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Empathy study finds low dose of MDMA makes people feel more concerned for others A team of researchers from the Netherlands and Switzerland have confirmed that the drug 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) — commonly known as ecstasy or molly — enhances empathy towards others. The findings, published April 3 in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, are based on a pooled sample of 118 participants from six double-blind placebo-controlled studies. The participants ingested [...]
Art connoisseurs tend to rely on prestige as an indicator of quality, study finds New research helps explain why experts’ preferences often deviate from laypeople’s preferences in the realm of art. The two-part study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Human Nature, found that expert appreciation of artwork was driven in part by a prestige bias. An initial experiment with 151 undergraduate students found that laypeople appreciate portrait photographs depicting [...]
Hypnosis may still be veiled in mystery – but we are starting to uncover its scientific basis Some argue that hypnosis is just a trick. Others, however, see it as bordering on the paranormal – mysteriously transforming people into mindless robots. Now our recent review of a number of research studies on the topic reveals it is actually neither. Hypnosis may just be an aspect of normal human behaviour. Hypnosis refers to [...]
Fragmentation of Personality Given the complexity of our online lives, how do we define the totality of who we are? Is this changing how we think of being integrated human beings and our creative lives?
Study: Sexual arousal patterns of autogynephilic cross-dressers resemble heterosexual men Male cross-dressers have similar erotic preferences to heterosexual men, according to recently published research. The research in the peer-reviewed Archives of Sexual Behavior examined the genital arousal patterns associated with autogynephilia, meaning the tendency to be sexually aroused by the thought or image of being a woman. Using a variety of erotic videos along with [...]
Brain stimulation during training boosts performance New research shows that working memory training combined with a kind of noninvasive brain stimulation can lead to cognitive improvement under certain conditions. Improving working memory or cognitive strategies could be very valuable for training people faster and more efficiently.
How to Love and Support a Woman with Anxiety Trust me, she’s worth it. So, you’ve fallen in love with a woman who has anxiety. You’re one of the lucky ones. You have met a woman who feels deeply. Commercials for dog food make her cry. So does messing up that Pinterest recipe she … ...
An Online Intervention for Overprotective Parents A couple weeks ago, I wrote about how giving children less autonomy puts them at higher risk for anxiety. Now a group of psychologists in Australia have proposed a solution to this problem: online interventions for overprotective parents. The researchers have long been interested in how interventions can help parents...
Why Conspiracy Theories Are So Appealing Put on your tin-foil hat, cover your webcam with a piece of tape, and wait for the imminent arrival of the lizard people because it’s time for some conspiracy theories. Over half of American adults believe in at least one wacky theory, but why are these absurd and complex ideas are so appealing?...
Orange essential oil may help alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD will affect about 8 percent of people during their lives. A new study suggests that passively inhaling orange essential oil could offer a nonpharmaceutical option to relieve symptoms.
Brain's power to adapt offers short-term gains, long-term strains Like air-traffic controllers scrambling to reconnect flights when a major hub goes down, the brain has a remarkable ability to rewire itself after suffering an injury. However, maintaining these new connections between brain regions can strain the brain's resources, which can lead to serious problems later, including Alzheimer's Disease, according to researchers.
How walking benefits the brain You probably know that walking does your body good, but it's not just your heart and muscles that benefit. Researchers found that the foot's impact during walking sends pressure waves through the arteries that significantly modify and can increase the supply of blood to the brain.
New insight into brain development disorder Two years ago, the Zika virus drew attention to microcephaly, a developmental disorder in which the brain and skull display inhibited growth. But there are other causes of microcephaly, such as congenital genetic diseases. Much is still unknown about brain development, but researchers have now new shed light on the molecules involved.
Brain circuit enables split-second decisions when cues conflict A circuit in the brain is critical for governing how we respond to conflicting environmental cues, new research concludes.
Challenging the current approach to Glut1 deficiency Researchers have discovered that diet changes and early diagnosis could help outcomes for patients with Glucose Transporter Type 1 Deficiency, a rare pediatric neurological disorder that can cause motor developmental problems and trigger seizures and epilepsy.
The placebo effect can mend a broken heart too, study shows Feeling heartbroken from a recent breakup? Just believing you're doing something to help yourself get over your ex can influence brain regions associated with emotional regulation and lessen the perception of pain. That's the takeaway from a new study that measured the neurological and behavioral impacts the placebo effect had on a group of recently broken-hearted volunteers.
This Personality Trait Makes The Average-Looking More Attractive How less attractive men can make themselves stand out from the crowd. • Click here for your free sample of Dr Jeremy Dean's latest ebook The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic • Dr Dean is also the author of Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything.
Tips to reduce your daily stress and anxiety A better understanding of this stress epidemic can be used to help protect ourselves from many of its consequences.
The single life continues to be stigmatized — but most single people are doing just fine The 21st century is the age of living single. Today, the number of single adults in the U.S. – and many other nations around the world – is unprecedented. And the numbers don’t just say people are staying single longer before settling down. More are staying single for life. A 2014 Pew Report estimates that [...]
Love and Exile: Decoding the Many Rules of the Girl Code What do women want from their female friendships? Decoding the rules of the Girl Code.