Resilient People More Satisfied With Life

When confronted with adverse situations such as the loss of a loved one, some people never fully recover from the pain. Others, the majority, pull through and experience how the intensity of negative emotions (e.g. anxiety, depression) grows dimmer ...

May 24

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Rich foods cause a similar chemical reaction to illicit drugs and the ...

Fat Bastard's revelation "I eat because I'm depressed and I'm depressed because I eat" in the Austin Powers film series may be explained by sophisticated neuroscience research being undertaken by scientists affiliated with the University of Montreal ...

May 24

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I Want What You Want

Your brain makes value judgements based on the choices of others. What is it that makes something a hot item? It turns out that it’s maybe not the item itself so much as it is what others think of it. This comes from Mael Lebreton and ...

May 24

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2-Hour Therapy Cures Spider Phobia by Rewiring the Brain

Getting up close and personal with a furry tarantula is probably the very last thing someone with a spider phobia would opt for, but the encounter may be the ticket to busting the brain's resistance to arachnids. A tried-and-true exposure ...

May 23

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Why Empathy Makes You More Helpful

There is a lot of research suggesting that empathy increases people’s desire to help others. Empathy is the ability to share other people’s emotion. The better able you are to feel what someone else is feeling, the more likely you are to want ...

May 23

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Discoveries Into Perception Via Popular Magic Tricks

Researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center have unveiled how and why the public perceives some magic tricks in recent studies that could have real-world implications in military tactics, marketing and ...

May 23

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How to Overcome the Egocentric Bias

Most people are pretty bad at taking advice from others. People don't mind hearing the advice, they just hate to take it. This is one facet of what psychologists call the 'egocentric bias': the general rule that we think we know better. The ...

May 22

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Stressed Men Are More Social

Freiburg researchers have refuted the common belief that stress always causes aggressive behavior. A team of researchers led by the psychologists and neuroscientists Prof. Markus Heinrichs and Dr. Bernadette von Dawans at the University of ...

May 22

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Anxiety May Hinder Your Sense of Danger

Worrywarts, beware: all that fretting may be for naught. Anxiety has long been interpreted as a symptom of hyperawareness and sensitivity to danger, but a study published last December in Biological Psychology turns that logic on its head.

May 22

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Psychiatry Giant Sorry for Backing Gay ‘Cure’

The simple fact was that he had done something wrong, and at the end of a long and revolutionary career it didn’t matter how often he’d been right, how powerful he once was, or what it would mean for his legacy. Now here he was at his ...

May 21

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How Exercise Affects the Brain: Age and Genetics Play a Role

Exercise clears the mind. It gets the blood pumping and more oxygen is delivered to the brain. This is familiar territory, but Dartmouth's David Bucci thinks there is much more going on. "In the last several years there have been data suggesting ...

May 21

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Oxytocin Improves Brain Function in Children With Autism

Preliminary results from an ongoing, large-scale study by Yale School of Medicine researchers shows that oxytocin -- a naturally occurring substance produced in the brain and throughout the body -- increased brain function in regions that are known ...

May 21

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Facebook and Smartphones: New Tools for Psychological Science Research

Whether you’re an iPerson who can’t live without a Mac, a Facebook addict, or a gamer, you know that social media and technology say things about your personality and thought processes. And psychological scientists know it too – they’ve ...

May 19

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Pain Relief Through Distraction: It's Not All in Your Head

Mental distractions make pain easier to take, and those pain-relieving effects aren't just in your head, according to a report. The findings based on high-resolution spinal fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) as people experienced ...

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