Thoughts of Mortality Increase Concern for our Environmental Legacy

When we turn on the A/C in the summer, our first thought is probably one of relief. If it's 100 degrees in the shade, we're probably not thinking about how our decision might influence the environmental legacy we leave for future generations. It's ...

Jun 27

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Immediate rewards for good scores can boost student performance

Test performance can improve dramatically if students are offered rewards just before they are given standardized tests and if they receive the incentive immediately afterward, new research at the University of Chicago shows. Educators have long ...

Jun 27

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The Worse-Than-Average Effect: When You’re Better Than You Think

People underestimate their ability at stereotypically difficult tasks like playing chess, telling jokes, juggling or computer programming This is the worse-than-average effect. This means that when you're good at something, you tend to assume ...

Jun 26

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Lancet study says suicide rate high among young Indians

"Suicide kills nearly as many Indian men aged 15-29 as transportation accidents and nearly as many young women as complications from pregnancy and childbirth," the study's lead author, Vikram Patel of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, ...

Jun 26

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Tai Chi increases Brian Size and Benefits Cognition in randomized ...

Scientists from the University of South Florida and Fudan University in Shanghai found increases in brain volume and improvements on tests of memory and thinking in Chinese seniors who practiced Tai Chi three times a week, reports an article ...

Jun 25

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Grumpy Granola Heads – How Organic Food Puts You in a Bad Mood

If you really are what you eat, you may want to think twice before hitting the local organic farmers market this weekend. New research shows that organic food makes people more judgmental and less likely to help others. The study, published in ...

Jun 25

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Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill

At high schools across the United States, pressure over grades and competition for college admissions are encouraging students to abuse prescription stimulants, according to interviews with students, parents and doctors. Pills that have been a ...

Jun 25

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Positive Thinking: 7 Easy Ways to Improve a Bad Day

Had a lousy morning? Things looking grim? Not to worry. The rest of your day need not be a disaster. It can in fact become one of your best, providing you take these simple steps: Remember that the past does not equal the future. Refuse to make ...

Jun 23

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Does Time of the Day Impact Moods at Work?

According to Robbins and Judge (2009), people are more likely to be in their worst moods (i.e., highest negative affect and lowest positive affect) early in the week and in their best moods (i.e., highest positive affect and lowest negative affect) ...

Jun 23

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How Much Privacy is Enough Privacy for Mental Health Patients?

Many people are not aware that their insurance company may be coercing their therapists into compromising their privacy. When it is time for your therapist to request authorizations for additional sessions, the insurance company often asks for ...

Jun 23

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Why being Younger in class increases odds of ADHD diagnosis and ...

ADHD is the most com­monly diag­nosed neu­robe­hav­ioral dis­or­der in chil­dren and sub­stan­tial evi­dence indi­cates that bio­log­i­cal fac­tors play an impor­tant role in its devel­op­ment. For exam­ple, although the exact ...

Jun 22

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Bringing the conversation back to the dining table

Last month, in a speech at Boston University, Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt challenged graduates to tear their eyes away from their smartphones and computer screens for an hour a day. "Take your eyes off that screen and look into the eyes ...

Jun 22

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Respect Matters More Than Money for Happiness in Life

New research suggests that overall happiness in life is more related to how much you are respected and admired by those around you, not to the status that comes from how much money you have stashed in your bank account. We got interested in this ...

Jun 22

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Wanna feel good? Tell me ALL about yourself.

We all know what blogging started off as. Livejournals, devoted to people talking, with a certain amount of self-satisfaction, about themselves, what they had for breakfast, and how not getting a pony when they were 8 caused them to become a vegan. ...

Jun 21

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