Inside the Mind of Worry

Researchers in neuroscience, psychology, economics and other disciplines have made a range of discoveries about why human beings sometimes fear more than the evidence warrants, and sometimes less than the evidence warns. That science is worth ...

Oct 4

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Not getting sleepy? Research explains why hypnosis doesn't work for ...

Not everyone is able to be hypnotized, and new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine shows how the brains of such people differ from those who can easily be. The study, published in the October issue of Archives of General ...

Oct 4

Categories: Hypnosis

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The Story of a Lonely Brain

Humans are born to a longer period of total dependence than any other animal we know of, and we also know that mistreatment or neglect during this time often leads to social, emotional, cognitive and mental health problems in later life. It’s not ...

Oct 3

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New Definition of Autism in Updated Psychiatric Clinical Manual Will ...

Parents should not worry that proposed changes to the medical criteria redefining a diagnosis of autism will leave their children excluded and deemed ineligible for psychiatric and medical care, says a team of researchers led by psychologists at ...

Oct 3

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Smartphone apps become 'surrogate therapists'

In the age when there's an app for everything, it's no surprise that there are a lot of smartphone tools out there claiming to help people cope. From informational resources to interactive mental wellness programs, there's plenty out there to choose ...

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Parents underestimate their children's worry levels and overestimate ...

It's well-established that parents frequently overestimate their children's intelligence and the amount of exercise they get. Now a team led by Kristin Lagattuta has uncovered evidence suggesting that parents have an unrealistically rosy impression ...

Oct 2

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The Obese Brain May Thwart Weight Loss

New research by Terry Davidson, director of American University’s Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, indicates that diets that lead to obesity—diets high in saturated fat and refined sugar—may cause changes to the brains of obese people that ...

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How and Why Writing Heals Wounds of Child Abuse

More than simply a catharsis or venting, translating events into language can affect brain and immune functions. The subjects he tested had an increase in germ-fighting lymphocytes in their blood and lower stress levels. Writing was found to reduce ...

Oct 2

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Why Being a Leader Is Less Stressful than Following

Contrary to the common wisdom that people in positions of power are more stressed than the rest of us, a new study finds that those in higher-ranking roles wield more control and, thus, suffer less stress and anxiety. While the image of the ...

Oct 1

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IU research study finds social bullying prevalent in children’s ...

A new research study led by an Indiana University professor has found that social bullying is just as prevalent in children's television as depictions of physical aggression. Nicole Martins The study, "Mean on the Screen: Social Aggression in ...

Oct 1

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues

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How We Know That Humans Are Getting Smarter

Some years ago, acting as an archaeologist, I amassed a large body of data showing that IQ tests had gotten easier. Over the twentieth century, the average person was getting many more items correct on tests like Raven's and Similarities. The ...

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Money Degrades Our Ability to Empathize

Given the tone-deaf comments a wealthy political figure recently made while addressing some equally affluent donors, you’d almost think money makes a person less able to relate to the feelings of others. And, according to newly published ...

Sep 29

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UCSB Evolutionary Psychologists Study the Purpose of Punishment and ...

For two decades, evolutionary scientists have been locked in a debate over the evolved functions of three distinctive human behaviors: the great readiness we show for cooperating with new people, the strong interest we have in tracking others' ...

Sep 29

Categories: Adult psychological development

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A Longer Life Is Lived With Company

YOU die alone, philosophers say. But you could die sooner if you live your life in loneliness. Close connections to friends and family may ward off poor health and premature death, recent research suggests. Loneliness is a risk factor for ...

Sep 29

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“I’m Bored!” – Research on Attention Sheds Light on the ...

You’re waiting in the reception area of your doctor’s office. The magazines are uninteresting. The pictures on the wall are dull. The second hand on the wall clock moves so excruciatingly slowly that you’re sure it must be broken. You feel ...

Sep 28

Categories: Adult ADHD

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