Have You Ever Wanted to Change the Past?

Allison Winn Scotch’s novel, “Time of My Life,” is the perfect read for those of us who are prone to the “what if game.” What if we can change our past? What if we can go back in time and do it all differently? Would our future be ...

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Six Ways to Relax on Vacation

We don’t need another study to tell us that vacations are good for our mental health. Time away from stress can certainly be healing. But leaving anxiety behind once we’re on vacation is sometimes easier said than done. In fact, my friends tell ...

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Sleep deprivation may reduce risk of PTSD

Sleep deprivation in the first few hours after exposure to a significantly stressful threat actually reduces the risk of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), according to a study by researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Tel ...

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Apologies and Restitution strike different chords when it comes to ...

People are more likely to show forgiving behavior if they receive restitution, but they are more prone to report they have forgiven if they get an apology, according to Baylor University research published in the Journal of Positive ...

Jul 19

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Study: Children abused by parents face increased cancer risk

Frequent abuse by a parent can increase a child's cancer risk in adulthood, and the effects are especially significant when mothers abuse their daughters and fathers abuse their sons, according to new research from Purdue University.

Jul 19

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Punishment motivated by fairness, not revenge

“Punishment is a costly behaviour which is often aimed at individuals that cheat during social interactions,” said Dr Nichola Raihani (UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment), lead author of the study. “Imagine a thief steals £10 from you. ...

Jul 19

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How Unconscious Cognitive Biases Help Fire Our Motivation

It feels daunting when we draw the bow across a violin for the first time or start learning to samba, or pick up our first stuttering words in a foreign language. The ultimate goal of being able to dance, speak French or play the violin seems a long ...

Jul 18

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Bipolar Educational Video

An anti-stigma video describes famous people who had mental health issues and succeeded.

Jul 18

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Macho Men Let Their Female Partner's Higher Income Threaten Their ...

Macho men whose partners earn more than they do have worse romantic relationships, in part because the difference in income is a strain for them, according to a new study by Patrick Coughlin and Jay Wade from Fordham University in the US. ...

Jul 18

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How to Form New Habits Quickly and Easily

Although we all have goals and dreams, the reality is that if it were easy to change our habits, we’d be a nation of skinny, attractive people with great jobs and great personalities! Of course, the fact that few of us have succeeded on all of ...

Jul 17

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Our Friends' Weight Influences Our Weight Gain and Loss

People who hang out with friends heavier than they are tend to gain weight. Those who socialize with leaner friends tend to maintain their weight, or even lose a few pounds. Is it that friends influence our behavior? Or do we simply tend to have ...

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Hospitals in Recession-Hit Areas See Uptick in Serious Cases of Child ...

In the largest study to examine the impact of the recession on child abuse, researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's (CHOP) PolicyLab detected a significant increase in children admitted to the nation's largest children's hospitals ...

Jul 17

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Evidence supports Health Benefits of "Mindfulness-Based Practices"

Specific types of “mindfulness practices” including Zen meditation have research-proven benefits for patients with certain physical and mental health problems, according to a report in the July Journal of Psychiatric Practice. The journal is ...

Jul 16

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Physically Fit and Depression Free

Physical health and mental health often go hand-in-hand, but it is not always clear which comes first, or which influences the other, or how long the effects last. But, a new study now reports that physical fitness early in life reduces the risk for ...

Jul 16

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The "Inattentional Deafness" phenomenon

One of the most famous experiments in cognitive psychology (pdf) involved a person in a gorilla suit walking through a basketball game between two teams of players, one dressed in white, the other in black. Told to count passes between the players ...

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