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August 9, 2020



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Brain Waves Can Be Used to Predict Future Pain Sensitivity

Rhythms produced by the brain can reliably be used to predict how sensitive we are to pain, new research ...

Life-Hack: Rituals Spell Anxiety Relief

Researchers are examining the important roles rituals play in reducing our anxiety ...

How Psychedelic Drug Psilocybin Works on Brain

To see how psychedelics impact the claustrum, a mysterious region of the brain believed to control the ego, researchers compared the brain scans of people after they took psilocybin with their scans ...

Study in Twins Finds Our Sensitivity Is Partly in Our Genes

Some people are more sensitive than others -- and around half of these differences can be attributed to our genes, new research has ...
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Spending on Experiences Versus Possessions Advances More Immediate Happiness

Consumers are happier when they spend their money on experiential purchases versus material ones, according to new ...

Increase in Calls to US Poison Control for Natural Psychoactive Substances

A new study found there were more than 67,300 calls to US Poison Control Centers regarding exposures to natural psychoactive substances. The study looked at calls from January 2000 through December ...

Prayers Can Crowd out Donations for Disaster Victims

A new study finds that people who prayed for hurricane victims before donating gave less than they would have otherwise: Because those who prayed believed that prayers improved the victims' ...

Mind-Body Therapies Alleviate Pain in People Prescribed Opioids

A new study details the first comprehensive look across the scientific literature at the role of mind-body therapies in addressing opioid-treated pain. The researchers found that certain mind-body ...

Mindfulness Meditation Enhances Positive Effects of Psilocybin

Recent years have seen a renewed interest in the clinical application of classic psychedelics in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. Researchers have now shown that mindfulness ...

The Propensity to Hear 'Voices' in Schizophrenia May Be Established by Infancy

Findings reveal how auditory hallucinations may arise in patients with schizophrenia and provide potential new targets for early detection and ...

Is This Brain Cell Your 'Mind's Eye'?

No-one knows what connects awareness -- the state of consciousness -- with its contents, i.e. thoughts and experiences. Now researchers propose an elegant solution: a literal, structural connection ...

Psychology of Attraction to Religious Deities and Super-Heroes

A new psychological study has addressed centuries-old questions about how and why supernatural beings are ...

For Kids Who Face Trauma, Good Neighbors or Teachers Can Save Their Longterm Health

New research shows just how important positive childhood experiences are for long-term health, especially for those who experience significant adversity as a child. Studies over the past 20 years ...

Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment Can Learn and Benefit from Mindfulness Meditation

A pilot study shows promising evidence that adults with MCI can learn to practice mindfulness meditation, and by doing so may boost their cognitive ...

How to Consider Nature's Impact on Mental Health in City Plans

An international team has created a framework for how city planners and municipalities around the world can start to measure the mental health benefits of nature and incorporate those into plans and ...

'Mystical' Psychedelic Compound Found in Normal Brains of Rats

A study in rats has revealed the presence of naturally occurring dimethyltryptamine, a ...

Initially Threatened by Change, People Adapt to Societal Diversity Over Time

With time, people can adapt to societal diversity and actually benefit from it, according to a new study. Those in power especially set the tone for integrating people into a new ...

Meditation Needs More Research: Study Finds 25 Percent Suffer Unpleasant Experiences

More than a quarter of people who regularly meditate have had a 'particularly unpleasant' psychological experience related to the practice, including feelings of fear and distorted ...

Experiences of 'Ultimate Reality' or 'God' Confer Lasting Benefits to Mental Health

In a survey of thousands of people who reported having experienced personal encounters with God, researchers report that more than two-thirds of self-identified atheists shed that label after their ...

For Busy Medical Students, Two-Hour Meditation Study May Be as Beneficial as Longer Course

For time-crunched medical students, taking a two-hour introductory class on mindfulness may be just as beneficial for reducing stress and depression as taking an eight-week meditation course, a study ...

Power to the People: How Everyday Acts of Defiance Can Shape and Change Markets

Subtle, hidden and everyday acts of resistance and defiance by people with limited resources could have an impact on markets in societies where state and religion is all-powerful. These are the key ...

People With a Sense of Oneness Experience Greater Life Satisfaction

People who believe in oneness -- the idea that everything in the world is connected and interdependent -- appear to have greater life satisfaction than those who don't, regardless of whether ...

Complex Societies Gave Birth to Big Gods, Not the Other Way Around

Big data analyses by an international research team suggest that moralizing gods are rather the product than the drivers of social ...

Fast-Acting Psychedelic Associated With Improvements in Depression/anxiety

Researchers have discovered that use of the synthetic psychedelic 5-methocy-N,-N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) appears to be associated with unintended improvements in self-reported depression and ...

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