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Add nature, art and religion to life’s best anti-inflammatories

Taking in such spine-tingling wonders as the Grand Canyon, Sistine Chapel ceiling or Schubert’s “Ave Maria” may give a boost to the body’s defense system.

Helicopter parenting better for pets than for kids, study suggests

Overprotectiveness is an advantage when rearing dogs and cats, according to study from UC Berkeley and California State University, East Bay.

Is it lonelier at the bottom or at the top?

Psychologist links human quest for power, influence and a foothold in the social hierarchy to mental health.
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Research you've got to talk about

Academic studies from the University of California were among the most talked about research in online and popular media.

Social media-behavioral psychology combo points to more HIV testing

Research suggests a valuable tool in the fight against the virus that causes AIDS.

Soon to become a minority in the U.S., whites express declining support for diversity

Many white Americans are becoming less enthusiastic about diversity and multiculturalism as the U.S. moves toward becoming a minority-majority nation.
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Why we can’t tell a Hollywood heartthrob from his stunt double

Scientists have pinpointed the brain mechanism by which we latch on to a particular face, even when it changes.
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Curiosity helps learning and memory

Curiosity, while perhaps still dangerous for cats, serves as motivation for humans to acquire and retain information.
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Hold on, Tiger Mom

Research refutes the idea that the traditional, strict “Chinese” upbringing, advocated for in the book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," is superior.
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Brain 'dimmer switch' influences mood disorders

Researchers pinpoint control mechanism for an area of the brain that processes sensory and emotive information that humans experience as “disappointment.”