|Risk perception: Social exchange can amplify subjective fears
||The world is a risky place. But our subjective fears and anxieties are often at odds with the evidence. New findings by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the University of Konstanz show that subjective fears about potential risks may be amplified in social exchange. Their findings have now been published [...]
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|Significant increase in major depression reported during recent recession
||The recent Great Recession was accompanied by a significant and sustained increase in major depression in U.S. adults, according to a Loyola study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Prevalence of major depression increased from 2.33 percent during the years 2005-2006 to 3.49 percent in 2009-2010 to 3.79 percent in 2011-2012, according to the study [...]
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|Researchers turn to cognitive science to understand the appeal of being anti-GMO
||A team of Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has become so widespread, despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture. In a paper published April 10 in Trends in Plant Science, they argue that the human mind is highly [...]
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|Study sheds new light on brain’s source of power
||New research published today in the journal Nature Communications represents a potentially fundamental shift in our understanding of how nerve cells in the brain generate the energy needed to function. The study shows neurons are more independent than previously believed and this research has implications for a range of neurological disorders. “These findings suggest that [...]
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|Study finds we think better on our feet, literally
||A study from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health finds students with standing desks are more attentive than their seated counterparts. In fact, preliminary results show 12 percent greater on-task engagement in classrooms with standing desks, which equates to an extra seven minutes per hour of engaged instruction time. The findings, [...]
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|Text messaging useful for reaching ‘at-risk’ teens about sex
||Text messaging that connects teens with sexual health educators is effective for delivering sexual health information, according to a recent study in The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. The research abstract is online and the work will appear in an upcoming print issue of the journal Health Education and Behavior. [...]
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|When Side Effects Implode
||I realize that I am at a crossroad. I realized that I haven’t masterbated in weeks, I am sauntering through life like a normal person. “Welcome to earth” I have … ...
|Parenting ADHD Kids: Care for You and Your Child
||When I was diagnosed with ADHD late in life, a series of tumultuous emotions washed over me, from relief to regret, from anger to embarrassment, from shame to sorrow. It … ...
|Hate Small Talk? It’s a Skill Worth Learning
||Do you hate small talk? You’re not alone, of course. Maybe you’re shy, or introverted, or maybe you’re bored by it. Or do you get irritated by the apparently endless and meaningless chatter? Here are 5 reasons to change your mind. And 5 techniques for getting better at it.
|What Does Your Email In-Box Say About You?
||Email in-boxes are ubiquitous. How do we manage the email we receive? For most, it comes down to some more personality-related behaviors—a combination of organization, procrastination, perfectionism, fear of loss, and the ability to let go. What about you?
|Find out the meaning of your nightmares
||Ever wondered what your dreams and nightmares mean or where they are coming from? Dreams have fascinated humanity since the beginning of time. Ancient spiritual leaders before religion, shamans in … ...
|Meditation Improves Brain Function
||Meditation Improves Brain Function There is a great deal of evidence that meditation, in particular mindfulness meditation, improves the brain, and the research is teaching us a lot about how … ...
|The Power of Self-Care
||When I practice self-care, I am myself. The veil of overwhelm lifts and reveals the core of me. I am silly, playful, compassionate, curious, understanding, patient and energetic. I’m still … ...
|The Grass Moment
||If we want to raise kids who aren't self-centered, we should stop emphasizing compliance and instead foster a willingness to question authority
|Discovery may open door for treating fragile X carriers
||Fragile X syndrome, an inherited cause of autism and intellectual disability, can have consequences even for carriers of the disorder who don't have full-blown symptoms.
|13 Warning Signs You’re in a Codependent Relationship...
||Have you ever found yourself in a one-sided relationship where you felt as if you were the one doing all the giving, all the caring, while receiving nothing in return? If this dynamic sounds familiar, it’s likely you’re trapped in the web of codependency, a … ...
|An instinct for fairness lurking within even the most competitive
||It stings when life’s not fair – but what happens if it means we profit? As Tom Stafford writes, some people may perform unexpected self-sabotage. Frans de Waal, a professor of primate behaviour at Emory University, is the unlikely star of a viral video. His academic’s physique, grey jumper and glasses aren’t the usual stuff […]
|New light shed on brain's source of power
||New research represents a potentially fundamental shift in our understanding of how nerve cells in the brain generate the energy needed to function. The study shows neurons are more independent than previously believed and this research has implications for a range of neurological disorders.
|The 5 Happiest Countries And What Makes Them So Happy
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|Five Fascinating Findings About Anger
||Anger is everywhere. It influences our behavior in ways we can’t possible imagine. Here are five examples.