Mirwais Shalizi

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New Study Links Facebook To Depression: But Now We Actually Understand Why.

The irony of Facebook is by now known to most. The “social” network has been linked to a surprising number of undesirable mental health consequences: Depression, low self-esteem, and bitter jealousy among them. Now, a new study in the <i>Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology</i> finds that not only do …

The hidden cost of playing as a woman, as explained by a 12-year-old

The team at NPR's Planet Money, originally a crack team assembled to help make sense of the global financial crisis, does some amazing work exploring the weird financial world we live in. But it took a 12-year-old girl to enlighten them to the hidden economics of gaming as a woman, and with her …

How to Understand and Resolve your Depression (1 of 2)

One of the most common forms of mental /emotional health related issues amongst artists and creative people is depression. Artists themselves have …

The Psychology of Inspirational Women: Black Canary (Laurel Lance)

<i>Welcome to our Psychology of Inspirational Women series, in which Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Janina Scarlet talks us through the mindset of</i> …

These beautiful posters show what it’s like to be high on different drugs

By Christopher Ingraham<p>, Reporter<p>"This is your brain on drugs."<p>The tagline of the most famous anti-drug campaign of the late 80s is now the title of a series of beautiful posters created by Duke University senior Meaghan Li. Li majors in public policy and minors in graphic design. This project was …

The 1 word to watch out for when scrolling Facebook — and more tips to stay happy

It’s no secret that there’s a downside to social media websites like Facebook — anyone who’s felt inadequate after scrolling through friends’ exciting status updates can attest to that.<p>And science backs up what a bummer this can be: There's ample research linking negative feelings with time spent …

Developing Universal Love.

Many religions teach the importance of universal love, but the question is, how to develop that within yourself.<p>You can’t actualize universal love …

Are We All Schizophrenic? Part 1, Delusions

The ignorance in the public understanding of schizophrenia and related disorders is shockingly poor, with a survey by the <i>National Alliance on Mental</i> …

Narcissistic Personality Disorder Marker Found Incorrect For Diagnosis: Counting 'I's Won't Work

Narcissism has a lot of different personality attributions associated with it, such as entitled, self-centered, and greedy. But one way psychologists …

Can Probiotics Improve Your Mood?

Bacteria appears to do a body a lot of good, from bolstering immunity to easing digestion. Recent evidence also points to certain bacteria as …

7 Secrets of Happy Couples

We all want loving and successful relationships, but we don't always know how to achieve them. Over time, negative cycles can develop and loving …

Happiness

How I Overcame Anxiety By Upgrading My Nervous System

If you’ve ever felt like your world emotionally flipped upside down, like everyday there was another helpless panic attack and that no one could …

Mind

Here's What Happens in the Brain When People Kill

Evil isn’t easy. Say what you will about history’s monsters, they had to overcome a lot of powerful neural wiring to commit the crimes they did. The …

‘I have exploding head syndrome’

It’s strange, unpleasant and surprisingly common. Helen Thomson talks to a man whose head regularly ‘explodes’, and discovers how the condition might explain some unexpected experiences, perhaps even alien abductions.<p>“There’s this sudden crescendo of noise, then a profound and jarring explosion of …