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Study Explores How Teens Manage Risk While Driving

April 27, 2015

Though teens represent just 14% of the population, they account for about 30% of the costs of car accident injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2011, 2,650 teens died in car accidents, with 292,000 treated in emergency rooms for injuries sustained in car accidents. Understanding how the brain responds to the risks and rewards of driving may help parents better train their teens to... Read More

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High Rates of Mental Health Discrimination, and Other News

April 24, 2015

New research by RAND and the California Mental Health Services Administration points to an epidemic of discrimination against those with mental health issues. Researchers followed up with 1,066 Californians who indicated mild to serious psychological difficulties in the California Health Interview Survey. Just 41% of respondents believed that people are sympathetic and caring in response to mental health challenges, and... Read More

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Is Mindfulness Therapy Just as Effective as Antidepressants?

April 23, 2015

Doctors, therapists, and mental health advocates have long advised people experiencing depression to consider both medication and psychotherapy. Medication doesn’t always work, though, and even when it does, it can take months to find the right drug and determine the right dose. For some people, the wait is too long. Others are concerned about the potential side effects. If you struggle with depression and are reticent... Read More

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Babies Feel Pain Similarly to Adults, Study Suggests

April 22, 2015

Despite evidence—such as crying, resisting, and seeming afraid—that points to babies’ ability to feel pain, the notion that very young children feel either no pain at all or less pain than adults persists. Even as recently as the 1980s, babies routinely were denied pain medication during surgery. A 2014 review found that 60% of babies in neonatal intensive care units receive no pain medication, despite being... Read More

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Study Suggests Fidgeting May Help Children with ADHD

April 21, 2015

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) are accustomed to warnings to stop fidgeting. Their busy brains can overload their bodies, and the stress of having to sit still and fight boredom can cause fidgety behavior. Kids with ADHD, though, often insist that fidgeting helps them focus. And based on the results of a small study, they might be right. Fidgeting: a Helpful Tool for Kids with ADHD? The study, published... Read More

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Understanding ‘The Button,’ Reddit’s Highly Addictive Game

April 20, 2015

Two weeks ago, Reddit released a new game, “The Button,” as an April Fool’s Day joke. The game has taken on a life of its own, with users caving to temptation to play the game even though they have no idea what the button is. This strange game may provide clues into the psychology of addiction. The Button: A Game Without a Point The game is deceptively simple. A button is positioned next to a 60-second countdown... Read More

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Can Probiotics Protect Against Depression and Negativity?

April 17, 2015

Probiotics, which promise to boost “good” bacteria, have exploded into the world of healthy living in recent years. The body is home to colonies of millions of bacteria that help you digest food, fight infections, and even help you grow. Probiotics may also improve mental health. A small study published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity has found that people who take probiotics tend to ruminate less on negative feelings. Probiotics... Read More

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Survivors of Boko Haram Kidnapping Share Stories, and Other News

April 17, 2015

A year ago, the terrorist organization Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, sparking international outrage and giving birth to #BringBackOurGirls. Ten girls escaped kidnapping and are now living in the United States. Volunteers helped the girls enroll in and pay for boarding school, and donors continue to pay for the teens’ basic needs. But because so few people are aware that there are Boko... Read More

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Want Your Child to Land a Good Job? Teach Self-Control

April 16, 2015

In an economy that increasingly demands higher and higher levels of formal education, parents who want their kids to land good jobs can easily spend thousands on tutors, educational aids, and test preparation. A new study suggests that parents who want their children to succeed might also want to focus on their children’s behavior. The study, published in Psychological Science, argues that higher levels of self-control... Read More

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Researchers Identify the Brain Signals Behind ‘Cooties’

April 15, 2015

Circle, circle, dot, dot … if you know how the “vaccination” ends, then you’re just like millions of other people who grew up fearing the dreaded “cooties.” Cooties may not be real, but the emotions that cause children to manufacture invisible bugs certainly are. A small study published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience has uncovered the brain signals associated with cooties. Does Gender... Read More

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Violent Video Games Don’t Make Kids Violent, Study Finds

April 14, 2015

Violence in video games has long concerned parents, who worry about the influence on impressionable minds of controversial games such as Grand Theft Auto. In many games, players score higher when they break the (virtual) law, behave violently toward others, and maximize the pain inflicted on other players. So pervasive is the idea that violent video games cause violent behavior that a 2010 survey found that 49% of adults... Read More

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Study Dispels Gender Myths About Emotion and Rationality

April 13, 2015

The notion that women are more emotional—and therefore less rational—than men can be found everywhere from self-help books to Internet message boards. Women’s supposed lack of rationality has been used to justify various forms of discrimination, and even to claim that women are less intelligent than men. A study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin argues not only that women are just as rational... Read More

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Obama Calls for Ban on Conversion Therapy, and Other News

April 10, 2015

Last December, 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn jumped in front of a tractor-trailer and died. Her online suicide note indicated that pressure to conform to the male gender assigned to her at birth played a role. Alcorn’s parents took her to a conversion therapist to “cure” her of being transgender. She also stated in her suicide note, “My death needs to mean something.” LGBT advocates responded with an outpouring... Read More

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Could Brain Signals Stop Your Heart at the Time of Death?

April 9, 2015

Most people want to live as long as possible, but researchers have found that your brain might, in the end, work against you. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that brain signals may play a role in cardiac arrest near the time of death. Changing brain activity with medication, though, may help reverse the process. Does Your Brain Help Kill Your Heart? You might think... Read More

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