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(Medical Xpress)—There were almost 32,000 substantiated cases of severe abuse, neglect and violence in Australia last year with some children dying as a result.
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We often think of helping others as a 'nice to do'. But helping can actually make you more successful, productive, and even extend your life. Here's why.
Curiosity-gap headlines hook us in. Here's what psychologists say about our need to fill in the blanks.
Aristotle claimed that "happiness is the meaining and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence." And for good reason.
Why the connections between brain cells in depressed people are often shrivelled was a mystery – but a single protein could be to blame
A night to remember.
My heart softened, and suddenly, the sadness didn't feel as strong. You see, depression thrives in secrecy but shrinks in empathy....
Green space puts people in a better mental state, with significant and sizable effects. Better get gardening.
We find the time and money to improve our lives in other ways, so maybe it's time to add in a prescription for people....
A new study shows that others can influence us more than we ever imagined.
YouGov poll also reveals two in five suffered suicidal thoughts, self-loathing or panic attacks as result of unemployment
Are we experiencing a massive increase in sub-clinical narcissism?
Looking at the question of how social behavior has developed over the course of evolution, scientists have gained new insights from the study of earwigs. "Young earwig offspring don't simply compete for food. Rather the siblings share what is available amongst themselves, especially when the mother is absent," explained one of the researchers.
Disadvantaged environments can shorten telomeres and alter genes by age nine.
The "wisdom of the crowds" theory has its limits, report researchers. In some situations, smaller groups can make more accurate decisions than larger ones.
Empirical evidence for the healthy push-and-pull of love. You may recall the Benjamin Franklin Effect -- that odd phenomenon of reverse p
Two studies are shedding new light on the most common type of 'friend' to be unfriended on Facebook and their emotional responses to it. The studies show that the most likely person to be unfriended is a high school acquaintance. Both studies were based on a survey of 1,077 people conducted on Twitter.
New research explains why we tend to think we're all doomed, even as we hope for a better personal future. Can we close that gap between private optimism and public pessimism?
Numerous studies have suggested that using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter can affect mental health and well-being. We look at the evidence.
Another study, from the University of California San Diego (UCSD), suggests that using social media may even spread happiness. The research team, led by James Fowler of the School of Medicine at UCSD, found that happy status updates encourage other users to post happy status updates themselves.
Want to live longer? Find a purpose.
Emotion-tracking technology--using your phone's camera to monitor your face--is being used for neuromarketing already. And it's coming soon to health...
Love (or maybe lust) not only blocks pain, it also seems to stimulate the same parts of the brain as cocaine
What would make you more likely to reduce your carbon footprint: Knowing that climate change is a threat to people—or to birds? New research has some surprising implications.
Facing in the right direction—straight ahead—makes a destination seem closer, research shows, and the closer you get, the more connected you'll feel.
Maybe winning isn't always necessary. Plus musings on when to quit, cheating to win, the cost of victory, and more.
birthrates are below replacement in much of the world except among the religious