How To Encourage People To Change Their Own Minds

Changing people's minds is hard. We resist having our attitudes adjusted by others, especially when the message isn't directly relevant to us and we aren't paying that much attention. But what if you could get people to change their own minds? ...

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Feeling chilly? Indulge in some nostalgia

Over recent years a body of research has accumulated showing the psychological benefits of nostalgia. For example, reminiscing about the past can combat loneliness and off-set the discomfort of thinking about death. Now a team led by Xinyue Zhou has ...

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Sharing Opinions Feels at Least as Good as Earning Money

If you enjoy sharing all your likes and dislikes on Facebook, you’re definitely not alone: research finds that broadcasting personal opinions gives people the same sense of reward as earning money. The study is in the Proceedings of the National ...

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People love talking about themselves, brain scans show

Got something to report about yourself? An opinion, perhaps, or a status update? Nobody may care except you, but new brain research suggests you can make yourself feel good simply by sharing. Participants who talked about themselves showed signs ...

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Science Remains a Stranger to Psychiatry’s New Bible

n the offices of psychiatrists and psychologists across the country you can find a rather hefty tome called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM). The current edition of the DSM, the DSM-IV, is something like a field ...

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On Marriage & Pair Bonds: the straight and gay of it

Most people in the USA identify marriage as a natural goal for humans, with love as a necessary component. After all, Frank Sinatra sang “love and marriage, love and marriage, go together like a horse and carriage” and informed us that “you ...

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Study indicates finding a positive parental balance is key

Wondering why your toddler is acting up? University of Alberta researcher Christina Rinaldi says it may be time to take a look at your parental style -- and your partner's. Rinaldi's study, which appears in Early Childhood Research Quarterly, looked ...

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Want to quit smoking? Try acupuncture or hypnosis

Acupuncture and hypnosis have been promoted as drug-free ways to help smokers kick the habit, and there is some evidence that they work, according to a research review that looked at 14 international studies. Researchers, whose findings appeared ...

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Is your personality sabotaging your weight-loss goals?

For most people, losing the kilos is often just one part of the weight-loss challenge. Sustaining the weight loss is the other half of the battle. Too often, weight watchers win a battle but end up losing the war when they pile back on the excess ...

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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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