Why some people leap in front of bullets?

23 August 2012
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Two researchers Selwyn Becker and Alice Eagly published in the journal American Psychologist in 2004, that the idea of heroism exists in virtually every human culture ever recorded — from cave paintings and folklore to the dawn of literature and right up to, say, “The Dark Knight Rises.” This might explain why heroism is part of human nature and explain our beahviour when faced with danger in a group situation. Read more… Or watch the video of two children heroes following an attack on their temple.

Alcohol ads target young children

21 August 2012
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Read this very interesting article on the studies carried out by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on alcohol ads. In brief, most ads contain for example sexual themes. These ads facilitated addiction behaviours. Read more…

The hedonic adaptation

20 August 2012
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Psychologists call this phenomenon hedonic adaptation – the idea is that no matter how good something makes us feel (or, for the record, how bad), most of the time we drift back to where we started, emotionally-speaking. As showed in various studies showed that despite their initial euphoria, lottery winners were no happier than non-winners eighteen months later.  The same tendency to return to “baseline” has been shown to occur after marriage, voluntary job changes, and promotions – the kinds of things we usually expect to change our happiness and well-being for the better in a permanent...

A study in the UK links more than 1000 suicides to the recession

19 August 2012
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A study, a so-called time-trend analysis which compared the actual number of suicides with those expected if pre-recession trends had continued, reflects findings elsewhere in Europe where suicides are also on the rise. “This a grim reminder after the euphoria of the Olympics of the challenges we face and those that lie ahead,” said David Stuckler, a sociologist at Cambridge University who co-led the study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Read more…

Children lack of self-control linked to extra weight

18 August 2012
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Children who had less patience and worse self-control while waiting for treats in a classic behavior study ended up weighing slightly more as adults, a new analysis shows. Does it mean emotional intelligence might be a factor in weight gaining? Read more…

Social media has positive effet on teens

27 July 2012
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In a national US study of more than 1000 teenagers, most report that the use of social media makes them feel more confident, popular and sympathetic to others. Read more here….

Recodings can help dementia patients

26 July 2012
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Discovering the best way to help those with dementia deal with their condition is still in its early stages, but some research suggests that reminiscing about times-gone-by could make a difference. Read more on the BBC website…

Anger attacks among American teenagers

25 July 2012
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Nearly two-thirds of American teenagers admit to having “anger attacks” that involve destroying property, threatening violence or engaging in violence, a new study found. And one in 12 has intermittent explosive disorder, characterized by chronic, uncontrollable fits of rage. Read more here..

Study links spanking to mental illness

24 July 2012
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A recent study has shown that spanking can cause mental illness in children. Read more here…

Tackling Workplace Conflicts

22 July 2012
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money.usnews.com publishes an article on the 10 tips to tackle the worst workplace conflicts. Read more here...

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