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Why some people get ‘skin orgasms’ from listening to music Have you ever been listening to a great piece of music and felt a chill run up your spine? Or goosebumps tickle your arms and shoulders? The experience is called frisson (pronounced free-sawn), a French term meaning “aesthetic chills,” and it feels like waves of pleasure running all over your skin. Some researchers have even [...]
Does a ‘clear speaking’ style increase the perception of femininity? When listening to voices, we tend to perceive the speaker as masculine or feminine rather quickly. These snap judgments are based on acoustic information from the speaker’s voice. But some vocal qualities deemed “feminine” can overlap with acoustic cues for “clear speech,” which is a set of changes speakers make when they suspect their listener [...]
What are the timing and risk factors for suicide attempts in the army? A new study that examined timing and risk factors for suicide attempts by U.S. Army-enlisted soldiers suggests risks were highest among those soldiers never deployed and that never-deployed soldiers were at greatest risk in the second month of service, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. Just like suicides, suicide attempts have increased [...]
Stop Worrying About Spoilers--They Actually Help You Enjoy the Story More It is a truth universally acknowledged that pretty much everyone hates spoilers. The internet was furious with former Detroit Tigers player Michael Sams for accidentally tweeting a major spoiler for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And this week we learned about a vengeful ex-girlfriend who deliberately spoils Game of Thrones for her former paramour each week. ...
Workaholism frequently co-occurs with ADHD, OCD, anxiety and depression Researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway have examined the associations between workaholism and psychiatric disorders among 16,426 working adults. “Workaholics scored higher on all the psychiatric symptoms than non-workaholics,” says researcher and Clinical Psychologist Specialist Cecilie Schou Andreassen, at the Department of Psychosocial Science, at the University of Bergen (UiB), and visiting scholar [...]
Neuroscientists illuminate role of autism-linked gene A new study from MIT neuroscientists reveals that a gene mutation associated with autism plays a critical role in the formation and maturation of synapses — the connections that allow neurons to communicate with each other. Many genetic variants have been linked to autism, but only a handful are potent enough to induce the disorder [...]
What can Pavlov’s dogs tell us about drinking? Humans aren’t much different from other animals. Just like Pavlov’s dogs, we can become conditioned to associate environmental cues with rewards. Innocent enough when the sight of your sneakers makes you want to go for a run, but not necessarily so when the sight of the liquor store prompts you to want a drink. Indeed, [...]
Is symptom expression a form of communication? Symptoms of illness are not inevitably tied to an underlying disease –rather, many organisms, including humans, adapt their symptom expression to suit their needs. That’s the finding of Arizona State University’s Leonid Tiokhin, whose research appears in the Quarterly Review of Biology. Tiokhin, an anthropology doctoral candidate in the School of Human Evolution and Social [...]
Prenatal fruit consumption boosts babies’ cognitive development Most people have heard the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It’s an old truth that encompasses more than just apples–eating fruit in general is well known to reduce risk for a wide variety of health conditions such as heart disease and stroke. But now a new study is showing the [...]
Boosting productivity at work may be simple: Stand up Most people have heard the argument that standing desks are good for the body. They can help burn more calories and fight obesity. Standing can even help improve students’ attention and cognitive functioning. Now, new research from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health indicates that they may boost productivity in adults [...]
Are You a Self-Esteem Junkie? The Unexpected Dark Side.... Of course we all want to feel good about ourselves!  Striving for success, accomplishing goals, feeling appreciated are all a part of a healthy life well lived. But is there … ...
Could There Be One Cure for All Mental Illness? “One treatment to cure them all, one technique to find them, one network to bring them all and in the heterogeneity bind them.” Imagine: A cure all for ALL mental illnesses… sounds illogical, perhaps impossible, something straight out of fantasy, no? Well, at the SharpBrains … ...
How to Get a Verbal Abuser to Stop Abusing You Getting a verbal abuser to stop abusing you is one of those topics that is simple and complicated at the same time. On the simple side of the matter, it’s … ...
Warming to the Sensual Touch: The Science of Foreplay How individual notions of reward can change over time. The art of foreplay lies in knowing when and how much – and can lead to deeply meaningful relationships.
The Infant “Crying It Out” Debate: Chapter 615 A new Australian study looks at two different infant sleep interventions and whether they work or cause damage
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3 Easy Ways To Use Your Notes For Final Exam Studying Many students take notes in class but then don’t use them to study. Actively rereading your science or history notes before review week is a great way to prime your … ...
Failure or Success? An Internal Conversation “FAILURE!” my mind screams at me. “You’re a sheer bloody failure as a human being!” But, but, but… “No but’s! You’re a failure! Always have been…always will be. A disgrace … ...
Is Sarcasm Really the #1 Way to Ruin Relationships? With a lot of research claiming that sarcasm kills marriages and relationships, does that mean you should put your sarcastic side on mute? Or is there something wrong with the … ...