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Thinking of God makes people bigger risk-takers

Reminders of God can make people more likely to seek out and take risks, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The […]

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A new understanding of Alzheimer’s

Although natural selection is often thought of as a force that determines the adaptation of replicating organisms to their environment, Harvard researchers have found that selection also occurs at the […]

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Workplace negativity can hurt productivity

Employees who point out problems in the office may help the company improve, but could be hurting themselves in the process. Such negative-minded workers are more likely to become mentally […]

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The Impact of Social Media on Body Image

A new study estimates that approximately a half million teens struggle with eating disorders or disordered eating. Anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating can cause serious physical problems and, at their […]

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Neuroscientists literally change the way we think

Electrical stimulus of frontal lobes triggers spontaneous ‘mind wandering’ — alongside improved task performance Does your mind wander when performing monotonous, repetitive tasks? Of course! But daydreaming involves more than […]

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Exploring a new way to diagnose mental illness

The Human Connectome Project aims to identify the neural pathways that underlie brain function and behavior. Building on that work, a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in […]