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 ...

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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 ...

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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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10 Even Weirder Psychology Studies

Does smelling granny relieve depressive mood? The answer to that and more questions you never asked... A few years ago I wrote an article on weird psychology studies. It included studies on tickling, superstitious pigeons, a psychic dog and ...

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Eye Movements Do Not Reveal Lying

The eyes are the windows to the soul. As such they can reveal if someone is lying, right? Cop shows, advice shows, even some organizational training courses hold that if somebody looks up and to the right, they’re probably lying. Up and to the ...

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In the Mind of the Psychopath

Ice cold, hard and emotionless. Such is the psychopath -- we think. Until we get a glimpse behind the mask. Researchers have for decades been almost unanimous in their accord with the popular perception that psychopaths are made in a certain way, ...

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When My Crazy Father Actually Lost His Mind

It was early December 2010. That August, my father, who was 69, became abruptly and deeply paranoid. Convinced that nameless people were trying to kill him, he slept no more than an hour or two a night and started drinking after five years of ...

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Eleanor Longden: Learning from the voices in my head

At 17, Eleanor Longden had a promising future ahead of her; then she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. After a ...

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Men's responsibilities at home: Sports 1, housework, 0

Pressure to be more involved in their children's lives has many middle class men turning to sports as a way to nurture their kids. This softening of gender roles might be seen on the field, but researchers found it doesn't change traditional ...

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Major Phobias Might Hasten Aging

Do you get panicky in wide-open spaces? Tight, closed ones? What about in high places or—eek!—around arachnids? If these fears are frequent or debilitating, you might have a phobic anxiety. All of this psychological stress could be taking a ...

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Why Boys Are Falling Behind in School

Henry V is one of Shakespeare's most appealing characters. He was rambunctious when young and courageous when older. But suppose Henry went to an American school. By about the third week of nursery school, Henry's teacher would be sending notes ...

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The suffering due to poverty is sometimes also caused by ...

Mr Alfred Nasoni and his wife Biti Rose pulled their eldest son out of school in the fourth grade because they couldn't afford US$5 (S$6.30) in school costs for a term. However, Alfred, 45, told me that even as his children were starving, he ...

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Self-licensing: when you indulge through reason, not lack of willpower

We usually think of over-indulgence in terms of a lack of willpower. I scoff the doughnut because I can't marshal the necessary self-control to resist it. A new study by Jessie de Witt Huberts and her colleagues at Utrecht University takes a ...

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Prominent scientists are in a bitter struggle over the origins of ...

What would it take for you to give your life to save another? The answer of course is two siblings or eight cousins, that is, if you’re thinking like a geneticist. This famous quip, attributed to the British biologist J.B.S. Haldane, is based on ...

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Facebook Use Leads to Depression? No, Says Study

A study of university students is the first evidence to refute the supposed link between depression and the amount of time spent on Facebook and other social-media sites. The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health study ...

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