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Brain and Behavior

Are Women Really More Selective in Dating?

We've long been told that women are more selective when it comes to the men they choose to date.

But what if at least a part of that selectivity is due simply to environmental factors and social norms -- factors that could be easily manipulated? For instance, might approaching -- rather than being approached -- in a dating situation make individuals less selective?

Finkel & Eastwick (2009) set about to answer...
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General

Adding Counseling to Doctor Visits

The problem? Mental health problems occur throughout many people's lives and yet they don't seek out specific help for them. Instead, they turn to their primary care physician to help relieve associated physical complaints. Don Sapatkin, writing for The Philadelphia Inquirer, has the story:


Mental health traditionally has been considered a specialist level of care, and often requires a referral. Yet huge numbers of people go to their doctor...
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Brain and Behavior

10 Secrets Your Therapist Won’t Tell You

Psychotherapists are a unique profession in the world because they are paid to listen and help people improve aspects of their lives or combat a mental health issue that's affecting them. But there's some stuff that goes on in the therapy office that you should know about before you decide to take the plunge (or if you've already taken it, well, better late than never!). Here's a

1. I honestly...
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Brain and Behavior

1 Step to Raise Your Child’s IQ Today

Want to raise your child's IQ by 5 points right now? Don't spank them anymore.

So says the results of yet another study looking at the negative effects of spanking on children. This one tracked IQ changes in 1,400 children ages 2 to 9 over 4 years. The results? Children who had been spanked -- even infrequently -- suffered from an average 5-point deficit on the IQ test.

In a...
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General

6 Healthy Habits That Can Make You Sick

I dance the Macarena whenever I come across an article that argues against healthy living. I cautioned you against too much positive thinking a few days ago. I laughed while reading research about dark chocolate firing up the happy brain. And I high fived the doctors who warn folks against too much sunscreen -- because it blocks the vitamin D that all of us need. I hate that stuff and was looking long and hard for an...
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Brain and Behavior

The Debilitating Effects of TV on Children

Most of us are generally aware that television isn't the healthiest of activities. Yet, like cigarette smoking in the 1970s, it's one of those harms we continue to whitewash or worse -- exposing our children to it as though it were as innocent as playing with Tinkertoys.

Yet as today's Boston Globe reminds us, TV is not this passive device you sit your children in front of with no ill effects....
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Anxiety and Panic

Bounce: 6 Steps to Become More Resilient

Resilience.

That's what I'm after.

To be able to find my balance after hitting a pot hole. To wake up with hope after enduring a series of frustrations. To look beyond the circumstances of my life in order to enjoy the moment.

Yes. I want to become more resilient. So it was with great interest that I read Robert Wick's book, "Bounce: Living the Resilient Life." Here are six of the suggestions he presents in his book. A...
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Friday Flashback for September 25, 2009

It's the first Friday in Fall, and what better way to celebrate a new season where change is in the air than to take a retro look back on some oldies but goodies?

10 Years Ago on Psych CentralMoving On

Ten years ago, I resigned from my position at the large mental health site I co-founded in 1995 (not this one!), and took up with , an e-health site founded by the former Surgeon General of the , to help them build their mental...
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