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Can Twitter Tell if You’re Depressed?​

Researchers are working on algorithms that they hope could be used to detect cases of depression and PTSD.

Which Personality Disorders Do Your Favorite Actors Have?

You may believe that all actors have narcissistic traits in a professional that rewards egotism. New research on the personalities of real actors shows you're only partly right.

Why Are You Always Thinking About Yourself?

Narcissism ranges from healthy to unhealthy, but is core to who we are. Research reveals brain mechanisms which default to self-reflection when we aren't doing anything else.

The Psychology of Child Torture

What is the common nature of these horrific acts — and the people behind them?

A Law Enforcement A.I. Is No More or Less Biased Than People

By Matthew Hutson on January 17, 2018 in Psyched!
When does it make sense to rely on algorithms?

How Suppressed Emotions Enter Our Dreams and Affect Health

We push negative thoughts out of our waking minds and they appear in our dreams, doing little good. How can we find a balance to address negative emotions with positive intent?

Why the Narcissistically Entitled Are So Difficult to Please

The narcissistically entitled can make dealing with them difficult indeed. Knowing what’s behind their fussiness can make your life, and possibly theirs, much easier.

The Importance of Friends with Similar Disabilities

A new study finds that friendships among adults with disabilities are beneficial. Might that be true for young people, too?

What We Mean When We Talk About Entitlement

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on January 15, 2018 in Between the Lines
Can a little bit of entitlement help you think out of the box? New data suggests it spurs creative problem-solving.

MLK: Expanding Compassion to All Brothers and Sisters

 “I am moved to break the betrayal of my own silences and to speak from the burnings of my own heart.”

Brain Networks in TMS for Combined PTSD and Major Depression

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a promising treatment for people with both PTSD and depression. New TMS research gives insight into how to refine existing approaches.

How Can We Make Conversational Agents More Humanlike?

Do we want robots that cough and whose tummies grumble? Research suggests that we do.

Post-Traumatic Growth and Post-Traumatic Stress Can Coexist

By Christopher Bergland on January 14, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
We commonly associate PTSD with natural disasters. Surprisingly, a new study reports that personal growth can coexist with post-traumatic stress in the years following.

The 2 Ways to Become the Cool Person You Always Wanted to Be

The two factors that control your being seen as truly cool come under scrutiny in a new study of the personality traits of those we want to emulate.

The Connection Between Writing and Sleep

By Lydia Denworth on January 12, 2018 in Brain Waves
Do you have trouble falling asleep? A new study reveals that writing for a few minutes is an easy and effective solution. But what you write about makes all the difference.

Is “Man-flu” a Real Phenomenon?

Last month, a doctor and medical professor took an in-depth look at actual research into “man flu.”

Media Coverage Can Change Minds

Identifying as American may be a key factor in how you respond to coverage of Trump's policies.

"Sonic Attack" Not Mass Hysteria, Says Top Doc—He's Wrong!

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on January 10, 2018 in It's Catching
State department doctor gives stunning testimony on sonic attack claims.

Can Dogs Suffer From ADHD?

Dogs and human children share a number of mental characteristics and predispositions including the possibility of ADHD.

A New Way to Understand Procrastination

You may think you’ll never get over your tendency to put off the tasks you’d rather not complete, or even the ones you’d like to start, but new research suggests how to try.

A Handle on the Head of State

by on January 09, 2018
The U.S. presidency is a cognitively demanding job, yet there is no requirement for assessing a president’s mental fitness to govern. At what point does the clinical become the constitutional?

3 Ways of Saying "No" to Unwanted Sex

Research on refusal to provide consent for sex begins to sketch out the complicated landscape of how people say "No," when "No means no!" is one important part of the picture.

Exercise Keeps Us Young at Heart in More Ways Than One

By Christopher Bergland on January 08, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
Even if you've been sitting too much and are out of shape, a new study reports that kickstarting a fitness regime (and sticking with it) can reverse the signs of an aging heart.

Saving the Planet Feels Good

Can positive emotions help save the environment? New research suggests that a warm-glow from engaging in virtuous moral behaviors can encourage green behavior.
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Fear-Driven Learning Circuit

Informing efforts to develop more effective PTSD treatments.

Violent Media and Aggressive Behavior in Children

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in The Baby Scientist
With recent gun violence in the U.S., one of the questions that always comes up is whether violent media promotes violent or aggressive behavior, especially in children.

Sad Songs Say So Much...About the Listener

A recent study suggests that a strong emotional response to sad music is associated with high empathy.

Our Attraction to Partners Who Look Like Our Parents

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Attraction, Evolved
Do we tend to prefer partners who resemble our parents?

"Touch Me There," Said the Robot

Are we physiologically activated when touching robots' bodies? Research begins to sketch out how we respond to humanoid robots.

Attachment Style, Adult Well-Being, and Childhood Trauma

Research spanning decades looks at how maltreatment of children plays out in adulthood.

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