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Psychology & Sociology

Researchers look for ingredients of happiness around the world

  Researchers look for ingredients of happiness around the world L. Brian Stauffer In 1943, American psychologist Abraham Maslow proposed that all humans seek to fulfill a hierarchy of needs, which he represented with a pyramid. The pyramid’s base, which he believed must come first, signified basic needs (for food, sleep and sex, for example). Safety […]

Infidelity: Add Another Brick to the Wall

By James L. Knoll IV, MD | June 14, 2011 Dr Knoll is associate professor of psychiatry at the SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY, where he is director of forensic psychiatry, and director of the forensic psychiatry fellowship at Central New York Psychiatric Center. He is also the editor in chief of Psychiatric […]

Diagnosed autism is more common in an IT-rich region

  A new study from Cambridge University has for the first time found that autism diagnoses are more common in an IT-rich region. The Medical Research Council (MRC) funded study, published today in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, has important implications for service provision in different regions and for the ‘hyper-systemizing’ theory of […]

The myth of the ‘queen bee’: Work and sexism

Female bosses sometimes have a reputation for not being very nice. Some display what’s called “queen bee” behavior, distancing themselves from other women and refusing to help other women as they rise through the ranks. Now, a new study, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association […]

Homelessness Ups Death Risk

Homelessness Ups Death Risk                    Note that having a substance abuse diagnosis, or being addicted and schizophrenic, significantly increased the risk of death.  Mortality rates are higher in the homeless population, but the prevalence of mental illness did not seem to boost their death rates during the study period, Danish […]

Sweeping studies vindicate genetic theory of autism

With autism affecting close to one percent of children in the U.S., the urgency to find some sort of explanation for the disorder has never been greater. This week, three studies published in the 9 June issue of Neuron offer a definitive vindication of the theory that spontaneous, or de novo, genetic mutations underlie the […]

Lack of relationships, education top list of common American regrets

Los Angeles, CA (June 8, 2011) Regrets—we’ve all had a few. Although too many regrets can interfere with life and mental health, a healthy amount of regret can motivate us to improve our lives, say researchers Mike Morrison of the University of Illinois and Neal Roese of Northwestern University in the current issue of Social […]

A 500-Year Plan for Humanity’s Mental Health

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Psychologist and co-author, ‘A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook’ Posted: 06/ 9/11 08:22 AM ET Author Nelson Henderson said, “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” What does this mean? There’s a depth of meaning that we can bring to our lives […]

“Facebook Depression.” ?

Doctors say what may seem fun and innocent may actually be leading teens into what’s being termed “Facebook Depression.”   If you’re a teenager you’re most likely on a social networking site like “Facebook.” For most it’s a fun, easy way to keep in touch and find out what’s going on with friends. But new […]

Psychologists have yet to fully tackle the question How many emotions do we have

Psychologists have yet to fully tackle the question:  How many emotions do we have Part of the difficulty is because our experiences are so complex and involve so many different factors, so distinguishing one emotion from another is a lot like drawing lines of sand in the desert. It can be hard to determine where […]

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