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Psychology & Sociology

Is Your Teen Depressed, or Just Plain Moody?

  The Checkup  By PERRI KLASS, M.D. FEB. 13, 2017  Forward by Lindsay:  Oh those teen years.  Parents must deal with all those mood changes, but is this just moodiness?  Or is this depression?  Parents need to be diligent and watch their child, where do they go, who do they hang with, what their interests […]

Why Our Brains Love Sugar – And Why Our Bodies Don’t

How sugar affects our brain chemistry making us want more and more Published on February 5, 2013 by Melanie A. Greenberg, Ph.D. in The Mindful Self-Express   37 inShare     “That glazed doughnut is calling my name. Oh yes it is!  It’s so sweet and pink and full of sprinkles. I long to taste […]

Study Shows How Tearjerkers Make People Happier

   COLUMBUS, Ohio – People enjoy watching tragedy movies like “Titanic” because they deliver what may seem to be an unlikely benefit: tragedies actually make people happier in the short-term. Researchers found that watching a tragedy movie caused people to think about their own close relationships, which in turn boosted their life happiness. The result [...]

Working Too Much Can Give You the Blues

Staying on the job 11 hours or more each day doubles the risk for depression, study shows People who work overtime are at much greater risk for depression, according to a new study. Researchers followed roughly 2,000 middle-aged British government workers and after taking other risk factors for depression into account, found that workers on […]

How Mistakes Can Make You Smarter

By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. Created Dec 6 2011 – 10:52am OK, nobody wants to make mistakes — but how you react to them makes a big difference in whether you learn from them. Two new studies looked at what happens in people’s brains as they make mistakes. One used college students performing a computer task; […]

Feeling out of control? Consumers find comfort in boundaries

Consumers who feel a lack of control over circumstances seek boundaries — including physical borders, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. “People often turn to aesthetic boundaries in their environment to give them a sense that their world is ordered and structured as opposed to random and chaotic,” writes author […]

Serotonin levels affect the brain’s response to anger

September 15, 2011 Research provides new insight into why some individuals may be more aggressive than others. Fluctuations of serotonin levels in the brain, which often occur when someone hasn’t eaten or is stressed, affects brain regions that enable people to regulate anger, new research from the University of Cambridge has shown. Although reduced serotonin […]

UCLA psychologists discover a gene’s link to optimism, self-esteem

UCLA life scientists have identified for the first time a particular gene’s link to optimism, self-esteem and “mastery,” the belief that one has control over one’s own life — three critical psychological resources for coping well with stress and depression. “I have been looking for this gene for a few years, and it is not […]

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