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What’s the Difference between Social Anxiety Disorder and Shyness?... Social anxiety disorder, or social phobia as it is also known, is not the same thing as ordinary shyness. But they are frequently confused, both by sufferers and by neurotypical … ...
Could Binge-Watching with Your Partner Bring You Closer? New research suggests that sharing the fictional lives of TV and movie characters with your romantic partner can compensate for lacking shared real world friends.
The Power of Journaling Sometimes it is hard to know where to begin the journey of recovery from traumatic and other difficult experiences, such as abuse, rejection, death, betrayal, abandonment, disaster, loss, or some other type of disturbance that occurs in our lives.  There is, however, one tool that … ...
Curiosity Has the Power to Change Behavior for the Better Piquing people’s interest can entice them to choose healthier behaviors over more tempting, unhealthy ones, study finds
Brain Training Reduces Dementia Risk Across 10 Years Specific brain training exercise can keep people’s minds sharp
Focus on Future to Save More Money Maintaining vivid vision of the future helps people make better financial decisions, study says
Tinder: Swiping Self Esteem? Study suggests users of popular dating app feel more negative about themselves than nonusers
"Media Contagion" Is Factor in Mass Shootings, Study Says Psychologist calls on media to withhold shooters’ names
Secret to a happy marriage? Maybe drinking alcohol Researchers found couples who drank had "decreased negative marital quality over time."
Do You Hate Talking about your Anxiety? Of course you want to put a lid on your anxiety. Stuff it back down where it came from. You do NOT want to talk about your anxiety, to open … ...
Farewell, Great East-West Divide The East is a construct that may have lost its validity when it comes to social psychological implications....
Research on borderline personality disorder suggests frontal brain activity drives increased amygdala activity Problems with the regulation of emotion in borderline personality may be caused by frontal brain activity, according to a study published this June in Brain Imaging and Behavior. The research suggests that borderline personality disorder involves a feedforward system in which input from frontal brain regions – conscious thoughts and cognitions – are driving excessive [...]
Sighing reduces physiological tension in anxiety-sensitive individuals, study finds Emotions and breathing have historically been associated in both animal and human studies. More recent research has shown that a number of respiratory characteristics (speed of breathing, depth, etc.) can vary based on emotional experience. The sigh (a distinct deep breath) is a specific form of respiratory action that is expressed during both positive and [...]
Scientists examine sleep homeostasis in the fruit fly brain Oxford University researchers have discovered what causes a switch to flip in our brains and wake us up. The discovery, published in the journal Nature, brings us closer to understanding the mystery of sleep. Sleep is governed by two systems–the circadian clock and the sleep homeostat. While the circadian clock is quite well understood, very [...]
Insomnia? Oversleeping? Both may increase your risk of stroke There is growing evidence that sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea are related to stroke risk and recovery from stroke, according to a recent literature review. The review is published in the August 3, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Based on the review, the authors [...]
Today I Broke And today I broke. I just walked in my backdoor, closed the bathroom door, got in the shower, and started crying – that big, ugly, guttural cry that is so very unattractive and yet so very necessary at times. There was nothing wrong.  Not really. … ...
New research explores why people ‘pass the buck’ People are more likely to delegate decisions–or “pass the buck”–when faced with choices that affect others than when those decisions affect only themselves, according to new research from Mary Steffel, assistant professor of marketing in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. From a series of experiments, Steffel and her collaborators found that these [...]
Researchers investigate the enjoyment of ‘trash films’ Typically, trash films are low budget films, which do not correspond to the mainstream standards and taste. However, with three sequels and a big fan community, a film like “Sharknado” is a perfect example for the success of trash films. “Apart from flying sharks, blood and guts are the main ingredients of this surprise trash [...]
Research shows new neurons created through exercise don’t cause you to forget old memories Research has found that exercise causes more new neurons to be formed in a critical brain region, and contrary to an earlier study, these new neurons do not cause the individual to forget old memories, according to research by Texas A&M College of Medicine scientists, in the Journal of Neuroscience. Exercise is well known for [...]
Study suggests ‘use it or lose it’ to defend against memory loss Iowa State University researchers have identified a protein essential for building memories that appears to predict the progression of memory loss and brain atrophy in Alzheimer’s patients. Auriel Willette, an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition; and Ashley Swanson, a graduate research assistant, say the findings also suggest there is a link between [...]