Why do not your children like math?

Why do not your children like math?

Characteristics related to openness, such as intellectual curiosity and confidence, may make children more adept at math and reading than characteristics that describe conscientiousness, such as diligence and perseverance, a new study shows. “Our findings provide additional knowledge on the complex set of skills that interact and give rise to...

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If you want to have more friends, you just have to tilt your head a little

If you want to have more friends, you just have to tilt your head a little

Every time we look at a face, we take in a flood of information effortlessly: age, gender, race, expression, the direction of our subject’s gaze, perhaps even their mood. Faces draw us in and help us navigate relationships and the world around us. How the brain does this is a...

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Is 2019 going to be the year in which you will definitely carry out your New Year’s resolutions?

Is 2019 going to be the year in which you will definitely carry out your New Year’s resolutions?

In order to keep your resolutions in 2019, consider these tips from Tim Bono, author of When Likes Aren’t Enough: A Crash Course in the Science of Happiness (Grand Central Life & Style, 2018) and lecturer in psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. Find your motivation: Identify an important reason...

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Do you want to sleep better, save money and lose weight? Try ‘Dry January’

Do you want to sleep better, save money and lose weight? Try ‘Dry January’

New research from the University of Sussex shows that taking part in Dry January – abstaining from booze for a month – sees people regaining control of their drinking, having more energy, better skin and losing weight. They also report drinking less months later. The research, led by Sussex psychologist...

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Temperature is a known factor in aging, but a cold shower every day will extend your lifespan?

Temperature is a known factor in aging, but a cold shower every day will extend your lifespan?

Temperature is a known factor in aging and many animal species live longer at lower temperature than they do at higher temperatures. As a result, “there are people out there who believe, strongly, that if you take a cold shower every day it will extend your lifespan,” says Kristin Gribble,...

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Happiness did not decline repeatedly giving to others

Happiness did not decline repeatedly giving to others

While the happiness we feel after an activity diminishes each time we experience it, a phenomenon known as hedonic adaptation, giving to others may be the exception to this rule. New research finds that participants’ happiness did not decline, or declined much slower, if they repeatedly bestowed gifts on others...

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If you want to quit smoking, you should also think about quitting alcohol

If you want to quit smoking, you should also think about quitting alcohol

If quitting smoking is one of your New Year’s resolutions, you might want to consider cutting back on your drinking, too. New research has found that heavy drinkers who are trying to stop smoking may find that reducing their alcohol use can also help them quit their daily smoking habit....

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Sadness and anger are associated with higher levels of inflammation and may be a signal of poor health

Sadness and anger are associated with higher levels of inflammation and may be a signal of poor health

Negative mood—such as sadness and anger—is associated with higher levels of inflammation and may be a signal of poor health, report researchers. The investigators found that negative mood measured multiple times a day over time is associated with higher levels of inflammatory biomarkers. This extends prior research showing that clinical...

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How to prepare spinach in order to maximise the levels of antioxidants in finished food

How to prepare spinach in order to maximise the levels of antioxidants in finished food

Eat your spinach in the form of a smoothie or juice – this is the best way to obtain the antioxidant lutein, according to research from Linköping University, Sweden. High levels of lutein are found in dark green vegetables, and researchers at the university have compared different ways of preparing...

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Why the clean-plate phenomenon makes us to eat more than we should?

Why the clean-plate phenomenon makes us to eat more than we should?

New research looks at the tendency to overeat when we only have a little bit of food left over—and how we justify it by convincing ourselves that it’s not as unhealthy as it is. “Many of us were raised with this ‘clean your plate’ mentality, stemming from a desire to...

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