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Why we like to watch cat videos revealed

2015-06-17 19:17
Why are cat videos so popular?

Researchers have tapped more deeply into the positive effects animals can have on our health. Indiana University scientists recently discovered watching cat videos can boost our mood, give us more energy and more. Interestingly, people with certain personality traits seem to enjoy watching cats on the internet more than others.

Jessica Gall Myrick who is an Indiana University Media School researcher said in a press release that cats just can't be ignored anymore.

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Infection linked to lower IQ, mental illness

2015-05-26 10:02
Human Brain and IQ

Results of a Danish study suggest frequent infections could lead to lower IQ. The finding is important because it suggests infection and immune response can affect memory and may contribute to mental health illness.

Researchers for the new study found infection can affect the brain by lowering IQ years after the infection is treated and cured.

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Diabetes and depression increase dementia risk

2015-04-15 21:59
Combination of depression and diabetes increase dementia risk

Depression and diabetes on their own can affect the brain, but together they can significantly increase the risk of dementia, a new study found.

Dementia is an umbrella term for a decline in mental ability that is severe enough interfere with daily life.

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Get enough of this if you want to improve memory for up to 28 years

2015-01-26 12:59
Getting quality sleep when your young can boost memory when you're old

If you want to boost your memory and learning skills as you age, a new study suggests that maintaining good quality sleep when you're younger can result in better cognitive functioning for up to 28 years as you age.

A new study suggests that getting enough quality sleep when you’re younger results in a better memory when you’re older.

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Therapeutic uses of nature continue to expand

2015-01-22 23:20

The therapeutic benefits of reconnecting with nature are well-documented, and the wilderness can serve as the perfect backdrop for addressing serious psychological and behavioral issues. In recent years, some therapists have decided to take a gentler approach to intervention, and troubled youth is often the target.

Nature is being used in more than one way to help people who are struggling with a variety of issues.

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Therapy dog helps college students connect with mental health professionals

2014-10-27 10:24
Sopie the therapy dog: Credit Newswise

A new report highlights the role of therapy animals for helping college students combat loneliness and depression that is common. Lack of funding and shortage of mental health workers make it necessary to find new ways to help college students adjust. A new study finds having a therapy dog available helped college students connect with their therapist.

The study, published in the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health was carried out by researchers at Georgia State University, Idaho State University and Savannah College of Art and Design

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Online trolls abuse Robin Williams' daughter: Why they do it

2014-08-14 19:34
What makes trolls abuse others on the internet?

Recent studies could help us understand why people abuse others on the internet. Researcher Erin Buckels has some insight into why Robin Williams' daughter received photoshopped images of her dead father, causing her to leave the internet until she heals. According to Buckels, there are sadists on the internet who do it just for the joy.

Robin Williams' daughter Zelda Williams has had to endure internet abuse. According to new sources at least two people sent her photoshopped images of Robin Williams's dead body.

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