Sucking your baby’s pacifier to clean it may prevent allergies

If the thought of sucking your baby's pacifier to clean it and then popping it in your baby's mouth grosses you out, think again. New...

Yes, GPS apps make you worse at navigating – but that’s OK

Many of us have had the experience of arriving in an unfamiliar city and needing to get to a specific destination – whether it’s...

Mindfulness apps could improve our mental health

A University of Otago study has found that using mindfulness meditation applications (apps) on phones is associated with improvements in people's mental health. In a...
Parents shouldn’t worry if their baby doesn’t sleep through the night by 6-12 months of age

Parents shouldn’t worry if their baby doesn’t sleep through the night by 6-12 months...

New parents often expect their baby to start sleeping through the night by around six months of age. Indeed, they often receive messages from paediatricians...

Your abstract reasoning ability could predict depression over time

In a new study, researchers found that age-related declines in abstract reasoning ability predict increasing depression in subsequent years. The data were from a longitudinal...

Our pain can be a self-fulfilling prophecy

Expect a shot to hurt and it probably will, even if the needle poke isn't really so painful. Brace for a second shot and you'll...

Why some people overeat when they’re upset

The idea of eating a tub of ice cream to cope with being upset has become a bit cliche. Though some might not need a...

Why natural depression therapies are better than pills

Winter is upon us. And with it comes the annual worsening of depressive symptoms. Sadly, in the United States, suicide continues to claim more lives...
Why your number of romantic partners mirrors your mother

Why your number of romantic partners mirrors your mother

Moms may pass on relationship skills, other key characteristics A new national study shows that people whose mothers had more partners - married or cohabiting...

Being overweight could cause depression, even you are healthy

A largescale genomic analysis has found the strongest evidence yet that being overweight causes depression, even in the absence of other health problems. The research...