For your each and every emotion, there is an equal and opposite sensation

Emotional feelings are associated with discrete, yet partially overlapping maps of bodily sensations, which could be at the core of the emotional experience

For your each and every emotion, there is an equal and opposite sensationLong ago, explorers sailed the seven seas and mapped the unknown world, yet over the years scientists have consistently neglected to chart the physical sensations commonly associated with different feelings. Until now a team of researchers from Finland worked with more than 700 participants and their own specialized knowledge of emotional processing in order to […]

Social media detox can help reduce stress in just five days

Recently several celebrities including Bollywood actor-cum-director Farhan Akhtar, Elon Musk, Cher and Jim Carrey among others have deleted their social media profiles in wake of a data breach row involving a social media giant. Now, researchers have proven that giving up on social media can have significant health benefits. Withdrawal from social media can helps reduce levels of cortisol, a key hormone related to stress

Social media detox can help reduce stress in just five daysOf late Facebook has been under a lot of scrutiny – from breaches of privacy policies to stress arising from excess time spent on the social media site. The impact of Facebook on mental and physical health has been studied over the past few years since the social media trend has caught on, much of […]

Why is it hard to leave a relationship? Psychology explains ‘Sunk Cost’ of love

It may be love that brought you together, but it's time and money that really keep marriages going

Why is it hard to leave a relationship? Psychology explains ‘Sunk Cost’ of loveRelationships are hard to stay in, but often even harder to leave. Sometimes, even the worst relationships can be difficult to end, and there may be a psychological reason behind this commitment to failure. According to a recent study, our reluctance to leave a relationship that isn’t working may be due to the ‘sunk cost […]

Why does ‘she’ fear crows and dead bodies?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychological disorder in which people have unwarranted yet repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), and behaviours that drive them to do something over and over (compulsions) again. A 47-year-old Mulund resident suffers from a one-off bizarre OCD due to the fear of seeing dead bodies 

Why does ‘she’ fear crows and dead bodies?For Sulekha Shah (name changed) seeing dead bodies has been a reckless nightmare. She can’t bear to see any corpse simply because she feels it is gross. So gradually since the past two years, she has stopped stepping out of her house. “If she happens to see a dead body pass by, she will immediately […]

New study reveals, nearly 80 per cent of schizophrenia risk down to genes

Psychosocial, environmental, and genetic factors are known to contribute to the risk of developing the disease, but to what extent? New research - carried out by scientists at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark - suggests that almost 80 per cent of the likelihood of having schizophrenia may be genetic

New study reveals, nearly 80 per cent of schizophrenia risk down to genesThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) define schizophrenia as a “chronic, severe, and disabling mental disorder” that affects 1.1 per cent of all adults in the United States. Although the average age of onset for the disease has not been determined, symptoms of schizophrenia usually appear between the ages of 16 and 30. Psychosocial, environmental, […]

Establishing strong friendships in adolescence may benefit mental health, says study

One potential reason for these long-term benefits could be that close, positive relations with friends boost self-worth and self-esteem at a time crucial for self-development and identity formation

Establishing strong friendships in adolescence may benefit mental health, says study  Researchers at the University of Virginia (UV) in Charlottesville set out to examine the long-term impact of having strong friendships in adolescence on mental health as an adult. The new study was published in the journal Child Development, and the lead author of the study was Rachel K. Narr, a Ph.D. candidate in clinical […]

Do you feel scared quite often? Your sleep quality might be the reason

There is growing evidence that the quality of a person's sleep is linked to the occurrence or severity of a number of psychological conditions, ranging from PTSD to depression. However, this study is the first significant one to explore whether a person's pattern of sleep can be used to predict whether he or she might be vulnerable to PTSD or develop PTSD following a traumatic event

Do you feel scared quite often? Your sleep quality might be the reasonThe quality of your sleep could play a role in how your brain responds to fear, which, in turn, could determine how likely you are to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a small, new study suggests. People in the study who got more “rapid eye movement” (REM) sleep had less activity in the areas […]

Suicide awareness: Psychiatric society releases documentary on Blue Whale

The film aims to spread awareness about Blue Whale by portraying the psychology of a depressed teenager’s mind. It shows how vulnerable a person is, as they would kill themselves just to win a game  

Suicide awareness: Psychiatric society releases documentary on Blue WhaleThe world is moving towards a rather competitive phase. Practically everyone we meet today is said to suffer from depression. Several things have been discussed in September over the Blue Whale fiasco. An increase in the non-acceptance of rejection and a rise in the need for instant gratification were identified as key factors which would […]

Loneliness: A public health risk that no one talks about

While social isolation has to do with objectively lacking relationships, loneliness is about how you perceive your level of social support, psychologists say. The mortality risk of a lack of social connection exceeds that of common public health priorities. The mortality risk of a lack of social connection exceeds that of common public health priorities

Loneliness: A public health risk that no one talks aboutMarci O’Connor, a mother of two teenagers, struggles with her confident, independent self and recurring loneliness — feelings that psychologists say are increasingly posing public health challenges. O’Connor, 46, of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, 30 kilometres east of Montreal, Canada said loneliness snuck up on her after she moved away from her family to a predominantly French-speaking area. […]

Why people lie: Human brains are too insecure for the truth

Lying is deeply ingrained in society. We all learned about “white lies” from a young age, taught that we tell a small untruth to spare another person’s feelings. But why do we have to do this?

Why people lie: Human brains are too insecure for the truthLying has a lot more to it than someone trying to avoid consequences for their actions. We all learned about “white lies” from a young age, taught that we tell a small untruth to spare another person’s feelings. But why do we have to do this? The School of Life explains, while blaming George Washington […]
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