Stress in low-income families can affect children's learning

Children living in low-income households who endure family instability and emotionally distant caregivers are at risk of having impaired cognitive abilities according to new research from the University of Rochester.

Jun 23

Categories: Child Development

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Why do we sometimes like getting sad together?

We spend most of our lives trying to be as happy as possible, but a team of researchers in Israel has explored how we sometimes appear to find, if not pleasure exactly, at least a certain satisfaction in sharing moments of sadness with others.

Jun 23

Categories: Depression

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Social Anxiety Linked To Surprise Chemical Imbalance In The Brain

Drugs commonly prescribed for social anxiety could be making the problem worse. Social anxiety disorder is linked to higher levels of serotonin in the brain, not lower as previously thought. People with both social anxiety actually produce more of ...

Jun 22

Categories: Social Anxiety / Phobia

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The Benefits of Watching Cute Cat Videos Online

Watching cute videos of cats online can boost energy and positive emotions, a new study finds. Not only that, but they can decrease negative emotions like sadness, annoyance and anxiety.

Jun 22

Categories: Other

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Depression Caused By How People See The Future, New Study Finds

New approach to cause of depression may help treatment using established therapies. It’s often assumed that depression causes a pessimistic view of the future. But it could be the other way around, a new study finds. Being pessimistic about the ...

Jun 22

Categories: Depression

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Do Video Games Inspire Violent Behavior?

On the morning of August 12, 2013, nearly eight months after 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and killed 26 people, Michael Mudry, an investigator with the Connecticut State Police, drove to ...

Jun 20

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development

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Emotional brains 'physically different' to rational ones

Researchers at Monash University have found physical differences in the brains of people who respond emotionally to others’ feelings, compared to those who respond more rationally, in a study published in the journal NeuroImage.

Jun 19

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Your Facial Bone Structure Has a Big Influence on How People See You

A newly published series of experiments by cognitive neuroscientists at New York University is reinforcing the relevance of facial expressions to perceptions of characteristics such as trustworthiness and friendliness. More importantly, the research ...

Jun 19

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Why We Love Cats: What Felines Can Teach Us About Affection

When someone who you like gives a hug or tenders affection, experiment with letting it in. Be a cat. Get out of your head and be mindfully present with how it feels in your body to receive affection from a loved one. Whether from a cat or human, ...

Jun 18

Categories: Other

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Eye's motion detection sensors identified

Studying mice, scientists have identified a neural circuit in the retina that carries signals enabling the eye to detect movement. The finding could help in efforts to build artificial retinas for people who have suffered vision loss.

Jun 18

Categories: Other

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Longevity hormone is lower in stressed, depressed women

Women under chronic stress have significantly lower levels of klotho, a hormone that regulates aging and enhances cognition, researchers have found in a study comparing mothers of children on the autism spectrum to low-stress controls.

Jun 18

Categories: Depression

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Study: Juvenile incarceration yields less schooling, more crime

Teenagers who are incarcerated tend to have substantially worse outcomes later in life than those who avoid serving time for similar offenses, according to a distinctive new study co-authored by an MIT scholar.

Jun 17

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues

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6 Ways to Minimize Overall Stress in Times of Transition

Stress is the enemy of mental and physical health. And the primary stress trigger is major transition. Here are 6 ways to minimize overall stress in times of transition.

Jun 17

Categories: Stress Management

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Alcohol’s Unexpected Effect on Memory and Learning

Surprisingly, alcohol is not bad for all types of memory. Alcohol can actually help some areas of the brain learn and remember. While it’s true that alcohol is generally bad for conscious memory, it can boost unconscious memory. This may help ...

Jun 17

Categories: Addictions

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Why cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) should be first-line treatment ...

Because psy­cho­log­i­cal approaches are likely to pro­duce sus­tained ben­e­fits with­out the risk for tol­er­ance or adverse effects asso­ci­ated with phar­ma­co­logic approaches, cog­ni­tive behav­ioral ther­apy for insom­nia ...

Jun 16

Categories: Sleep Disorders

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