Genetic Link to Suicidal Behavior Confirmed

A new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has found evidence that a specific gene is linked to suicidal behaviour, adding to our knowledge of the many complex causes of suicide. This research may help doctors one day target the ...

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Jobsian Evolution: The Cultural Rewiring and "Appleing" of Our Brain

When I learned Steve Jobs had passed away I was very deeply moved like so many others. I went to bed and around 3 in the morning I realized he was still on my mind and that I was moved more by his death than by the passing of many other notables. ...

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Why Does Conflict Arise When Social Identity Is Threatened?

Be it at school, office, the neighborhood or the community people live in, conflicting situations amongst various groups might arise on an almost day to day basis. Today, the prevalence of these intergroup conflicts is on the rise and has resulted ...

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Fatherhood, Childcare, and Testosterone: Study Authors Discuss the ...

The idea that testosterone might drop in new fathers first appeared in studies of other species in which mothers and fathers cooperate to raise their young. For instance, fathers are especially involved in caregiving in many bird species, because ...

Oct 6

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How Chronic Stress Short-Circuits Parenting

In the best of circumstances, raising a toddler is a daunting undertaking. But parents under long-term stress often find it particularly challenging to tap into the patience, responsiveness, and energy required for effective child rearing. Now ...

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Depressed Patients May Process Hate Feelings Differently

Activity in the brain's "hate circuit" is out of sync across the circuit's three regions, leading to self-loathing and other failures to deal appropriately with feelings of hate, research suggests. The results show depressed people have ...

Oct 5

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How to Avoid Being Distracted From Your Goals

New research shows that making specific plans creates mental space, allowing us to avoid distraction. On average each of us has 15 personal projects ongoing at any one time. It might include planning a trip to Europe, spring cleaning the house, ...

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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 ...

Oct 4

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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 ...

Oct 4

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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 ...

Oct 1

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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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