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Inspiring Purchases Can Fuel Happiness

July 28th, 2014
New research suggests material items designed to create or enhance an experience can make shoppers just as happy as performance of life activities. San Francisco State University researchers discovered the products satisfy a different, but equally powerful, psychological need than experiential purchases. While ...

Win-Win Choices Lead to Dueling Brain Regions

July 27th, 2014
New research has found that when people have to choose between two or more equally positive outcomes, they often experience paradoxical feelings of pleasure and anxiety -- feelings associated with activity in different regions of the brain. A series of experiments led by ...

Being Unemployed Could Kill You, But Recession Is Good For Your Health

July 26th, 2014
It’s a conundrum: Being unemployed increases your risk of death, but recessions decrease it. While some past studies have shown that employees who lose their jobs have a higher mortality rate, others have shown that mortality actually declines in the population as unemployment ...

How Does Sharing Your Story Over Social Media Influence Your Emotions

July 25th, 2014
Humans enjoy sharing life stories with others. And the ability to share personal news -- both good and bad -- has exploded over the last decade, particularly via social media and texting. However, existing research on "social sharing" -- or the act ...

Likelihood of False Memories Increase after Poor Sleep

July 24th, 2014
New research may have strong implications for the criminal justice system as researchers discover not getting enough sleep may increase the likelihood of forming false memories. Researchers from University of California, Irvine discovered sleep-deprived people who viewed photographs of a crime being committed ...

Blend Nature into School Playgrounds to Reduce Stress, Improve Attention

July 23rd, 2014
School playgrounds that feature natural habitats and trees do more than just provide a unique outdoor adventure as researchers discover the environment can reduce children's stress and inattention. University of Colorado Boulder researchers also found that working on class assignments or gardening ...

Sleep Deficits = Memory Problems

July 22nd, 2014
Americans are not receiving adequate amounts of sleep with experts stating that sleep insufficiencies are now a public health epidemic. New research adds to the list of symptoms that a lack of sleep triggers as scientist discover sleep voids can lead to ...

Physician Training Program Improves Care for Depression

July 21st, 2014
A new performance improvement initiative for physicians has been found to significantly increase their use of evidence-based practices in screening for and treating depression. In a new study, Dr. Michael E. Thase of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and colleagues ...

Study of Resting Brain May Help Unravel Severe Mental Illness

July 20th, 2014
The human brain operates much the same whether a person is at rest or performing a variety of tasks, according to new research from Rutgers University-Newark. This finding will make it easier to study severe mental illness, since scientists can be certain ...

Melancholy Danes? Not So Much, And Genetics May Show Why

July 19th, 2014
Genetics could be the reason why Denmark tops the world in happiness, according to research from the University of Warwick. Economists at the university have been investigating why certain countries rank so high in happiness levels. In particular, they discovered that the closer ...
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