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Having sex increases spirituality and 'makes people more likely to believe in God'

Hormones released while having sex can increase spirituality and belief in God, scientists have claimed.<p>According to the research, the release of …

Spirituality

10 Psychological Tricks That Can Make Your Life Much Easier

Psychology

Psychology has identified three mindsets shared by people who actually follow through on their goals

I’ve never been an athletic or active person. My entire history of sports involved one season of track in high school and a brief flirtation with what I thought was a yoga studio but turned out to be more of a cult. But then, in my mid-30s, I had two children and gained 30 pounds. I was suffering …

Self-improvement

Why Addiction Is a Learning Disorder

Maia Szalavitz talks about her former drug use, how addicts brains work, and why we need to see drug addiction and rehabilitation in a radically new …

The ugly truth about body dysmorphia

A man took a razor blade and very carefully cut open his nose lengthways. His aim was to remove the cartilage and replace it with that of a chicken. Finally, he thought, he’d feel so much better. In America a man took a hammer to his face. Somebody cut the ends of their fingers off. Across the …

Mental Health

His stress is not like her stress

Muscles tighten, the heart pounds and nausea takes hold: In the face of sudden stress, men and women respond alike. But when threats, scares or …

Why a Blood Test for Bipolar Disorder Hasn’t Come to Market

Can a blood test accurately screen for mental illness?<p>Rebecca Wright was 23 and just starting grad school when she first thought about how to end her life.<p>She had been diagnosed with depression six years earlier, and had no reason to suspect the diagnosis might be wrong. "I felt confused and very …

This one diet can sharpen your brain and help you live longer

Intermittent fasting offers a plethora of health benefits — and may even help prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s<p>The new year is a popular time to contemplate our relationship to calories, usually with the goal to reduce caloric intake. But in the last decade, our understanding of how the body …

A neuroscientist says there’s a powerful benefit to exercise that is rarely discussed

When I was about to turn 40, I started working out regularly after years of inactivity. As I sweated my way through cardio, weights, and dance classes, I noticed that exercise wasn’t just changing my body. It was also profoundly transforming my brain—for the better.<p>The immediate effects of exercise …

A social psychologist reveals why so many marriages are falling apart and how to fix it

Research has revealed, for example, that people in a healthy marriage are some of the happiest couples in history.<p>Whereas those who are struggling in their marriage are more unhappy today than in the past.<p>When social psychologist Eli Finkel sought to understand why marriage is more extreme at both …

A psychologist interviewed a bunch of murderers and learned 5 surprising things about what drives people to kill

<i>Who could do something like this? Who is truly that evil?</i><p>Forensic psychologist James Garbarino might have some answers.<p>Earlier this year, the Loyola University psychologist published a book tying these experiences together, entitled "Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned from My Twenty Years as a …

No such thing as ‘affluenza?’ Not so fast.

Ethan Couch’s crime was horrendous. He admitted to hurtling drunkenly at 70 mph along a suburban street in Texas on June 15, 2013, crashing into a group of people trying to deal with a disabled vehicle, taking the lives of four people and seriously injuring two others. But it rose to national …

12 easy ways to wake up earlier in the morning

It's not like you did anything more taxing than watching Netflix last night, but rough mornings like these are becoming far too common — and they're taking a serious toll on your morning productivity.<p>The thing is, waking up doesn't <i>have</i> to be so hard. With the help of Nancy Rothstein, an adjunct …

Lack Of Deep Sleep May Set The Stage For Alzheimer's

There's growing evidence that a lack of sleep can leave the brain vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease.<p>"Changes in sleep habits may actually be setting the stage" for dementia, says Jeffrey Iliff, a brain scientist at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.<p>The brain appears to clear out toxins …

Dementia

The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths

Are you a visual learner who writes notes in a rainbow of different colors, or do you have to read something aloud before it will sink it? Chances are, you’ve been asked a similar question at some point in your life, and believe the concept of different “learning styles” is perfectly valid. But, as …

Everything You Think You Know About Detecting Lies Is Wrong

While you may think that body language is the biggest giveaway, new research has discovered you can tell more by relying on a single cue.<p>A turned-down mouth, sweaty palms, and eyes that drift up and to the side–if you believe conventional wisdom about lying, these are telltale signs. But they’re …

What Do Your Dreams Say About Your Sleep Quality?

A good night’s sleep is far more nuanced than simply putting in your seven to nine hours and calling it a day. Good, healthy sleep means feeling rested upon waking. It means not having chronic bad dreams or nightmares. And it turns out that the difference between a smile-filled slumber and a …

How to Transition into a Relationship When You’re Used to Being Single

It seems like people are always looking for love, but single life can be pretty great. You’re independent, you don’t have to compromise, and you get …

Relationships

You Are Not Just Your Brain

For some time now, I've been skeptical about the neuroscience of consciousness. Not so much because I doubt that consciousness is affected by neural states and processes, but because of the persistent tendency on the part of some neuroscientists to think of consciousness itself as a neural …

9 Sneaky Causes Of Depression

From the weather to your lifestyle habits.<p>For some people, sub-zero temperatures aren’t the only difficult side effect of winter. Approximately 10 million Americans also experience seasonal affective disorder, a depression-related mental health condition that waxes and wanes depending on the time …

How to Make Your Relationship Last: 3 Secrets Backed by Research

The beginning of a relationship is amazing. But often, it starts to fizzle out later on…<p>The things you used to love about them start to annoy you. …

Anxious people have one big thing in common when it comes to an important social skill

People are pretty good at judging whether a crowd is friendly, but anxious people may be worse at this task, a new study finds.<p>The research, which was presented Monday at a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, could point toward a better way to diagnose anxiety and other mental-health …

Lying awake at 3am? Perhaps you should try biphasic sleeping

Madonna, Margaret Thatcher and Donald Trump all claim to have thrived on four hours or less of sleep. If it’s good enough for the queen of pop and the Iron Lady, should entrepreneurs be worried about aiming for that magic eight hours a night?<p>While the National Sleep Foundation recommends adults …

Entrepreneurship

The hardest college to get into in every state

What's the hardest school to get into in the country? Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, tops Niche's list.William B. Plowman/Getty Images<p>With an acceptance rate of just 5.8% and typical SAT scores between 2120 and 2390, Harvard University is America's hardest college to get into, …

Some Medications May Alter Childhood Brain Development

Medications that disrupt rapid eye movement (REM) sleep—such as stimulants, antipsychotics, and antidepressants—may alter the development of a …

Why We Believe in Alien Abductions

It’s no coincidence that alien abductions, which presumably never happen, are described so consistently. Inside the neurological patterns that bring …