Fearful 'Memories' Passed Between Generations

New study on mice suggests parents' fears can be passed on to their children. Implications of the study on understanding alcohol addiction, phobias and anxiety are discussed.

Dec 27

Categories: Addictions, Anxiety, Other, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / ...

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The surprising secret that could help you achieve your goals

When you think about your goals, whether it’s to actually meditate on the reg, become a better runner, or cut dairy from your diet, you probably think a strong willpower is how you make them happen. Well, here’s some news for you self-control ...

Dec 23

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The surprising self-interest in being kind to strangers

Amy Alkon’s recent TED talk dealt with “Trickle-Down Humanity,” about why we need to do small kindnesses for strangers ...

Dec 23

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The misery of weird phobias

Having a fear of buttons may sound hilarious, but in reality it can be debilitating. Patients need to be taken more seriously, by both the media and doctors, say experts.

Dec 22

Categories: Phobias, Social Anxiety / Phobia

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The Tipping Point - Stress

You shouldn't underestimate the positive power of having a degree of stress in your life. Identifying the tipping point, where stress turns to burnout, is the key.

Dec 22

Categories: Stress Management

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The Psychology of Gift-giving

A team of scientists have figured out the secret to giving the perfect Christmas present - and fortunately, it isn't about spending as much as possible. Choosing a present that reflects your personality, and not what you think the receiver would ...

Dec 21

Categories: Other, Relationships & Marriage

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Runners' Brains are more connected

If you're thinking about taking up running as your New Year's resolution and still need some convincing, consider this: MRI scans reveal that endurance runners' brains have greater functional connectivity than the brains of more sedentary ...

Dec 21

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Health Psychology

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Why Toddlers with Autism Avoid Eye Contact

Science has long debated whether meeting another's gaze feels unpleasant or just uninteresting. A new study has lent support to one side of the debate with the finding that toddlers with autism are oblivious to the social information in the eyes, ...

Dec 20

Categories: Asperger's Syndrome, Autism spectrum disorders, Child and/or ...

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How to Be a Better Spender

Practicing smart restraint may feel tough to us, a generation brought up on a collective consumerist culture. Hopefully, this advice, gleaned from experts in marketing and psychology research, will help us become smarter, happier spenders.

Dec 20

Categories: Happiness, Other

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Is Resentment Ruining Your Marriage?

There are many factors that lead to the demise of a marriage. When couples have hurt feelings, it can be a challenge to forgive and forget. Problems in a marriage such as emotional detachment and a lack of sexual intimacy seldom develop overnight. ...

Dec 19

Categories: Anger Management, Relationships & Marriage

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Psychological Benefits of a Cold Shower

Cold bathing has been claimed to have multiple beneficial effects on health such as improvement of the immune system, cardiovascular circulation and vitality, but any true association remains unclear. Researchers explored if perceived illness could ...

Dec 19

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Health Psychology

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Cycle of Abuse: New Answers

Stressful early environments affect the brain in ways that are inherited. Majority of abusive parents were abused themselves as children. Now we are starting to understand the underlying psychological and biological mechanisms thanks to animal ...

Dec 16

Categories: Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues, Physical Abuse

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Social Media, Loneliness, and Anxiety in Young People

Is there a role for social media in perpetuating anxiety through feelings of disconnection and loneliness? At first glance, social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter seem to be a modern means of facilitating our connectedness with others, ...

Dec 16

Categories: Addictions, Social Anxiety / Phobia, Social Isolation

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This one specific brain area was smaller in participants who were in ...

Psychology research is starting to back up on what poets have been describing on mind-altering effects of a passionate relationship – “my love’s a noble madness” wrote John Dryden. Cicero said “of all emotions, there is none more violent ...

Dec 15

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Half of us likely to believe events that never happened

Remember that time at school when you played a prank on your math teacher? The one with the curly hair and the pink-rimmed glasses? No? If you were told the story a few times, you might - even if it never happened.

Dec 15

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