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  • Probing the Science of Boredom
    Source: Yahoo News - ScienceAlthough boredom is as familiar a feeling as excitement or fear, science has only begun to understand what makes people bored. Recently, six scientists who emerged after living for a year in isolation on the Mauna Loa volcano as part of the HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) experiment, which simulated the isolation that future space travelers might experience traveling to and living on Mars, said that boredom was their... more...

  • Report Finds That Loneliness Is a Heritable Trait
    Source: ScienceDailyLoneliness is linked to poor physical and mental health, and is an even more accurate predictor of early death than obesity. To better understand who is at risk, researchers conducted the first genome-wide association study for loneliness -- as a life-long trait, not a temporary state. They discovered that risk for feeling lonely is partially due to genetics, but environment plays a bigger role. more...

  • Fear of Stigma or Sanction Leads Many Doctors to Hide Mental Health Issues
    Source: ScienceDailyEven as doctors across America encourage their patients to share concerns about depression, anxiety and other concerns, a new study suggests the doctors may be less likely to seek help for those same concerns about themselves. more...

  • Study Challenges Widely Held View About Children's Moral Judgment
    Source: ScienceDailyChildren's ability to make moral judgements has often been substantially underestimated, new research indicates. When making moral judgements, adults tend to focus on people's intentions rather than on the outcomes of their actions: hurting someone intentionally is much worse than hurting them accidentally. However, the prevailing view in developmental psychology is that younger children's moral judgements are mainly based on the outcomes of... more...

  • New Smithsonian Museum Prepared to Deal with Visitors' Emotions
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportNew Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture's slavery exhibits raw realism may bring out different emotions from visitors. more...

  • Queen Guitarist Protests Japanese Dolphin Hunts, Calls for Respect
    Source: Yahoo News - Top HeadlinesBrian May, guitarist of British rock group Queen, is taking a stand against Japan's dolphin killing, saying the slaughter of animals should end in the same way society has turned against slavery or witch-burning. more...

  • Study Suggests Way to Reduce Racial Bias in Police Shootings
    Source: CBS News - Science and TechnologyAn NYU psychologist may have found a way to retrain our brains against racial bias and prejudice. more...

  • Barcelona Pageant Celebrates Transgender Women
    Source: MSNBC - Top NewsDespite facing violence and discrimination in many countries, 28 transgender women found a place to shine. The women competed last weekend to be crowned Miss Trans Star International, Europe's largest beauty pageant for transgender women and one of a growing number of events aimed at celebrating a population more often condemned. more...

  • Report Finds U.S. Racial Wage Gap Widest in Nearly 4 Decades
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportAs wages for American workers have stagnated for more than a generation, the income gap between black and white workers has widened, and discrimination is the main reason for the persisting disparity, according to a new report. The Economic Policy Institute also found that young black women are being hit the hardest. This gap remains even after controlling for factors like education, experience, or geography. more...

  • IBM and MIT Partner to Make Computers More Human
    Source: Yahoo News - BusinessIBM Research and MIT's Department of Brain & Cognitive Science will advance machine vision to help AI better understand audio and visual information. more...

  • Donald Trump Defends Racial Profiling After Bombs
    Source: CNN - Top StoriesDonald Trump on Monday reiterated his support for the controversial practice of racial profiling by police amid increasing threats to the homeland. more...

  • "Kung Fu" Nuns Bike Himalayas to Oppose Human Trafficking
    Source: Reuters - World NewsFive hundred nuns from the Buddhist sect known as the Drukpa on Saturday complete a 4,000-km (2,485 mile) bicycle trek from Nepal's Kathmandu to the northern city of Leh in India to raise awareness about human trafficking in the remote region. more...

  • People Can Consciously Control Mental Activity Using Brain Scans
    Source: Yahoo News - SciencePeople who can "see" their brain activity can change it, after just one or two neurofeedback sessions, new research shows. The new technique could one day be used as an inexpensive treatment for people with anxiety, traumatic stress or other mental health conditions, said study co-author Dr. Talma Hendler, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at the Tel Aviv Center for Brain Functions in Israel. more...

  • Smartphones Use Neural Networks to Predict Typing
    Source: Yahoo News - BusinessNeural network technology means the keyboard gets better at predicting what you're about to type and correcting what you already did. more...

  • Mental Disorders Among Seniors More Common Than Assumed
    Source: ScienceDailyPrevious studies have largely assumed that the prevalence of mental disorders declines with old age. The results of a new large-scale study with innovative diagnostic methods conducted in six European countries reveal that, considering the previous year retrospectively, approximately one third of the respondents in the age group between 65 and 85 had suffered from a mental disorder, and roughly one quarter were mentally ill at the time of the... more...

  • U.S. Among Most Depressed Countries in the World
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportThe U.S. is one of the most depressed countries in the world, according to the World Health Organization. In terms of quality years of life lost due to disability or death – a widely adopted public health metric that measures the overall burden of disease – the U.S. ranked third for unipolar depressive disorders, just after India and China. more...

  • How to Talk to Your Kids About Their School Day
    Source: CBS News - U.S. NewsPsychologist Lisa Damour offers parents tips for getting past one-world replies and engaging with their kids. more...

  • Impact of Advertising Psychiatric Drugs
    Source: ScienceDailyAdvertising prescription drugs to consumers is forbidden in most of the world, but since U.S. guidelines were relaxed in 1997, such ads have become nearly ubiquitous in American media. In a newly published review, Brown University researchers examined what has been learned since then about the effect of all that advertising on psychiatric conditions. more...

  • The Prison of Mental Illness in Indonesia
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportStigma, few resources, limit developing countries from adequately caring for the mentally disabled. more...

  • Psychiatric Patients Face Longer Waits in Emergency Rooms
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportAnd they're more likely to be transferred without getting treatment, study finds. more...

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