Credit: CC0 Public Domain Smartphones have become a constant companion for many of us. In a recent study by the Pew Research Center, nearly 50 percent of adults reported they “couldn’t live without” their phones. Whether at the supermarket, in the doctor’s office, or in bed at night, it can be tempting to pick up […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain This is a teen’s brain on marijuana. This is a teen’s brain on social media. See any difference? In a groundbreaking study, a UCSD psychiatrist is investigating whether social media affects the adolescent brain in the same way as cannabis. Establishing a link could change how medical professionals view teens’ engagement […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain A woman whose boyfriend or husband regularly watches pornography is more likely to report symptoms of an eating disorder, new research suggests. The study is one of the first to look at how a romantic partner’s behavior might be linked to the likelihood of a woman experiencing or engaging in such […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are showing promising gains from a sleep program developed by researchers at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Deakin University. Results of the study published in Psychological Medicine reveal that a two-session program improves children’s sleep, ADHD symptoms, quality of life, daily functioning and behaviour […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Our actions are guided by moral values. However, monetary incentives can get in the way of our good intentions. Neuroeconomists at the University of Zurich have now investigated which area of the brain resolves conflicts between moral and material motives. Their findings reveal that our actions are more social when these […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain There is only scant scientific evidence available on whether the genetic risk for developing specific psychiatric disorders or cognitive traits is manifest in brain structure from childhood, and to date, studies have focused primarily on adult populations. The question remains unanswered. New evidence has now been provided by a study led […]Continue Reading ...
A study participant is exposed to yawning in virtual reality while a UBC researcher records observations. Credit: Nicola Anderson/UBC Immersive virtual reality (VR) can be remarkably lifelike, but new UBC research has found a yawning gap between how people respond psychologically in VR and how they respond in real life. “People expect VR experiences to […]Continue Reading ...
Together with researchers from South Korea, Prof George Augustine from NTU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine uncovered new details of a brain pathway that can cause impulsive behaviours such as binge eating, impulsive shopping and other addiction-related behaviours. Credit: Nanyang Technological University Researchers from Singapore and South Korea have uncovered new details of a […]Continue Reading ...
Brief, text-based, self-administered exercises can significantly increase in-the-moment happiness for adults recovering from substance use disorders, report researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Recovery Research Institute. The study, published online in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, is the first of its kind to test whether positive psychology exercises boost happiness in persons recovering […]Continue Reading ...
Couples in the Baylor University “love hormone” study were asked to paint this scene — inserting their own initials –in the art class. Credit: Karen Melton When couples play board games together or take a painting class with each other, their bodies release oxytocin—sometimes dubbed the “hugging hormone.” But men wielding paintbrushes released twice as […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Should we stop using electroconvulsive therapy to relieve symptoms of severe depression? Experts debate the issue in The BMJ today. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) involves sending an electric current through the brain to trigger a seizure. The treatment is given under general anaesthetic with muscle relaxants, so the body does not convulse […]Continue Reading ...
Eating a healthy diet fuels our brain cells, fights inflammation and helps produce the chemicals that make us happy. Credit: Antor Paul Worldwide, more than 300 million people live with depression. Without effective treatment, the condition can make it difficult to work and maintain relationships with family and friends. Depression can cause sleep problems, difficulty […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Mindfulness meditation is a promising option for easing chronic pain, finds a pooled analysis of the available data, published online in the journal Evidence Based Mental Health. It can lessen the severity and impact on daily life of chronic pain as well as the accompanying distress, the findings indicate. This is […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Nostalgia for events experienced by members of your own group can make you prefer domestic products over foreign ones, concludes the first systematic investigation into the effects of collective nostalgia on consumer decisions. The results could help countries bolster domestic industries without resorting to hard interventions, such as tariffs or international […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: Shutterstock Men looking to beef up their love life are drawn to eating meat because they believe it makes them appear more desirable to the opposite sex, according to a new international study. Research involving more than 1600 participants from Australia, USA and the UK found that a desire for status and implied wealth, […]Continue Reading ...
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