Girls with ADHD more prone to self-injury, suicide as they enter ...

Girls with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – and their families – often look forward to the likely decline in visible symptoms such as fidgety or disruptive behavior as they mature into young women. However, new findings from ...

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Yale team discovers how stress and depression can shrink the brain

Major depression or chronic stress can cause the loss of brain volume, a condition that contributes to both emotional and cognitive impairment. Now a team of researchers led by Yale scientists has discovered one reason why this occurs — a single ...

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Using Blame Pushes People Away

"D" and I are planning our wedding next year, but we have a serious problem: "D" makes a lot of critical comments about things I do or say. She insists she doesn’t intend to be critical, or she'll explain that she's trying to give me important ...

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Why are people overconfident so often?

Researchers have long known that people are very frequently overconfident – that they tend to believe they are more physically talented, socially adept, and skilled at their job than they actually are. For example, 94% of college professors think ...

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I Took a Web Detour, and Now I Feel Better

THE Internet is a rabbit hole of distraction. It’s easy to wind up knee-deep in paparazzi photos of Beyonce’s new baby when you intended only to answer a few e-mails. But last week, I had a different experience. Stressed out, on a ...

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The Mental Preparation of High-Level Athletes

Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra is credited with saying that “90 percent of the game is half mental.” Over the years, the line has been appropriated beyond the world of baseball to explain the importance of factors like focus and motivation to ...

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1 in 3 post-partum women suffers PTSD symptoms after giving birth

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develops in individuals who experience highly traumatizing situations such as terrorist attacks and car accidents, but symptoms can also come about after normal life events -- including childbirth. A Tel Aviv ...

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The Availability Bias: Why People Buy Lottery Tickets

If people really understood their chances of winning the lottery, they would never buy a ticket. Yet tickets are bought so frequently that well-run lotteries are, for the organisers, virtually a license to print money. All lotteries exploit a ...

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Olympics: Why wearing red could help to win gold

Studies show that wearing a particular colour increases the chances of winning a gold medal. Understanding the science behind why this happens serves as a timely reminder that we should always be wary of neat explanations for psychological ...

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Friday Weird Science: Seasonal variation in sex seeking

There are seasonal trends in things like when babies are born, for example. Babies are conceived more frequently in December (though it’s not by much), leading to a rash of fall birthdays. There’s also an increase in abortion in the winter ...

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Feeling Fat May Make You Fat, Study Suggests

"Perceiving themselves as fat even though they are not may actually cause normal weight children to become overweight as adults," says Koenraad Cuypers, a researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Cuypers and his ...

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Encourage students into science by targeting their parents

Time and again past research has shown that one of the strongest predictors of children's choice of science and maths is their parents' level of education. This was replicated in the current study, and impressively enough, the influence of the ...

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Active Brain area found when Hoarders had to throw away possession

In patients with hoarding disorder, parts of a decision-making brain circuit under-activated when dealing with others’ possessions, but over-activated when deciding whether to keep or discard their own things, a National Institute of Mental Health ...

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Why Society Doesn’t Change: The System Justification Bias

Have you ever wondered why society hardly ever changes? I think most of us have. One answer is that humans have a mental bias towards maintaining the status quo. People think like this all the time. They tend to go with what they know rather than ...

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Preschool Children Who Can Pay Attention More Likely to Finish College

Young children who are able to pay attention and persist with a task have a 50 percent greater chance of completing college, according to a new study at Oregon State University. Tracking a group of 430 preschool-age children, the study gives ...

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