Aging: Is It All in Your Head?

What you expect about aging shapes the way you actually age. the headline above tells only part of the story of a new study just published by two researchers in my own department at Tufts University, Ayanna Thomas and Stacey Dubois. They found that ...

Nov 21

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Hunger primes the brain for junk food

A hormone released by the stomach may activate the brain's reward system and motivate us to buy high-calorie food. The first law of home economics states that the amount of food in a supermarket trolley rises in direct proportion to the shopper's ...

Nov 21

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13th Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day

Survivors of suicide loss gather at hundreds of simultaneous healing conferences around the world every year on International Survivors of Suicide Day to connect with others who have survived the tragedy of suicide loss, and express and understand ...

Nov 19

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'I am not mad'

SINGAPORE - Despite the proliferation of mental health services here, a majority of people with mental illnesses are not seeking professional help. And among those who do, they typically leave it till late. A nationwide mental health study ...

Nov 19

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1-in-4 Women Take Medication For Mental Health Condition

According to new research, over one-in-four women take medication to treat a mental health condition. The report by Medco Health Solutions found that women of all ages take more mental health medications than males, with antidepressants being the ...

Nov 18

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LGBT seniors face harder old age, national study finds

Aging and health issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender baby boomers have been largely ignored by services, policies and research. These seniors face higher rates of disability, physical and mental distress and a lack of access to ...

Nov 18

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Steve Jobs: Superman Syndrome, Low EQ, High IQ

What if you felt you had special powers? You felt you were chosen and unique. You were smarter than everyone around you? Your family and teachers made special provisions for you to match your brilliance? You were on this earth to make a dent in it? ...

Nov 17

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Chimps Play Like Humans: Playful Behavior of Young Chimps Develops ...

Playful behavior is widespread in mammals, and has important developmental consequences. A recent study of young chimpanzees shows that these animals play and develop much the same way as human children. The work, published in the Nov. 16 issue ...

Nov 17

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Finding and Turning That Key to Happiness

What is the key, essential component of happiness? First, let's explore what causes suffering. Some time ago, there was a woman with whom I worked who really struggled with life. She felt as though she was too heavy and thus unattractive, and she ...

Nov 16

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Is a stranger trustworthy? You'll know in 20 seconds

There's definitely something to be said for first impressions. New research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests it can take just 20 seconds to detect whether a stranger is genetically inclined to being trustworthy, kind or ...

Nov 16

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Positive psychology exercises can be harmful for some

Positive psychology exercises work by developing people's strengths and emotional resources, thereby building their resilience to depression. For a new study, Susan Sergeant and Myriam Mongrain wanted to test the idea that these exercises will be ...

Nov 15

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Every Mouse Is Different: How Mouse 'Personality' Sheds Light On ...

Just as in humans, there are also the tough types or those with a more delicate personality among mice, as Eneritz Gómez, a psychologist at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), has been able to confirm. Some adopt an active strategy when ...

Nov 15

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Two Major New Studies on Bipolar Disorder in Children Just Published

In October, 2011, two major studies of child bipolar disorder were published in leading psychiatry journals. The articles complement each other. Of critical interest to us, both articles are concerned with the clinical appearance of children and ...

Nov 14

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A fetus can sense mom's psychological state

As a fetus grows, it's constantly getting messages from its mother. It's not just hearing her heartbeat and whatever music she might play to her belly; it also gets chemical signals through the placenta. A new study, which will be published in ...

Nov 14

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Why we kiss

We celebrate kisses in literature and art. On screen, it’s the moment we’re always waiting for, and the cli-max of every great love story. And in our own lives, it’s the ultimate way to express how we feel. A passionate kiss causes our blood ...

Nov 12

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