Happy childhood? That's no guarantee for good mental health

It's well understood that a difficult childhood can increase the likelihood of mental illness, but according to new research from the University of South Australia, a happy and secure childhood does not always protect a child from developing a ...

Feb 20

Categories: Child Development, Happiness


Students enjoy classes more and get better grades if they feel their ...

According to a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, something else might have an impact on our educational achievements: our assumptions about our professors. If we believe they have faith in our ability to change ...

Feb 16

Categories: Child Development, Learning Difficulties


Covid lockdown loneliness linked to more depressive symptoms in older ...

Loneliness emerged as a key factor linked to worsening symptoms of depression and anxiety in a study of more than 3,000 people aged 50 or over led by the University of Exeter and King's College London, and funded by The National Institute for Health ...

Jan 26

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Depression, Stress Management


Money matters to happiness - perhaps more than previously thought

Research from Wharton's Matthew Killingsworth shows that contrary to previous influential work, there's no dollar-value plateau at which money's importance lessens. One potential reason: Higher earners feel an increased sense of control over life.

Jan 22

Categories: Happiness


Why your most important relationship is with your inner voice

As Ethan Kross, an American experimental psychologist and neuroscientist, will cheerfully testify, the person who doesn't sometimes find themselves listening to an unhelpful voice in their head probably doesn’t exist.

Jan 19

Categories: Self-Care / Self Compassion


Study shows meaningful lockdown activity is more satisfying than ...

With much of the world practicing varying degrees of social distancing and lockdown, researchers have been investigating the key to happiness in isolation.

Jan 12

Categories: Mental Health in Asia


Strong social support decreases mental health problems in young ...

Early adulthood, a transitional life stage marked by major changes in social roles and responsibilities, can bring with it an increase of mental health problems. A team of McGill University researchers has found that young adults who perceived ...

Jan 5

Categories: Child Development


How Parents' Reactions To School Performance Influence Their ...

What do you do if your child comes home with a lower score on a test than you both expected? Do you praise their efforts and focus on what they got right? Or do you home in on the answers that they got wrong, hoping this will help them to do better ...

Dec 21

Categories: Parenting


ut microbiota plays a role in brain function and mood regulation

Depression is a mental disorder that affects more than 264 million people of all ages worldwide. Understanding its mechanisms is vital for the development of effective therapeutic strategies. Scientists from the Institut Pasteur, Inserm and the CNRS ...

Dec 19

Categories: Depression, Mood Swings / Bipolar


Mediation May Help Couples Resolve Conflicts Better Than One-On-One ...

No matter how much you love your partner, there are always going to be things about them that get on your nerves. These can be fairly superficial - not liking the way they fold the laundry, for example, or hating their favourite TV show. Other ...

Dec 14

Categories: Relationships & Marriage


Children With Dyslexia Show Stronger Emotional Responses

Children diagnosed with dyslexia show greater emotional reactivity than children without dyslexia, according to a new collaborative study by UC San Francisco neuroscientists with the UCSF Dyslexia Center and UCSF Memory and Aging Center.

Dec 7

Categories: Dyslexia


Drinking linked to a decline in brain health from cradle to grave

The evidence for the harmful effects of alcohol on brain health is compelling, but now experts have pin-pointed three key time periods in life when the effects of alcohol are likely to be at their greatest.

Dec 5

Categories: Addictions


Cocoa: a sweet treat for the brain?

There are many reasons why you might want to give someone chocolate on Valentine's Day. There's the tradition of it, and the idea of sweets for your sweetheart. Here's another tempting reason: certain compounds in chocolate, called cocoa flavanols, ...

Nov 30


Study Finds People Who Played Video Games For Longer Had Greater ...

Video games get blamed for a lot. There are long-standing debates about whether violence in video games leads to real-world aggression, or whether video game "addiction" is something we should worry about. And some people have broader fears that ...

Nov 26

Categories: Addictions


A Regular Dose of Nature May Improve Mental Health During the ...

An online questionnaire survey completed by 3,000 adults in in Tokyo, Japan, quantified the link between five mental-health outcomes (depression, life satisfaction, subjective happiness, self-esteem, and loneliness) and two measures of nature ...

Nov 20

Categories: Mental Health in Asia