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You thought work was bad? Spouses cause 'more stress than our bosses'

Spouses are a bigger source of stress than bosses, research shows. There may be no place like home, but if you want to relax then you might be better off at work, according to the survey.


Spending money gives brain the same buzz as doing drugs

According to researchers, splashing money stimulates the reward centres of the brain associated with types of addictive activities.

Body and mind

Personality May Influence Brain Shrinkage in Aging

ScienceDaily (Apr. 27, 2010) — Psychologists at Washington University in St. Louis have found an intriguing possibility that personality and brain aging during the golden years may be linked.


Regular bedtime makes children smarter

Children in households with bedtime rules turn out to be more intelligent, according to new study.


Out of Mind, out of Sight: Blinking Eyes Indicate Mind Wandering

ScienceDaily (Apr. 30, 2010) — When your mind wanders, you're not paying attention to what's going in front of you. A new study suggests that it's not just the mind, it's the body, too; when subjects' minds wandered, they blinked more, setting up a tiny physical barrier between themselves and the outside world.

Social Psychology

Being near nature improves physical, mental health

Being outside in nature makes people feel more alive, finds a series of studies published in the June 2010 issue of the Journal of Environmental Psychology. And that sense of increased vitality exists above and beyond the energizing effects of physical activity and social interaction that are often associated with our forays into the natural world, the studies show.


Key To Subliminal Messaging Is To Keep It Negative

ScienceDaily (Sep. 30, 2009) — Subliminal messaging is most effective when the message being conveyed is negative, according to new research funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Social Psychology

Weekends Are Good For You, Study Finds

Just about everybody – even workaholics – should look forward to the weekend, when most people get a mood boost, a new study suggests.


Brain Activity Exposes Those Who Break Promises

ScienceDaily (Dec. 10, 2009) — Scientists from the University of Zurich have discovered the physiological mechanisms in the brain that underlie broken promises. Patterns of brain activity even enable predicting whether someone will break a promise.

Scientific research

Depressed People Feel More Gray Than Blue

ScienceDaily (Feb. 9, 2010) — People with anxiety and depression are most likely to use a shade of gray to represent their mental state. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Medical Research Methodology describe the development of a color chart, The Manchester Color Wheel, which can be used to study people's preferred pigment in relation to their state of mind.

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