s automatic. But new research says maybe it’s not so tough when you shine some light on an alternative. Turns out that a small part of the ...

Nov 26

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Meditation for 8 Weeks Alters Your Emotional Response

Nov 23

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation

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Psychology of Black Friday: Tradition, altruism drive pursuit of deal

For some families, it's not Thanksgiving without grandma's sweet potato pie. For families like Leigh Odom's, it's not Thanksgiving without an after-dinner strategic ops planning session: Shopping lists are itemized, routes are mapped out and a game ...

Nov 23

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A little night music - new therapy for insomnia

If you are among the 50 percent of Americans who suffer from insomnia, then you have probably tried everything – from warm milk to melatonin pills or prescription medications to induce sleep – with varying degrees of success and side effects. ...

Nov 23

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Mind Pops: Memories That Come From Nowhere

You're walking down the street, just like any other day, when suddenly a memory pops into your head from years ago. It's about a person you haven't thought of for years. Just for a moment you're transported back to a time and place you thought ...

Nov 22

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Is Facebook a Factor in Psychotic Symptoms

As Internet access becomes increasingly widespread, so do related psychopathologies such as Internet addiction and delusions related to the technology and to virtual relationships. Computer communications such as Facebook and chat groups are an ...

Nov 22

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Why War Helps, Rather than Harms, Some With PTSD

War is often the trigger for mental illness, but the latest research reveals some unexpected effects of combat on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Feeling at home at war may seem like an oxymoron, but it has been reported for as long as ...

Nov 22

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Gratitude pays big dividends

There is a somewhat misguided view that gratitude is all about looking backward — back to what has already been. But in reality, that’s not how gratitude truly works. At a functional level, it’s not about passive reflection; it’s about ...

Nov 21

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Comments, traffic statistics help empower bloggers psychologically

In a series of studies, female bloggers showed that they enjoyed blogging because it made them feel empowered and part of a community, said Carmen Stavrositu, who recently completed doctoral work in mass communications at Penn State. The studies ...

Nov 21

Categories: Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem

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What's it like to have OCD?

Research with people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is often impersonal. Participants' thoughts, feelings and behaviours are reduced to ticked boxes on a questionnaire. There's a risk the real story of what it's like to have OCD ...

Nov 21

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Some Don't Live to Earn, but Earn to Live

For most people, the key to retiring early is accumulating enough money to live out your days in your chosen style. For Fred Ecks, a former software engineer for Sun Microsystems, the answer lies on the other side of the balance sheet: on cutting ...

Nov 20

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A pathbreaking investigation into the evolution of cooperative ...

Humans are much more inclined to cooperate than are their closest evolutionary relatives. The prevailing wisdom about why this is true has long been focused on the idea of altruism: we go out of our way to do nice things for other people, sometimes ...

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The advantage of having an anxiously attached person on your team

Psychologists talk about different attachment styles, such as secure, anxious and avoidant. The secure style is usually the one we're supposed to aspire to. They're the calm people who find it easy to get close to others, but not in a clingy way. By ...

Nov 20

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