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Discrimination Linked to Increased Stress, Poorer Health, American Psychological Association Survey Finds ™ poll shows many who experience discrimination live in heightened state of vigilance due to anticipated discrimination
This Is What Happened When Instagram Banned Certain Pro-Anorexia Words In 2012, Instagram started moderating certain terms used by pro-anorexia groups, making it one of the more tightly moderated social media platforms. A group of Georgia Tech researchers decided to study if banning such words helped the communities using them. Instead, they found that it may make matters worse....
Studies point to physical pain as an outcome of economic insecurity A series of studies have found a connection between economic insecurity and physical pain. Lead research Eileen Chou and colleagues were interested in how factors such as employment status, economic security, and perceived control lead to physical pain among people who experience economic insecurity. In the first study, a sample of 33,720 households were accessed [...]
Want a younger brain? Stay in school — and take the stairs Taking the stairs is normally associated with keeping your body strong and healthy. But new research shows that it improves your brain’s health too — and that education also has a positive effect. In a study recently published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, researchers led by Jason Steffener, a scientist at Concordia University’s Montreal-based [...]
Listen to Your Parents! (It’s Good for Them) Speaking from life experience may help people feel socially connected as work wind downs and the nest gets empty.
Yoga can help those experiencing depression, anxiety and PTSD Across the country, health and human service providers have shown a growing interest in using yoga as an option for treating people who experience mental health problems. But a recent study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that while there are some promising benefits to using yoga, there isn’t yet enough [...]
Study: Meditation and ballet associated with wisdom Wisdom is often linked with age, but not all elders are wise. So, what makes a person wise? A new study, “The Relationship between Mental and Somatic Practices and Wisdom,” published Feb. 18, 2016, in PLOS ONE, confirms the age-old conception that meditation is associated with wisdom. Surprisingly, it also concludes that somatic (physical) practices [...]
Gamers don’t notice the ads when they’re busy killing When people playing violent video games focus on killing and maiming, they don’t often remember the corporate brands they see along the way. That’s the conclusion of a new study that is one of the first to look at whether product placements in video games are an effective form of advertising. Results showed that gamers [...]
Is ‘educational neuroscience’ a waste of money? Educational neuroscience has little to offer schools or children’s education, according to new research from the University of Bristol, UK. In a controversial research paper published in Psychological Review, Professor Jeffrey Bowers of Bristol’s School of Experimental Psychology warns that schools are investing in expensive interventions because they claim a neuroscientific basis. However, the paper [...]
Self-harming youngsters put at risk by ‘cycle of shame’ Young people who self-harm only seek emergency hospital care as a last resort due to a deep sense of shame and unworthiness, a study at the University of Exeter has found. The research, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry and supported by NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West [...]
Being bullied does not lead to higher substance abuse Being bullied can hurt young children in many ways, but a new UT Dallas study found that it does not lead to later substance abuse. The research by three criminologists in UT Dallas’ School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) discovered that students who were bullied in third grade did not have a greater [...]
The Pebble Meditation (Video) A simple and effective mindfulness meditation using pebbles, useful for stress, anger, and anxiety....
10 Telling Signs You’re an Emotionally Intelligent Person... Emotionally intelligent people are the best people. Emotionally intelligent people are the advice-givers amongst their group of friends. Do you have a friend who seems to know what you’re feeling before you’ve verbalized it? This friend is emotionally intelligent. There are many of those people … ...
Banning words on Instagram doesn’t help — it makes it worse A new Georgia Tech study finds that Instagram’s decision to ban certain words commonly used by pro-eating disorder (pro-ED) communities has produced an unintended effect. The use of those terms decreased when they were censored in 2012. But users adapted by simply making up new, almost identical words, driving up participation and support within pro-ED [...]
Physical activity encouraged more in boys than in girls School and family influences on physical activity may be stronger in boys than in girls in Australia, according to a study published March 9, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Rohan Telford from the University of Canberra, Australia, and colleagues. Scientists have observed what appears to be a gender-based disparity in physical activity among [...]
Study lays groundwork for potential bipolar disorder therapies Bipolar disorder, which affects nearly eight million Americans, takes a toll not only on patients, but also on their families and communities. A new study by scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has identified specific genetic variations closely associated with increased susceptibility to bipolar disorder and other conditions. The discovery [...]
New intervention program reduces bullying in early childhood Physical and relational bullying can happen among children as young as 3- to 5-years-old, but the results of a new study suggest that a relatively short intervention program recently developed by researchers at the University at Buffalo can lead to significant reductions in some of these behaviors. The study, published in a special edition of [...]
Get sleep sorted by age 5 to help children settle at school A child who soothes themselves back to sleep from an early age adjusts to school more easily than those who don’t, new QUT research has found. The Australian study revealed one in three children have escalating problems sleeping across birth to five years which increased their risk of emotional and behavioural issues at school and [...]
Researchers build molecule that could significantly reduce brain damage in stroke victims Research teams separated by 14 hours and 9,000 miles have collaborated to advance prospective treatment for the world’s second-leading cause of death. University of Nebraska-Lincoln chemists partnered with medical researchers from the National University of Singapore to develop a molecule that can inhibit an enzyme linked with the onset of stroke. Most strokes occur when [...]
What your gaming name reveals about your personality, according to psychology People online often live behind a veil of anonymity – and video gamers are no exception. Hundreds of millions of people play online games every day and are known to others only by the short user name they choose for themselves. But recently it was discovered that those user names have a bit more to [...]