Psychiatrists Are About to Shift the Boundaries between Sane and ...

We will soon find ourselves plagued by new forms of distress. No, it’s not the economy. It’s not that we are all becoming socially isolated because of Facebook (though it’s possible we are). Rather, doctors are about to redefine what it means ...

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'Losing Yourself' in a Fictional Character Can Affect Your Real Life

When you "lose yourself" inside the world of a fictional character while reading a story, you may actually end up changing your own behavior and thoughts to match that of the character, a new study suggests.

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Traveling as a Gay Parent Comes With Extra Baggage

Several weeks ago, two gay fathers who were traveling with their children claimed that they were “humiliated” by border officials who refused to believe that they were both the parents. The couple—Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, who have a ...

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The Science of Social Pressure

There’s science behind the mechanisms of social pressure. If you think of behaviors as viruses, you can see that they’re more powerful—or contagious—when passed between people who have contact with each other—and we’re more likely to ...

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10 Things You Can Do in 10 Minutes to Boost Happiness

Self-care doesn’t require hours of free time. In fact, just 10 minutes or less can help to boost your well-being. Below, experts share their tips for lifting your mood, minimizing anxiety and even enhancing your relationships.

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Risk of Future Emotional Problems Can Be Identified During Well-Child ...

A new study suggests clinicians might be able to identify children at risk of later emotional or behavioral problems by paying attention to a few key signs during early well-child check-ups. Researchers found that boys with early sleep problems and ...

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"Avenger Fever" - Blockbuster Formula

The Avengers may not overtake Avatar as the highest grossing movie, but it seems poised to give it a run for the money. What’s the formula of a blockbuster? In the case of both The Avengers and Avatar, you enter the movie theater feeling ...

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Better Safe Than Sorry: Why We Believe In Tempting Fate

Switching grocery lines, carrying an umbrella, talking out loud about a possible no-hitter in baseball—a sense of jinxing things arises because when negative possibilities come to mind, they seem more likely. There are certain laws of nature ...

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9-Month-Olds Show Racial Bias When Looking at Faces

Adults have more difficulty recognizing faces that belong to people of another race, and this deficit appears to start early. New research indicates that by the time they are 9 months old, babies are better able to recognize faces and emotional ...

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APA Announces New Changes to Drafts of the DSM-5, Psychiatry’s New ...

The APA has overhauled the DSM several times in the past—always a laborious and controversial process. This time, the association is doing things a little differently. Psychiatrists within and outside the APA have long criticized the revision ...

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Email 'vacations' decrease stress, increase concentration, ...

Being cut off from work email significantly reduces stress and allows employees to focus far better, according to a new study by UC Irvine and U.S. Army researchers. Heart rate monitors were attached to computer users in a suburban office setting, ...

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Emotion Reversed in Left-handers' Brains, New Implications for ...

The way we use our hands may determine how emotions are organized in our brains, according to a recent study published in PLoS ONE by psychologists Geoffrey Brookshire and Daniel Casasanto of The New School for Social Research in New York. brain ...

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Pointing a Finger Works Much Better Than Using Pointed Arrows

Images of pointing fingers are much better at diverting people's attention than directional arrows, new psychology research suggests. Dr Nicola Gregory and Professor Timothy Hodgson compared the influence of eye gaze, finger pointing, arrows and ...

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Low cost test may screen for autism

Autism is difficult to diagnose because of a lack of specific biological markers and a variability of symptoms, ranging from mild in some individuals to severely disabling in others. Now a team of University of Washington and Battelle scientists ...

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Does Texting Hinder Social Skills?

Texting has become an everyday facet of our lives. The feature serves as a platform that absolutely allows us to stay connected to others with instant communication. However, there is something to be said about the ways in which it has the potential ...

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