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

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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

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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

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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

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Crows Are Self-Aware and 'Know What They Know', Just Like Humans

In what now feels like an annual update, crows are even more surprisingly smart than we thought. But do they have true consciousness? New research shows that crows and other corvids "know what they know and can ponder the content of their own ...

Sep 30

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Study links obesity with reduced brain plasticity

A world-first study has found that severely overweight people are less likely to be able to re-wire their brains and find new neural pathways, a discovery that has significant implications for people recovering from a stroke or brain injury.

Sep 28

Categories: Adult psychological development, Child Development

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Pro-Environmental Beliefs Are Less Likely To Lead To Action Among ...

We all know that it’s vital that we take action to reduce the harm we do to the environment. So understanding the barriers to such action is critical, too. A new paper, published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, identifies a ...

Sep 24

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Binge-drinkers’ brains have to work harder to feel empathy for ...

People who binge-drink show more extensive dysfunction across their brains than previously realised, a new study from the University of Sussex has shown. The research shows that binge-drinkers’ brains have to put more effort into trying to feel ...

Sep 21

Categories: Addictions, Empathy

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Fish Oil Supplements Probably Won't Boost Your Mood

Many people take fish oil supplements to manage their mental health. It’s true that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce inflammation, which is linked to depression, and research suggests, deficiencies are associated with any number of mental health ...

Sep 17

Categories: Mood Swings / Bipolar

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People Who Experienced Parental Divorce as Children Have Lower 'Love ...

People who were children when their parents were divorced showed lower levels of oxytocin - the so-called "love hormone" - when they were adults than those whose parents remained married, according to a study led by Baylor University. That lower ...

Sep 14

Categories: Child Development, Family Problems

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Treatment for teen anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., with approximately 4.4 million children and adolescents affected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "These disorders are not only common in children and ...

Sep 8

Categories: Anxiety, Teenage Issues

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10 Ways to Make Yourself More Likable

We all have differing levels of social skills. Some people are naturally charismatic and endear themselves to others easily. Others might be outgoing yet social awkward, and some might be shy or introverted and find certain social interactions ...

Sep 7

Categories: Personality problems

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Bilingual children may lose less brain matter as they grow up

In a paper published in Brain Structure and Function, an international team of academics led by the University of Reading and Georgetown University looked at detailed scans of children's and adolescents' brains and found that bilingual participants ...

Sep 4

Categories: Child Development

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Which OCD Treatment Works Best?

New research could improve the odds that people with obsessive-compulsive disorder will receive a therapy that really works for them - something that eludes more than a third of those who currently get OCD treatment. The study, performed at the ...

Aug 31

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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Futile Persistence: Why Do We Keep Our Bad Habits?

It's a paradoxical truth of human existence that we are motivated by self-interest yet regularly act in ways that undermine it. This curious tendency often manifests in the form of futile persistence. We keep going to the well long after it has ...

Aug 27

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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