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Love: Making You Feel Guilty and Stupid When there is confusion, people often ask “why” individuals make the choices they do. As if an explanation of information would cause us to suddenly agree with another’s choices. For … ...
Kim Jung Un Likes H-Bombs and the NBA The recent assassination of Kim Jong Un’s older half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, was apparently the latest extermination by Kim Jong Un. Besides exterminating people, Kim Jong Un also likes basketball … ...
Study: Geographic location shapes what it means to be liberal or conservative What it means to be a “liberal”, “conservative”, or “moderate” varies from state to state in America, according to research published in PLOS One. “Our results suggest that if a person feels hatred toward others simply based on how they identify on the political ideology spectrum, then in some circumstances, that hatred is actually aimed [...]
Mental Health Humor’s Daily Doodle: Pain Management Today’s Daily Doodle was more about pain management. Focusing on the doodle help get my mind off the pain I was experiencing.  I find doodle and draw to help to cope … ...
Study finds number processing task predicts improvements in gaming skill A particular cognitive ability can predict improvements in computer game playing skill, according to new research. The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, examined players of the game Dota 2, a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). The authors of the study recruited 288 participants from an international MOBA tournament and had them complete a [...]
Share Your Story I remember the day I was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.  It was my first year of graduate school, and I saw a counselor at the university I was at.  She diagnosed me and sent me to a psychiatrist who confirmed the diagnosis. It … ...
Stressed by success, a top restaurant turns to therapy A Spanish restaurant hired its own psychologist to help employees cope with the high stress environment.
Billboard about gender roles sparks debate, protest At a rally, most people spoke against assigning roles to gender, but not everyone agreed.
Study identifies the weird things men should do to turn women on The most guaranteed way to attract a partner is through “intellectual interests” and “creative achievement.”
Bestselling Author of 50 Books Reveals His Amazing Journey... As a mental health blogger, sometimes you run across people with a story you simply must tell. Such is the case with Will Jiang of Mental Health Books. Will is … ...
Why children ask ‘Why?’ and what makes a good explanation When I was about four years old, I asked my mother one of my first ‘Why?’ questions: ‘Mom, why does Pippo live underwater?’ Mom explained that Pippo, our goldfish, was a fish, and fish live underwater. This answer left me unsatisfied, so I kept enquiring: ‘Why do fish live underwater? Can’t we also live underwater?’ Mom [...]
Aggression disorder linked to greater risk of substance abuse People with intermittent explosive disorder (IED)–a condition marked by frequent physical or verbal outbursts–are at five times greater risk for abusing substances such as alcohol, tobacco and marijuana than those who don’t display frequent aggressive behavior, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Chicago. In the study, published Feb. 28, 2017 [...]
Women may be at higher risk for sports-related concussion than men Women athletes are 50 percent more likely than male athletes to have a sports-related concussion, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 69th Annual Meeting in Boston, April 22 to 28, 2017. “Sports-related concussion is a significant public health problem and research has typically focused [...]
Study notes how musical cues trigger different autobiographical memories Happy memories spring to mind much faster than sad, scary or peaceful ones. Moreover, if you listen to happy or peaceful music, you recall positive memories, whereas if you listen to emotionally scary or sad music, you recall largely negative memories from your past. Those are two of the findings from an experiment in which [...]
Study finds new link between childhood abuse and adolescent misbehavior An important learning process is impaired in adolescents who were abused as children, a University of Pittsburgh researcher has found, and this impairment contributes to misbehavior patterns later in life. Associative learning — the process by which an individual subconsciously links experiences and stimuli together — partially explains how people generally react to various real-world [...]
Adolescents with autism four times more likely to visit emergency department Adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) use emergency-department services four times as often as their peers without autism, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. The findings suggest that youth with autism may need better access to primary care and specialist services. The researchers looked at private insurance healthcare claims from 2005 to 2013 [...]
Study shows how information sources affect voters For all the fact-checking and objective reporting produced by major media outlets, voters in the U.S. nonetheless rely heavily on their pre-existing views when deciding if politicians’ statements are true or not, according to a new study co-authored by MIT scholars. The study, conducted during the U.S. presidential primaries for the 2016 election, uses a [...]
Sleep trackers can prompt sleep problems A 39-year-old man whom we’ll call Mr. R received a sleep-tracking device from his girlfriend. Since starting a new job several years earlier, he sometimes had trouble getting a good night’s sleep. Not surprisingly, the next day he’d feel tired, irritable and absentminded. Based on data generated by his girlfriend’s gift, Mr. R concluded those [...]
Anxiety and Depression? It’s hard to describe, but I’m going to do my best. I’m depressed. I’ve written about it, I’ve been aware of it, I felt it come creeping in, and have done what … ...
New target for Parkinson's disease identified by researchers Investigators have discovered a novel link between a protein called SV2C and Parkinson's disease (PD). Prior work had suggested that the SV2C gene was associated with the curious ability of cigarette smoking to reduce PD risk.