Binge Eating May Lead to Addiction-Like Behaviors

A history of binge eating -- consuming large amounts of food in a short period of time -- may make an individual more likely to show other addiction-like behaviors, including substance abuse, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

Apr 26

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Why We Love Sociopaths

TV sociopaths-- Don Draper, Tony Soprano-- do what they want and aren't bothered that you, a loser, think they're a jerk. The difference between you and them, according to Kotsko, is that they manipulate the social connections whereas you are mired ...

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Cocaine Makes Your Brain Age and Die Really Fast

According to research out today in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, grey-matter loss due to aging is greater in people dependent on cocaine. The study looked at 120 participants — 60 dependent on cocaine and the others with no substance abuse ...

Apr 25

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Anti-Depressants Likely Do More Harm Than Good, Study Suggests

Commonly prescribed anti-depressants appear to be doing patients more harm than good, say researchers who have published a paper examining the impact of the medications on the entire body. "We need to be much more cautious about the widespread ...

Apr 25

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Respect and Status Are Not the Same

Both respect and status are crucial for healthy groups. In any group, some people emerge as the leaders. Those leaders have high status within the group, because others end up following what they decide. Movies and TV shows about groups often ...

Apr 25

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The office flirt doesn't fancy you... he's just bored and a bit dim

Women who are flattered when a fellow flirts with them at work may want to think again. Flirtatious men are simply bored – and not very bright into the bargain, research suggests. A study of British workers found that men who flirt at work ...

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, delivered as a Videogame, can help ...

Depression is common in adolescents, although many are reluctant to seek professional help. According to a study published in BMJ, specialized computer therapy is just as effective as one-to-one therapy with a clinician for adolescents suffering ...

Apr 24

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Looking Good On Facebook

A European study of students using online social networking shows that users tend to make new connections via their own more attractive friends regardless of whether they are male or female. "Social network sites have become essential for ...

Apr 24

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Why Are People More Forgiving When They Get Older?

Forgiveness can be difficult. When someone does something wrong to you, it often takes time and effort to get beyond what they did and to forgive. A common observation, though, is that older people (in their 70s and 80s) are much more forgiving than ...

Apr 23

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Fitness Trackers Use Psychology to Motivate Couch Potatoes

When it comes to fitness trackers, the psychology behind them is just as important as the technology inside them. Gadgets like the Nike+ FuelBand, Fitbit Ultra and BodyMedia Fit Link use accelerometers, altimeters and algorithms to track ...

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What “The Love Bridge” Tells Us About How Thoughts and Emotions ...

How much control do you have over your emotions? Have you ever wondered why one person can speak in public without apparent nerves while another crumples under pressure? Or why one elite athlete can shake off their nerves to win Olympic gold ...

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Your Left Side Is Your Best Side: Our Left Cheek Shows More Emotion

Your best side may be your left cheek, according to a new study by Kelsey Blackburn and James Schirillo from Wake Forest University in the US. Their work shows that images of the left side of the face are perceived and rated as more pleasant than ...

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Scientists show how social interaction and teamwork lead to human ...

Scientists have discovered proof that the evolution of intelligence and larger brain sizes can be driven by cooperation and teamwork, shedding new light on the origins of what it means to be human. The researchers constructed computer models of ...

Apr 21

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Five Ways to Not Raise Bullies and Mean Girls

Quentin, 3-and-a-half, was happily darting around the playground, like usual, when out of nowhere another little boy ran right up and kicked him in the shins. Quentin looked stunned, like he couldn't believe what had just happened. But he didn't ...

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Toddlers don't take the risk of entrapment seriously

Thirty-two 17-month-old infants were allocated to one of two conditions - they either had to judge whether they could fit through a narrow gap (of varying widths) between two surfaces, or they had to judge whether they could fit though a narrow gap ...

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