General Psychology

What Researchers Learned by Reading 700,000 YouTube Comments

You’ve probably been warned not to venture into the comments section on YouTube. But a group of researchers in the United States and Canada threw caution into the wind for the sake ...
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3 Coping Strategies That Complement Each Other

Different people respond to stressful situations in different ways. To some extent, the coping strategies people use in dealing with negative events predict how those events will impact their mental health. Psychologists ...
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Nomophobia: The Fear of Being Without a Mobile Phone

Perhaps you’ve experienced a jolt of discomfort after realizing you’ve left home without your smartphone. How will I find where I’m going without Google Maps? What if someone needs to get in ...
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Seven Days of Kindness Can Boost Happiness

If you’re looking for a scientifically tested, step-by-step formula for becoming happier, this is probably as close as you’re going to get. That makes me sound like I’m hawking copies of a ...
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Why Buying Experiences Can Increase Happiness

Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy interesting experiences. Psychologists have shown that purchases of experiences tend to make people happier than purchases of material goods. To do or to have? ...
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How a Parent’s Touch Can Reassure

Touch can be a powerful means of communication, especially between parents and children. As the authors of a recent study explain it, "the sense of touch develops in utero and enables parent-child ...
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Night-Owl Teens at Risk for Insomnia, Behavioral Problems

Adolescents who tend toward being night owls are at higher risk for insomnia, emotional problems and behavioral problems, according to a new study from researchers in Hong Kong. Psychologists have known for ...
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When You’re Sad and Play the Slot Machines

Feeling sad doesn’t always bring out the best in us when it comes to impulse control. From comfort eating to coping by drinking, people often find that their self-control slips when their ...
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Teacher Involvement Can Help With Childhood Depression

Given how much of their lives children spend in school, it stands to reason that good teacher-student relationships could make a difference in children’s mental health. So a group of researchers in ...
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Baby Boomers May Be More Receptive to Online Mental Health Treatment Than Millennials

Mental health treatment, like everything else, is increasingly going online. People are seeking out more information about mental health on the internet, and researchers are experimenting with new types of therapy that ...
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