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Mobile Phone Addiction Linked With Depression & Anxiety

Being addicted to one’s mobile phone and Internet has been linked with mental health issues like depression and anxiety disorders in a new paper published in the journal Computers in Human Behaviour. Addiction to anything at all is never good; being addicted to one’s mobile phone is no exception. Cellphone use as to the motivation

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We See Things Based On What We Know, Says Study On Arabic Letters

What you know of something affects how you see it, says a new study that dealt with experts and novices of the Arabic language viewing letters of the Arabic alphabet. It was found that one’s knowledge, or lack thereof, of the Arabic letters influenced one’s perception of them. The paper is published in the Journal

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Key To Long Life: Think Fast, Feel Fine, Live Long

If you want to live long, think fast, and feel healthy! Two psychological variables, age-related decrease in thinking and processing speed, and perceived health have been linked with mortality risk among middle-age adults and the elderly. The paper is published in Psychological Science. While every soul shall taste death, humans will persist in finding ways

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Sugar Might Be As Bad As Stress & Abuse To The Brain

The effects of sugar are not as restricted as we might think; rather, they are apparently weighty on our brain too. A new study suggests that sugary drinks might be as bad as stress and abuse are to brain cells. The paper is published in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience. Extreme stress and abuse are known to have

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Disrupted Sleep Patterns, Mood, & Depression Are Biologically Linked

We must have all noticed how we can get cranky when we have not had a good night’s sleep. This apparent link has, however, not been fully explained in scientific terms: the biology behind the pattern as to the molecular links has otherwise remained a mystery. Until now. A new study, published in the Proceedings

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Chocolate Eaten Once A Week Boosts Cognitive Function

Chocolate-lovers, here is a good news for you! Eating chocolate at least once a week might enhance cognition, according to a new study published in the journal Appetite. The potential health benefits of chocolate are being documented by an increasing body of research. It has usually been associated with protecting the health of the heart.

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Exposure to Air Pollution Linked With Increased Weight

Exposure to highly polluted air has been linked with weight gain, and cardio-respiratory and metabolic anomalies in a new study published in the journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). The researchers of the study conducted their experiments on pregnant rats and their offspring. The rats were divided into two groups:

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Economic Insecurity Linked With Increased Physical Pain

Financial stress might cause physical pain, says a new study published in Psychological Science. Feeling financially insecure linked with pain Individuals experiencing financial problems might feel more physical pain than those who deem themselves financially secure. This might arise because of the feeling of not being in control of one’s life. Lead researcher Eileen Chou

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Why People Can’t Stay Away From Facebook For Long

Why can’t people stay away from Facebook for long? We all know that one Facebook-friend (or, we might even be one ourselves!) who deletes or deactivates his account, swearing to never return, but ultimately finds himself drawn back to the online social network. Why is that?! A new study published in Social Media + Society suggests

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Rabbit or Duck? This Calculates Your Creative Ability

You already know how crazy things can go viral on social media, right? Last year, it was the photograph of the blue dress that made the Internet people go bonkers. Now, it is an optical-illusion picture of a duck. Or a rabbit. Or, maybe, both… Okay, so, what do you see? Are you able to

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Aggressive Behaviour Linked With Changes in Brain Cells

Aggressive behaviour in mice might be due to changes in brain cells of a particular region called the lateral septum. The paper published in the journal Current Biology might provide further insight into aggressiveness in other animals. Why do some people give in to violent outbursts that seem to come from nowhere? What causes this behaviour?

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