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In the medical culture of the Bugis and Makassar peoples in Indonesia the word koroq means that the penis is actually shrinking, or retracting, but the Dutch in the 19th-century East Indies did not believe it was real. shutterstock

Is shrinking penis syndrome a delusion or a real thing?

Koro is widely believed to be a culturally localised delusion. But a theory that it's a fight-or-flight reflex might be corroborated by studying traditional healing treatments in Indonesia.
What are your in-groups and out-groups? ksenia_bravo/Shutterstock.com

Why our brains see the world as ‘us’ versus ‘them’

Our neural circuits lead us to find comfort in those like us and unease with those who differ, resulting in a battle between reward and distrust. But these brain connections aren't the end of the story.
Modern life seems to encourage acceleration for the sake of acceleration – to what end? JoeyCheung/Shutterstock.com

In praise of doing nothing

Technology has made many aspects of daily life much easier. So why do we still feel so overwhelmed?
39 percent of Americans report feeling more anxious than this time last year. by Pathdoc/Shutterstock.com

Americans are more anxious than before

Americans are becoming more anxious about every element of their lives from safety to finances to politics.
Research shows that just 10 minutes of meditation per day can increase business students’ physical, mental and emotional awareness. (Shutterstock)

The many benefits of meditation in the classroom

Classroom meditation shows promise for improving student attention, focus, happiness and self-awareness.
Mariah Carey recently announced she has bipolar II disorder. Most of us won’t know what that means. AAP/Alba Vigaray

Mood and personality disorders are often misconceived: here’s what you need to know

Media portrayals don't help misconceptions about disorders such as bipolar, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder. So what do these terms actually mean?
The prospect alone can make you want to avoid the person altogether. faber1893/Shutterstock.com

Why is it so stressful to talk politics with the other side?

We can disagree with co-workers in meetings. We can argue about sports with friends. A new study explores why politics seems to be an entirely different beast.
Therapy dogs can decrease anxiety and stress in students, while getting them more excited about classroom activities. Howard County Library System/Flickr

Therapy dogs can help reduce student stress, anxiety and improve school attendance

Research shows therapy dogs can be beneficial for students in many ways including reducing stress and anxiety, and helping students feel more excited about participating in classroom activities.

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