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Eleven sketches inspired by the university mental health crisis – in pictures

The number of students dropping out from degree courses due to mental illness has increased significantly in recent years. Illustrator and student Ella Baron captures the experiences of 11 undergraduates

Rules of memory 'beautifully' rewritten

<b>What really happens when we make and store memories has been unravelled in a discovery that surprised even the scientists who made it.</b><p>The US and Japanese team found that the brain "doubles up" by simultaneously making two memories of events.<p>One is for the here-and-now and the other for a lifetime, …

The Brain

Why Smart People Make Stupid Decisions

We’ve all been there.<p>We make what we think is a rational decision. And then seconds, minutes or days later we wonder “What was I thinking?!” Was it a temporary lapse of sanity? Were we just distracted and decided anyway?<p>We knew it wasn’t the right decision or the best decision, but in that moment, …

Critical Thinking

Why Mind Wandering Can Be So Miserable, According to Happiness Experts

For you, it could be the drive home on the freeway in stop-and-go traffic, a run without headphones or the time it takes to brush your teeth. It’s …

Mindfulness

Belle Beats Stockholm Syndrome and Biology in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

The original telling of <i>Beauty and the Beast</i> is a story about Stockholm syndrome: Beauty is held captive by a creepy monster, but in time she leans to …

Changes in Blood-Brain Barrier and Intestinal Permeability Found in People With Autism

<i>Summary: Researchers discover a link between neuroinflammation associated with impairment to the blood-brain barrier and intestinal permeability in</i> …

Neuroscience

How Hoarders' Brains See Their Belongings

Hoarders are those who have an uncontrollable urge to accumulate possessions and experience mental anguish at the thought of parting with them. Until …

Mental Health

'Anxiety Sensitivity' Is Real. Here's How To Know If You're Caught In This Spiral.

Fear of fear could be undermining your mental health.<p>Do you get anxious about being anxious? If a nervous-sounding “yes” just popped into your head, then this one’s for you.<p>The fear of anxiety itself is a real condition, which clinicians call “anxiety sensitivity.” People with high anxiety …

Depression

These Skills Are Hard To Learn But Pay Off For The Rest of Your Life

This column is by Thomas Oppong, Founding Editor at Alltopstartups<p><i>“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies</i> …

How to cope with loneliness | Oliver Burkeman

The new spin on loneliness is that we ought to welcome it, in modest doses, says Oliver Burkeman<p>Loneliness is everywhere in the world of psychology these days – the subject of so many studies, articles and talks that you sometimes wish the loneliness researchers would go away, so you could just get …

Everything You Need to Know About Training Your Brain for Success

Your brain is more powerful than all the digital computers in the world. Here's how to get the most out of it.<p>According to recent article in The Atlantic, the human brain may actually function as a quantum computer at an atomic level with each neuron containing multiple "qubits" of phosphorous …

Humanity

This Meditation Exercise Builds Mental Muscle and Cures Procrastination

Imagine always having the strongest mind in the room.<p>That would mean being smart, sure.<p>But more importantly, you’d be grounded and unflappable. No …

Procrastination

'I told my date that I had depression and he laughed and told me I was just lazy'

LAST WEDNESDAY, A well-respected member of the beauty industry posted on Facebook that she was having to cancel appointments in order to give herself …

Mental Health

10 Ways to Spot a Good Therapist

Many approaches to therapy have been developed in the decades since Freud first began his experimentation with the talking cure. Psychotherapy today …

Safe-Space

Love by design: when science meets sex, lust, attraction and attachment

<i>CHANGING FAMILIES: In this ten-part series, we examine some major changes in family and relationships, and how that might in turn reshape law, policy</i> …

The Brain

How do children learn to form healthy social bonds?

Toddlers may be ever-so-adorable but they can also be frustratingly poor at listening and respecting other people’s feelings. So how are they able to grow into social butterflies a decade or two later, often capable of extraordinary friendship, loyalty, and perceptiveness?<p>While social development …

Psychology

This test is changing the way depression is treated

Many Americans suffer from depression at some point in their lives. The seriousness of the disease (untreated, it’s a top cause of suicides) is a …

60 of the best Android apps from 2015

This year was full of excellent app releases for Android and we found tons of tools to trick out your device for work and play.<p>If you’re looking for some quality apps for your new phone or want to breathe new life into your old one, our list of the best apps from this year has you covered.<p><i>Prefer</i> …

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

Memory erasing is just the beginning.<p>As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed …

The Brain

Many parents 'never talk about mental health' to children

<b>More than half of parents in England have never spoken to their children about stress, anxiety or depression, a survey has suggested.</b><p>A poll of more than 1,100 parents found that 55% had not spoken about the subject to their offspring.<p>Of those, 20% said they did not know how to address the issue.<p>The …

Mental Health

Can You Think Yourself Into A Different Person?

We used to believe our brains couldn’t be changed. Now we believe they can – if we want it enough. But is that true?<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another break-up and in despair about her future, she felt as if she’d …

The Strangers in Your Brain

Biologists often say that the most dangerous thing a cell can do is divide. This is because, during the complex process of replication—the unspooling of DNA, the assembling of two genomes from the halves of one—there is always the chance that the cell will make a mistake. Mutations can cost an …

Biology

Woman Films Herself For 8 Years, Revealing Chilling Truth About Mental Illness

"That's the first time in ages my reflection has looked like Satan," Ida Storm muttered to herself as a tiny camera in her hand, held at chin-level, …

Mental Health

6 Mental Habits That Will Wear You Down

Do you struggle with self-doubt and self-defeating habits?<p>Do you want to feel more confident about yourself and what you have to offer?<p>Do you focus …

Psychology

Neurosis isn’t a disorder—and it may be a prerequisite for greatness

It was the Scottish physician William Cullen who coined the term “neurosis” in 1769, but Sigmund Freud who popularized it as a way to describe a number of nerve disorders—distinct from the full mental break of psychosis, but debilitating nevertheless (including hysteria, phobias, depression, and …

Psychology

4 Ways Music Can Rewire Your Brain

Last year, Beats by Dre launched a massive marketing campaign to promote Powerbeats, the in-ear headphones designed with LeBron James. Of course, …

‘Mindfulness’ Messes With Your Memory

If Oprah practices mindfulness, it must be a good thing—right? But new science disagrees.<p>Mindfulness—that buzzword that means, “focusing on emotions …

Depressed brains are teeming with this protein

Much of the research into the causes of depression focuses on what the brain lacks. But a new study is one of the first to suggest that having too …

Everything You Should Eat and Drink in Singapore, the Island of Eating

Sorry, France and Italy, no country loves to eat (and bicker about food) more than Singapore. Now it’s time for all of us to get in on the fun.<p>“If you say, ‘Oh my God, I’m so hungry!’ to someone in Singapore, they’ll laugh in your face. Walk in any direction here and you’ll find something good to …