Mind & Brain

  • Mindfulness training can ease anxiety that causes eating disorders
    by Shyla Cadogan on February 7, 2023 at 8:34 pm

    KYOTO, Japan — Eating disorders, especially anorexia nervosa (AN), often fall into the category of psychiatric illnesses that have an association with poor self-esteem. This can stem from harmful societal expectations, making it much more complex to resolve. Fortunately, researchers from Kyoto University say meditation therapy is effective in reducing common anxieties seen in anorexia… The post Mindfulness training can ease anxiety that causes eating disorders appeared first on Study Finds.

  • Once robots make mistakes, humans kick them out of the ‘circle of trust’
    by John Anderer on February 3, 2023 at 2:36 pm

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Everybody makes mistakes, even machines! When our robotic friends make an error, however, researchers from the University of Michigan find people tend to be much less forgiving than if a fellow human messed up. Moreover, once a robot loses a human’s trust, it’s very difficult to rebuild the robotic relationship. Study… The post Once robots make mistakes, humans kick them out of the ‘circle of trust’ appeared first on Study Finds.

  • Want to stop drinking alcohol? All you may need is a greater sense of purpose
    by Jocelyn Solis-Moreira on February 2, 2023 at 9:16 pm

    PHILADELPHIA — Instead of completely banning alcohol from their lives, binge drinkers may just need to find a sense of purpose to keep themselves in check. Neurologists from the University of Pennsylvania say that reevaluating your life’s purpose could curb the overwhelming craving for alcohol. The findings open up new non-pharmaceutical strategies to reduce binge… The post Want to stop drinking alcohol? All you may need is a greater sense of purpose appeared first on Study Finds.

  • Want to feel happier? Your location may be affecting your emotions, according to millions of Tweets
    by Study Finds on February 1, 2023 at 8:40 pm

    KYOTO, Japan — Want to feel happier? A new study of millions of tweets finds it all comes down to that age-old real estate saying — location, location, location. Researchers say our physical location affects our emotions. A team in Japan analyzed nearly two million Twitter posts by people in the cities of London and San… The post Want to feel happier? Your location may be affecting your emotions, according to millions of Tweets appeared first on Study Finds.

  • Calling people on phone sparks anxiety in many today — but research shows it can boost mental health
    by The Conversation on January 30, 2023 at 3:17 pm

    Some people might remember the days of coming back from school eager to call a friend, sometimes sitting for hours talking about anything and everything. However, today most young people rarely call each other. The very idea of calling someone or receiving a call seems to cause anxiety in many. When Alexander Graham Bell invented… The post Calling people on phone sparks anxiety in many today — but research shows it can boost mental health appeared first on Study Finds.

  • Doing this effortless habit can help relieve stress, improve your heart health
    by John Anderer on January 28, 2023 at 1:47 am

    MAYNOOTH, Ireland — People often say we can’t control everything that happens in life, but we can control how we react to it. It may sound like a cliché, but new findings out of Ireland show that perspective matters when life throws us unexpected and stressful curveballs. Researchers say gratitude offers a “unique stress-buffering effect”… The post Doing this effortless habit can help relieve stress, improve your heart health appeared first on Study Finds.

  • Starbucks fans steamed! The psychology behind why rewards program changes turn customers boiling mad
    by The Conversation on January 26, 2023 at 5:09 pm

    By H. Sami Karaca, and Jay L. Zagorsky, Boston University Starbucks, the coffee chain giant, is modifying its rewards program, and the news is full of stories of outraged consumers. The main focus of their ire is that, starting Feb. 13, 2023, it will cost twice as many of the program’s reward points, called stars, to… The post Starbucks fans steamed! The psychology behind why rewards program changes turn customers boiling mad appeared first on Study Finds.