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Practicing yoga can help reduce paranoid thoughts, memory problems, trouble concentrating, and obsessive thoughts in prison inmates, according to new research published in frontiers in psychiatry
A new study shows that the reason why a majority (76%) of us struggle to solve statistical problems is because of fixed mindset: we tend to stick with the familiar methods we previously learned in school, which could blind us to the existence and application of potentially simpler solutions
First ever meta-analysis on Indian lead exposure reveals link to devastating intellectual disability in children. At low levels, one µg/dL of lead contamination in the blood causes more than half a point of IQ decrement.
Diabetics up to 10 times more likely to die from alcoholism, study warns. Sufferers are significantly more likely to die by suicide or from alcohol related issues because of the toll on their mental health caused by managing the condition, a study has found.
Study Provides Insights on the Effects of Exercise on Cognitive Performance. The investigators found that both aerobic exercise and upright posture improved visual working memory compared with passive and seated conditions.
Why is it fun to be frightened? - "Guests reported significantly higher mood, and felt less anxious and tired, directly after their trip through the haunted attraction. The more terrifying the better: Feeling happy afterward was related to rating the experience as highly intense and scary."
Thinking outside the box: Adults with ADHD not constrained in creativity - People often believe those with ADHD face challenges that could hinder future employment, but a new study finds that adults with ADHD feel empowered doing creative tasks, which could help them on the job.
We make judgements quite rationally or "by the gut". Not only experience and relevant information play an important role, but also our preferences. A study shows how the reward system in the brain conveys judgements affected by one's own desires.
A new double-blind, placebo-controlled trial identifies effective ketamine doses (two subanesthetic dosage levels) for treatment-resistant depression, which were more effective than an active placebo in reducing depression symptoms over a three-day period.
Religious freedom laws may be linked to poorer self-reported health among people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or are unsure of their sexual orientation. Prior research show sexual minorities have greater rates of poor mental health, due to discrimination, harassment, and stigma they often endure.
Muscular men prefer an unequal society, suggests a new study (n=6,349). Men with large upper-bodies have a tendency to favour inequality in society and a limited redistribution of resources. The results challenge the belief that our political views are formed by logic and reason alone.
A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators identifies two subanesthetic dosage levels of the anesthetic drug ketamine that appear to provide significant symptom relief to patients with treatment-resistant depression.
People from Western and East Asian cultures had consistently different ideas of what facial expressions indicate the moment of orgasm. Specifically, Western participants expected widened eyes and gaping mouths, while East Asian participant’s ideas culminated in a slight, tight-lipped smile.
Why people with borderline personality are so hard to please: New study suggests that, rather than being only sensitive to social rejection, people with borderline personality disorder are sensitive even to acceptance, so they chronically feel rejected, even when the opposite is happening to them.
Muscular Men Prefer an Unequal Society - "A new study reports physicality and political attitudes may be linked, for men at least. Researchers found more muscular men tend to prefer political attitudes that favor inequality..."
Husband’s disapproval of his wife’s friends predicts divorce among White couples, even after controlling for potentially confounding factors, such as income and marital quality, finds a new study (n=355 Black and White couples).
"UK Biobank shares the promise of big data: UK Biobank contains a wealth of data on genetics, health and more from 500,000 participants. A detailed overview of the biobank and an analysis of its brain-imaging data show the value of this resource"
The order of response options on online questionnaires impacts respondents' choice, suggests a new study. The first option is chosen most often. This ‘primacy effect’ is higher for people without a degree, and may be due to a reluctance to spend time and effort reading all the answers (n=22,910).
Psychiatrists are using VR to submerge patients in virtual worlds that allow them to face their fears without consequence. A new study shows that these worlds and the virtual therapists that inhabit them can reduce fear of heights by 67%.
Researchers have developed two new illusions that reveal how the senses can influence each other - in particular, how sound can give rise to visual illusions - a phenomenon called postdiction in which a stimulus that occurs later can retroactively affect our perceptions of an earlier event.
A huge rise in the number of people taking antidepressant drugs is potentially posing a threat to the environment. “Antidepressant and antianxiety medications are found everywhere, in sewage, surface water, ground water, drinking water, soil, and accumulating in wildlife tissues
Behavioral economics with a similar issue... A meta-analysis of 93 studies found “no statistically significant differences” in the persuasive power of public-health messages when framed in terms of loss as opposed to gain.
Researchers have discovered that the same gene which increases your risk of depression following financial stress as you grow older also reduces your chance of depression associated with friendship and relationships stresses when young- your social network.
Diet and Weight May Affect Bipolar Treatment Response - "The study found those who had a better quality of diet and lower BMI responded better to treatments than those who were overweight and ate foods that promoted inflammation."
In 2018 a diagnostic test was used to determine if cognitive functions are affected or not in premenstrual syndrome. The study showed PMS women have longer P300 wave latencies in all regions compared to the non-PMS group. How severely does this impact judgement and rational thought?
Couples who often say “we” and “us” have more successful relationships and are healthier and happier, suggests a new study, with the benefit evident in all five measures of relationship outcomes (including physical and mental health), and equal for both men and women.
If a sales agent brings their customer a small gift, the customer is much more likely to make a purchase, suggests a new study. The fact that even small gifts can result in conflicts of interest has implications for where the line should be drawn between tokens of appreciation and attempted bribery.
When young adult females viewed selfies posted by other women, the more they believed the women digitally modified their selfies and the more they believed the women were their offline peers (vs. models), the more negatively (e.g., less intelligent, less honest) they evaluated them.
A study has found giving children omega-3 fatty acid supplements reduces disruptive behavior, which in turn had a positive effect on their parents, making them less likely to argue with each other and engage in other verbal abuse
US study finds a strong link between the depression and opioid-related deaths. A 1% increase in depression diagnoses was associated with a 26% increase in opioid-related deaths. The states with the highest rates of opioid-related deaths often have a shortage of mental health care professionals.
Researchers Create New Font That Helps Boost Memory: Researchers at RMIT combine psychological theory and typography to develop a new computer font they say helps to improve retention of written information.
Day-time naps help us acquire information not consciously perceived - "The findings, published in the Journal of Sleep Research, support the advice which suggests that a period of sleep may help weighing up pros and cons or gain insight before making a challenging decision."
Normally we are going through lot of emotions from situation to situation in our daily life. Our emotional roller coaster pushes us to give reactions without thinking in any situations, which becomes emotional outburst. How to work on it?
Holding a powerful position is good only when a person perceives their power as an opportunity, and not as a responsibility. It primes a physiological state that allows a person to grow, change, and have positive social influence.
Women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed are more likely to suffer from poor sleep, anxiety, high blood pressure, and symptoms of depression. While the findings cant prove the events are behind the greater likelihood of such health problems, researchers say it highlights an important link.