Research finds how the brain decides between effort and reward

Every action we take involves a cost to us in physical energy, yet studies about decision-making have tended to look at how we weight up external costs like risks or time. However, being unwilling to exert effort is a symptom for a range of mental ...

Oct 3

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Adolescent sleep duration associated with daytime mood

A new study of adolescents suggests that obtaining an insufficient amount of sleep increases variability in sadness, anger, energy and feelings of sleepiness. The study also showed that nightly fluctuations in sleep in healthy adolescents predict ...

Oct 1

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Teenage Issues

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Link between how people walk and aggression found

The way people walk can give clues to how aggressive they are, a new exploratory study from the University of Portsmouth has found. The researchers from the Department of Psychology assessed the personalities of 29 participants, before using motion ...

Oct 1

Categories: Aggression & Violence

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Depression in pregnancy increases risk of mental health problems in ...

Depression in pregnancy is thought to affect up to one in five women globally in the late stages of pregnancy and shortly after birth. It is characterised by low mood and feelings of hopelessness, and is brought on by a number of factors that can ...

Sep 30

Categories: Child Development, Depression, Pregnancy & Birthing

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Psychologists scramble to keep up with growing social media addiction

FOMO, FOBO, and NoMo are among a growing list of acronyms relating to people's fear of not being able to check their social media feed. This reflects the phenomenon of social media addiction, and the issue has psychologists scrambling to keep up.

Sep 29

Categories: Addictions, Teenage Issues

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Singapore: Caregivers taught to manage mental, emotional stress

Increasingly, more people will be involved in the caregiving process for their loved ones. However, many are not mentally prepared to take on this role. Ren Ci and the Brahm Centre, a non-profit centre to educate people on healthy and happy living, ...

Sep 29

Categories: Caregiver Issues / Stress

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Having a happy spouse could be good for your health

Having a happy spouse may be related to better health, at least among middle-aged and older adults, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association.

Sep 28

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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Dance Returns The Joy Of Movement To People With Parkinson's

If you pictured a dancer, you probably wouldn't imagine someone with Parkinson's disease. Worldwide, there are 10 million people with the progressive movement disorder, and they struggle with stiff limbs, tremors and poor balance. But over the past ...

Sep 27

Categories: Dance Therapy

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The Difference between Intelligence and Rationality

ARE you intelligent - or rational? The question may sound redundant, but in recent years researchers have demonstrated just how distinct those two cognitive attributes actually are.

Sep 27

Categories: Adult psychological development, Executive Functions

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A Psychologist's Guide to Online Dating

New, fast-growing dating apps such as Tinder have shifted the online-matching emphasis back to looks. Tinder dispenses with the idea that it takes a mutual love of pho or Fleet Foxes to create a spark; instead, users of the phone app swipe through ...

Sep 27

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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Scientists have identified why binge-watching TV shows together ...

New research from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland has found that watching TV series, and consuming other media like films and books with one’s partner, can help to achieve the same kind of closeness as having a mutual group of friends. In ...

Sep 26

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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Malaysia: Tackle stigma head on

Malaysians need to tackle mental health issues head on and overcome the stigma that is attached to the illness. Deputy director-general of health (public health) Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman said the fear of being labelled "mentally ill" had long ...

Sep 26

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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How Virtual Reality Is Revolutionizing Clinical Therapy and Treatment ...

In 2016, virtual reality is exciting. Be it dogfighting through space in EVE: Valkyrie, defusing bombs in Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, or making a complete ass of an operation in Surgeon Simulator, the past few years have seen the tech finally ...

Sep 23

Categories: Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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Oxytocin Enhances Spirituality, New Study Says

Oxytocin has been dubbed the "love hormone" for its role promoting social bonding, altruism and more. Now new research from Duke University suggests the hormone may also support spirituality.

Sep 23

Categories: Happiness, Mindfulness, Spirituality

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Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage Linked to Self-Interest

Why do opponents of same-sex marriage really oppose it? A study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, concludes that many people believe gay men and women are more sexually promiscuous than ...

Sep 22

Categories: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender) Issues

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