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  • Anticipating Temptation May Prevent Unethical Decisions
    Source: Google News - HealthA recent study may have solved the psychological mystery of why good people do bad things. This question has haunted humankind for centuries, but these new findings offer new insights into what causes people give resist or give into temptation... more...

  • Memory Loss Is Not Always the First Sign of Alzheimer’s
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthWhile memory loss is thought to be a classical first sign of Alzheimer’s disease, some middle-aged people and younger seniors may initially experience different cognitive problems such as trouble with language or problem solving, a large U.S. study suggests. Researchers reviewed data on early symptoms for almost 8,000 Alzheimer’s patients and found one in four people under age 60 had a chief complaint unrelated to memory, though memory was... more...

  • Infections Linked to Lower IQ Scores
    Source: ScienceDailyNew research shows that infections can impair your cognitive ability measured on an IQ scale. The study is the largest of its kind to date, and it shows a clear correlation between infection levels and impaired cognition. more...

  • Anti-Semitism in Malmö Presents Challenge to Swedish Immigration
    Source: Canadian Broadcasting Company - Top Stories NewsMalmö, Sweden's tiny Jewish community is facing increasingly blatant anti-Semitism. The Jewish community centre has been under armed guard, a rabbi has been attacked on the street, and few want to talk about it, writes Karin Wells. more...

  • Free Mental Safe House Opens in New York City
    Source: CNN - HealthAt this federally funded alternative to hospitalization, guests can check in to apartment-style rooms and talk through their concerns and fears with staff. more...

  • Certain Proteins May Slow Memory Loss in People with Alzheimer's
    Source: ScienceDailyCertain proteins may slow the devastating memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to a groundbreaking new study. The researchers found evidence that an elevated presence of a protein called neuronal pentraxin-2 may slow cognitive decline and reduce brain atrophy in people with Alzheimer's disease. more...

  • John Nash, Expert on Mathematics of Decision-Making, Dies at 86
    Source: China DailyMathematician John Nash, a Nobel Prize winner whose longtime struggle with mental illness inspired the movie "A Beautiful Mind", was killed in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey, state police said on Sunday. more...

  • Paralyzed Patient Controls Robotic Arm with Thoughts
    Source: Google News - HealthA patient has been able to control a robotic arm just by thought alone, researchers reported. Erik Sorto, a 34-year-old tetraplegic patient, could make a hand-shake gesture, grasp a beer, and play "rock, paper, scissors" with the help of neural implants placed in brain regions tied to intention rather than motor skills. more...

  • Ireland Is First Country to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage in Popular Vote
    Source: L.A. Times - World NewsIreland has become the first country to legalize gay marriage through a popular vote, defying the Roman Catholic Church in a landslide referendum victory to change the constitution of the traditionally conservative nation. more...

  • Facebook Status Updates May Reveal Low Self-Esteem and Narcissism
    Source: ScienceDailyPeople who post Facebook status updates about their romantic partner are more likely to have low self-esteem, while those who brag about diets, exercise, and accomplishments are typically narcissists, according to new research. more...

  • Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Make You Fail a Drug Test
    Source: Yahoo News - SciencePeople who are exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke may feel a bit of the "high" that comes with using the drug, a new study finds. "If you're going to breathe in enough passive cannabis smoke to feel high and potentially be slightly impaired, you could fail a drug test," said Evan S. Herrmann, the study's lead author and postdoctoral fellow in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Studies in the 1980s showed... more...

  • Lufthansa CEO Advocates Random Psych Tests for Pilots
    Source: Reuters - BusinessRandom checks of pilots' psychological fitness could help reduce risks in the aviation sector, Lufthansa Chief Executive Carsten Spohr said in his first newspaper interview since the crash of a Germanwings plane in March. more...

  • Beatings for Asking for Help: Corporal Punishment in India's Schools
    Source: The GuardianNew research shows that despite a ban on corporal punishment in India, schoolchildren are subjected to violence that enforces gender norms. Despite widespread concern about the effects of corporal punishment on children, it persists in schools across the world. Its eradication in many countries is proving difficult, and India is no exception. Violence against girls is now high on India’s political agenda, after the horrific fatal gang rape of... more...

  • French Feminists Demand Rewording of 1789 "Rights of Man" Declaration
    Source: The GuardianDroits Humains launches petition calling for ‘human rights for everyone’, but critics say capitalised ‘Homme’ means mankind. A group of French feminists are saying non to the declaration of the rights of man, which they say is sexist and an outdated example of the French exception culturelle. The Droits Humains collective is calling on France to stop leaving women out of the idea of universal liberties... more...

  • World's Oldest Stone Tools Predate Humans
    Source: Yahoo News - ScienceThe oldest handmade stone tools discovered yet predate any known humans and may have been wielded by an as-yet-unknown species, researchers say. The 3.3-million-year-old stone artifacts are the first direct evidence that early human ancestors may have possessed the mental abilities needed to figure out how to make razor-sharp stone tools. Ancient stone artifacts from East Africa were first uncovered at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania in the mid-20th... more...

  • Support for Same-Sex Marriage Hits Record High in U.S.
    Source: Yahoo News - Top HeadlinesSupport for same-sex marriage in the United States is at an all-time high of 60 percent, a new poll showed Tuesday as the Supreme Court gears up to weigh in on the issue. Just two decades ago, only 27% of Americans backed gay marriage, while 68% opposed," Gallup said. The US Supreme Court is due to rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in a month, a landmark ruling which could settle once and for all legal questions surrounding... more...

  • Study Explores Link Between Video Games and Psychiatric Disorders
    Source: The GuardianBenefits, such as improved attention and perception, could come at a price, according to research. People who regularly play action video games could be at increased risk of developing neurological and psychiatric disorders, a study suggests. We’re saying ‘Hey, wait, there might be a serious risk with them... more...

  • Playing with Food May Help Kids Become Less Picky Eaters
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthPlaying with food may actually help kids overcome a fear of new flavors and eat a more varied diet, a small study suggests. Researchers in the U.K. asked a group of kids to search for buried toys in mashed potatoes and jelly and found that the children who were comfortable getting their hands dirty at the table were less likely have a condition known as food neophobia, a fear of tasting new things. "Although this is just an association, the... more...

  • Oxytocin, Alcohol Seem to Work on Brain in Similar Ways
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportSo-called 'love hormone' may one day help treat some psychiatric disorders, researchers say. more...

  • Competitive? We Assume Our Key Goals Are Others' Goals Too
    Source: ScienceDailyWhether we’re buying a ticket to a movie, catching a train, or shopping for groceries, the more committed we are to achieving that goal, the more likely we are to assume others have exactly the same objective, a study by psychology researchers shows. more...

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