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Research shows attractiveness is judged according to who we are with Research published in the journal Psychological Science has shown that judgements of attractiveness vary depending on who is nearby, and how good-looking they are in comparison. A person will rank higher on a scale of attractiveness when compared alongside less attractive people, than they would when judged alone. Popular opinion points to a person’s perceived [...]
For women, caffeine could be ally in warding off dementia Among a group of older women, self-reported caffeine consumption of more than 261 mg per day was associated with a 36 percent reduction in the risk of incident dementia over 10 years of follow-up. This level is equivalent to two to three 8-oz cups of coffee per day, five to six 8-oz cups of black [...]
Large immigration numbers don’t lead to high levels of crime, UK study finds It is common to equate high levels of immigration with increases in the crime rate. But the precise opposite can be true, according to a University of Huddersfield criminology lecturer, who has carried out in-depth statistical analysis of UK communities. Dr Dainis Ignatans has been awarded funding from the British Academy for his one-year project. [...]
Vast majority of impoverished fathers are involved with their children Many policymakers and elected officials, including President Barack Obama, have publicly criticized impoverished and African-American fathers for not being involved in the lives of their children. But a new study published in the journal Families in Society suggests the criticism is largely unfounded and that even in cases of incarceration, most low-income fathers are connected [...]
Thinking globally linked to optimism As the world becomes increasingly global, people often respond one of two ways: They start to consider themselves part of the larger global community, or they strengthen their association with their smaller national or local community. These differences can lead to heated debates, such as the Brexit situation which pitted English citizens against one another [...]
Computer simulations explore how Alzheimer’s disease starts A new Rice University study uses computer simulations to explore the initial steps of the molecular process that leads to Alzheimer’s disease. The disease starts by the aggregation of a common protein called amyloid beta. The Rice study is the first to model the energy landscape of the assembly of many copies of the pathogenic [...]
Consuming a cold drink could reduce feelings of regret, study suggests Have you ever felt embarrassed or guilty? A new study suggests that drinking a cup of cold water or iced tea could reduce these types of uncomfortable emotions. Previous studies have shown a correlation between mental and physical states in humans; a sense of rejection, for example, can generate the sensation of feeling more cold. [...]
Nighttime hot flashes may spark mild depression in women during menopause A woman’s perception that she is experiencing a high number of nighttime hot flashes can trigger mild symptoms of depression during menopause, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Menopause occurs when a woman’s ovaries stop producing estrogen and other hormones, and her menstrual periods stop, [...]
Yoga may be viable option for people with generalized anxiety disorder Yoga could help reduce symptoms for people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, according to a study published by Georgia State University researchers in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. The research focuses on the effects of yoga on three people with the disorder and whether or not yoga could be helpful and serve as an alternative [...]
Both psychological and physiological health is impacted by social relationships at work Whether you’re an engineer, a nurse, or a call center worker, you are likely to spend an average of one third of your day on the job. In a new meta-analysis covering 58 studies and more than 19,000 people across the globe, psychologists have shown that how strongly we identify with the people or organization [...]
Scientists track surprising molecular gymnastics of memory Do you remember Simone Biles’s epic gymnastics floor routine that earned her a fifth Olympic medal? Our brains hold on to memories like these via physical changes in synapses, the tiny connections between neurons. A new study by researchers at Duke University and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience reveals unexpected molecular mechanisms by [...]
When Mental Illness is Hereditary As a child I remember my mom constantly saying “my nerves are bad.” I didn’t know that my nerves were bad, along with the little pills she took, and her alcoholism, were personal attempts to alleviate the anxiety and depression she felt. Back then it … ...
Air bag bike helmets have promise Drop tests from as high as two meters show air bag helmet may reduce impact by as much as six-fold compared to traditional bike helmets, report investigators.
How Walking My Dog is Helping Me Change More... “We need to hurry!” I think to myself in a half-way agitated manner as Ladybug stops to smell every blade of grass within what seems like a 10-mile radius. “I … ...
Quiet Anger… What do you do when you get really, and I mean really, angry about something or at someone? Are you the type that loudly addresses the problem or confronts it … ...
Webinar: Loving Someone Bipolar – You Are A Cow The webinar with The Family Stew Cartoon “You Are A Cow” is a continuation of a ten post series to highlight the Webinar titled Loving Your Special Someone with a Psychological Disorder (not titled … ...
A Return of Psychedelic Medications? Recently, there has been increased interest in the use of psychedelic drugs for the treatment of addictions and other psychiatric disorders.
The Astonishing Non-Epidemic of Mental Illness: An Update on... If you are waiting for a book bearing the title of this article, don’t hold your breath. No publisher or author would make more than a few nickels from sales. It’s much more exciting to write about the terrible “epidemic” of mental illness that has … ...
Creativity: Selling Scripts From Out Of Town A lot of writers I work with as a screenwriting coach and script consultant are working without the benefit of an agent or a manager, and some are living and … ...
How to Improve Self-Esteem After Drug Rehab It’s normal to feel pretty low immediately after drug rehab, but if you’re still struggling to regain your self-esteem and it’s been longer than you thought it would be before you felt somewhat normal again, don’t fret. While it does take time to heal from … ...