In her insightful book Spirituality, Religion, and Faith in Psychotherapy, Helen Land offers the view that therapists who avoid issues of religion and spirituality may be overlooking one of the greatest sources of resilience or even a key to psychological dilemmas among many of their clients. Land, associate professor with the USC School of Social… Read more

What characteristics do young adults most value in a potential partner for long-term relationships? Besides friendliness, intelligence and a sense of humor, playfulness is also important, regardless of gender, finds a new study by researchers at the University of Zurich reveals. Playful people also deem humor, a fun tendency, a laid-back attitude and creativity more… Read more

Scientists at Imperial College London have found that chemically turning on one area of the brain can trigger a deep sleep. The results of the new study, which investigated how sedatives work in the brain’s neural pathways, could lead to better remedies for insomnia and more effective anaesthetic drugs. The team of scientists found that… Read more

Oxytocin, sometimes referred to as the ‘love’ or ‘cuddle’ hormone, has a mythic status in popular culture due to its important role in social and sexual behaviour and long-term bonding. Now researchers from the University of Sydney and the University of Regensburg have discovered it also has a remarkable influence on the intoxicating effect of… Read more

Our brains generate a constant hum of activity: As neurons fire, they produce brain waves that oscillate at different frequencies. Long thought to be merely a byproduct of neuron activity, recent studies suggest that these waves may play a critical role in communication between different parts of the brain. A new study from MIT neuroscientists… Read more