Different mindsets about rules can lead to different behaviors.
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The divide transcends partisan bickering. Some people really do recoil at the imposition of strict rules, while others become anxious when rules aren't followed.
Crucible is the first release from Amazon’s games studio Relentless.
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Surely, it can't be fun to watch others play games you can play yourself? The hundreds of hours people spend on live-streaming platform Twitch would suggest otherwise.
Therapists are discovering that tele-health counseling is effective.
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Because of COVID-19, more and more therapists are turning to telehealth counseling and finding help. Could this be the wave of the future?
Gustav Klimt’s ‘Death and Life’ suggests the way many people are unaware of death’s ever-present influence.
It's human nature to try to insulate yourself from the unpleasant realization that death comes for all of us eventually.
To save as many lives as possible, public health efforts must take into account our subconscious biases.
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Right now, physical distancing is the most important preventive strategy we have against COVID-19. So why is it so hard for us to do what's right?
The coronavirus pandemic has created an environment of uncertainty, fear and despair – emotions that erode mental health.
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COVID-19 patients are spending weeks in intensive care units, isolated and alone, knowing they have a disease that doctors don't fully understand. It's a recipe for post-traumatic stress disorder.
There are thousands of mobile phone applications to aid in mental health, but very few have been validated scientifically.
The relevance of digital technologies in maintaining mental health has never been greater. However, many have not been scientifically proven and their effectiveness is unknown.
Your body wants you to freak out about germs so you avoid them.
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Human psychology has evolved to avoid situations that could lead to infection. Behavioral choices now could have long-term effects on how people interact with others and the world.
When we sing together, our social brains are activated to produce oxytocin, which makes us feel more connected.
Is it safe to nip out for milk? Should I download the COVIDSafe app? Is it OK to wear my pyjamas in a Zoom meeting? All these extra decisions are taking their toll.
Working from home involves new co-workers.
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Are the best co-workers really the ones with four legs and a tail? Science says it depends.
Product tampering is not just committed by teenagers, nor has it just come about during this pandemic.
People hate boredom. Some would rather get a painful shock than sit in a room with nothing to do for 15 minutes. But boredom spurs us on to create and can help focus our attention.
Some people turn to a tub of ice cream. Others, to clean eating.
The last thing adolescents want is to be trapped at home alone, by order of their parents.
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Together the social and emotional 'jobs' of adolescence – developing intimate friendships and achieving autonomy – make teens uniquely resistant to calls for social distancing.
A researcher in a spacesuit on “Mars” outside the Mars Society Desert Research Station in Utah.
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Understanding isolation's effects on regular people, rather than those certified to have 'the right stuff,' will help prepare us for the future, whether another pandemic or interplanetary space travel.
Brain regions associated with threat and aversion are activated when we feel lonely and rejected.
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Whether we miss them, feel guilty about not having appreciated them more or struggle to forgive them, remembering our parents can hurt. Here's how to move on.
Gathering supplies and indulging in sweet baked treats can make us feel better temporarily. Why do we seek out certain foods in times of stress and should we give in to cravings?
The main characters of ‘The Good Place’ become better over time.
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Brain science suggests that seniors care more about the welfare of others than younger folks do.