Building a Better Antipsychotic Drug by Treating Schizophrenia's ...

The classic symptoms of schizophrenia -- paranoia, hallucinations, the inability to function socially -- can be managed with antipsychotic drugs. But exactly how these drugs work has long been a mystery. Now, researchers at Pitt have discovered ...

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Egotist Rex: Are a Dictator's Defiant Statements Indicative of ...

Six months after a civil uprising began in Libya, Col. Muammar Qadhafi, the nation's longtime leader, finally seems to have lost his grip on the country he ruled for more than 40 years. Did he also, at some point, lose his grip on reality? As the ...

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Economic Inequality Is Linked to Biased Self-Perception

Pretty much everybody thinks they're better than average. But in some cultures, people are more self-aggrandizing than in others. Until now, national differences in "self-enhancement" have been chalked up to an East-West ...

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Anger Gives You a Creative Boost

We all know anger is bad… right? Generally, it’s unpleasant to feel and it often leads to undesirable outcomes. After all, when was the last time you lost your temper with your boss and was pleased with the outcome? However, perhaps you can ...

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Women gain weight after marriage, men after divorce

A study of more than 10,000 people surveyed between 1986 and 2008 found that both marrying and getting divorced can have a “weight shock” effect that leads to rapid weight gain, especially in over-30s. But there was a marked difference ...

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Extreme Negative Anti-Smoking Ads Can Backfire, Experts Find

Health communicators have long searched for the most effective ways to convince smokers to quit. Now, University of Missouri researchers have found that using a combination of disturbing images and threatening messages to prevent smoking is not ...

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How to Stop Suffering? Self-Help for Depression

You usually suffer because you make mistakes, or because you are a victim of other people’s wickedness. You can also suffer as a victim of many unfair situations. Your suffering cannot but provoke depression and many fears. When you are ...

Aug 20

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Effects of Prenatal Stress Passed Across Generations in Mice

Sons of male mice exposed to prenatal stress are more sensitive to stress as adults, according to a study in the August 17 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. These findings suggest experiences in the womb can lead to individual differences in ...

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Why Cleaned Wastewater Stays Dirty In Our Minds

Brent Haddad studies water in a place where water is often in short supply: California. Haddad is a professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. About 14 years ago, he became very interested in the issue of ...

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Reduced Recognition of Fear and Sadness in Post-Traumatic Stress ...

Facial expressions convey strong cues for someone's emotional state and the ability to interpret these cues is crucial in social interaction. This ability is known to be compromised in many psychiatric and neurological disorders, such as social ...

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The Mysteries of ADD and High IQ

We recently published a study of 117 high IQ children and adolescents with ADD. (Note: In this article, the term ADD is used to refer to both ADD and ADHD). All of these very bright students were struggling in school and often also in social ...

Aug 17

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Want to Keep Your Exercise Resolutions? New Research Offers Pointers

Sticking with an exercise routine means being able to overcome the obstacles that invariably arise. A key to success is having the confidence that you can do it, researchers report. A new study explores how some cognitive strategies and abilities ...

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Money Can Buy Isolation

Money can bring you happiness, studies show, but not as much as you might think. The richer you get, the happier you get, but the returns diminish after you reach a certain standard of living. (See Do We Need $75,000 a Year to Be Happy?) One of the ...

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Psychologists Interrupt the Miserable Cycle of Social Insecurity

Tom likes Susan but he fears she does not like him. Expecting to be rejected, he's cold toward Susan. And guess what? She snubs him back. His prophesy is self-fulfilled, his social insecurity reinforced. The miserable cycle continues. But what if ...

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Reel Therapy – movies related to counseling

There’s just something about movies, books, and songs that get into our heads and hearts in a better way than talk therapy. Often I have my clients tell me about their favorite movies because it gives me insight into their worldview. Just the ...

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