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Whoa – Can a Machine Learn to Spot Depression? You Won’t Believe This! Meet Ellie. Ellie is a computer program that has been developed and designed to spot depression by analysing the speech and facial expressions of a person … ...
Happiness can break your heart too Happy events can trigger a heart condition known as takotsubo syndrome, according to new research. Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) is known as 'broken heart syndrome.' Now, for the first time, researchers have systematically analyzed data from the largest group of patients diagnosed with TTS worldwide, and found that some patients have developed the condition after a happy or joyful event; they have named it 'happy heart syndrome.'
Tell Me What You Want, What You Really Really Want Relationships are about interfacing with another being. As much as many of us, myself included prefer to be independent entities at times, the truth is, other people offer some of … ...
Study Shows That Flattering Targeted Ads Would Be a Great Method of Social Control Everyone reading this has stared at a targeted ad wondering why anyone thought it applied to them. A new study shows that making people guess why a targeted ad applies to them, and feel flattered by it, gets them to open their wallets—and just maybe become a better person....
Perform Now, Fizzle Later — Why Mastery Matters   It’s common rhetoric among educators, coaches, and fitness professionals that to get anywhere we have to have goals. If we want a to run a 10K race in six … ...
Compound stems damage from brain bleeding A compound that blocks iron-containing enzymes in the brain improves recovery following brain hemorrhage, a new study in rodents shows, and it works in an unexpected way.
Next-generation immunotherapy offers new hope for beating brain cancer High-grade glioma is the most aggressive form of brain cancer. Despite improvements in surgical procedures, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy, this type of brain tumor is still notoriously hard to treat: less than 10 percent of patients survive beyond five years. Researchers have now shown that next-generation cell-based immunotherapy may offer new hope in the fight against brain cancer.
New weapon in the fight against children's brain tumors Children with brain cancer may soon get some help from mice with the same disease, thanks to a new brain tumor model in mice that should make it easier to test treatments.
The Surprising, Deeper Reason Introverts Avoid Small Talk... It ALL makes sense now. I’m definitely an introvert. It’s not that I constantly sit by myself in a corner and never talk to people. I can be social, but I also get overwhelmed in social situations. I’m famous for leaving parties early. I enjoy … ...
3 salvoes in the reproducibility crisis The reproducibility crisis in Psychology rumbles on. For the uninitiated, this is the general brouhaha we’re having over how reliable published psychological research is. I wrote a piece on this in 2013, which now sounds a little complacent, and unnecessarily focussed on just one area of psychology, given the extent of the problems since uncovered […]
What’s Up with American Boys? An article in a recent issue of Psychology Today (1) asks, “Why Are Young Men Falling Behind?” It cites a number of statistics that show men taking second place to … ...
What Infertility Feels Like for Men Men often feel like their emotions need to take a backseat, and this can lead to a powder keg of emotions, waiting to explode.
Lessons Learned from Jumping Out of a Plane at... Ten years ago, our 8 year old son watched a movie about skydiving and immediately wanted to do it. A quick internet search revealed he needed to be 18 years old before he could jump, providing me with much relief. Thinking there was a lot … ...
PET scans reveal key details of Alzheimer's protein growth in aging brains Neuroscientists show for the first time that PET scans can track the progression of Alzheimer's disease. In doing so, they also shed light on tau and beta amyloid, two key proteins associated with the neurodegenerative disorder.
The First Step to Feeling More Comfortable in Your... Years ago I believed that in order to finally feel comfortable in my own skin, I had to lose weight. Because most days, I felt so uncomfortable, so overwhelmed, so weighed down, … ...
Study: Canine Compulsive Disorder Could Help Humans With OCD... Back in November, I wrote about how studying animal behavior can help humans with mental illness, and highlighted an ongoing study of dogs with compulsive behaviors at Tufts University. At the … ...
Learning a new sport may be good for the brain Learning a new physical skill in midlife could change and strengthen the brain in ways that practicing other familiar pursuits such as crossword puzzles or marathon training will not.
Am I Introverted Or Am I Lazy? An introvert wonders if her need for downtime is just an excuse for being lazy.
Device to combat memory loss from brain injury, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease created New technologies to improve memory in people with traumatic brain injury, mild cognitive impairment, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s disease have been developed by scientists.
Mobile device addiction linked to depression, anxiety Is cellphone use detrimental to mental health? A new study finds that addiction to, and not simply use of, mobile technology is linked to anxiety and depression in college-age students.