Test Anxiety? Want to Get Better Grades? Take More Tests.

Have you ever freaked out and forgotten everything you needed to know at the onset of an exam? A study published in the November 25, 2016 issue of the journal Science found clues to the link between anxiety and memory in test taking.

Dec 2

Categories: Anxiety

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Fighting Depression by Staying Awake

Insomnia is a common symptom of major depression, and yet sleep deprivation can be part of the solution for a patient seeking quick relief. Although it seems counterintuitive, an old and often forgotten approach to improving mood rapidly involves ...

Dec 1

Categories: Depression, Sleep Disorders

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A maturing picture of emotion

We tend to think of adult ageing as a time of losses: many aspects of our health and memory get worse. However, wellbeing and wisdom often show increases across the lifespan. How might the pattern of age-related gains and losses influence emotional ...

Dec 1

Categories: Adult psychological development

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Why Nostalgia is Good for You

The bittersweet emotion increases feelings of vitality. On holidays, it's natural to feel a longing for times gone by—a childhood spent singing carols or meals spent with now departed loved ones. Recently scientists have explored the bittersweet ...

Nov 30

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5 Faces of Toxic Relationships - The Critic, Passive Aggressor, ...

As humans, we can read all the brilliant self-help books and possess wisdom about relationships, yet so many of us still are hindered by toxicity. We are often scared to speak up to those who produce toxic vibes and are even more fearful of leaving ...

Nov 30

Categories: Antisocial personality, Personality problems, Relationships & ...

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Can you spot a psychopath in the making?

It's always comforting to think that people can change if they're given the right conditions. If, as the philosopher John Locke suggested, we are all born as "blank slates," any writing on these slates that occurs early in life should be modifiable. ...

Nov 29

Categories: Adult psychological development, Antisocial personality, Child and/or ...

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Why Wait? The Science Behind Procrastination

People have struggled with habitual hesitation going back to ancient civilizations. The Greek poet Hesiod, writing around 800 B.C., cautioned not to "put your work off till tomorrow and the day after." The Roman consul Cicero called procrastination ...

Nov 29

Categories: Academic Issues, Other, Workplace Issues

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Body Mass, Inflammation, and Cognition – What is the strongest ...

Body mass index (BMI) has been linked to inflammation, and systemic inflammation has been linked to decreased cognition. Now, a new study directly links a high BMI to lower cognitive functioning. The current study, published in the journal Brain, ...

Nov 28

Categories: Cognitive Problems Amnesia / Dementia, Health Psychology

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Some children are extra sensitive to parenting style, bad and good

Just over ten years ago, a fascinating journal article argued that some children are like orchids – they don’t just wither in response to a harsh upbringing, they also flourish in a positive environment, unlike their “dandelion” peers who ...

Nov 28

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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With Thanks in the Brain

What happens in your brain when you experience gratitude? A study last year set out to determine the neural correlates of gratitude using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Nov 26

Categories: Happiness

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Who’s Top Monkey? How Social Status Affects Immune Health

Research on rhesus macaques finds that social interactions can influence immune system health. Specifically, social hierarchies among rhesus macaques give rise to differences in their ability to respond to bacterial and viral invaders. This has ...

Nov 26

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Health Psychology

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Walking lifts your mood, even when you don’t expect it to

The mere act of putting one foot in front of the other for a few minutes has a significant beneficial impact on our mood, regardless of where we do it, why we do it, or what effect we expect the walk to have. That’s according to a pair of ...

Nov 25

Categories: Sports Psychology

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Best Strategy to Manage Stress Depends on the Person

Stress is inevitably common in our lives and everyone equip a different coping strategy to deal with stressful events deemed fit for themselves. Some people may use coping strategies more than others. There are three techniques for keeping ...

Nov 25

Categories: Stress Management

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Anxiety raises risk of dementia

People who experienced high anxiety any time in their lives had a 48%t higher risk of developing dementia compared to those who had not, according to a new study led by USC researchers. The study sample involved data collected over 28 years from ...

Nov 24

Categories: Anxiety, Cognitive Problems Amnesia / Dementia, Dementia

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How Nutrition May Feed Mental Health

Good nutrition has long been viewed as a cornerstone of physical health, but research is increasingly showing diet's effect on mental health, as well. Psychology researchers are taking different approaches to understand the many ways in which ...

Nov 24

Categories: Health Psychology

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