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Homeless and abused children benefit from animal-assisted therapy

Homeless and abused children benefit from animal-assisted therapy | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
(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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10 Ways Helping Others Will Improve Your Life

10 Ways Helping Others Will Improve Your Life | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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.
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Upworthy's Headlines Are Insufferable. Here's Why You Click Anyway

Upworthy's Headlines Are Insufferable. Here's Why You Click Anyway | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Curiosity-gap headlines hook us in. Here's what psychologists say about our need to fill in the blanks.
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'The pursuit of happiness isn't all it's cracked up to be' (Wired UK)

'The pursuit of happiness isn't all it's cracked up to be' (Wired UK) | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Aristotle claimed that "happiness is the meaining and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence." And for good reason.
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Protein that shrinks depressed brains identified - health - 23 April 2014 - New Scientist

Protein that shrinks depressed brains identified - health - 23 April 2014 - New Scientist | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Why the connections between brain cells in depressed people are often shrivelled was a mystery – but a single protein could be to blame
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What Really Matters

What Really Matters | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A night to remember.
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How to Help Someone With Depression

How to Help Someone With Depression | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
My heart softened, and suddenly, the sadness didn't feel as strong. You see, depression thrives in secrecy but shrinks in empathy....
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If You Live Near A Park, You're More Likely To Be Happy

If You Live Near A Park, You're More Likely To Be Happy | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Green space puts people in a better mental state, with significant and sizable effects. Better get gardening.
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People Need People

People Need People | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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....
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The Astonishing Power of Social Pressure

The Astonishing Power of Social Pressure | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A new study shows that others can influence us more than we ever imagined.
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One in 10 young British 'have nothing to live for'

One in 10 young British 'have nothing to live for' | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
YouGov poll also reveals two in five suffered suicidal thoughts, self-loathing or panic attacks as result of unemployment
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You're So Vain

You're So Vain | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Are we experiencing a massive increase in sub-clinical narcissism?
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Sibling cooperation in earwig families provides clues to the early evolution of social behavior

Sibling cooperation in earwig families provides clues to the early evolution of social behavior | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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.
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Social Disadvantage Creates Genetic Wear and Tear

Social Disadvantage Creates Genetic Wear and Tear | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Disadvantaged environments can shorten telomeres and alter genes by age nine.
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More brains don't always lead to better decisions - Futurity

More brains don't always lead to better decisions - Futurity | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The "wisdom of the crowds" theory has its limits, report researchers. In some situations, smaller groups can make more accurate decisions than larger ones.
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Why Love Needs Space: Applying the Benjamin Franklin Effect to Romantic Relationships

Why Love Needs Space: Applying the Benjamin Franklin Effect to Romantic Relationships | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Empirical evidence for the healthy push-and-pull of love.

You may recall the Benjamin Franklin Effect -- that odd phenomenon of reverse p
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Impact of Facebook unfriending analyzed by researchers

Impact of Facebook unfriending analyzed by researchers | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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.
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Optimism for Me, Pessimism for We

Optimism for Me, Pessimism for We | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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?
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Social media: how does it really affect our mental health and well-being?

Social media: how does it really affect our mental health and well-being? | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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.

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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.

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A Meaningful Life Leads to a Longer Life

A Meaningful Life Leads to a Longer Life | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Want to live longer? Find a purpose.
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How Are You Feeling Today? Soon Your App Could Know

How Are You Feeling Today? Soon Your App Could Know | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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...
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Love really is like a drug

Love really is like a drug | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Love (or maybe lust) not only blocks pain, it also seems to stimulate the same parts of the brain as cocaine
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Can Empathy Help Stop Climate Change?

Can Empathy Help Stop Climate Change? | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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.
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The closer you get, the closer you'll feel - Futurity

The closer you get, the closer you'll feel - Futurity | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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.
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Does Winning Mean Everything?

Does Winning Mean Everything? | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Maybe winning isn't always necessary. Plus musings on when to quit, cheating to win, the cost of victory, and more.
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Be Fruitful and Multiply

Be Fruitful and Multiply | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
birthrates are below replacement in much of the world except among the religious
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