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No reason to believe the pineal gland alters consciousness by secreting DMT, psychedelic researcher says

Psychedelic researcher David E. Nichols is pushing back against the belief that the pineal gland in the brain produces mystical experiences because …

Psychedelia

New study reveals why some people are more creative than others

Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can be considered a trait that everyone – not …

Creativity

A surprising study found people who had smoked pot as teens performed better on a memory test

Cannabis users performed better than those who never tried cannabis in a recent study that tested participants’ working memory.<p>“Although some suggest …

The Brain

Study finds high body mass index predicts increases in depressive symptoms

Having a high body mass index increases the risk of depressive symptoms over a 5-year period, according to new research.<p>BMI is a ratio of height and …

Research

People view their political opponents as being more influenced by fake news than themselves

Americans tend to think that fake news has little impact on them — but a large impact on their political rivals, according to a study recently …

Propaganda

Spiritual struggles linked to mental and physical health problems

People facing difficulties in their faith are more likely to have symptoms of illness — and new research in the Journal for the Scientific Study of …

Socioeconomics

Trustworthiness and altruism have a synergistic effect when combined with physical attractiveness

A new study has found that the combination of physical attractiveness and prosociality greatly boosts a person’s desirability as a romantic partner. …

Behavior

Increases in internet use linked to a loss of religious affiliation, study finds

People who surf the internet more often are more likely to be religiously unaffiliated, according to new research published in the <i>Journal for the</i> …

Research

Socially anxious people learn more from negative social feedback, study finds

Social learning biases appear to play a role in anxiety. New research has found evidence that people with social anxiety disorder show a negativity …

Psychology

Internet game overuse linked to impaired feedback processing for symbolic reward

Brain scans from young men in South Korea provide evidence that compulsive online video game players do not process some rewards efficiently.<p>The …

The Brain

Lighter hair seen as sign of youth, health, attractiveness and parenting ability in white women

New research published in <i>The Journal of Social Psychology</i> provides evidence that hair color and hair length affected men’s perceptions of women’s …

Hair

Do drugs make people more creative?

Many people, including some prominent artists, claim that using psychoactive substances like LSD increase their creativity. But a review of studies …

Research

Study finds narcissists like fellow narcissists on Instagram

Narcissistic individuals use social media to promote themselves. But how do they feel about fellow narcissists who do the same?<p>A new study published …

Personality

People at-risk for Facebook addiction have a distorted sense of time, study finds

Our perception of time could serve as a “useful marker” of whether we’re at-risk for social media addiction, according to a new study published in …

Research

Magic mushroom compound might treat depression by reviving emotional responsiveness in the brain

New research suggests that psilocybin-assisted therapy helps alleviate treatment-resistant depression by reviving emotional responsiveness in the …

Depression

Study of sapiosexuality suggests some people really are sexually attracted to intelligence

A minority of people are genuinely turned on by intelligence, according to new psychology research.<p>The study, recently published online in the …

Psychology

Intranasal formulation of ketamine helps clear treatment-resistant depressive symptoms

A ketamine-based nasal spray produces rapid improvement of depressive symptoms, according to new research published in the scientific journal <i>JAMA</i> …

Depression

Study suggests 'sugar coma' is real -- glucose ingestion leads to worse cognitive performance

Scientists in New Zealand have found preliminary evidence that simple sugars like glucose can impair cognitive performance. Their double-blind, …

The Brain

Study: Women dislike men with 'Dark Triad' facial features -- even when they're drunk

Alcohol consumption does not make women view men with dark personalities as more attractive, according to psychology research published in the …

Psychology

How many transgender kids grow up to stay trans?

The National Post recently covered the CBC’s cancellation of a BBC documentary about transgender children (Why CBC cancelled a BBC documentary that …

LGBTQ

How often are college students using the dating app Tinder to cheat on their partners?

Psychology research recently published in <i>Personality and Individual Differences</i> investigated how often the popular dating platform Tinder was being …

Relationships

Study finds robust sex differences in children's toy preferences across a range of ages and countries

New research has found robust sex differences in boys’ and girls’ toy preferences across a range of ages, time periods, countries, and settings.<p>The …

Research

Neuroscientists shed light on causes of postpartum depression using new research model

Postpartum depression strikes nearly one in five new mothers, who may experience anxiety, severe fatigue, inability to bond with their children and …

Neuroscience

Noninvasive brainwave technology can improve post-traumatic stress symptoms in military personnel

A noninvasive brainwave mirroring technology significantly reduced symptoms of post-traumatic stress in military personnel in a pilot study conducted …

Fibromyalgia

Here is what psychiatrists have to say about the holiday blues

This time of the year brings a lot of changes to the usual day-to-day life of hundreds of millions of people: The weather is colder, trees are naked, …

Christmas

Callous and unemotional traits linked to brain structure in boys but not in girls

Callous-unemotional traits have been linked to deficits in development of the conscience and of empathy. Children and adolescents react less to …

The Brain

Punishment may not be as effective as we think

Punishment might not be an effective means to get members of society to cooperate for the common good, according to a social dilemma experiment.<p>A …

Psychology

Try exercise to improve memory and thinking

For patients with mild cognitive impairment, don’t be surprised if your health care provider prescribes exercise rather than medication. A new …

Dementia

News outlets continue to promote the holiday-suicide myth -- and they could be seriously harming mental health

For years, the media have reported that more suicides occur during the holidays than at any other time.<p>Many of these stories, no doubt, are meant to …

Suicide

Mindfulness training reduces stress during exam time, study finds

Mindfulness training can help support students at risk of mental health problems, concludes a randomised controlled trial carried out by researchers …