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Some People Benefit From Being Naturally Mentally Tough, But It Can Be Taught To Those Who Aren’t

The saying that “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is simplistic, disingenuous, and potentially destructive. While it’s true that some who experience horrible events are stronger for surviving them, this is probably only true if they were strong to begin with. In the face of horrible events, others are more likely to be traumatised […]

Siblings Of Problem Gamblers Also Impulsive, Prone To Risk-taking

Biological siblings of people with gambling disorder also display markers of increased impulsivity and risk-taking, University of British Columbia researchers report. The findings[1] suggest people with gambling disorder – a psychiatric term for serious gambling problems – may have pre-existing genetic vulnerabilities to the illness. “Impulsivity, risky decision-making and altered brain reward processing are observed […]

Stress During Pregnancy May Affect Baby’s Sex

The types of physical and psychological stress that may matter most during pregnancy have been identified in new research by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and NewYork-Presbyterian[1]. The study suggested that pregnant women experiencing physical and psychological stress are less likely to have a boy. “The womb is an influential […]

Would You Stand Up To An Oppressive Regime Or Would You Conform? Here’s The Science

Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, described the horror of the authoritarian regime of Gilead. In this theocracy, self-preservation was the best people could hope for, being powerless to kick against the system. But her sequel, The Testaments, raises the possibility that individuals, with suitable luck, bravery and cleverness, can fight back. But can they? […]