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Carolyn Gregoire is a Senior Writer at the Huffington Post, where she reports on psychology, neuroscience and mental health. She has discussed her work on MSNBC, The TODAY Show, and The History Channel, and has previously worked at BlackBook Magazine and Vanity Fair.

She is the author of a forthcoming book on the science of creativity, with psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, to be published by Penguin Books in 2015.
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Science Proves That Hugs Can Boost Your Immune System

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 4:08 PM

We know that hugs make us feel warm and fuzzy inside. And this feeling, it turns out, could actually ward off stress and protect the immune system, according to new research from Carnegie Mellon University.

It's a well-known fact that stress can weaken the immune system. In...

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Why You Can't Help Turning Into Your Teenage Self When You Go Home For The Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 1:19 PM

There's a joke that captures the feeling of "regression" that many adults experience when they go home to spend the holidays with their families. It goes like this: For every day you're home with your family, you lose five years. So you should keep your trip short enough that you'll...

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10시에 출근해야 하는 과학적 이유

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 10:55 AM

미국에서는 일반인의 수면부족이 점점 사회적 쟁점으로 떠오르고 있다. 미국질병관리센터(CDC)는 성인의 40%가 전문가들이 권장하는 7~9시간 수면을 충족하지 못하고 있고 인구의 3분의 1은 6시간 이하로 잔다고 보고했다. 최근 펜실베이니아 대학이 실시한 연구에 따르면 장시간 근무와 긴 출퇴근 시간이 수면부족 문제를 악화시키고 있다고 한다.

과학자들은 수면부족 문제에 해결책을...

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Men Who Like Spicy Food Have Higher Testosterone Levels

(11) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 8:49 AM

If you want to figure out how "alpha" your man is, try taking him out for something spicy. According to a new French study, men who prefer hotter foods tend to have higher testosterone levels than man who prefer mild foods.

The research, recently published in the journal...

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Professor Says Elf On The Shelf Is Preparing Your Child To Live In A Dystopian Police State

(39) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 2:03 PM

Philosopher and cultural theorist Michel Foucault warned of a future in which society is under constant surveillance. He used the "panopticon" -- a model prison watch system designed by 18th century political philosopher Jeremy Bentham -- as a symbol of modern societies that use surveillance as a form of disciplinary...

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Finally, Some Unflattering Research About Introverts

(302) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 3:36 PM

Introverts have many wonderful qualities that help them shine in the workplace. They have a capacity for deep thought and meaningful (if fewer) relationships, they are able to intensely focus on important tasks and they have heightened emotional sensitivity, to name a few. But when it comes to supporting the...

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Why We Make Bad Food Decisions, Even When We Know Better

(4) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 8:22 AM

When we opt for that last donut in the office kitchen rather than eat the apple brought in from home, our brains are actually making some important micro-decisions before arriving at the final conclusion. According to new research from the California Institute of Technology, our ability to exercise self-control in...

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Why We Get Depressed At The Holidays, And How To Deal

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 8:15 AM

It's the most wonderful time of the year... well, not for everyone.

While images of love and joy fill storefronts, TV screens and magazine pages, for many people, the reality of the holidays isn't so cheerful. Between stressful end-of-year deadlines, family dysfunction and loss, poor eating and drinking habits,...

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The Real Connection Between Ambition And Mental Health

(7) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 3:49 PM

We're a culture that tends to define success in terms of money and power. But finding other ways to measure self-worth isn’t just intrinsically worthwhile -- it could help prevent a troubling mental health diagnosis.

How one views social status, including financial status, can predict mental health...

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성폭행이 뇌에 미치는 영향

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 6:09 PM

최근 미국 매체 롤링스톤스지의 대학교 성폭행 기사가 화제다. 제대로 사실확인을 하지 않고 기사를 내보냈다는 비판으로 언론의 책임이 거론되고 있기 때문이다.

기사의 주 내용은 '재키'라는 여성이 버지니아 대학교 1학년 때 집단 성폭행을 당했다는 것이었다. 이후 롤링스톤스의 보도에 문제가 있다는 제보가 이어졌는데, 재키의 상황 설명과 사건 당시 자리에 있던 다른 사람들의 기억이...

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A Scientific Case For Starting The Workday At 10 A.M.

(28) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 1:51 PM

Sleep deprivation has become a bigger and bigger problem in the U.S., with 40 percent of adults getting less than the recommended seven to nine hours per night, and one-third of U.S. workers getting six hours or less of sleep per night, according to the Centers...

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Research Links Addictive Social Media Behavior With Substance Abuse

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 9:47 AM

Plenty of research has demonstrated that the addictive quality of social media is very real. And according to a new study, heavy social media use may also contribute to a different type of addiction.

Psychologists at the University of Albany found that not only is social media...

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Why Surgeons Listen To Music In The Operating Room -- And How It Could Help You

(9) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 6:35 PM

When you're going into surgery, the type of music that your doctors will be listening to is probably the last thing on your mind. But your surgeon's playlist could actually have some effect on how the procedure goes.

Music, which is generally chosen by the lead surgeon, is played...

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Why Surgeons Listen To Music In The Operating Room -- And How It Could Help You

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 2:53 PM

When you're going into surgery, the type of music that your doctors will be listening to is probably the last thing on your mind. But your surgeon's playlist could actually have some effect on how the procedure goes.

Music, which is generally chosen by the lead surgeon, is played...

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Scientists Are Using Twitter Data To Track Depression

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 4:38 PM

Computer scientists at Johns Hopkins have built an algorithm that uses Twitter to gather information about mental illness trends.

Researchers combed 8 billion public tweets for users who shared their diagnoses of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder. They further looked for commonly used...

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Responder imediatamente e-mails de trabalho está destruindo a sua saúde

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 9:11 AM

É bem provável que você cheque obsessivamente seus e-mails de trabalho e queira respondê-los imediatamente.
De fato, a nossa sociedade constantemente conectada tende a pensar que o empregado ideal está sempre "ligado". O trabalhador médio gasta 28 % do seu dia de trabalho lidando com e-mails. Uma...

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Even When You're Not Using It, Your iPhone Is Distracting You

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 9:07 AM

Smartphones are a near-constant source of distraction in our daily lives. We check them an average of 110 times a day, according to a 2013 study, set them beside our plates at the dinner table, and even use them in the bathroom and

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What Sexual Assault Does To The Brain

(53) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 8:47 AM

The unraveling of Rolling Stone's recent blockbuster feature on campus sexual assault has led to a great deal of hand-wringing over the way the media covers these crimes.

The magazine's story centers around "Jackie," who described being subject to a horrific gang rape while a freshman at...

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How Mindfulness Can Help Dislodge Unconscious Racial Biases

(4) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 8:32 AM

As the national conversation about racial prejudice -- and its role in deadly police confrontations with unarmed people of color -- continue, one point of analysis has been how to address and reform implicit bias. As Mother Jones writer Chris Mooney explains, we've reached a new race paradox...

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한 심리학자가 우울증은 감염질환이라고 생각하는 이유

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 4:21 PM

우울증 환자와 정상인의 뇌가 화학적 균형 차원에서 또한 구조적으로 다르다는 것은 이미 잘 알려진 사실이다. 미국에서는 10%나 되는 인구가 우울증을 앓지만, 의사와 과학자들은 우울증의 원인을 아직 정확히 모른다.

주요 우울 장애(Major Depressive Disorder, MDD)로도 불리는 임상 우울증은 유전적, 환경적, 심리적 그리고 생물학적인 요소의 복합 작용으로 발병되는...

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