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ψ Medical News Today Psychiatry is the medical treatment of the psyche, and psychology is the science of the psyche. This category includes news on psychiatric treatments, rehabilitation and medications, forensic psychiatry, cognitive behavioral therapy and the functioning of the mind. Link to the source
  • Leisure activities lower blood pressure in Alzheimer's caregivers
    Going for a walk outside, reading, listening to music -- these and other enjoyable activities can reduce blood pressure for elderly caregivers of spouses with Alzheimer's disease, suggests a study in... link to source

  • They like you as you are. Why being yourself at interviews will earn you the job
    The next time you approach a job interview, just relax and be yourself: if you're good, it may be the best way to land the job. link to source

  • Marriage, fatherhood may cause men to gain weight
    Being married or becoming a father may cause men to gain weight, new research finds. Getting a divorce, however, may lead to weight loss. link to source

  • Study shows how pheromones drive sexual behavior
    A new mouse study investigates the effect of pheromones in male and female mice, revealing different brain circuits and various behavioral responses. link to source

  • Pictures of cute animals may boost marital satisfaction
    Learning to associate spouses with unrelated positive stimuli - such as pictures of puppies - could help to improve marital satisfaction, study suggests. link to source

  • A partner's touch relieves pain, study shows
    A new study suggests that a lover's touch helps to alleviate pain and keep romantic partners' heartbeats and respiration patterns synchronized. link to source

  • Children of older fathers likely to be 'geeks'
    New research examines the connection between advanced paternal age and several social and intellectual characteristics of the offspring. link to source

  • Does sex help older brains to work better?
    A study found that older adults who had sex once per week - as opposed to once per month or never - did better overall on certain tests of mental ability. link to source

  • Study answers why ketamine helps depression, offers target for safer therapy
    Scientists have identified a key protein that helps trigger ketamine's rapid anti-depressant effects in the brain, a crucial initial step to developing alternative treatments to the controversial... link to source

  • Multitasking brain mechanism examined
    Multitasking is a difficult but highly desirable ability. New research examines a technique that might help us achieve it: reactivating the learned memory. link to source

  • OCD linked to inflammation in the brain
    A new study links OCD to excessive inflammation in certain areas of the brain. Could OCD be treated using existing anti-inflammatory drugs? link to source

  • People who go to bed late have less control over OCD symptoms
    A late bedtime is associated with lower perceived control of obsessive thoughts, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. link to source

  • Investigating emotional spillover in the brain
    Life is full of emotional highs and lows, ranging from enjoying an activity with a loved one and savoring a delicious meal to feeling hurt by a negative interaction with a co-worker or that recent... link to source

  • Women who focus negatively, magnify chronic pain, more likely to be taking prescribed opioids
    Female chronic pain sufferers who catastrophize, a psychological condition in which pain is exaggerated or irrationally focused on, not only report greater pain intensity, but are more likely to be... link to source

  • Elder abuse research yields new evidence on incidence, risks, outcomes
    New study data from the Chinese community in Chicago is shedding light on the impact of elder abuse in America. link to source

  • How doodling can trigger feelings of pleasure
    Researchers have found that art-making, and particularly doodling, can boost activity in the brain's reward pathway, triggering feelings of pleasure. link to source

  • How can exercise improve body image?
    A new study examines the psychological effects of a single exercise session on young women and shows how working out can make us feel stronger and thinner. link to source

  • How does the brain respond to a single bout of exercise?
    A new review examines the data available on the neurochemical, cognitive, and behavioral effects of a single session of physical activity. link to source

  • Scientists find seven genes for insomnia
    New wide-scale genetic study uncovers the genetic underpinnings of what is usually considered to be a purely psychological condition. link to source

  • Visiting virtual beach improves patient experiences during dental procedures
    Imagine walking along a South Devon beach on a lovely day. The waves are lapping on the shore, rabbits are scurrying in the undergrowth, and the bells of the local church are mingling with the calls... link to source

  • Déjà vu: Re-experiencing the unexperienced
    Here, we explore the common phenomenon of déjà vu: that odd sense that something wholly unfamiliar is, for a fleeting moment, strangely familiar. link to source

  • Fever in pregnancy tied to higher risk of autism
    Study of more than 95,000 children found that autism risk rose by over 300 percent if mothers had had three or more fevers after 12 weeks of pregnancy. link to source

  • Research finds decadent-sounding descriptions could lead to higher consumption of vegetables
    Would you be more likely to eat vegetables if they were described as "dynamite," "caramelized" and "sweet sizzlin'"?According to new research from Stanford scholars, the answer is a hearty yes. link to source

  • Babies recognize face-like patterns before birth
    Newborn babies are reported to show a preference for faces over other stimuli. Now, researchers have shown that fetuses display the same behavior. link to source

  • How to enjoy eating alone: Look in a mirror
    When we eat with others, food tastes better and we tend to eat more of it. Perhaps strangely, the same phenomenon occurs if we eat next to a mirror. link to source

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