According to new research, placing too much emphasis on happiness can actually give rise to depressive symptoms, especially in the Western world.
How can listening to music make us feel? A new study involving participants from different cultures has identified 13 possible emotions that music evokes.
A new study in older adults has found a strong correlation between having found meaning in one’s life and having good overall health.
Intelligence quotient (IQ) is a score derived from standardized tests that measure a personâ€™s cognitive ability against that of similarly aged peers. In this article, learn about the average IQ.
Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude. In this month’s letter, Managing Editor Honor talks about the importance of gratitude all year round.
In a recent review, the authors attempt to identify personality traits that enhance the placebo effect. It seems that optimism is particularly important.
A new study has found that people with borderline personality disorder have a 13 times higher chance of reporting childhood trauma than people without.
A study of mutual consent, comfort, and communication in primary relationships finds that consensual nonmonogamy can be as healthy as monogamy.
Some researchers maintain that certain narcissistic traits could actually help safeguard mental health, offering a buffer against stress and depression.
New research suggests that the placebo effect can transmit from doctors to patients through subtle social cues, lessening the latter’s experience of pain.
Cognitive dissonance is a feeling of discomfort that a person can experience when they hold two contradicting beliefs. We provide several examples of cognitive dissonance in this article.
In a recent study, researchers conclude that in certain tasks, capuchin and rhesus monkeys are more cognitively flexible than humans.
A new investigation into the so-called theory of mind suggests that apes, just like humans, have the ability to ‘read’ another agent’s intentions.
Researchers revisit two surveys that looked at narcissism in a group of students and then 23 years later. It finds that narcissism declines over the years.
Parenting teenagers can be challenging. A recent study investigates the importance of tone of voice when interacting with 14- and 15-year-olds.
Alexithymia is where a person has trouble recognizing and describing their emotions. Here, we give an overview of alexithymia and its links with mental health conditions and autism.
New research finds that distractions can change people’s perceptions of reality, raising interesting questions about what we remember.
This Friday the 13th, we take a look at the psychological mechanisms of superstitions and their effect on mental health and well-being.
According to recent research in rodents, psychiatric drugs such as antidepressants increase the numbers of certain bacterial strains and decrease others.
The largest review to date assesses supplements’ potential to improve mental health symptoms and identifies which may help treat specific conditions.