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Resolving Nightmares Using A Lucid Dreaming Technique

Imagine that you could become aware that you were dreaming, or “lucid,” in your dreams at any time. Countless researchers and laypersons alike have pursued on-demand lucid dreaming since the first books mentioning the phenomenon began to appear in the […]

Managing Disease Threat With Moral Vigilance

Infectious disease has posed a greater threat to human survival and welfare throughout both our recent and distant past. Given the implications of disease-causing parasites throughout human (and non-human) history, they have unsurprisingly long been a subject of intense study […]

Mental Health Is More Than Not Being Ill

Australian researchers believe that mental well-being and illnesses such as depression or anxiety are separate constructs. They came to this conclusion after testing the processing of emotions in twins. Health is the state of physical, mental, and social well-being and […]

Predictions Rule Perception: How Our Expectations Shape What We Perceive

People tend to trust that their perception of the world accurately reflects reality. However, work in psychology and neuroscience has suggested that our minds often deceive us, and our brains put a creative spin on the sensory information received from […]

The Origin Of Mistrust, Investigated In Twins

Is distrust the opposite of trust? No, say American researchers. Both feelings have their own origins, and only one is influenced by genes. Everyone has heard it before — this inner voice that warns us about someone. We distrust a […]

Gaps In Perception: How We See A Stable World Through Moving Eyes

We see the most detail in the center of our visual field. This region is called the fovea: it is most densely packed with receptors that turn light into electrical signals that the brain understands. To explore the visual field, […]

Fighting Fire With Fire: Using Stress Hormones To Weaken The Effects Of Stressful Events

In Stephen King’s 1981 novel Cujo (adapted to film in 1983), a boy and his mother are trapped in their car as a rabid Saint Bernard dog named Cujo, a good boy gone bad, aims to kill them. If you […]

Online Program For Couples Results In Long-Term Gains In Relationship Functioning And Individual Health

Nearly half of first-time marriages end in divorce (Copen, Daniels, Vespa, & Mosher, 2012) and more than one-third of marriages are relationally distressed at any given time (Whisman, Beach, & Snyder, 2008). Individuals in distressed relationships generally have worse physical […]

Studying Mechanisms In The Hippocampus Related To Memory

For more than 50 years now, doctors have known that the hippocampus is important for memory in humans. Patients with hippocampal damage presented with the striking inability to form new memories. These cases ultimately led to the general understanding that […]

Weight Diversity: A Stigma-Reduction Mechanism to Reduce Weight-Based Achievement Disparities

The odds of academic success are stacked against youth with overweight and obesity. On average, youth with higher weight do more poorly in school and are less likely to attend college than their peers with normal weight. The widespread misconception […]