Brooding men, smiling women seen as sexy: study

Guys, want to look sexy and get the girl? Don't smile too much. Look brooding or show a bit of shame instead. Women, ignore that advice. Women find happy men less sexually attractive than those with expressions that show pride or hint that they ...

May 27


Why People With Schizophrenia May Have Trouble Reading Social Cues

Understanding the actions of other people can be difficult for those with schizophrenia. Vanderbilt University researchers have discovered that impairments in a brain area involved in perception of social stimuli may be partly responsible for this ...

May 26


Mother Nature's Impact on Mood and Creativity

In 1557, Thomas Tusser composed one of the most enduring rhymes, "April showers bring May flowers." But what happens when storms and gray skies linger in May and winter kicks off in the the Southern Hemisphere? For some, it's a serious issue as the ...

May 19


Scientists find genetic link to depression

Scientists say they have discovered the first solid evidence that variations in some peoples' genes may cause depression -- one of the world's most common and costly mental illnesses. And in a rare occurrence in genetic research, a British-led ...

May 18


Chummy co-workers may lengthen your life

Here's a reason to be thankful for friendly co-workers: They may help you live longer, a new study says. The results show social support from peers at work was associated with a reduced risk of death from any cause over a 20-year period. The ...

May 17


Digestive Problems Early in Life May Increase Risk for Depression, ...

Depression and anxiety may result from short-term digestive irritation early in life, according to a study of laboratory rats by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The findings suggest that some human psychological conditions ...

May 16


What Does It Feel Like to Lose Everything on Your Computer?

Kerri lost everything on her laptop. A hundred years ago, that would have meant she stood up and the apples she was peeling ended up on the floor; now it means the Apple on which she had stored her life has abandoned her. She's part of the new ...

May 11


Managing Positive Change

Leaders and managers often face the task of implementing organizational change, a complex process which is frequently experienced as difficult to get right and which requires sophisticated and flexible management styles. What insights can leaders ...

May 9


Who Knows You Best? Not You, Say Psychologists

Know thyself. That was Socrates' advice, and it squares with conventional wisdom. "It's a natural tendency to think we know ourselves better than others do," says Washington University in St. Louis assistant professor Simine Vazire. But a new ...

May 6


Is it time to leave your therapist?

Maybe you don't like your therapist. Maybe you do, but you've resolved the issues that drove you to seek counseling in the first place. Or maybe those issues remain unresolved, with few signs of progress. Maybe your sessions feel as if they've ...

May 4


Knocking out stress

When stress weighs you down, the tendency may be to overindulge in alcohol or comfort foods, veg out in front of the TV or hide out under the blankets. An athletic person might even opt for a long run. But fitness experts say there is a better ...

May 3


So You Really Want to Be Happier? Three Simple Rules that Everyone ...

On top of the fit between a positive activity and a particular person, new research by Sonja Lyubomirsky, Rene Dickerhoof, Julia Boehm, and Kennon Sheldon suggests there are two other important factors which influence your chances of increasing your ...

May 2


Long-Term Poverty but Not Family Instability Affects Children's ...

Children from homes that experience persistent poverty are more likely to have their cognitive development affected than children in better off homes, reveals research published ahead of print in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community ...

Apr 29


'Shame and secrecy’ surrounding mental health in Asian communities

A new report has uncovered a culture of stigma, secrecy and shame surrounding mental illness in South Asian communities. The report by 'Time for Change' also cites consequences for those with mental health problems including reduced marriage ...

Apr 27


Meditation May Help the Brain 'Turn Down the Volume' on Distractions

The positive effects of mindfulness meditation on pain and working memory may result from an improved ability to regulate a crucial brain wave called the alpha rhythm. This rhythm is thought to "turn down the volume" on distracting information, ...

Apr 25