Category Archives: Psychology

They grin, you bear it. Research reveals physical impact of a smile.

Not all smiles are expressions of warmth and joy. Sometimes they can be downright mean. And our bodies react differently depending on the message a smile is meant to send….

New approaches in neuroscience show it’s not all in your head

Our own unique experiences shape how we view the world and respond to the events in our lives. But experience is highly subjective. What’s distressing or joyful to one person…

To sleep, perchance to forget

The debate in sleep science has gone on for a generation. People and other animals sicken and die if they are deprived of sleep, but why is sleep so essential? Psychiatrists Chiara Cirelli and Giulio…

Gambling against the odds on life’s risks more common after childhood stress

Adults who lived high-stress childhoods have trouble reading the signs that a loss or punishment is looming, leaving themselves in situations that risk avoidable health and financial problems and legal…

Virtual reality users must learn to use what they see

Anyone with normal vision knows that a ball that seems to quickly be growing larger is probably going to hit them on the nose. But strap them into a virtual…

Healthy competition makes habit of sustainability

Living sustainably to save the planet is serious stuff, but Madison-based non-profit Cool Choices has made a game of it. And it seems to be working. According to University of…

A visual nudge can disrupt recall of what things look like

Interfering with your vision makes it harder to describe what you know about the appearance of even common objects, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Large Study Finds 15 Genetic Sites Linked to Depression

Now, in an attempt to understand the biological underpinnings of depression, a recent study revealed 15 locations in the human genome associated with the development of major depressive disorder.

Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study shows choice may just be brain tricking itself

Free will might be an illusion created by our brains, scientists might have proved.

The Negative Health Effects Of Anger, Stress, Sadness, And Shock

According to the American Psychological Association, stress is a complicated condition that is closely tied to a myriad of health issues