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Interview: Tips to avoid the onset of Alzheimer’s Special

According to psychotherapist Dr. Andrea Brandt, our brains remain “plastic” — able to change and make new connections — throughout life. Understanding this feeds into some Alzheimer’s prevention strategies, she explains in an exclusive interview

Kicking the smoking habit online

New research concludes that online social networks, specificlaly designed to help smokers kick the tobacco habit, can be effective. Success rises provided users are active participants.

Becoming more connected: Startups create apps for 'mindfulness'

In our digital world, we're constantly bombarded with data, so much so that we have forgotten how to connect with the real world and give our minds a few minutes rest. Startup companies are now coming to the rescue, developing apps that promote wellness.

One-third of known French radicals are mentally disturbed: minister

Paris - Nearly a third of people on a French terror watchlist are believed to have psychiatric disorders, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Tuesday, a day after a mentally ill man went on a rampage in a stolen van in Marseille.

The warm glow of giving starts in your brain: study

Paris - What inspires humans to acts of generosity? Economists, psychologists and philosophers have pondered this question for millennia.

The teens escaping the mafia through therapy

Rome - He faced jail for smuggling Kalashnikovs, but the teenage heir to a powerful mafia clan in Italy was instead removed from his family and given a chance to break free of the criminal underworld.

Treating depression with brain orientated magnets

New research has been undertaken relation to lowering the impact of depression on the affected individual. Researchers from the Semel Institute report on an interesting approach for tackling depression using magnets.

Do fidget cubes and spinners help with ADHD?

Gadgets like fidget cubes and spinners are increasingly popular in homes and schools. One application of the toys is to help people with anxiety, autism or ADHD focus better. But how well do these devices work?

Can creativity be boosted through electrical stimulation?

London - Is it possible to boost creativity by applying electrical stimulation to the brain? One group of scientists state they have found a way to improve creativity through brain stimulation.

Austria's fantastical factory of 'raw art'

Vienna - Nestled in the hills of Austria sits Gugging, an artists' colony with a difference where the worlds of psychiatry and art collide -- with spectacular success.

Playfully inclined people have a societal advantage

There are several different personality types and psychologists regularly debate precisely how many types there are. Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg researchers say ‘playfulness’ should added and this trait confers a social advantage.

Addiction to love comes in two forms: Study

What does love feel like? Love addiction comes in not one but two forms according to neuroscientists. In a long-term review, researchers from the Oxford University Centre for Neuroethics explain what these differences are.

Are we ready for the consequences of a technology-ruled world?

Technology plays an increasingly big part of our lives with an array of gadgets and the development of the Internet of Things. Is the rise in technology a good thing for the human condition? A top academic thinks we need to pause for thought.

Matter of perception: How creative people perceive the world

Melbourne - Why are creative people so clever? How do they come up with innovations and inventions? It is a special something that goes beyond IQ and relates, according to a new study, to how some people perceive the world.

Pokémon Go players are happier and friendlier

The strange psychological research story of the week looks into gamers, players of Pokémon Go in particular, and seeks to find out whether the character chasing adventurers are happier and friendlier than the general population.

The more you use Facebook the worse you feel: Study

Addicted to Facebook? Enjoy liking posts and making comments? Be warned, a new psychology study has found the more people use Facebook the lower their self-esteem becomes.

Happiest cities in the U.S. revealed through new survey

Where are the most content, and by association, least content cities in the U.S.? Where are the collective populations happiest? In drawing up such a list, what is happiness and how is it measured? A new survey probes for the answers.

Artificial intelligence helps predict suicide risks

New research suggests that machine learning can predict, with 80-90 percent accuracy, if a person is likely to attempt suicide. The prediction can extend up to two years into the future.

Do we look like our names? Psychologists think so

If you look at a person you’ve not met before how many times do you try to guess their name, or are at least unsurprised when you’re told the person’s name? It seems that humans are very good at predicting the names of people they have not met befor

Lifestyle factors affect our opinions of politicians

Much has been made about the decline in the public’s trust in politicians together with the veracity of what they say. With due notice of this, the preexisting views of voters are just as important as what politicians say and do, according to a new stud

Pharmaceutical company partners with Apple to tackle depression

Pharmaceutical company Takeda and digital health tool developer Cognition Kit are to work together to see if mobile apps and wearables can help fight depression. This will include working with Apple and its smartwatch.

Violent video games have no effect on antisocial behavior

Another study on video games and violence has been undertaken, this time looking at whether games with more violent content influence the ability of the gamer to be empathetic towards other individuals. The answer is: no impact.

Why offering positive support can have negative consequences

It may initially seem counterintuitive but psychologists have run studies that show offering positive support to your spouse can have negative consequences in certain circumstances.

Psychological reinforcement helps combat ‘fake news’

The circulation of fake news, especially on social media and in light of the U.S. presidency election, is concerning to those interested in discussing fact and evidence based news. A new study shows how fake news can partly be combated.

Psychology explains what retail therapy is all about

When people are unhappy they often go out and buy something in order to make themselves feel better. One of the drivers for this, psychologists report, could be a fundamental unhappiness with personal relationships.

What your choice of smartphone says about you

What does your choice of smartphone reveal about your personality? Are Android users really more honest than iPhone users? New research says so.

Psychologists report surprising news for pessimists

Glass half-full or half empty? While optimists and pessimists will respond to this tired cliché differently, when it comes to receiving bad news both personality types tend to respond similarly, according to a new study.

New method for assessing addiction in people

Addiction to a substance affects the brain and once some is dependent, removing the need for the substance becomes psychologically and physically difficult. This is not a simple process as a new method indicates.

Is digital addiction a problem that affects only Millennials?

Is digital addiction a real medical condition or just a scaring ghost evoked by people who seek a financial gain from a boom of allegedly addicted kids? And how much is this problem affecting youths compared to adults?

Essential Science: Electroconvulsive shock treatment on the rise

Electroconvulsive shock treatment, once a fairly common treatment for mental illness, is regaining popularity and could be set to make a comeback to the psychiatric mainstream.
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