Well-educated Couples Have Long Had Better Marriages

Isn’t it interesting that researchers have long known that well-educated people have much better marriages, yet this doesn’t often come up in discussions about the divorce rate? It seems to be a kind of “open secret.” I wonder whether some ...

May 28

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'Personality Genes' May Help Account for Longevity

"It's in their genes" is a common refrain from scientists when asked about factors that allow centenarians to reach age 100 and beyond. Up until now, research has focused on genetic variations that offer a physiological advantage such as high levels ...

May 28

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Depression and burnout: vicious cycles and the saving grace of ...

A rise in levels of depression contributes to subsequent increases in work burnout, and burnout to later depression, according to new research. However, physical exercise can mitigate and even prevent this vicious cycle. Here's the how: Sharok ...

May 26

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Thinking Fast Equals Risky Business

Connections between the speed of thought and feelings of euphoria have been reported in cases of clinical mania. New research now links racing thoughts with risk-taking among the general population. The speed of modern life has increased ...

May 26

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Men 'more attracted to women who act dumb'

Men are apparently pre-programmed to seek out women who act dumb as they make easier conquests, according to a study. Researchers said that at their core, the male of the species had changed little since Neanderthal times, when reproduction was ...

May 26

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3 Ways to Easily Diffuse Family Tensions

No matter how much you love your family, there’s always that one family member with whom you consistently disagree. Maybe it’s your Aunt Martha, who consistently harps on your weight or your marital status, or maybe it’s your Grandpa Joe – ...

May 25

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Positive Words: The Glue to Social Interaction

Words charged with a positive emotional content are used more frequently, thus enhancing human communication. Scientists at ETH Zurich have studied the use of language, finding that words with a positive emotional content are more frequently used ...

May 25

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Psychotherapy Wars: The Long and the Short of It

A recent opinion piece in the Sunday New York Times written by a psychotherapist trying to sell a book created quite a furor in the psychotherapeutic community. In this article the author questioned the validity of long term therapy while claiming ...

May 25

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Resilient People More Satisfied With Life

When confronted with adverse situations such as the loss of a loved one, some people never fully recover from the pain. Others, the majority, pull through and experience how the intensity of negative emotions (e.g. anxiety, depression) grows dimmer ...

May 24

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Rich foods cause a similar chemical reaction to illicit drugs and the ...

Fat Bastard's revelation "I eat because I'm depressed and I'm depressed because I eat" in the Austin Powers film series may be explained by sophisticated neuroscience research being undertaken by scientists affiliated with the University of Montreal ...

May 24

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I Want What You Want

Your brain makes value judgements based on the choices of others. What is it that makes something a hot item? It turns out that it’s maybe not the item itself so much as it is what others think of it. This comes from Mael Lebreton and ...

May 24

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2-Hour Therapy Cures Spider Phobia by Rewiring the Brain

Getting up close and personal with a furry tarantula is probably the very last thing someone with a spider phobia would opt for, but the encounter may be the ticket to busting the brain's resistance to arachnids. A tried-and-true exposure ...

May 23

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Why Empathy Makes You More Helpful

There is a lot of research suggesting that empathy increases people’s desire to help others. Empathy is the ability to share other people’s emotion. The better able you are to feel what someone else is feeling, the more likely you are to want ...

May 23

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Discoveries Into Perception Via Popular Magic Tricks

Researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center have unveiled how and why the public perceives some magic tricks in recent studies that could have real-world implications in military tactics, marketing and ...

May 23

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How to Overcome the Egocentric Bias

Most people are pretty bad at taking advice from others. People don't mind hearing the advice, they just hate to take it. This is one facet of what psychologists call the 'egocentric bias': the general rule that we think we know better. The ...

May 22

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