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Mindfulness associated with better health

A new study that measured “dispositional mindfulness” along with seven indicators of cardiovascular health found that persons reporting higher degrees of awareness ...

‘Every life is touched by suicide’: Stanford psychiatrist discusses importance of suicide prevention

Stanford aims to model best practices in training psychiatrists to prevent, and cope with, suicides. ...

Animal Therapy Reduces Anxiety, Loneliness Symptoms in College Students

ATLANTA–Animal-assisted therapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and loneliness among college students, according to researchers at Georgia State University, Idaho State University and Savannah College of Art and Design. Their findings are published in the latest issue of the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. ... Full story

Effective gambling regulation is not just ‘red tape’

by Charles Livingstone -The Queensland government has recently implemented changes to poker machine regulation under the banner of “red tape reduction”. Some of these are relatively minor at first glance; others have more obvious prima facie impact. ... Full story

Stanford psychologist explores how meaningfulness cultivates well-being over time

Professor Jennifer Aaker says that while meaningful choices are often not pleasurable to make, they are commonly associated with a greater sense of well-being in the long run. ... Full story

Teenage self-harm linked to problems in later life

Those who self-harm as teenagers are more at risk of developing mental health and substance misuse problems as adults, new research from the biggest study of its kind in the UK has revealed. ... Full story

A rich vocabulary can protect against cognitive impairment

Some people suffer incipient dementia as they get older. To make up for this loss, the brain’s cognitive reserve is put to the test. Researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela have studied what factors can help to improve this ability and they conclude that having a higher level of vocabulary is one such factor. ... Full story

Stop and Frisk Linked with Trauma and Stress, Sociology Study Finds

Young men stopped and questioned in New York City by police are reporting higher levels of trauma and stress associated with those experiences, particularly when they report that the encounters were intrusive, according to a study led by Amanda Geller, an NYU sociologist. ... Full story

University of Toronto study finds action video games bolster sensorimotor skills

TORONTO, ON — A study led by University of Toronto psychology researchers has found that people who play action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed seem to learn a new sensorimotor skill more quickly than non-gamers do. ... Full story

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