How Emotions Jump from Face to Face

A man's face can "grab" anger from someone standing nearby. But a woman's face tends to grab happiness. Disability advocates were seeing red after two elderly women with medical conditions were allegedly strip-searched by TSA agents at New York’s ...

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Young Love Really Can Hurt: Parents Can Use Valentine's Month to ...

Teen dating: it's a subject that causes many parents to shudder and shy away. But romance is a fact of life for young people, and parents can use Valentine's Day to start important conversations with their teens or pre-teens that can make dating and ...

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Psychology Professor Writes Poorly Focused Article about Ritalin in ...

On January 29, 2012, the New York Times Sunday Review of the Week featured a piece entitled , "Ritalin Gone Wrong." Written by L. Alan Sroufe, Ph.D., a retired psychology professor. The article is poorly focused: its central claim that Ritalin ...

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Where do you draw the line between accommodating others and being ...

I am not an accommodating person. I draw a line quickly and if you cross it, well that’s it for our relationship. When I was younger, I was just too nice and accommodating and that allowed people around me really take advantage of me. I took a lot ...

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Positive parenting during early childhood may prevent obesity

Programs that support parents during their child's early years hold promise for obesity prevention, according to a new study in the online February 6 issue of Pediatrics. Today, one out of five American children is obese. Young children who are ...

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Psychological Diagnosis: Dangerous, Desirable, or Both?

How do labels hurt and how can they be helpful? Calling yourself an anxious person, for instance, can put you at risk for ignoring the many times that you feel relaxed, playful, and loving. Label your friend a narcissist and you risk losing sight ...

Feb 6

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Internet addiction changes brain similar to cocaine: Study

Can a person be truly addicted to the Internet? A new brain scan study shows not only can that be the case, but also that Internet addiction might cause the same brain changes that are seen in alcoholics and drug addicts. For the study, published ...

Feb 6

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Duck/Rabbit Illusion Provides a Simple Test of Creativity

The well-known known illusion above can be seen in two ways: as both a duck and a rabbit. Which do you see first? And if you see one, can you also see the other? Most people see the duck first and can flip between the two representations, but the ...

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Schizophrenia: When Hallucinatory Voices Suppress Real Ones, New ...

When a patient afflicted with schizophrenia hears inner voices something is taking place inside the brain that prevents the individual from perceiving real voices. A simple electronic application may help the patient learn to shift focus. "The ...

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Synchronized Eating: Social Influences on Eating Behavior

New research published today in the journal PLoS ONE indicates that the same sort of behavioral mimicry is responsible for social eating, at least among university-age women of normal weight. That’s right: the young women were more likely to ...

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Men Behaving Nicely: Selfless Acts by Men Increase When Attractive ...

Men put on their best behaviour when attractive ladies are close by. When the scenario is reversed however, the behaviour of women remains the same. These findings were published February 2, 2012, in the British Psychological Society's British ...

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Facebook or Twitter: What does your choice of social networking site ...

Social networking sites have changed our lives. There were 500 million active Facebook users in 2011 and approximately 200 million Twitter accounts. As users will know, the sites have important differences. Facebook places more of an emphasis on who ...

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What 10 Days of Silent Meditation Taught Me

Recently I had the privilege of attending a ten day silent meditation retreat at the Vipassana Meditation Center in Massachusetts. Although I have meditated on occasion, I had never done anything like this before so I wasn't sure what to expect. The ...

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Facebook is not such a good thing for those with low self-esteem

In theory, the social networking website Facebook could be great for people with low self-esteem. Sharing is important for improving friendships. But in practice, people with low self-esteem seem to behave counterproductively, bombarding their ...

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