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Your (fake) morning brew: Placebo reduces caffeine withdrawal in abstinent coffee drinkers When you can’t get your morning coffee, you’re cranky, irritated, drowsy, irritable, and can’t concentrate. These withdrawal symptoms have been widely tested and confirmed through numerous studies. Other studies have yielded that information about caffeine content of a beverage (regardless of its accuracy) increase positive effects of alertness, contentedness, and calmness. A new study, published in [...]
Standing Up to Shame There is a part of me that feels defective.  This part of me feels like there’s this separation between me and the rest of the world.  Like the world can be divided between the good and the bad, and because I generally have an open-minded … ...
10 Indicators of Toddler Anxiety Is there really such a thing as toddler anxiety? After all, what do toddlers have to worry about? You’re right – toddlers have it made. They have no responsibilities. They … ...
Emotional distress in teens linked to future joblessness Suffering from emotional problems in adolescence is an important risk factor for future joblessness, irrespective of socio-economic background, according to a new report by academics at the University of Stirling. The research, which examined the employment patterns of over 7,000 Americans over a 12 year period, found clear evidence that distressed adolescents – who tend [...]
Simulations show how helmets protect bike crash victims’ brains Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of concussions by 54 percent, and drastically cut the risk of skull fractures, according to a study at Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Published in the journal, Accident Analysis & Prevention, the findings are based on computer-simulated reconstructions of actual bike crashes in which the riders’ wore no [...]
Psychotherapy for depressed rats shows genes aren’t destiny Genes are not destiny in determining whether a person will suffer from depression, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. Environment is a major factor, and nurture can override nature. When rats genetically bred for depression received the equivalent of rat “psychotherapy,” their depressed behavior was alleviated. And, after the depressed rats had the therapy, some [...]
Uncertainty can cause more stress than inevitable pain Knowing that there is a small chance of getting a painful electric shock can lead to significantly more stress than knowing that you will definitely be shocked, finds a new UCL study funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC). The study, published in Nature Communications, found that situations in which subjects had a 50% chance [...]
3 Social Comparison Biases that Torpedo Motivation  You know you do it! Most of us do – some more, some less. In the dark of night or light of day, at your desk, or procrastinating before the … ...
Autistic and non-autistic people make similar moral judgements Autistic individuals have been frequently referred as lacking of empathy, with no or little concern for others’ feelings, to the extent that a faction of media has tried to expose the role of possible autistic personalities behind extremely violent behaviors. This has led to stigmatization of this group with the public perception that autistic individuals [...]
Study finds training with unpredictability improves memory recall Memory training with unpredictable components could be more effective in enhancing episodic memory than training with predictable elements, according to new findings from UT Dallas researchers published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. Episodic memories are those associated with autobiographical events, such as a past birthday party or first trip to an amusement park. This [...]
Pathological narcissism linked to sexual assault perpetration in college, study finds Almost 20 percent of college men have committed some kind of sexual assault, and 4 percent have committed rape, according to a study published by University of Georgia researchers who were examining the link between different kinds of narcissism and the perpetration of sexual assaults. The study found a strong connection between pathological narcissism and [...]
Research on risky sexual behaviors among men who have sex with men is lacking Sexual health research focused on men who have sex with men is lacking, according to health researchers, even in the midst of rising rates of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, in this population. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three-quarters of syphilis cases, 22 percent of gonorrhea cases and [...]
The Importance of Being Yourself on Social Media Over the last few months I’ve been sharing my photography on Instagram. It has resulted in a near-constant desire for validation through likes and follows — I’ll write another article on that soon. The point is, scrolling through the newsfeed, I see copious amounts of photographers who … ...
All humans make the 'not face' Researchers say this single expression of disapproval is so instinctively used that it might as well be part of our language.
What it's like to be a male survivor of sexual assault Researchers have found that one in six men have experienced abusive sexual experiences before age 18.
Virtual Reality Therapy for Depression The future, as the cliché goes, is here. Bionic limbs are approaching the functionality of natural appendages; traveling to space continues to get cheaper just as approval to mine space … ...
The Link Between Food Insecurity and High Hospitalization Rates... When you’re worried about not having enough food — or not being able to prepare the food you do have — where can you turn? In our increasingly mobile society, … ...
The Perils of Splashing Out When you're on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, it's tempting to rack up those credit card charges while you're enjoying yourself. History suggests that this might not be a great idea.
The Narcissistic Personality Over the past several months, we’ve heard the word “narcissist” repeatedly used by newscasters and pundits to describe Donald Trump. But what exactly is a narcissist?
Knitting Circles Knitting circles are therapeutic. Ann Hood, author of "The Knitting Circle," discovered this. Reluctantly she joined a knitting circle at her mother's insistence after losing five-year-old daughter to meningitis and struggling to recover from this insurmountable loss. She learned to knit and found that, "amid the focused clicking of needles,...