Does Texting Hinder Social Skills?

Texting has become an everyday facet of our lives. The feature serves as a platform that absolutely allows us to stay connected to others with instant communication. However, there is something to be said about the ways in which it has the potential ...

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A jolt to kick out the blues

For the first time, a research team from University of Aberdeen, Scotland, has shown that ECT affects the way different parts of the brain involved in depression 'communicate' with each other. In a paper published in the journal Proceedings Of ...

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Oxford Docs: We Can Prevent PTSD - With Tetris

At least according to one research team out of Oxford University, who claim that Tetris — yes, the ubiquitous, tile-stacking videogame of your youth — can actually prevent PTSD-related flashbacks. Those harrowing moments of recall are among the ...

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Is this the death of conversation?

The New York Times recently declared the death of conversation. While mobile phones may at last be falling victim to etiquette, this is largely because even talk is considered too intimate a contact. No such bar applies to emailing, texting, posting ...

May 1

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Homophobic? Maybe You’re Gay

One theory is that homosexual urges, when repressed out of shame or fear, can be expressed as homophobia. Freud famously called this process a “reaction formation” — the angry battle against the outward symbol of feelings that are inwardly ...

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Are Afghans Too Depressed to Beat the Taliban?

Maybe the reason that the Afghan counterinsurgency has been such a flop is that the people there are too traumatized and depressed to make nation-building work. In an unpublished paper, Col. Erik Goepner, currently serving as a military fellow at ...

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Keeping Secrets Weighs You Down, Literally

Can you keep a secret? We refer to keeping secrets as if they are material things. And a new study suggests that when we know a secret, we perceive ourselves as being physically burdened. Researchers recruited participants to write a description ...

Apr 30

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Psychotic Disorders And Mood Impacted By Impaired Mitochondrial ...

A discussion of recent data from a large range of human and animal studies that strongly support the hypothesis that impaired mitochondrial function may disrupt neural plasticity pathways and decrease cellular resilience, which in turn, potentially ...

Apr 30

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New Form of Intellectual Disability Discovered

Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) led a study discovering a gene for a new form of intellectual disability, as well as how it likely affects cognitive development by disrupting neuron functioning. CAMH Senior ...

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The Neuroscience of Habits: How They Form and How to Change Them

Charles Duhigg's new book The Power of Habit draws on neuroscience and psychology to explain how habits form, how to promote good habits and how to break bad ones. In 2010, a cognitive neuroscientist named Reza Habib asked twenty-two people to ...

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Five Effortless Postures that Foster Creative Thinking

Literally sitting outside a box, rather than in it, makes you more creative, according to new psychological research. There are lots of metaphors floating around in creativity. We talk about 'thinking outside the box', 'putting two and two ...

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Maintain Your Brain: The Secrets to Aging Success

Aging may seem unavoidable, but that's not necessarily so when it comes to the brain. So say researchers in the April 27th issue of the Cell Press journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences based on counterintuitive evidence that it is what you do in old ...

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Losing Your Religion: Analytic Thinking Can Undermine Belief

People who are intuitive thinkers are more likely to be religious, but getting them to think analytically even in subtle ways decreases the strength of their belief, according to a new study in Science. The research, conducted by University of ...

Apr 27

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Kahneman: Nothing is as good or bad as it seems when you're thinking ...

"In your life expect some trouble; when you worry it makes things double." Bobby McFerrin singing “Don’t Worry; Be Happy” "The Focus Illusion can be summed up in a single sentence: Nothing in life is as important as you think it is when ...

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