|Systematic review shows ‘smart drug’ modafinil does enhance cognition
||The drug modafinil was developed to treat narcolepsy (excessive sleeping), but it is widely used off-licence as a ‘smart drug’ to promote cognitive enhancement, where qualities such as alertness and concentration are desired to assist someone with, for example, exam preparation. Past studies on sleep-deprived individuals have shown a strong positive effect of modafinil on [...]
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|Leave the family behind: Solo travelers are not who you think
||Solo travellers don’t go alone because they have to, they do it because they want to, a new Queensland University of Technology study has found. Professor Constanza (Connie) Bianchi, from QUT Business School, said there were a growing number of people who preferred to travel alone, despite having family and friends. She said solo travellers [...]
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|Study of 109 clinicians finds age predicts opinions about video games and violence
||The older the clinician, the more likely they are to think playing video games leads to violent behavior, according to new research published in Computers in Human Behavior. Psychology professor Dr. Christopher Ferguson, author of the study from Stetson University, US, says his findings go some way to explaining why people have different opinions about [...]
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|Individuals are biomolecular networks: Why the pronoun ‘I’ is becoming obsolete
||Don’t look now, but the pronoun “I” is becoming obsolete. Recent microbiological research has shown that thinking of plants and animals, including humans, as autonomous individuals is a serious over-simplification. A series of groundbreaking studies have revealed that what we have always thought of as individuals are actually “biomolecular networks” that consist of visible hosts [...]
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|Back to the Gym: 3 Ways of How...
||It happened to me. I’ve stopped working out. Not completely but went from 4-5 days a week to 2-3. It all started with a pinched nerve. An injury is a … ...
|Do Shoppers Benefit From Buying With Subscriptions?
||Most products and services can now be purchased with subscriptions. In this article, I will explain two types of subscriptions and the pros and cons of subscription-based buying. For most shoppers, the potential downsides of subscriptions far outweigh the benefits.
|Researchers identify potential sleep-related treatment targets for fibromyalgia
||Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic pain from no clear source. Patients with fibromyalgia frequently have sleep problems: Their deep sleep brain wave patterns are often disrupted by brain waves that correspond to wakefulness. A new study uses a novel approach to identify potential drug targets for treating fibromyalgia.
|12 Striking Photos Depicting Depression and Anxiety
||We live in a time where there is simply too much to pay attention to. Our nervous systems are overloaded leading many people to disconnect and now we’re seeing rising … ...
|Healthy mood spreads through social contact — but depression doesn’t
||New research has revealed that having mentally healthy friends can help someone recover from depression or even remain mentally healthy in the first place. But crucially having depressed friends does not make you more likely to become depressed yourself. In other words the results indicate that healthy mood spreads through social networks but depression does [...]
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|Why the Experts Are Wrong About the Genetics of Happiness
||Every month, there is a major news article about the gene for god, divorce, or riding a motorcycle without a helmet. There are popular books touting a so-called fact that only 40% of happiness is due to genetics. But what does this mean? What is wrong about these statements?
Read on for the answers in 500 words.
|3 Qualities That Can Save a Relationship
||Don’t forget these often over-looked but super-important qualities for a happy relationship. It’s common knowledge that kindness, honesty and respect are necessary ingredients for a good relationship. However, there are three other qualities that are often overlooked that are just as important. They can actually … ...
|Media Violence and the Real World
||Debate about whether violent video games encourage real-life violence rages on.
|Want to Win Her Heart? Feed Her First
||The old saying “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” has just been updated. New research shows that women’s brains respond more to romantic cues on a … ...
|Relationships: Breaking It, and Putting It Back Together?...
||Taking things apart can be such fun. It’s a behavior often observed in children as they sit on the floor, building blocks, doing puzzles, etc., just to then turn around … ...
|Children in England 'among unhappiest in world'
||More than a third of English children said they had been bullied in school, and half had felt excluded.
|Study shows certain moods are contagious
||Having friends with a healthy mood reduces a teen's chance of developing depression, and increases the chance of recovering from depression.
|Don't I know that guy?
||You see a man at the grocery store. Is that the fellow you went to college with or just a guy who looks like him? It turns out that a tiny spot in the brain has the answer.
|Does where you live shape who you are?
||Recent research shows interesting connections between your physical surroundings and your personality. Mountainous states show higher rates of introversion than flat ones. We don't know yet how much your surroundings might shape such personality variables, but there's little doubt that where you live has an impact on your happiness and life satisfaction.
|Employees Can’t Be Summed Up By A Personality Test
||“When with a group of people,” she read, “you enjoy being at the center of attention.”
“No.” I answered. “I’d rather speak to one person.”
“No way!” she replied, “You love being the center of attention. I’m checking a big YES.”
She must have changed at least half my answers. I’m not saying she was wrong. Most of the time, I think we were both right.
|Autism and Creativity
||There’s a great post on here this week by Janice Wood about autism and creativity. I think it’s great. I agree with all of it. Here’s my take: Autistic people are … ...