Want to reduce your depression risk? Wake up an hour earlier

Waking up just one hour earlier could reduce a person's risk of major depression by 23%, suggests a sweeping new genetic study published May 26 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

Jun 10

Categories: Depression


Scientists say active early learning shapes the adult brain

An enhanced learning environment during the first five years of life shapes the brain in ways that are apparent four decades later, say Virginia Tech and University of Pennsylvania scientists writing in the June edition of the Journal of Cognitive ...

Jun 8

Categories: Child Development


Neutrons show a connection between lithium concentration and ...

Depressive disorders are among the most frequent illnesses worldwide. The causes are complex and to date only partially understood. The trace element lithium appears to play a role. Using neutrons of the research neutron source at the Technical ...

May 28

Categories: Depression


Do Girls Really Show More Empathy Than Boys?

Three people are walking down the street, two women and one man. One of the women trips and falls. Which of the two observers will feel more empathy for her pain?

May 21

Categories: Emotional Intelligence, Empathy


Nature draws out a happy place for children

Young children in deprived areas see nature and outdoor spaces as being associated with "happy places", according to a new study published in the journal Child Indicators Research.

May 18

Categories: Child Development


The Sensitive Brain at Rest

You know that raw overwhelm people have been reporting after months of a pandemic, compounded by economic issues and social unrest? Does fatigue and compulsive social media scrolling strike a familiar chord?

May 10


How spanking may affect brain development in children

Spanking may affect a child's brain development in ways similar to more severe forms of violence, according to a new study led by Harvard researchers.

Apr 27

Categories: Child Development, Parenting


Stress does not lead to loss of self-control in eating disorders, ...

A unique residential study has concluded that, contrary to perceived wisdom, people with eating disorders do not lose self-control - leading to binge-eating - in response to stress. The findings of the Cambridge-led research are published today in ...

Apr 20

Categories: Eating Disorders


Good Time Management Seems To Have A Bigger Impact On Wellbeing Than ...

As our lives have become busier, desire to do things quickly and efficiently has grown - something the rise of speed reading apps, lack of break-taking at work, and a general focus on "productivity" has shown. Good time management skills, therefore, ...

Apr 16

Categories: Happiness, Workplace Issues


Sugar not so nice for your child's brain development

Children are the highest consumers of added sugar, even as high-sugar diets have been linked to health effects like obesity and heart disease and even impaired memory function. However, less is known about how high sugar consumption during ...

Apr 13

Categories: Child Development


People with mind-blindness not so easily spooked

People with aphantasia - that is, the inability to visualise mental images - are harder to spook with scary stories, a new UNSW Sydney study shows.

Mar 30


Researchers analyse the effects of cocaine on people with mental ...

This three year-long research studied the effects of cocaine on patients diagnosed with schizophrenia or antisocial personality disorder.

Mar 24

Categories: Drug Addiction, Schizophrenia


Don't let the small stuff get you down

A new study led by University of Miami psychologists suggests that the longer negativity lingers in your brain, the unhappier you may be.

Mar 23

Categories: Happiness


If We Don't Feel Socially Accepted, We Get More Defensive When We've ...

When you've done something wrong, big or small, it can be hard to own up to it - particularly if you feel you've transgressed a moral or social code. Instead, you might avoid confronting the issue and become defensive.

Mar 18

Categories: Social Isolation


Reflecting on Your Own Capabilities Boosts Resilience

Reflecting on how you have overcome past personal challenges can help you process negative experiences, a new study from the University of Zurich confirms. Actively reminding yourself of your self-efficacy could also prove useful in the coronavirus ...

Mar 16

Categories: Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem