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Understanding Aggression And Violence: A Risk And Protection Approach

Think Stock Parents and professionals who work with children often face the issue of aggressive behaviour and how to manage it. There are many ways to think about how to address this issue, but one approach that is gaining interest involves looking for ways to reduce the number of influences that increase the [...]

Women And People Under The Age Of 35 At Greatest Risk Of Anxiety

Getty Images Women are almost twice as likely to experience anxiety as men, according to a review of existing scientific literature, led by the University of Cambridge. The study also found that people from Western Europe and North America are more likely to suffer from anxiety than people from other cultures. The review, [...]

Wellbeing Protective Factors That Are Particularly Important For School Children 

Stock Images It’s now estimated that 1 in 7 children experience mental health difficulties. Half of all serious mental health problems begin before the age of 14. We also know however that early intervention to address difficulties can improve the chance of long-term mental health and wellbeing (KidsMatter, 2015). The work of Paul A. LeBuffe, Valerie [...]

Why I Have Given Up The Pursuit Of Happiness

Abby Rosmarin “I have a long way to go before happy,” she told me, talking about happiness as if it were an X on a map. She saw her recent heartbreak like a gust of wind, something that had blown her off course. In her eyes, her life was now this journey, this [...]

Neuroscience: The Hard Science Of Oxytocin

Illustration by Dale Edwin Murry In April 2011, Robert Froemke and his team were reprogramming the brains of virgin mice with a single hormone injection. Before the treatment, the female mice were largely indifferent to the cries of a distressed baby, and were even known to trample over them. But after an injection [...]

By |2016-04-01T02:28:25+11:00April 1st, 2016|Categories: Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Why Procrastinators Procrastinate pro-cras-ti-na-tion |prəˌkrastəˈnāSHən, prō-| noun the action of delaying or postponing something: your first tip is to avoid procrastination. Who would have thought that after decades of struggle with procrastination, the dictionary, of all places, would hold the solution. Avoid procrastination. So elegant in its simplicity. While we’re here, let’s make sure obese people avoid overeating, [...]

Tracking Prejudices In The Brain

Preparation of an EEG recording. It is used for a Microstate analysis in order to depict processes in the brain temporally and spatially. Credit: University of Bern / Adrian Moser A soccer fan needs more time to associate a positive word with an opposing club than with his own team. And supporters of [...]

Neuroscience And The Premature Death Of The Soul

Tom Wolfe: his 1996 predictions foreshadowed dubious media stories of neural circuits for infidelity and political orientation. Photograph: Jim Cooper/AP Perhaps Wolfe’s most astute observation was cultural: how the collapse of Freud and Marx had pushed people into using the language of cognitive science for explanations of human behaviour. He also noticed that [...]

By |2016-02-27T19:46:28+11:00February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

10 Unsolved Questions In Neuroscience

Interdiscplinarity forces us to think in new ways. Photograph: Helen Pynor/GV Art Due to its incredible complexity, the brain is an immensely challenging subject of study. The average human brain has about 90 billion neurons that make 100 trillion connections or synapses. Scientists believe this staggering number of neurons is responsible for the [...]

By |2016-02-22T11:59:08+11:00February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

It’s Easy To Get People To Do Bad Things—This Might Be Why

(Photo : University College London) In the 1960s, psychologist Stanley Milgram famously conducted experiments in a Yale University basement showing that people will apparently inflict pain on another person simply because someone in a position of authority told them to. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biologyon Feb. 18, 2016 have [...]

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