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Are you addicted to shopping?

Evidence supporting the classification of excessive shopping as an addiction has been established, and a new seven-point assessment tool created.

Does knowing high-status people help or hurt?

How happy you are may have something to do with who you know — and where you come from. A sociology professor, set out to discover whether knowing high-status people helped or harmed mental health, using depressive symptoms as a proxy.

Smartphone distraction can ruin a relationship

People who cannot stop checking their smartphones may be contributing to depression in their romantic partners, says research into ‘phubbing.’

High-fructose diet slows recovery from brain injury

A diet high in processed fructose sabotages rat brains’ ability to heal after head trauma, neuroscientists report. Revealing a link between nutrition and brain health, the finding offers implications for the 5.3 million Americans living with a trauma…

Discovering the brain’s memory switch

Scientists have recorded evidence of the brain turning off its memory inhibitor to make new memories.

Online affairs can be addictive, new OU study finds

A new study by psychology academics at The Open University is the first in the UK to explore the impact of internet infidelity among those with real experience of it and sees how it is directly…

Perceptions of beauty are 50% individual

How people perceive beauty is partly due to genetic factors, partly due to shared experience, but largely dependent on specific individual interactions, a new study finds.

Brain chemical may help treat ‘tics’ in people with Tourette syndrome

Researchers say that mimicking the activity of a chemical called GABA in the brain may be a promising treatment strategy for ‘tics’ among people with Tourette syndrome.

Gene suppression helps form memories

A new study has identified a number of genes that are repressed at various time points after memory formation, providing important clues as to how long-term memories are formed.

Single neuron may carry over 1,000 mutations

A single neuron in a normal adult brain likely has more than a thousand genetic mutations that are not present in the cells that surround it, according to new research. The majority of these mutations appear to arise while genes are in active use, afte…