Lowering your expectations can make you happier... but that doesn't ...

I took my Playbill. I found my seat. For nine months, I'd waited for it- the day printed on my ticket to see the hit Broadway show "Hamilton!"Just one thing slightly nagged at me: The pressure to love it as much as the massive fan base already ...

Aug 26

Categories: Happiness

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How do antidepressants trigger fear and anxiety?

More than 100 million people worldwide take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac and Zoloft, to treat depression, anxiety and related conditions, but these drugs have a common and mysterious side effect: they can worsen ...

Aug 26

Categories: Anxiety, Depression

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The Charisma Effect How to bend people to your will

In tough times, people want more in a leader than intelligence, integrity, or the ability to build really tall walls. They want someone who can make a compelling pitch and inspire a sense of urgency - someone with charisma. For decades, scholars ...

Aug 26

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The Truth about Lying

In his Fred Kavli Keynote Address at the 2016 APS Annual Convention in Chicago, Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, explains the science behind dishonesty. Through his many experiments ...

Aug 25

Categories: Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance, Relationships & ...

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Gut instincts Increases Cooperation: Here's Why

Researchers have a long history of exploring what motivates people to cooperate - or not - and how to foster and encourage effective collaboration within and across groups. Psychological scientist David G. Rand (Yale University) recently took an ...

Aug 25

Categories: Workplace Issues

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Students may learn better from attractive lecturers

Alongside metrics like "uses a textbook", the popular Rate My Professors website gives students the option to score their lecturers' "hotness". This might not be as frivolous as it seems, at least according to a new paper in The Journal of General ...

Aug 24

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How sleep deprivation harms memory

For the first time, a study in mice, to be published in the journal eLife, shows that five hours of sleep deprivation leads to a loss of connectivity between neurons in the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with learning and memory.

Aug 24

Categories: Dementia, Sleep Disorders

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Curiosity Has the Power to Change Behavior for the Better

Piquing people’s interest can entice them to choose healthier behaviors over more tempting, unhealthy ones, study finds. New research shows that piquing people’s curiosity can influence their choices by steering them away from tempting desires, ...

Aug 23

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Health Psychology, Life Purpose / ...

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Psychologists Reveals Science Behind A Fulfilling Single Life

Single people have richer social lives and more psychological growth than married people. According to psychologist Bella DePaulo, it is time for a more accurate portrayal of single people and single life - one that recognizes the real strengths and ...

Aug 23

Categories: Happiness, Relationships & Marriage

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WHO Weighs Dropping Transgender Identity From List of Mental Disorders

The World Health Organization is moving toward declassifying transgender identity as a mental disorder in its global list of medical conditions, with a new study lending additional support to a proposal that would delete the decades-old designation. ...

Aug 23

Categories: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender) Issues

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Study Supports New Strategy to Fight Cocaine Addiction

An international team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has found strong evidence supporting a new strategy against drug addiction. The researchers showed that a compound that inhibits the activity of certain brain-cell ...

Aug 22

Categories: Addictions

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When you are sleeping, how much does your brain pay attention to the ...

When I was 13, I once dreamt that a beautiful woman was sensuously stroking the palm of my hand, as a family of fridges hummed in the background. In reality, a huge, buzzing wasp had landed on my right hand. It idly walked around for a bit, then ...

Aug 22

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Watching someone suffer pain has a lasting effect on the brain

New research suggests that witnessing extreme pain – such as the injury or death of a comrade on the battlefield – has a lasting effect on how the brain processes potentially painful situations. A study of veterans from the Israeli Defence Force ...

Aug 20

Categories: Pain management

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The downside of being happy

The idea that sadness somehow kindles creativity is a popular and long-lasting one. The artistic canon appears to be full of people whose dark mental states kindled their brilliance but also brought their lives to an early end - such as Vincent van ...

Aug 20

Categories: Depression

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Why all the practice in the world can’t turn you into an Olympian

Practice makes perfect. It’s a mantra we hear all our lives, from simple refrains in kindergarten to the more nuanced versions that populate self-help books. It’s everywhere at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio, as athletes credit the long ...

Aug 20

Categories: Sports Psychology

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