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3 Ways Social Media Is Ruining Your Real-Life Relationships

Social media has completely transformed the experience of travel. Not just because dodging selfie sticks makes navigating tourist attractions harder …

Social Media

A new factor in depression? Brain protein discovery could lead to better treatments

Low. Down. Less than normal. That’s what the word depression means, <i>and</i> what people with depression often feel like. But sometimes, depression can …

These Are the Best Workouts for Every Part of Your Bod

They say health is wealth, and fitting in regular exercise is an essential part of the plan. But for workout newbies, the fitness world can seem like a terribly intimidating place, especially when you’re crunched on time. We asked Re:Make 2015 speaker (get your tickets here!) and Blogilates founder …

Wellness | HuffPost

Wellness

The difference between a psychopath and a sociopath

Psychopath and sociopath are popular psychology terms to describe violent monsters born of our worst nightmares. Think Hannibal Lecter in Silence of …

The Buddhist and the Neuroscientist

What compassion does to the brain<p>In 1992, the neuroscientist Richard Davidson got a challenge from the Dalai Lama. By that point, he’d spent his career asking why people respond to, in his words, “life’s slings and arrows” in different ways. Why are some people more resilient than others in the …

Here’s Why You May Be Aging Faster Than Your Friends

We all have friends who were born in the same year but look years younger (or older) than we do. Now researchers say that such perceptions aren’t …

Cruel Summer: how hot weather makes people angrier

Wednesday 1 July saw the hottest July day in the UK on record, and of course the population and the media responded with the typical calm and level-headedness you’d expect.<p>I myself missed most of it as, by astonishing coincidence and following a celebratory pub visit with some friends, I was …

Psychology

How the parrots got its chat

New findings help explain how parrots, just like humans, can talk and dance.<p>Many animals – including seals, dolphins and bats – are able to …

Why you might be 20 years older than your actual age

Some people are ageing three years every 12 months, scientists have found<p>It is said that time waits for no man, but biologically speaking some people are barely ageing at all while others are speeding through their lives at the rate of three years every 12 months, scientists have found.<p>For the …

Aging

Only when I laugh: the science of laughter

The human voice is the most complex instrument in nature. When we talk, we shape sounds in the way no other animal can. This reflects the very precise evolutionary adaptation that means, for example, our tongues are short and fat and nimble, rather than long and hard to maneuver. It also reflects …

Behavior

The people who need very little sleep

Is it true that some people need only a few hours of sleep? Helen Thomson talks to a woman whose genes might hint at how we all could survive on less shuteye.<p>What would you do if you had 60 days of extra free time a year? Ask Abby Ross, a retired psychologist from Miami, Florida, a “short-sleeper”. …

Mutations

Memory loss in old age breakthrough offers dementia hope, say researchers

Researchers may have found a way to slow down or prevent memory problems that arise in old age and which can become devastating in patients with dementia.<p>The fresh hope comes from a series of studies in humans and mice that identified a protein which causes memory impairment when it builds up in …

Memory Loss

Is pornography destroying our minds and our sex lives?

<i>The rise of readily available online pornography has sparked concerns that these sexually explicit images are addictive, damaging young minds and</i> …

90 minutes in nature really change the brain - Futurity

Walking in nature yields measurable mental benefits and may reduce the risk of depression, report researchers.

Why teens ignore risk for a little reward - Futurity

Teenagers will repeatedly do the same thing, even when it ends badly every time. Neuroscientists took a closer look at the mouse brain to figure out …