|News stories with the power of empathy
||Depicting physical pain and discomfort may make for compelling journalism, but it also could undermine audiences' empathetic responses and perpetuate what neuroscientists call the 'empathy gap.' Instead, efforts to capture people's emotional suffering may be more likely to evoke empathy, even though that's much trickier for reporters trained to 'show, don't tell.'
|4 Quick Tips To Love The Skin You’re In!
|| Something interesting happened to me the other day. It started in the dressing room of a popular department store. I didn’t find the bra I was looking for, but I came … ...
|WATCH: How listening to heavy metal music can make you a better person
||Did your parents ever tell you that listening to angry and aggressive music is bad for you? This study might just prove them wrong.
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|Study: Unconscious bias against lesbian and gay people is rapidly decreasing
||The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling legalizing marriage between same-sex couples in all 50 states follows on the heels of national polls showing rapid cultural changes in attitudes toward lesbian and gay people. A new University of Virginia study confirms this, showing that not only are Americans’ conscious and unconscious biases against lesbian women and [...]
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|How scientists showed ‘sleeping on it’ really is the best way to solve a problem
||Have you ever struggled to finish a level of Candy Crush or complete a Sudoku puzzle in the evening but breezed through it the following morning? The reason may please anyone who’s been told they spend too much time in bed asleep. We tend to think of sleep as a period of recuperation, giving us [...]
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|Study shows most teenage friendships doomed to fail — but whose fault is that?
||The psychiatrist Harry Sullivan believed that nothing is a more significant determinant of psychological well-being than the nature of our closest social bonds. In adolescence, research has consistently linked the quality of friendships to important outcomes such as emotional health, self esteem, the ability to overcome social anxiety, and achievement at school. A recent study [...]
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|Sleep makes our memories more accessible, study shows
||Sleeping not only protects memories from being forgotten, it also makes them easier to access, according to new research. A new study tracked memories for novel, made-up words learnt either prior to a night's sleep, or an equivalent period of wakefulness. Subjects were asked to recall words immediately after exposure, and then again after the period of sleep or wakefulness.
|5 Texts Women Don’t Want to Get from a Guy
||W is for the Woman, G is for the Guy W: Hey..how are you? G: Busy..how are you? W: I’m busy too… G: Cool. (Cool you wanna sound cool or cause … ...
|Coping through Comedy
||I recently viewed “Misery Loves Comedy,” a 2015 documentary that examines the darker side of comedy. Do you need to be miserable to be comedic? Not necessarily, but this intriguing film highlights interviews with several comics who all wonder where their inherent drive to be … ...
|First Responder Trauma
||In these next two posts, we talk to Elizabeth Barney, who has almost ten years’ experience with first responders and trauma, both as a first responder herself, and as a public … ...
|Juvenile inmates have more mental health hospitalizations, Stanford study finds
||Juvenile inmates are much more likely to be hospitalized for mental health problems than children and teenagers who are not incarcerated, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition, the hospital stays of these inmates are longer, suggesting that their underlying mental health problems are worse. The new study, [...]
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|Specific protein as missing link for earliest known change in Alzheimer’s pathology
||A recent study conducted at Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI) and NYU Langone Medical Center implicates a new culprit in Alzheimer’s disease development. The research reveals that ßCTF — the precursor of the amyloid beta (Aß) peptide — acts at the earliest stage of Alzheimer’s to initiate a range of abnormalities leading [...]
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|Musical training can accelerate brain development and help with literacy skills
||The notion that musical training can have positive effects on cognitive functions other than music has long been a source of interest. Research first emerged at the beginning of the 20th century. Standardised assessments of IQ and musical ability suggested the two were correlated – and it was thought that participation in musical training could [...]
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|Self-proclaimed experts more vulnerable to the illusion of knowledge
||New research reveals that the more people think they know about a topic in general, the more likely they are to allege knowledge of completely made-up information and false facts, a phenomenon known as “overclaiming.” The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “Our work suggests that the [...]
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|Study finds autism, ADHD run high in children of chemically intolerant mothers
||A new study from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio found that mothers with chemical intolerances are two to three times more likely than other women to have a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The medical study was published in the July-August 2015 issue [...]
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|Heroin Abuse is on our Doorstep
||Heroin Abuse is on our Doorstep Of course, I see it every day because I work in the addiction treatment field, but increasingly, families that never thought they’d be touched … ...
|Transgender women face inadequate health care
||A new WHO report demonstrates extremely rates of HIV infection among transgender women in 15 countries.
|The coming Alzheimer's crisis in America
||By 2050, million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease, at a cost of more than a trillion dollars per year.
|Using Writing to Cope with Your Fears
||Some writers grapple with their fears on the page. That is, they write about the very things they fear most. For instance, Ralph Keyes quotes Israeli author David Grossman in … ...
|Art Is Being In The World
||What is art? Where do you make it? Where do you show it? How you think about those questions can impact how you see yourself as a creator, and what … ...