Focusing on the neutral details of a disturbing scene can weaken a person’s later memories — and negative impressions — of that scene, according to researchers from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The findings could lead to the development of methods to increase psychological resilience in people who are likely to experience traumatic events, like… Read more

Listening to music at a higher tempo reduces the perceived effort involved in exercise and increases its benefits, a new study shows. The effects were greater for endurance exercises, such as walking, than for high-intensity exercises, such as weightlifting. The researchers hope that the findings[1] could help people to increase and improve their exercise habits… Read more

Effortless learning during sleep is a fantasy of many people. The supportive effect of smells on learning success when presented both during learning and sleep was first proven in an extensive sleep laboratory study. Researchers at the University of Freiburg Medical Center, the Freiburg Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health (IGPP) and… Read more

A new study in mice shows a link between the brain’s chemical system and the mice’s belief about how waiting will pay off. The effect of the neuromodulator serotonin on mice’s ability to stay patient when waiting for a reward is at the core of the study[1], by Dr. Katsuhiko Miyazaki and Dr. Kayoko Miyazaki… Read more

A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part of an integrated or alternative… Read more