The tears of a crying grown adult elicit more sympathy from observers than the tears of a crying young child or infant, according to a study published in Evolutionary Psychology.
Author Eric W. Dolan
Reality TV shows such as A&E’s “Hoarders” and TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive” do not accurately portray compulsive hoarding, according to a licensed counselor who has worked with hoarding clients since 1997.
Conveying lower levels of self-esteem may have a greater impact on the desirability of men as potential relationship partners than it has for women, according to research published in the scientific journal Evolutionary Psychology.
The main psychoactive compound in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), protects against brain damage caused by methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as the drug ecstasy.
A study on the effects of psychedelic mushrooms on marble-burying behavior in mice suggests that the fungus may have clinical value in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Experts and illicit drug users have similar views on the harms and benefits associated with psychoactive substances, according to a survey conducted in the United Kingdom.
The color red not only makes women more alluring to men, but influences their actual behavior as well, a published study found.
Moderate doses of caffeine, the equivalent of five to seven cups of coffee, suppresses the growth of new neurons in the hippocampus, an area of the brain involved in learning and memory, according to a published study.
Injections of the psychedelic drug lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly known as LSD or acid, accelerates Pavlovian learning in rabbits by desensitizing certain neurotransmitter receptors, according to a published report. The study, which was lead by Anthony G. Romano of the Drexel University College of Medicine, demonstrated that LSD can enhance the acquisition of eyeblink conditioning by desensitizing specific serotonin receptors located in the dorsal hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with learning and memory.
A study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry found psilocybin, the active substance in magic mushrooms, can safely improve the moods of patients with advanced-stage cancer and anxiety.
In a study that included three separate experiments, Charles E. Naquin, Terri R. Kurtzburg, and Liuba Y. Belkin found that people are more likely to lie when communicating via email than when communicating via a pen and paper.
Psychiatric research published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in 2010 has found that the use of MDMA (more commonly known as ecstasy) during psychotherapy could aid in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Psychological research published in Evolution and Human Behavior found that men born blind preferred lower a waist-to-hip-ratio in women than a higher waist-to-hip ratio.