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The Link Between Clutter and Depression

The Link Between Clutter and Depression | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

Dishes in the sink, toys throughout the house, stuff covering every flat surface; this clutter not only makes our homes look bad, it makes us feel bad, too. At least that’s what researchers at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) discovered when they explored in real time the relationship between 32 California families and the thousands of objects in their homes. The resulting book, Life at Home in The Twenty-First Century, is a rare look at how middle-class Americans use the space in their homes and interact with the things they accumulate over a lifetime. Our over-worked closets are overflowing with things we rarely touch. It turns out that clutter has a profound affect on our mood and self-esteem.


Via Dr. Amy Fuller
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A disorganized home reflects a disorganized mind!

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Yoga and aerobic exercise together may improve heart disease risk factors

Yoga and aerobic exercise together may improve heart disease risk factors | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Lifestyle intervention has been shown to aid in reducing the risk of death and heart disease comorbidities when used alongside medical management. Indian yoga is a combination of whole exercise of body, mind and soul, and a common practice throughout India. Researchers in this study looked specifically at Indian yoga and aerobic training's effect on the coronary risk factors of obese heart disease patients with type 2 diabetes.
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Heart disease patients who practiced yoga in addition to aerobic exercise saw twice the reduction in blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol levels when compared to patients who practiced either yoga or aerobic exercise alone.

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For older adults, volunteering could improve brain function

For older adults, volunteering could improve brain function | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Older adults worried about losing their cognitive functions could consider volunteering as a potential boost, according to a University of Missouri researcher. While volunteering and its associations with physical health are well known, less has been known about its associations with mental functioning. Now, Christine Proulx, an associate professor in the Human Development and Family Science Department in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences, has identified a link between volunteering and higher levels of cognitive functioning in older adults.
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Volunteering shown to be associated with improved brain function in a study conducted across more than 11,000 Americans. Volunteering appears to benefit people because it stimulates the brain. Volunteering individuals must follow directions, solve problems and be active, all of which engage the mind's working memory and processing.

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Traumatic Experiences Widespread Among U.S. Youth, New Data Show

Traumatic Experiences Widespread Among U.S. Youth, New Data Show | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Findings from national data show that over 38 percent of children in every state have had one or more Adverse Childhood Experiences.
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New data show that at least 38 percent of children in every US state have had at least one adverse childhood experience, such as the death or incarceration of a parent, witnessing or being a victim of violence, or living with someone who has been suicidal or had a drug or alcohol problem.

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Find a gym buddy – not letting them down may be the most powerful incentive to get exercising

Find a gym buddy – not letting them down may be the most powerful incentive to get exercising | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

Many gym members rarely show up. This new study explored various strategies for boosting gym attendance.

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Participants in teams exercise most frequently, consistent with research in a range of domains that finds people are more motivated when others are also relying on them.

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Living Near a Forest Keeps Your Amygdala Healthier

Living Near a Forest Keeps Your Amygdala Healthier | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
A neuroimaging study reveals city dwellers who live closer to forests were more likely to have healthier amygdala structure and were better able to deal with stressful situations.
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City dwellers living close to a forest are more likely to show indications of a physiologically healthy amygdala structure.

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Close your eyes to listen – you might understand more

Close your eyes to listen – you might understand more | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
When it comes to understanding how another person thinks and feels, it might be best to close your eyes and listen.
A study by an American psychologist suggests that people are better able to pick up on the emotions of others when simply focusing on their voice, compared with both watching and listening to them, or just watching them.
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People are better able to pick up on the emotions of others by focusing on a speaker’s voice, rather than their expression or gestures, study suggests.

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YuMi the robot makes debut as orchestra conductor in Italy

YuMi the robot makes debut as orchestra conductor in Italy | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
It led musicians, including renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli
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A robot called YuMi has made its conducting debut in Italy, leading an orchestra and renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli in three pieces of music including “La Donna è Mobile,” from Verdi’s opera Rigoletto.

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UK Study: Nearly 1 in 4 Girls Depressed at Age 14

UK Study: Nearly 1 in 4 Girls Depressed at Age 14 | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Researchers from the University of Liverpool and University College London analyzed responses from the Millennium Cohort Study and discovered a quarter of girls (24 percent) and one in 10 boys (nine percent) are depressed at age 14.
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A large study on more than 10,000 children born in 2000-01 reveals a significant rate of depression among teen girls and boys.

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Mental health programs in schools: Growing body of evidence supports effectiveness

Mental health programs in schools: Growing body of evidence supports effectiveness | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

This review provides evidence that large-scale, school-based programs can be implemented in a variety of diverse cultures and educational models as well as preliminary evidence that such programs have significant, measurable positive effects on students' emotional, behavioral, and academic outcomes," write J. Michael Murphy, EdD, of Massachusetts General Hospital and colleagues.

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School-based mental health programs can reach large numbers of children, with increasing evidence of effectiveness in improving mental health and related outcomes, according to a research review.

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Is a 'brain massage' the secret to treating depression?

Is a 'brain massage' the secret to treating depression? | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
That's the hope behind a relatively new treatment, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS for short), which is showing impressive results in the treatment of depression among test cases in the UK.
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Can a 'brain massage' battle the potentially life-threatening effects of depression?

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Teaching Kids Mental Health Skills Can Ease Anxiety, Suicidal Thoughts

Teaching Kids Mental Health Skills Can Ease Anxiety, Suicidal Thoughts | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

University of Alberta researchers led the EMPATHY program in a local school district from 2013 to 2015. The program was offered to more than 6,000 youth in grades six through 12. A follow-up study conducted 15 months after the program ended found the percentage of the total school population who were actively suicidal decreased from 4.4 percent to 2.8 percent.Moreover, rates of anxiety, depression, and thoughts of self-harm also saw significant declines.

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A new Canadian pilot program designed to promote mental health skills in youth significantly lessened cases of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.

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Yoga And Meditation Can Alter Stress-Related DNA: Study

Yoga And Meditation Can Alter Stress-Related DNA: Study | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as Tai Chi, yoga, and meditation have grown in popularity because of their relaxation effects. However, a new study reveals that MBIs do not just have the capability to relax the mind but can actually protect and reverse the way our DNA reacts to stress.In a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, researchers found that MBIs don't just simply promote relaxation, they actually have the capability to alter the way our DNA reacts to stress. By "reversing" the way our DNA reacts to stressors, our bodies are essentially more protected from physical and mental illnesses.
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Mind-body interventions alter the way we react to stress on a molecular level.

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Suppressing the reasoning part of the brain stimulates creativity, scientists find

Suppressing the reasoning part of the brain stimulates creativity, scientists find | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

If off-the-wall thinking gives you a headache, scientists might have the solution. Researchers have found that suppressing activity in part of the brain involved in planning and reasoning can boost an individual’s ability to think in creative ways and solve mind-bending problems. But the benefits come at a price. “We can improve very specific think-out-of-the-box [processes], but at the same time we decrease working memory processes,” said Caroline Di Bernardi Luft, co-author of the study from Queen Mary, University of London.

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Using electrical currents to affect parts of the brain involved in planning and reasoning found to make people better at imaginative puzzle-solving.

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Marriage may protect against dementia

Marriage may protect against dementia | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
The closeness of friendships also seemed to be more important than the number.
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Marriage and having close friends to protect against dementia.

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Meditation Can Actually Lead To Growth In Certain Regions Of The Brain

Meditation Can Actually Lead To Growth In Certain Regions Of The Brain | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

A growing interest in the practice of meditation has also spurred a growing body of research on the topic. Recent research done by the Max Planck Institute of Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, and published in the journal Science Advances, implies that different forms of meditation can improve your brain in different ways.

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Meditation seems to have a variety of different positive effects such as increasing your empathy, increasing your ability to stay calm, and improving your overall attention span. Study indicates that the different effects are due to different areas of the brain changing in structure.

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Learning and staying in shape key to longer lifespan, study finds

Learning and staying in shape key to longer lifespan, study finds | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh analysed genetic information from more than 600,000 people alongside records of their parents' lifespan.
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A major study of longevity has found that education leads to a longer life, with almost a year added for each year spent studying beyond school. People who are overweight cut their life expectancy by two months for every extra kilogram of weight they carry. Smoking a packet of cigarettes per day over a lifetime knocks an average of seven years off life expectancy.

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Dance your way to a healthier aging brain

Dance your way to a healthier aging brain | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

Over a year and a half, older adults who took weekly dance classes showed gains in their balancing ability. There were no such improvements in the traditional exercise group. Researchers also found hints that all those mambos and cha-chas had extra brain benefits. Seniors in both groups showed growth in the hippocampus—a brain structure that's involved in memory and learning. But the dancers showed changes in more areas of the hippocampus.

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Dancing may beat traditional exercise when it comes to improving older adults' balance—and it also enhances brain areas related to memory and learning along the way.

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Funny people are more intelligent than their po-faced peers

Funny people are more intelligent than their po-faced peers | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

Albert Einstein attributed his brilliant mind to having a child-like sense of humour. Indeed, a number of studies have found an association between humour and intelligence.

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Humor may be much more important than you think.

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Giving Proof

Giving Proof | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
The adage says it’s better to give than to receive. But is it really? The scientific evidence that generosity is good for us has been scant, even as the benefits of selfishness are obvious. Recently, however, a neurological study published in Nature Communications found there may be some biological truth to the maxim after all.
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Study shows that generosity changes the activity in people’s brains in ways that increase feelings of happiness, even if the generous act is small or only imagined.

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How Exercise Might Increase Your Self-Control

How Exercise Might Increase Your Self-Control | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
For most of us, temptations are everywhere, from the dessert buffet to the online shoe boutique. But a new study suggests that exercise might be a simple if unexpected way to increase our willpower and perhaps help us to avoid making impulsive choices that we will later regret.
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People can change and improve their self-control with regular physical activity.

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Child Abuse Can Impair Brain Wiring

Child Abuse Can Impair Brain Wiring | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
McGill researchers report those who suffer from traumatic experiences during childhood, like severe abuse, show significant abnormalities in the structure and cell function in the anterior cingulate cortex, an area of the brain associated with emotion and mood regulation. Researchers believe these changes may contribute to depressive disorders and suicidal ideations, often considered a long term effect of trauma suffered during early life.
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For the first time, researchers have been able to see changes in the neural structures in specific areas of the brains of people who suffered severe abuse as children.

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The Case for Cursing

The Case for Cursing | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
You know when you stub your toe and involuntarily utter an expletive? You probably didn’t give it much thought, but you might have been on to something.
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Swearing can increase your ability to withstand pain, according to one study.

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More Than 10 Percent of World’s Population Is Obese, Study Finds

More Than 10 Percent of World’s Population Is Obese, Study Finds | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Published Monday in The New England Journal of Medicine, the study showed that the problem had swept the globe, including regions that have historically had food shortages, like Africa.
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More than 10 percent of the world’s population is now obese, a marked rise over the last 30 years that is leading to widespread health problems and millions of premature deaths.

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The geeks are inherent at birth: older men have geekier sons, study finds

The geeks are inherent at birth: older men have geekier sons, study finds | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

Older men tend to have “geekier” sons who are more aloof, have higher IQs and a more intense focus on their interests than those born to younger fathers, researchers claim. The finding, which emerged from a study of nearly 8,000 British twins, suggests that having an older father may benefit children and boost their performance in technical subjects at secondary school.

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Researchers claim boys born to older fathers score higher on a scientifically devised ‘geek index’, which takes in non-verbal IQ and social aloofness.

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Eating French Fries Is Linked to a Higher Risk of Death

Eating French Fries Is Linked to a Higher Risk of Death | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
A new study suggests eating fried potatoes at least twice a week with an increased risk of mortality. 
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These are the worst news we had in a long long time

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