The Power of Hello

The simplest way to make your world a better place. Behavioral research demonstrates that little things make a big difference when it comes to social interaction. Data indicate, for example, that smiling is contagious. That employees who smile more ...

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Study Pinpoints Effects of Different Doses of an ADHD Drug; Finds ...

New research with monkeys sheds light on how the drug methylphenidate may affect learning and memory in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The results parallel a 1977 finding that a low dose of the drug boosted cognitive ...

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Does Couples Therapy Work?

WE’VE all had that horrible experience: you throw a party or invite a couple over for dinner, and they start fighting, right there in front of you — the character assassination, the barely controlled anger, the neurotic transference of their ...

Mar 9

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The Nuts and Bolts of Emotional Sobriety

One of the cornerstones of alcoholism recovery is a concept called emotional sobriety. The idea is that alcoholics and other addicts hoping to stay sober over the long haul must learn to regulate the negative feelings that can lead to discomfort, ...

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Is Grief a Mental Illness?

Nearly every person has suffered the death a loved one. And, in nearly every case, the people left behind experience intense sadness, feelings of loss, an inability to concentrate, crying, and sleeplessness. In other words: grief. The debate ...

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Need a Wii? Games console found to reduce loneliness in the elderly

The marketing people would have us believe that the Nintendo Wii is unlike traditional video games. It has an intuitive controller, they say, that allows you to simulate in-game movements, thus making it an ideal platform for active, social game ...

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Faster-Acting Experimental Antidepressants Show Promise

Investigators seek new antidepressants that will act faster or give fresh options to people not helped enough by existing agents. Antidepressants restore well-being to many people, but sometimes at the cost of such side effects as weight gain or ...

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Singapore: Bringing mental health care to the community

Yesterday, Minister of State for Health Dr Amy Khor unveiled details of a new community-based mental health plan that will be integrated with primary care and long-term care services. Six specialist-led multi-disciplinary teams will be sited in the ...

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The Upside of Anger: 6 Psychological Benefits of Getting Mad

We tend to think of anger as a wild, negative emotion, but research finds that anger also has its positive side. There are all sorts of good sensible, civilised reasons to avoid getting angry. Not only does it make you feel bad, it makes you do ...

Mar 7

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Women Happier in Relationships When Men Feel Their Pain

Men like to know when their wife or girlfriend is happy while women really want the man in their life to know when they are upset, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association. The study involved a diverse sample ...

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Are Psychiatric Medications Making Us Sicker?

Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America (Crown 2010), by the journalist Robert Whitaker, is one of the most disturbing, consequential works of investigative journalism I’ve ...

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Personality change key to improving well-being

People's personalities can change considerably over time, say scientists, suggesting that leopards really can change their spots. Psychologists from The University of Manchester and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) also showed ...

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Scientists Search for Source of Creativity

It takes two to tango. Two hemispheres of your brain, that is. USC researchers are working to pin down the exact source of creativity in the brain and have found that the left hemisphere of your brain, thought to be the logic and math portion, ...

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Virtuous Behaviors Sanction Later Sins

Anyone who has ever devoured a triple-chocolate brownie after an intense workout knows how tempting it can be to indulge after behaving virtuously. A new study suggests, however, that we often apply this thought process to inappropriate scenarios, ...

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