Can Gratitude Make You Feel Less Stressed?

Marriages and other close relationships, as well as those with loosely connected individuals, like coworkers, are known to benefit from expressions of gratitude. Additionally, it has been shown that gratitude can mitigate the detrimental effects of materialism, making those who practice it happier with their lives overall. Now, in a study with 68 adults, researchers…

Chimpanzee and Bonobo Gestures Can Be Understood by Humans

According to a study from the University of St Andrews, humans retain an understanding of gestures made by other great apes even though we no longer use them ourselves. The discovery of great ape gestures was the first evidence of intentional communication outside of human language, and over 80 such signals have now been identified.…

Running for Stress Reduction Can Lead To Exercise Dependence

Recreational running has many positive effects on both physical and mental health, but some people can become physically addicted to exercise, a condition known as exercise dependence. Surprisingly, even among casual runners, signs of exercise dependence are prevalent. “Escapism is an everyday phenomenon among humans, but little is known regarding its motivational underpinnings, how it…

Why You Should Tell the Truth When Canceling Plans with a Friend

According to recent research, lying about your reason for cancelling plans is the worst thing you can do. The results suggest that how cancellations are handled might matter more than whether they happen or not. “Maintaining relationships with others is important to humans, but the reality is that social anxiety exists. Living out in the…

Why SSRI Anti-depressants Cause Emotional Numbing

Scientists have discovered why common antidepressants cause approximately half of their users to feel emotionally “blunted.” According to a new study, the drugs have an effect on reinforcement learning, an important behavioural process that allows people to learn from their surroundings. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a popular class of antidepressants, especially for chronic…

Your Object Memory Ability Might Be Better than You Thought

Don’t give up on your memory the next time you can’t remember where you put your keys, parked your car, or put your glasses down. Previous research has found that when people are shown a large number of objects, they are very good at remembering which ones they saw. And according to a new study,…

Vortex Ultrasound Busts Brain Blood Clots Better

A new tool and technique for breaking down blood clots in the brain uses “vortex ultrasound,” a sort of ultrasonic tornado. According to a new study, the method eliminated clots formed in an in vitro model of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) faster than existing techniques. “Our previous work looked at various techniques that use…

Why You Remember Emotional Events Better than Non-emotional Ones

Most people remember emotional events vividly, such as their wedding day, but researchers are unsure how the human brain prioritizes emotional events in memory. In a new study, Joshua Jacobs, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, and his colleagues found that the human brain has a specific neural mechanism that tags information…