Ellen Whyte

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Is There Really Any Benefit to Tracking Your Sleep?

Find out how to use the data for better, more restful shuteye<p>Sleep tracking is everywhere, mostly because many fitness trackers now offer some form of sleep data alongside activity levels, food logs, and heart rate.<p>It’s a logical step, since scientists have learned that sleep plays a huge role in …

Sleep

I’m a sexual consent educator. Here’s what’s missing in the Aziz Ansari conversation.

How demanding female sexual pleasure makes us all better at understanding consent.<p>“How do you know what you want to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to in bed?”<p>The first time I heard the question, it caught me by surprise. I was talking with a student journalist about my first book, <i>Yes Means Yes: Visions of</i> …

Feminism

Why We Didn’t Listen to Larry Nassar’s Victims

The victims of serial abuser Larry Nassar, a trainer and team doctor for gymnasts at the club, collegiate, and elite levels, are confronting him this …

Aly Raisman

‘Any less than 10 hours and I feel grumpy’: meet the clean sleepers

Rest is good for you – but is a growing obsession with tracking sleep keeping us up all night?<p>Evenings are something of a rush for Megan Hobbs. The 29-year-old solicitor doesn’t finish work until 6.30pm and it takes her 45 minutes to travel home from central London to the flat she shares with her …

Sleep

How ‘Cheap Sex’ Is Changing Our Lives — and Our Politics

Perhaps nothing is more central to the American culture wars than sex. This should come as no surprise: As members of a sexually reproducing species, …

Relationships

How Suppressed Emotions Enter Our Dreams and Affect Health

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.<p>—Carl Jung<p>What happens …

Emotions

The controversy around Babe.net’s Aziz Ansari story, explained

The story deepened a crucial divide in the #MeToo reckoning.<p>Out of all the stories of sexual harassment, abuse, misconduct, and violence that have been brought to light in the past few months, perhaps none has proved as controversial as the allegations brought against comedian Aziz Ansari. On …

Feminism

We may have unlocked some of the secrets of treating anxiety and depression

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a tested method for treating mental illness, and now we may have an idea why it’s so effective<p>If you’ve ever …

The Brain

Why willpower is overrated

Psychologists increasingly think effortful restraint is not the key to the good life. So what is?<p>People with a lot of self-control — people who, when they happen upon a delicious food they don’t think they should eat, seemingly grin and bear the temptation until it passes — have it easy.<p>But why? …

Psychology

13-Year-Old Labrador Goes Missing For 5 Days Until Neighbor Sees Dog’s Head Poking Out Of Snow

Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.<p>One of the most devastating feelings in the …

Dogs

A personality test that measures 24 'character strengths' could change the way you view your relationship

• <b>The VIA survey measures you on 24 character strengths.</b>• <b><br>In their forthcoming book "Happy Together," a husband-and-wife team recommend having both partners in a couple take the survey.</b>• <b><br>Once you do, you can discuss what each person brings to the relationship and work on using those traits more often.</b><p>The …

Personality

Make You or Break You: How to Deal with the Perfectionist Mentality

The key to channeling the perfectionist mentality into something advantageous is to first be aware of the thoughts in your head.<p>After I had graduated from college, I was working 20 hours a week as a coach and 30 hours a week as a high school counselor. On top of that, I was attending graduate …

Self-improvement

We Have Set Up a System to Sex Traffic American Children

Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced legislation in 2017 to amend an antiquated 1996 law that was ostensibly enacted to protect freedom of …

Rob Portman

Personality disorder patients 'let down' by system

<b>It is a medical disorder that cuts life expectancy by almost 20 years, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP), afflicts more people than cancer and costs the country around £11bn a year.</b><p>But most of us know next to nothing about it. Some question whether the illness even …

Mental Health

RESEARCH CENTRE: Couple up with your best friend for maximum

In Summary<p>The British Household Panel Survey (in which 30,000 people were studied between 1991 and 2009), and the United Kingdom’s Annual Population …

Relationships

The secret to happiness is shockingly mundane

The ingredients to a happy life are something people spend their entire lives searching for, but new research reveals that they might be easier to …

Happiness

Anxiety may be an early sign of Alzheimer's

Anxiety disorders are common across the United States, thought to affect around 40 million adults each year. However, as if these feelings of worry …

Dementia

10 Signs Your Friend Is In An Abusive Relationship And Might Need Your Help

Kate is a writer who laughs at her own jokes and likes to pour too much hot sauce on her food.<p>Love, and being in a relationship is a beautiful thing …

Relationships

How the Evangelical Culture of Forgiveness Hurts Victims of Sexual Abuse

Pastor Andy Savage talking to his Memphis, Tennessee, congregation on Sunday.Highpoint Church via YouTube When megachurch pastor Andy Savage sat on a …

Faith

Bagel Shop Worker Captures the Facial Expressions of Dogs as They Come to the Drive-Thru Window

Natasha Jones, an employee at the Einstein Bagel Company in Melbourne, Florida who works the drive-thru window, has taken it upon herself to document …

Dogs

When you lose weight, your fat cells don't just let go of fat

Belly flab is like a storage unit for the rest of your body.<p><i>Every January, fat's in the crosshairs of health columnists, fitness magazines, and desperate Americans. This year, PopSci looks at the macronutrient beyond its most negative associations. What’s fat good for? How do we get it to go where</i> …

Weight Loss

When sexual assault victims speak out, their institutions often betray them

A 27-year-old medical resident in general surgery is sexually harassed by two men – the chief resident and a staff physician at the hospital. She …

Feminism

Why sleeping 20 minutes extra can help boost weight loss

Getting an extra 20 minutes’ sleep each night can help boost weight loss, a study suggests.<p>Those who stay in bed longer were found to consume 2½ …

Weight Loss

Managing depression in MS

First, know you're not alone. Depression is very common among people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Between the physical loss of function and …

Depression

A New Look at Animal Suicide

In 2011, Chinese media reported that a bear held captive on a bile farm killed her son and then herself, to escape from the torture of their …

Animals

What Is High-Functioning Anxiety–and Could You Have It?

While high-functioning anxiety isn’t exactly a real medical diagnosis, it’s become a term people use to describe themselves and their emotions more …

Psychiatry

Bloodhound Books on surviving and thriving as an indie publisher

After an independent helped to launch her first novel, Betsy Reavley set up her own business with e-books at the fore.<p>Indie crime fiction house, Bloodhound Books, is killing it right<br>now – and to such a degree that its doors have had to be temporarily shut for submissions.<p>"Our schedule is full up; …

Publishing

How we discovered the link between childhood trauma, a faulty stress response and suicide risk in later life

When people experience stress, the adrenal glands that sit on top of the kidneys release a steroid hormone called cortisol. However, our latest study …

Research

Stereotypes in the courtroom can prejudice our justice system – here's how that can be fixed

In 2015, Canadian judge Brian Camp acquitted Alexander Scott for the rape of a woman at a party. According to reports, Camp questioned why the victim …

Justice

If Our Brains Are So Active During Infancy, Why Don’t We Remember Anything From That Time?

<i>If our brains are so active and developing during infancy, why don’t we remember anything from that time?</i><p><b>Fabian van den Berg:</b><p>Ah, <i>infantile amnesia</i> as …

The Brain