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Researchers Identify Secrets To Happiness And Depression Among Oldest Of Old

Researchers from Iowa State University’s gerontology program have helped identify what predicts happiness and long life in centenarians, as well as what causes depression in 80-somethings and above. In a study of 158 Georgia centenarians, the researchers found that past satisfaction with life – even if it’s simply recalling isolated career accomplishments – is the […]

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Moral Judgments Can Be Altered By Disrupting A Specific Brain Region

MIT neuroscientists have shown they can influence people’s moral judgments by disrupting a specific brain region – a finding that helps reveal how the brain constructs morality. To make moral judgments about other people, we often need to infer their intentions – an ability known as “theory of mind.” For example, if a hunter shoots […]

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Men And Women Respond Differently To Stress

Age and gender play a major role in how people respond to stress, according to a new study on 20-to-64-year-olds. Published in the journal Psychophysiology, the investigation was led by scientists from the Université de Montréal and the Montreal Heart Institute in collaboration with colleagues from the Université du Québec à Montréal and McGill University. […]

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Women Make Men Throw Caution To The Wind

The presence of an attractive woman elevates testosterone levels and physical risk taking in young men, according to a recent study in the inaugural issue of Social Psychological and Personality Science (published by SAGE). Researchers asked young adult men to perform both easy and difficult tricks on skateboards, first in front of another male and […]

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