ut microbiota plays a role in brain function and mood regulation

Depression is a mental disorder that affects more than 264 million people of all ages worldwide. Understanding its mechanisms is vital for the development of effective therapeutic strategies. Scientists from the Institut Pasteur, Inserm and the CNRS ...

Dec 19

Categories: Depression, Mood Swings / Bipolar


Mediation May Help Couples Resolve Conflicts Better Than One-On-One ...

No matter how much you love your partner, there are always going to be things about them that get on your nerves. These can be fairly superficial - not liking the way they fold the laundry, for example, or hating their favourite TV show. Other ...

Dec 14

Categories: Relationships & Marriage


Children With Dyslexia Show Stronger Emotional Responses

Children diagnosed with dyslexia show greater emotional reactivity than children without dyslexia, according to a new collaborative study by UC San Francisco neuroscientists with the UCSF Dyslexia Center and UCSF Memory and Aging Center.

Dec 7

Categories: Dyslexia


Drinking linked to a decline in brain health from cradle to grave

The evidence for the harmful effects of alcohol on brain health is compelling, but now experts have pin-pointed three key time periods in life when the effects of alcohol are likely to be at their greatest.

Dec 5

Categories: Addictions


Cocoa: a sweet treat for the brain?

There are many reasons why you might want to give someone chocolate on Valentine's Day. There's the tradition of it, and the idea of sweets for your sweetheart. Here's another tempting reason: certain compounds in chocolate, called cocoa flavanols, ...

Nov 30


Study Finds People Who Played Video Games For Longer Had Greater ...

Video games get blamed for a lot. There are long-standing debates about whether violence in video games leads to real-world aggression, or whether video game "addiction" is something we should worry about. And some people have broader fears that ...

Nov 26

Categories: Addictions


A Regular Dose of Nature May Improve Mental Health During the ...

An online questionnaire survey completed by 3,000 adults in in Tokyo, Japan, quantified the link between five mental-health outcomes (depression, life satisfaction, subjective happiness, self-esteem, and loneliness) and two measures of nature ...

Nov 20

Categories: Mental Health in Asia


Empathy and perspective taking: How social skills are built

Being able to feel empathy and to take in the other person's perspective - these are two abilities through which we understand what is going on in the other person's mind. Although both terms are in constant circulation, it is still unclear what ...

Nov 17

Categories: Empathy


One in five COVID-19 patients develop mental illness within 90 days

Many COVID-19 survivors are likely to be at greater risk of developing mental illness, psychiatrists said on Monday, after a large study found 20% of those infected with the coronavirus are diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder within 90 days.

Nov 11

Categories: Mental Health in Asia


Men Who Sleep Less Are Seen As More Masculine: A Stereotype With ...

Margaret Thatcher famously boasted that she only needed to sleep four hours a night, as has Donald Trump - though whether that bolsters or damages the prestige associated with sleepless nights probably depends on your politics.

Nov 10

Categories: Sleep Disorders


Increasing sleep time after trauma could ease ill effects

Increasing the amount of time spent asleep immediately after a traumatic experience may ease any negative consequences, suggests a new study conducted by researchers at Washington State University's Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

Oct 27

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD


Alcohol use changed right after COVID-19 lockdown

One in four adults reported a change in alcohol use almost immediately after stay-at-home orders were issued, according to a study of twins led by Washington State University researchers.

Oct 21

Categories: Addictions


How Well Do You Know Yourself? Research On Self-Insight

"There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self." - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac, 1750. Franklin was writing over 250 years ago. Surely we humans have learned strategies since then to aid self-insight ...

Oct 19


Pandemic-related stress leads to less employee engagement

As COVID-19 cases surged this spring, the pandemic led some people more than others to ponder their own mortality. A new study in China and the United States suggests that these people were the ones who showed the highest levels of stress and the ...

Oct 13

Categories: Workplace Issues


Why writing by hand makes kids smarter

New brain research shows that writing by hand helps children learn more and remember better. At the same time, schools are becoming more and more digital, and a European survey shows that Norwegian children spend the most time online of 19 countries ...

Oct 6

Categories: Child Development