Double your portion size to eat healthy

It’s well known that portion size affects food intake, so could doubling portion sizes facilitate a healthy diet?

Double your portion size to eat healthyAccording to a recent study, larger portions of food might not be so bad for us after all. The findings add to our understanding of the psychology of healthful eating. Scientists have studied the so-called portion size effect in some depth. One review of the research found that when a portion size is doubled, people […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Human memory can recognise 5,000 faces on average, find researchers

We are exposed to an overwhelming number of human faces every day including regular people in our lives as well as celebrities. But how many such faces can one person remember and recall? Study participants were asked to recall and recognise faces, both from their personal lives as well as popular media

Human memory can recognise 5,000 faces on average, find researchersOn average, possibly somewhere around 5,000, according to researchers from the University of York, England. The findings of their study were published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B on October 09 “Our study focused on the number of faces people actually know– we haven’t yet found a limit on how many faces the brain […]

How does laughter affect the brain and cause social bonding in humans

The researchers found that the social laughter condition led to a significant increase in endorphin release in the thalamus, caudate nucleus, and anterior insula regions of the brain. These are brain regions that play a role in arousal and emotional awareness

How does laughter affect the brain and cause social bonding in humansResearchers from Finland and the United Kingdom found that social laughter triggers the release of endorphins – often referred to as “feel good hormones” – in brain regions responsible for arousal and emotion. Endorphins are peptides that interact with opioid receptors in the brain to help relieve pain and trigger feelings of pleasure. What is […]

Close ties with fathers help daughters overcome loneliness, finds study

Fathers play a key role in helping their young daughters overcome loneliness, a new study has found. While levels of father-daughter closeness appeared to be a factor, no differences were found based on their levels of conflict

Close ties with fathers help daughters overcome loneliness, finds studyYoung girls who are trying to overcome loneliness may see significant progress with a little help from one of their parents, according to a new study. Researchers at the Ohio State University found loneliness declined faster among girls who had a closer relationship with their fathers. The study titled ‘Longitudinal associations between parent-child relationships in […]

Being in a bad marriage can be as unhealthy as smoking, say researchers

Psychologists monitored 373 couples over 16 years and found that couples who disagree often have poorer health - especially for men

Being in a bad marriage can be as unhealthy as smoking, say researchersYou often hear that it’s better to be single than in a bad relationship. Being independent is a lot more empowering than being in a relationship when it’s just not working. And now, research shows that being in a bad relationship can actually be detrimental to your health. In a marriage, having disagreements now and […]

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 […]

Scientists reveal the real reason behind why people feel ‘hangry’

What makes someone go from simply being hungry to full-on ‘hangry’? More than just a simple drop in blood sugar, this combination of hunger and anger may be a complicated emotional response involving an interplay of biology, personality and environmental cues, according to research published by the American Psychological Association

Scientists reveal the real reason behind why people feel ‘hangry’There’s a difference between being hungry—a feeling we all get between meals – and being ‘hangry’. If you get hangry, you probably already know it: your hunger pangs put you in a very bad mood that you (and your family and friends) have a hard time ignoring. But is being hangry a real thing, or […]
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