Watching someone suffer pain has a lasting effect on the brain

New research suggests that witnessing extreme pain – such as the injury or death of a comrade on the battlefield – has a lasting effect on how the brain processes potentially painful situations. A study of veterans from the Israeli Defence Force ...

Aug 20

Categories: Pain management

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The downside of being happy

The idea that sadness somehow kindles creativity is a popular and long-lasting one. The artistic canon appears to be full of people whose dark mental states kindled their brilliance but also brought their lives to an early end - such as Vincent van ...

Aug 20

Categories: Depression

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Why all the practice in the world can’t turn you into an Olympian

Practice makes perfect. It’s a mantra we hear all our lives, from simple refrains in kindergarten to the more nuanced versions that populate self-help books. It’s everywhere at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio, as athletes credit the long ...

Aug 20

Categories: Sports Psychology

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When You Don't Feel Valued in a Relationship, Sleep Suffers

We spend up to one-third of our life asleep, but not everyone sleeps well. For couples, it turns out how well you think your partner understands and cares for you is linked to how well you sleep.

Aug 19

Categories: Relationships & Marriage, Sleep Disorders

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Researchers have figured out the one thing not to do in your online ...

The other day I was sitting on a train with a friend as she flicked through profiles on Bumble, an online dating service in which women have to reach out to men first. I watched her swipe left to reject a professional football team's worth of New ...

Aug 19

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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The Hidden Risks of Poor Sleep in Women

The science of sleep is woefully incomplete, not least because research on the topic has long ignored half of the population. For decades, sleep studies mostly enrolled men. Now, as sleep researchers are making a more concerted effort to study ...

Aug 19

Categories: Sleep Disorders

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Road Rage: A common phenomenon?

From flipping the bird to angry confrontation, aggressive driving has become common. Nearly 80 percent of U.S. drivers say they committed at least one antisocial act on the road in the past year. This problem has worsened over the past three years - ...

Aug 18

Categories: Anger Management

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What do teenagers need from their parents?

The teenage years can be mystifying for parents. Sensible children turn scatter-brained or start having wild mood swings. Formerly level-headed adolescents ride in cars with dangerous drivers or take other foolish risks. During one of the most ...

Aug 18

Categories: Teenage Issues

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Psychologists Say Olympic Athletes' Weird Rituals Are Actually ...

Serena Williams is rumored to wear the same socks for the duration of a tournament and bouncing her tennis ball five times before her first serve. Psychologist Stuart Vyse, who authored a book on the psychology of superstition, says pregame rituals ...

Aug 17

Categories: Sports Psychology

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Why bronze medalists are happier than silver medalists, and other ...

The Olympics is a laboratory for testing the limits of human strength and endurance. But it serves as a laboratory for other types of experiments, too. One such experiment has been helping researchers to unlock the mystery of facial expressions. ...

Aug 17

Categories: Happiness

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What social media does to teenage brains

A UCLA research study found that the same brain circuits that are activated by eating chocolate and winning money are activated when teenagers see large numbers of "likes" on their own photos or the photos of peers in a social network.

Aug 16

Categories: Teenage Issues

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Study of brain activity shows that food commercials influence ...

Food advertising is a multi-billion dollar industry, with approximately $1.8 billion annually aimed at children and adolescents, who view between 1,000 and 2,000 ads per year. Some studies have shown that there is a relationship between receptivity ...

Aug 15

Categories: Child Development

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Stress Shortens Life

In today's increasingly high-paced world, stress has become part and parcel of our lives. It is well-known that chronic stress and depression are detrimental to our well-being and we are often able to tell its physical manifestation in a loved one ...

Aug 15

Categories: Stress Management

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How Does Exercise Benefit Cognition?

We all know that exercise improves our physical fitness, but staying in shape can also boost our brainpower.

Aug 13

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Psychopaths: How To Tell Which Ones Are Criminals

A lack of self-control and a strong focus on rewards is strongly linked to criminal behaviour, new research finds.

Aug 13

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