Psychology

UCSF

Brain signature of depressed mood unveiled in new study

Direct recordings of the brain link memory, emotion and anxiety during low moods.

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How to avoid a Thanksgiving battle over politics

Don't want to get into it with your in-laws? Here's three tips to keep things civil over the holidays.

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Gratitude is good — even if it doesn’t always feel like it

How to navigate the potential pratfalls of giving and showing your thanks.

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How rants on social media can come back to haunt you

Negativity tends to boomerang back on those who start it — and persists much longer than positive comments do.

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Tetris: It could be the salve for a worried mind

New research suggests the classic video game represents “flow” — a state of blissful distraction.

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Why we think women sound shrill

Why do men seem to speak with more authority? Because we've engineered them to sound that way, says Tom McEnaney.

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Just like pigeons, people tend to flock

Are we rational? Sure. But crowd panics, market bubbles and other collective actions seem to be built into our species. 

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Regret is a gambler’s curse, scientists say

New science can record rapid human brain activity — including what goes on after we wager.

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Kindness: An unsung climate change tool

The solutions to climate change are not just technological — kindness can help any community weather its harshest impacts.

Science of happiness moves to the workplace

Surveys find more than half of American job seekers cite the need for more meaningful work, engagement and recognition.

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