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April 23, 2017

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An Impulsive Cognitive Style Comes With Implications, Researchers Say

Feb. 1, 2017 — A new study finds a wide range of subtle but measurable tendencies in the thinking of people who would rather snatch a quick reward than wait for a bigger ... read more

Mindfulness Meditation Training Lowers Biomarkers of Stress Response in Anxiety Disorder

Jan. 24, 2017 — Mindfulness meditation is an increasingly popular treatment for anxiety, but testing its effectiveness in a convincing way has been difficult. Now a rigorously designed, clinical trial has found ... read more

Meditation and Music May Help Reverse Early Memory Loss in Adults at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Jan. 21, 2017 — In a recent study of adults with early memory loss, scientists found that practice of a simple meditation or music listening program may have multiple benefits for older adults with preclinical ... read more

Religious Involvement Lessens Likelihood of Owning a Handgun

Jan. 17, 2017 — Americans who are more involved in religious congregations are less likely to own handguns, according to a new ... read more

Researchers Urge Caution Around Psilocybin Use

Dec. 30, 2016 — In a survey of almost 2,000 people who said they had had a past negative experience when taking psilocybin-containing 'magic mushrooms,' a researchers say that more than 10 percent believed ... read more

Is There Such a Thing as an Emotional Hangover? Researchers Find That There Is

Dec. 26, 2016 — Emotional experiences can induce physiological and internal brain states that persist for long periods of time after the emotional events have ended, a team of scientists has ... read more

Can You Unconsciously Forget an Experience?

Dec. 9, 2016 — Wanting to squash not-so-great memories is human nature, but is it possible to intentionally forget a traumatic ... read more

Avoiding Spiritual Struggles and Existential Questions Is Linked With Poorer Mental Health

Dec. 5, 2016 — Fear of confronting the tensions and conflicts brought on by existential concerns—the “big questions” of life—is linked with poorer mental health, including higher levels of depression, ... read more

Nov. 29, 2016 — Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music, report ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — The third annual Chapman University Survey of American Fears (2016) has been released by researchers. The survey asked respondents about 65 fears across a broad range of categories including fears ... read more

Oct. 3, 2016 — Meditation can help tame your emotions even if you're not a mindful person, suggests a new study. Psychology researchers recorded the brain activity of people looking at disturbing pictures ... read more

Sep. 21, 2016 — Oxytocin has been dubbed the "love hormone" for its role promoting social bonding, altruism and more. Now new research suggests the hormone may also support ... read more

Posting Personal Experiences on Social Media May Help You Remember Them in the Future

Sep. 7, 2016 — Posting personal experiences on social media makes those events much easier to recall, a new study -- the first to look at social media's effect on memory -- has ... read more

Spiritual Meditation Plus Medication: Best Medicine for Migraines?

Sep. 2, 2016 — New research examines whether or not, and to what extent, a combination of spiritual meditation and migraine medication affects analgesic medication ... read more

Aug. 30, 2016 — Scientists used a rigorous study design to assess the biological impact of meditation compared to vacation. The researchers found that a resort vacation provides a strong and immediate impact on ... read more

'Coming Out' in the Classroom, but Not by Choice

Aug. 26, 2016 — In a first-of-its kind study, researchers found that active learning classrooms, which require more group work than traditional lecture courses, may create an unaccepting atmosphere for LGBTQIA ... read more

Fighting the Stigma of Albinism

Aug. 23, 2016 — People with albinism face major health problems, including skin cancer, involuntary eye movements, and poor eyesight. According to a new study, many of them also suffer severe discrimination and ... read more

Aug. 22, 2016 — A new study suggests that people who participate in regular religious acts send a clear signal to others that they're ready and willing to contribute to their communities. A researcher spent two ... read more

Beginning Pornography Use Associated With Increase in Probability of Divorce

Aug. 22, 2016 — Beginning pornography use is associated with a substantial increase in the probability of divorce for married Americans, and this increase is especially large for women, finds a new ... read more

Mindfulness Combats Depression for Disadvantaged Black Women

Aug. 15, 2016 — Eight weeks of mindfulness training helped alleviate depressive symptoms and reduce stress in African-American women with lower socio-economic status, providing an effective alternative to more ... read more

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