Psychology

‘Hangxiety’ higher in shy people, study shows

‘Hangxiety’ higher in shy people, study shows

Very shy people are more likely to suffer “hangxiety” – anxiety during a hangover – than their extrovert friends, new research shows. In a study...

Regret is a gambler’s curse

What goes through a gambler's mind after she's placed her bet? It's not just the anticipation of a big payoff, or doubts about the wisdom...

Phantosmia—when you smell smells that aren’t there

Have you ever smelled odors other people can't smell? If you have, you may have experienced phantosmia – the medical name for a smell...
Can Superman trigger heroic helping in people

Can Superman trigger heroic helping in people?

Might people be more likely to help a stranger or donate money immediately after watching the latest Marvel film? Heroes demonstrate extraordinary courage, go to...

In-person social contact may protect you from depression and PTSD

In a new study, researchers found that in-person social contact may offer some protection against depression and PTSD symptoms, but the same is not...

Hypnotherapy could help treat irritable bowel syndrome

In a new study, researchers found that Hypnotherapy might help relieve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) complaints for some patients for as long as 9...

Violent crime rates rise in warmer winters

Study uncovers surprisingly strong link between climate and U.S. crime rates As global temperatures climb, warmer winters in parts of the country may set the...

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...

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...