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What Do the Words You Use Say About You?

A lot.<p>Your personality can be determined just by looking at the way you text message. You can make accurate judgments about your favorite author’s …

Linguistics

Putting sleep myths to bed: experts answer the questions that keep you awake at night

Meet our expert panel<p><b>Dr Guy Meadows</b> is a specialist in chronic insomnia and clinical director of The Sleep School, London<p><b>Derk-Jan Dijk</b> is professor of sleep and physiology at Surrey’s Sleep Research Centre<p><b>Gillian Twigg</b> is principal clinical scientist at the sleep centre at Imperial College …

Sleep

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig review – one man’s battle with depression

A timely memoir of mental illness reads as a highly personal and creative response to crisis<p>With one in five people now suffering from depression at some point in their lives, the miasma that lingers over public discussions of mental health seems increasingly anachronistic, and makes books like …

Books

This common mental error leads to misguided thinking — here's how to avoid it

In the Middle Ages, for example, people claimed that a full moon could turn humans into werewolves.<p>In the 1700s, it was common to believe that a full moon could cause epilepsy or feverish temperatures. We even changed our language to match our beliefs. The word <i>lunatic</i> comes from the Latin root <i>luna</i>, …

Chinese spy stole patented corn seeds in Iowa for scientists back home

A Chinese man has pled guilty to stealing patented U.S. corn seeds for his employer, an agricultural tech firm in Beijing.<p>Robert Mo Hailong was …

Harvard Social Psychologist Amy Cuddy on Mastering the Antidote to Anxiety, Self-Consciousness, and Impostor Syndrome

“Before we even show up at the doorstep of an opportunity, we are teeming with dread and anxiety, borrowing trouble from a future that hasn’t yet unfolded.”<p><i>“We know that we live in contradiction,”</i> Albert Camus wrote in his magnificent meditation on strength of character, <i>“but we also know that we</i> …

Is It Harmful to Use Music as a Coping Mechanism?

Putting on headphones to regulate emotions may not always be beneficial.<p>Listening to music is aform of emotional self-care that many of us turn to every day, without much conscious thought. The streaming service Spotify, well aware of this, offers a collection of “Mood” playlists, from “Anthems of …

We Asked a Philosopher Whether or Not It’s OK to Do Drugs

What would John Stewart Mill say about weed? Are psychedelics OK if they expand your mind? Are drugs a bad thing from a moral standpoint? We asked an expert.<p>Peg O' Connor has made thinking about drugs her life's work. Her blog, "Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken," puts some of the greatest questions …

There's a disturbing theory about why America's overdose epidemic is primarily affecting white people

Racial stereotypes may be playing a role in the US opioid overdose epidemic, according to a leading expert on opioid addiction.<p>The rate of white Americans dying annually from drug overdoses has roughly doubled from 2002 to 2014, while the rate of black Americans and Hispanics who die from drug …

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Why This Doctor Believes Addictions Start In Childhood

Understanding the root causes of addiction can help us to better treat it.<p>What causes drug addiction? One Canadian physician argues that the problem isn't the drugs themselves.<p>Dr. Gabor Maté believes -- based on research and his own experience working at harm reduction clinics in Vancouver's …

People Are Tagging Themselves In These Really Bad Personality Quizzes And It’s Become A Huge Meme

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An Open Letter to Young People Struggling, From a Suicide Survivor

Our community is struggling with a rash of inconceivable suicides of teens and pre-teens. Every new death is a blow to the already raw hearts of this community. There is blame thrown here and there, everyone looking for a steady target to throw off the pain that we all seem to be drowning under. No …

This Woman Is Taking A Stand Against People Who Say Mental Illness Is Fake

An article in the Sydney Morning Herald gave advice to employers on how to spot an employee who might be "faking" their mental illness. Writer Anna Spargo-Ryan decided to take a stand.<p>View this post on Facebook<p>She added: "We're still at the beginning of understanding how to support mental health in …

Amazon's continual failure to protect user details could put your other accounts at risk

As the world grows increasingly security conscious, Web users are placing their trust in strong encryption, two factor authentication and bulletproof passwords that can’t be brute forced in a single lifetime, or several lifetimes for that matter.<p>Thing is, all the cryptology in the world can’t save …

Brain Scans Could Identify Depression Before Symptoms Emerge

Which could lead to more effective treatments<p>Depression is far more complex than a “chemical imbalance” in the brain—researchers have found that biology, psychology, genetics, and environmental factors all play a role in the onset and expression of the condition. Now researchers think they’ve come …

All The Times We Found (and Sometimes Lost) a Planet in Our Solar System

In searching our neighborhood of the Milky Way, sometimes we find another planet, sometimes we lose a planet, and sometimes we're not even sure what we've found.<p>Recent news that there's evidence for a new planet lurking in the outer solar system is exciting—but it's not the first time a planet has …

Andrew Kolodny says racial stereotypes may play a role in opioid epidemic

The prescription pain killer Vicodin. AP Photo/Toby Talbot<p>Racial stereotypes may be playing a role in the US opioid overdose epidemic, according to a leading expert on opioid addiction.<p>The rate of white Americans dying annually from drug overdoses has roughly doubled from 2002 to 2014, while the …

How New York's Homeless Lived Through This Weekend's Blizzard

Outreach workers attempted to get the city's most vulnerable citizens to safety, but some homeless people say the system was more accommodating.<p>A homeless man takes shelter in Central Park on January 23, 2016 in New York. Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty<p>For New York City's record-high number of …

New Research Uncovers the Neuroscience of Sugar Fiending

The brain doesn't want sugar, it wants energy. Even if it tastes disgusting.<p>The most fundamental unit of nutrition is the calorie. Stop consuming foods with significant calorie content, and you will most certainly die. You would die well before you would die as the result of cutting out any more …

Parents Of Ex-Marine Battling Addiction Face A Difficult Decision

Pat and Gheorghe say that for the last 16 years, their ex-Marine son, Rich, has been battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol, and despite numerous rehabs and sober houses, he has not stayed clean. The parents have spent more than $225,000 on Rich in the last eight years, including renting …

Militia in Flint calls for justice in water crisis

DETROIT — Flint may have seen multiple rallies in recent weeks that called attention to the city's water crisis — but few if any were as surprising as a rally held by the Genesee County Volunteer Militia.<p>On Sunday afternoon, about 30 militia supporters clad in camouflage gear and bearing “Don’t …

Denver jail death puts new light on common restraint tactic

DENVER (AP) — The death of a 112-pound jail inmate who choked on his own vomit and suffocated after Denver sheriff's deputies restrained him during a psychotic episode is drawing new attention to the way he was subdued: face-down on his stomach with five deputies holding him to the floor.<p>Experts …

Mental Health

Relationships — When Silence Is Golden

We might think that our spoken words express what people take in. Yet studies by Dr. Albert Mehrabian and colleagues (1) confirm the truth of the …

Can cannabis treat epileptic seizures?

Docs say a chemical derived from marijuana could benefit those suffering from a drug-resistant form of the disease<p>Charlotte Figi, an eight-year-old girl from Colorado with Dravet syndrome, a rare and debilitating form of epilepsy, came into the public eye in 2013 when news broke that medical …

Willie Nelson interview: 'Always look for hope'

<b>Willie Nelson, who was born on April 30, 1933, in Abbott, Texas, is one of the finest country music singers and songwriters of modern times. Nelson has won 11 Grammys and acted in more than 30 films. He has also campaigned for the legalisation of marijuana. This interview with Martin Chilton was</b> …

Science Says There Are 4 Types of Introverts: Which One Are You?

Being an introvert isn’t a bad thing — sure, small talk might not be your favorite activity, but you’re definitely a pro at making your alone time rock . Thanks to Susan Cain’s bestseller <i>Quiet</i> , the whole world learned what many of us already knew: Introverts are awesome. Wellesley Psychology …

Psychology

‘The Cosmic Web’ weaves tale of universe’s architecture

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4 Disorders that May Thrive on Loneliness

<b>Depression</b><br>Loneliness and depression have always gone hand-in-hand. We’ve all experienced moments when we find ourselves a little down due to a lack …