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Scientists Prove That 'Resting Bitch Face' Is a Real Thing

Wear it with pride.<p>Odds are, someone you know has resting bitch face. Heck, you might even have it, and that’s OK. RBF is nothing to be ashamed of—even scientists are interested in learning more about it.<p>In fact, RBF is the subject of a new study from research firm Noldus Information Technology …

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Scientists Have Discovered That Losing Weight Actually Transforms Your Brain

<b>The news:</b> Body fat isn't just weighing down your belly — it's bad for your brain. Fortunately, new research has demonstrated that the effects of …

Anxiety Could Be The Reason You Made A Bad Decision

It disrupts decision-making pathways in the brain, neuroscientists find.<p>Anxiety doesn't just affect the way we feel -- it can also have a significant impact on our daily behaviors, including our ability to make sound decisions.<p>A new study from neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh finds …

The Link Between Mental Illness And Violence Is More Complicated Than You Might Think

In the aftermath of the recent plane crash in the French alps, much was made of Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz's history of depression. Since it was revealed last week that Lubitz may have "practiced" his deadly crash on a previous flight, his mental illness may enter the conversation anew.<p>But no …

Brain Damage Study Shows Student-Athletes May Risk Same Injuries as NFL Players

In the movie <i>Concussion</i>, Will Smith plays the doctor who discovered the condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in pro football. …

The consequences of institutional emotional neglect

More than 70 years ago, psychologist Rene Spitz first described the detrimental effects of emotional neglect on children raised in institutions, and …

A Neuroscientist Explains How He Found Out Meth Is Almost Identical to Adderall

A Columbia University psychiatry professor talks about what he's learned from trying the drug himself and studying it over the years.<p><i>This piece was published in partnership with The Influence.</i><p>The long subway ride from DC's airport to Silver Spring was unusually pleasant. It had been about an hour …

This test is changing the way depression is treated

Many Americans suffer from depression at some point in their lives. The seriousness of the disease (untreated, it’s a top cause of suicides) is a …

How Occupational Therapy Can Benefit Children

The things a child learns from an early age will have an impact on his or her future, as will environmental factors. It’s not just the things around …

Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts In The Womb

The symptoms of autism may not be obvious until a child is a toddler, but the disorder itself appears to begin well before birth.<p>Brain tissue taken from children who died and also happened to have autism revealed patches of disorganization in the cortex, a thin sheet of cells that's critical for …

Stress relief from laughter? It's no joke

Whether you're guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress …