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

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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

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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

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Empathy and perspective taking: How social skills are built

Being able to feel empathy and to take in the other person's perspective - these are two abilities through which we understand what is going on in the other person's mind. Although both terms are in constant circulation, it is still unclear what ...

Nov 17

Categories: Empathy

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One in five COVID-19 patients develop mental illness within 90 days

Many COVID-19 survivors are likely to be at greater risk of developing mental illness, psychiatrists said on Monday, after a large study found 20% of those infected with the coronavirus are diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder within 90 days.

Nov 11

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Men Who Sleep Less Are Seen As More Masculine: A Stereotype With ...

Margaret Thatcher famously boasted that she only needed to sleep four hours a night, as has Donald Trump - though whether that bolsters or damages the prestige associated with sleepless nights probably depends on your politics.

Nov 10

Categories: Sleep Disorders

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Increasing sleep time after trauma could ease ill effects

Increasing the amount of time spent asleep immediately after a traumatic experience may ease any negative consequences, suggests a new study conducted by researchers at Washington State University's Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

Oct 27

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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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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