Swearing is good for you (unless you're like Gordon)

Study reveals that cursing can relieve pain – but only when practised in moderation. Victims of paper cuts and stubbed toes don't need scientists to tell them about the pain-healing power of cursing but research suggests the more you swear, the ...

Dec 7

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Baby See, Baby Do? Yes, Unless You Trick Them

Babies love to imitate. Ask any parent and they'll report how infants mimic sounds, facial expressions and actions they observe. Now new research from Concordia University, published in the journal Infant Behavior and Development, has found that ...

Dec 7

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Playing Nice: Getting Along with Difficult Colleagues

Let’s face it – if you spend a lot of time at work, you spend a lot of time with your colleagues. Of course, you have some coworkers with whom you actually enjoy spending time, while others, shall we say, you’d prefer to see a little less ...

Dec 6

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Autism May Involve Disordered White Matter in the Brain

It's still unclear what's different in the brains of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), but evidence from genetic and cell studies points to abnormalities in how brain cells (neurons) connect to each other. A study at Children's Hospital ...

Dec 6

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Can People Be Too Happy?

Everyone goes through life in search of happiness. We work to relieve pain, experience pleasure, and reach our goals to be satisfied with our life. But what if we are already pretty happy? Does it serve a purpose to work to find ...

Dec 5

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The psychology of bargaining

How to haggle from a position of ignorance. I bought two rugs in Morocco, but the first purchase revealed a depth of naivité within me that is too painful to share. Let's just say that I overpaid. A couple of days later, I took the train from ...

Dec 5

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Getting to Happy

Your do-able wellness resolutions for 2012 can be about more than losing those same old 10 or 20 pounds. What about laying the foundation for a lifetime of mental health for starters? Here, I offer a top ten list of ways to safeguard your own and ...

Dec 3

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Are Doing Harm and Allowing Harm Equivalent?

Individuals and courts deal more harshly with people who actively commit harm than with people who willfully allow the same harm to occur. A new study finds that this moral distinction is psychologically automatic. It requires more thought to see ...

Dec 3

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Decision Time: How to Know What You Really Want

A strong ego is not the cause of decisions, but the result of them.Being a person takes work. Being the person you want to be takes special effort, much of it centered on making decisions everyone has to face but many try to avoid. Which is to say ...

Dec 2

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Is This How Barcelona's Xavi Makes Decisions?

When Xavi Hernandez receives the soccer ball in his offensive half of the field, the Barcelona maestro has a world of decisions waiting for him. Hold the ball while his teammates arrive, make the quick through pass to a slicing Lionel Messi or move ...

Dec 2

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Violent Video Games Alter Brain Function in Young Men

A functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) analysis of long-term effects of violent video game play on the brain has found changes in brain regions associated with cognitive function and emotional control in young adult men after one week of ...

Dec 1

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Abstinence-only education does not lead to abstinent behavior, UGA ...

States that prescribe abstinence-only sex education programs in public schools have significantly higher teenage pregnancy and birth rates than states with more comprehensive sex education programs, researchers from the University of Georgia have ...

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Seeking to Be the 'Perfect Parent' Not Always Good for New Moms and ...

Parents of newborns show poorer adjustment to their new role if they believe society expects them to be "perfect" moms and dads, a new study shows. Moms showed less confidence in their parenting abilities and dads felt more stress when they were ...

Nov 30

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Recovering patients describe their battles with an "anorexia voice"

People with anorexia find comfort in their illness at first, but then it becomes over-powering and they end up battling for control of their own minds. That's according to Sarah Williams and Marie Reid, who conducted an online focus group and email ...

Nov 30

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Creative excuses: Original thinkers more likely to cheat

Creative people are more likely to cheat than less creative people, possibly because this talent increases their ability to rationalize their actions, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. "Greater creativity ...

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