Want to eat less? Try using your non-dominant hand

Much of our eating behaviour is habitual. Many of us eat biscuits with tea, nibbles before dinner, popcorn at the cinema and so on. A new study by David Neal and his colleagues has put these habits under the microscope and shown just how entrenched ...

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Community Effort Brings Lasting Drop in Smoking, Delinquency, Drug Use

Delaying the age when kids try alcohol or smoking decreases the likelihood that they will become dependent later in life. Effective interventions exist, but community disagreements about which programs to try can stymie decisions. Communities ...

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IgNobel Prize WINNER: The power of effective procrastination.

The idea is this. Most of us procrastinate. But there are two WAYS to procrastinate. The first way is to procrastinate by doing nothing. People who procrastinate in this manner have a few important tasks on their list. They then work very hard to ...

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Promising Drug Treatment for Improving Language, Social Function in ...

Most drug therapy interventions for people with autism have targeted psychiatric problems, including aggression, anxiety and obsessive behavior. Now, University of Missouri researchers are examining the use of propranolol (a drug used to treat high ...

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5 Myths about Antidepressant Medications

Antidepressants are “addictive”. Antidepressants are not addictive in the way that most people would use the word. You don’t “crave” your antidepressant. However, the medicine that gets introduced to your central nervous system becomes ...

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Smartphones Revolutionize Psychological Experiments

Researchers have tapped into smartphone technology to carry out psychological experiments, allowing them access to millions of participants at the touch of a button. Instead of bringing people into laboratories to study the internal mental ...

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Everyone's a Little Bit Racist, but It May Not Be Your Fault, Study ...

Everyone's a little bit racist, posits the song from the musical Avenue Q. But it may not be your fault, according to research in the latest edition of the British Journal of Social Psychology. In looking for the culprit as to why people tend to ...

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Good news for people with specific phobias: Cortisol may increase ...

Cortisol is a major endocrine involved in the human stress response (corticosterone, a closely-related steroid, serves the same purpose in many other animals). Stressful experiences are also learning experiences for many individuals (“I’ll never ...

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Easily Embarrassed? Study Finds People Will Trust You More

If tripping in public or mistaking an overweight woman for a mother-to-be leaves you red-faced, don't feel bad. A new study from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that people who are easily embarrassed are also more trustworthy, and ...

Sep 29

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Children with autism benefit from early, intensive therapy

A primary characteristic of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is impairments in social-communication skills. Children and adolescents with social-communication problems face difficulty understanding, interacting and relating with others. University of ...

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Getting your groove back at 60

A healthy sex life isn't just for the young, say experts. While there are no official statistics on sexually active seniors here, local experts say one thing is for certain that many older Singapore adults still see sex as an important aspect of ...

Sep 28

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Asians Fighting Alcoholism May Benefit from New Study

New UCLA psychology research indicates that Asians who are struggling with alcoholism may benefit especially from naltrexone. Recent research has found that a gene variant may predict naltrexone treatment success for alcoholism. About 50 percent ...

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How do we measure national happiness?

The small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is known internationally for two things: High visa fees, which reduce the influx of tourists, and its policy of promoting "gross national happiness" instead of economic growth. The two are related: More tourists ...

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Role of Gender in Workplace Negotiations

A study conducted by Columbia Business School Professor Michael Morris, Chavkin-Chang Professor of Leadership, and Emily Amanatullah, now an Assistant Professor of Management at McCombs School of Business of the University of Texas at Austin, finds ...

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Putting the caped crusader on the couch

Responding to years of declining readership, DC Comics - the publisher behind Superman, Batman and other superheroes - recently reintroduced itself with 52 new titles, featuring characters and story lines that better reflect today's diverse ...

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