People Prefer Strangers Who Share Their Political Views To Friends ...

Friendship tends to be based on some kind of shared experience: growing up with someone, working with them, or having the same interests. Politics is an important factor too, with research suggesting that we can be pretty intolerant of those with ...

Aug 14

Categories: Friendships


Placebos prove powerful…even when people know they're taking one

How much of a treatment is mind over matter? It is well documented that people often feel better after taking a treatment without active ingredients simply because they believe it's real - known as the placebo effect. A team of researchers from ...

Aug 12


To improve students' mental health, study finds, teach them to breathe

When college students learn specific techniques for managing stress and anxiety, their wellbeing improves across a range of measures and leads to better mental health, a new Yale study finds.

Aug 8

Categories: Stress Management, Teenage Issues


Overconfidence Can Be Transmitted From Person To Person

There will always be some people within a group who are more confident than others. But some groups as a whole tend towards modesty - as with the !Kung hunters of the Kalahari Desert, for example, who deliberately downplay their own achievements and ...

Aug 6

Categories: Self-Esteem, Workplace Issues


Landmark study on 11,196 couples pinpoints what dating apps get so ...

If you have ever labored over how to convey your personality through a dating app bio - or judged someone else's through theirs - research on romance suggests you place your efforts elsewhere.

Aug 4

Categories: Relationships & Marriage


Hedonism Leads to Happiness

Relaxing on the sofa or savoring a delicious meal: Enjoying short-term pleasurable activities that don't lead to long-term goals contributes at least as much to a happy life as self-control, according to new research from the University of Zurich ...

Jul 29

Categories: Stress Management


The Psychological Toll of Rude E-mails

Imagine waking up on Monday morning to an e-mail in your inbox that was written entirely in capital letters—an e-mail that jolts you awake far quicker than the cup of coffee in your hand: "IS THIS A JOKE??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!" With the caps lock ...

Jul 28

Categories: Workplace Issues


Oxytocin Could Be Used to Treat Cognitive Disorders Like Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease progressively degrades a person's memory and cognitive abilities, often resulting in dementia. Amid efforts to find novel treatments for this disease, a recent breakthrough study by scientists from Japan shows that oxytocin - the ...

Jul 21

Categories: Mental Retardation


Engaging With The Arts Is Related To Greater Wellbeing

Social isolation and fears for our family and friends, as well as ourselves, have all affected psychological wellbeing during the COVID-19 lockdown. But being unable to visit an art gallery, theatre or live music venues may also have taken its toll. ...

Jul 20

Categories: Mental Health in Asia


Psychological Distress Among Transgender Individuals

Transgender individuals tend to experience relatively high levels of poor mental health, research indicates. Recent studies suggest that involvement in trans activism may be related to greater, not lesser, degrees of distress. Other factors, such as ...

Jul 17

Categories: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender) Issues


Targeted deep brain stimulation to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder

A group of researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have further refined the use of deep brain stimulation in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. By accurately localizing electrode placement in the brains of patients, ...

Jul 16

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)


Why Are Memories Attached to Emotions So Strong?

Most people can remember where they were on 9/11, or what the weather was like on the day their first child was born. Memories about world events on Sept, 10, or lunch last Tuesday, have long been erased. Why are memories attached to emotions so ...

Jul 15


Growing Up With Grandparents In The House Can Lead To More Negative ...

What happens if you grow up with a grandparent living in your home? Does the prolonged contact counter prejudices, biases and stereotypes of the elderly? Or might it instead encourage negative perceptions of older people as being slow, angry or ...

Jul 14

Categories: Family Problems


Understanding how pandemic conditions affect individuals with mood ...

A collaborative study between Swinburne and University of Melbourne researchers has found that individuals with a pre-existing mood disorder reported higher levels of depression, anxiety and stress during the early stages of the COVID-19 situation ...

Jul 8

Categories: Mood Swings / Bipolar


Rituals Spell Anxiety Relief

UConn Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dimitris Xygalatas studies rituals and how they impact our health. In new research published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Xygalatas and collaborators from Masaryk University, Czech ...

Jul 7

Categories: Anxiety

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