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Can multitasking boost rather than hinder performance?
Newly published research suggests that whether we perceive one or several activities as multitasking can have an impact on our performance. (Medical News Today)

New evidence that social media increases loneliness
A recent study investigating Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram concludes that reduced use leads to significant decreases in depression and loneliness. (Medical News Today)

Using community choirs to boost well-being
Loneliness is a significant and growing problem. A recent study investigates the effect of belonging to a community choir on well-being in older adults. (Medical News Today)

How strangers judge personality based on body shape
New research illuminates the value judgments we make about strangers' personality traits, based solely on the shapes of their bodies. (Medical News Today)

Detecting schizophrenia before symptoms arise
A new study finds a neural signature that might help identify who will go on to develop schizophrenia. Earlier detection could improve outcomes. (Medical News Today)

Unraveling the neural code of the anxious brain
By measuring the brain activity of participants across a series of days, scientists have encountered the neural signature of low mood in anxious brains. (Medical News Today)

How to eat healthfully: Double your portion size
People tend to eat more when they are given a larger portion of unhealthful food. A new study asks whether the same rule applies for healthful snacks. (Medical News Today)

Major depression: Existing drug reduces symptoms by 45 percent
An existing drug that people use to treat seizures can significantly reduce symptoms of major depressive disorder in a small number of participants. (Medical News Today)

Depression: Three new subtypes identified
Scientists used functional MRI to study the brains of 134 people and identified three new subtypes of depression, including a treatment-resistant subtype. (Medical News Today)

Spider phobia: Using the heartbeat to improve treatment
Computerized therapy of spider phobia was more effective when exposure to spider images occurred during, rather than between, heartbeats, a study revealed. (Medical News Today)

How lights and sounds encourage risky behavior
A new study investigates how visual and auditory cues increase risk-taking behavior. The findings provide a much-needed insight into gambling addiction. (Medical News Today)

Scientists find brain area that inhibits fear
New research has revealed a brain region called the nucleus reuniens that is responsible for suppressing the fear response in rodents. (Medical News Today)

3 (or more) spooky ways to trick your brain this Halloween
Did you really see that pale face just now? What was that sound? This Halloween, test the limits of your brain with these easy spooky experiments. (Medical News Today)

Dissecting terror: How does fear work?
Fear is a universal human experience. In this Spotlight, we ask why fear evolved, what happens in the body, and why some people enjoy it. (Medical News Today)

Loneliness tied to a higher risk of dementia
A 10-year study of 12,000 diverse older adults finds that loneliness, independently of social isolation, is tied to a 40 percent higher risk of dementia. (Medical News Today)

How to recognize and cope with emotional exhaustion
Emotional exhaustion can arise after a period of excessive stress. Some people are more at risk than others, including those in demanding jobs or with caring responsibilities. People may not always recognize the signs of emotional exhaustion. Here, we look at the symptoms, risk factors, treatments, and prevention. (Medical News Today)

Why do we stay in relationships that make us unhappy?
If your relationship is making you so unhappy, why is it so hard to break up? A new study finds an unexpected answer to this question. (Medical News Today)

Cannabis withdrawal can be 'highly disabling'
Cannabis withdrawal syndrome is real and can have 'highly disabling' effects — especially psychologically — warn the authors of a new study. (Medical News Today)

Does lavender really help with anxiety?
A study of mice reveals that the scent of linalool, a natural alcohol found in lavender, relieves anxiety through its effect on olfactory nerve cells. (Medical News Today)

How do dogs process words? Brain study investigates
Dogs may have 'a neural representation for the meaning of words they have been taught,' finds a new study, which placed dogs inside a brain scanner. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's: These psychiatric symptoms may be an early sign
A postmortem study of brain tissue tests and interviews of those close to the deceased ties some psychiatric symptoms to early Alzheimer's disease. (Medical News Today)

Psychopaths in business: Why sex matters
A new study investigates whether psychopathic traits really do enhance your career prospects. Along the way, it uncovers an interesting sex difference. (Medical News Today)

Could omega-3 supplements help reduce anxiety?
The first literature review and meta-analysis to investigate omega-3 supplements and anxiety concludes that they could benefit some people. (Medical News Today)

How perfectionism affects your (mental) health
Does this personality trait help us flourish and succeed, or can it hinder our happiness and harm our mental health? In this Spotlight, we explore. (Medical News Today)

What are the health effects of chronic stress?
Stress is a biological response to demanding situations and a regular part of daily life. Stress becomes chronic when the body’s response goes on for a prolonged period. Chronic stress can have a range of health effects. Learn more about these effects and how to manage chronic stress here. (Medical News Today)

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