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Reading List: The Best Reporting on Children With Post-Traumatic Stress

What happens to children and teenagers exposed to violence in their own neighborhoods.

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Can Exercise Close the Achievement Gap?

Just 12 minutes of aerobic exercise can boost low-income college students’ academic performance. The effect is large enough to close the achievement gap.

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Mindfulness Can Avert Bodily Responses to Emotional Stress

New research finds acceptance of moment-to-moment thoughts and feelings can greatly reduce the impact of stress on your health.

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Feeling Impulsive? Head for the Forest

New research finds yet another benefit of viewing images of the natural world.

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New Insights Into Why Some Men Assault Women

For some, the sense that they are not sufficiently masculine leads to stress, and ultimately to striking out at the women closest to them.

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Mindfulness Training Produces Less-Stressed Marines

Marines who took an eight-week course in the basics of mindfulness recovered from stress faster following an intense training session that replicated battlefield conditions.

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Anxiety? There’s an App for That

“Gamifying” stress therapy might make treatment a lot more fun.

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Stress Increases Empathy in Women, Decreases It in Men

New research from Vienna finds a big gender gap in how we respond to stressful situations.

 

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Texting and the Stressed-Out Freshman

A survey of first-year university students finds a link between heavy texting and poor sleeping.

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The Social Life of Genes

Your DNA is not a blueprint. Day by day, week by week, your genes are in a conversation with your surroundings. Your neighbors, your family, your feelings of loneliness: They don’t just get under your skin, they get into the control rooms of your cells. Inside the new social science of genetics.

 

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Time Flying By? You’re Getting Old (and Stressed)

New research shows that time seems to move faster as we get older because we’re more stressed.

 

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Avoid Burnout: Make Your Cubicle Your Own

New research suggests there are mental health benefits from personalizing your workspace—particularly if you don’t have a private office.

 

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How to Stay Healthy Even if You Can’t Avoid Stress on the Job

One researcher, who recognized that avoiding stress at work was, for some, completely unrealistic, went looking for alternatives.

 

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Facing Adversity, Some Find Solace in Science

New research suggests that, for some secular people, a belief in science plays a similar psychological role as faith does for religious people.

 

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Marijuana Buffers Pain of Social Exclusion

New research suggests one reason for the popularity of pot may be that it helps people cope with the pain of loneliness.

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What Does It Take for Traumatized Kids to Thrive?

About a decade ago, Washington State embarked on an early social experiment to educate people about the impacts of stress on children. The results are starting to show.

 

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Placebo Effect Produces Higher Test Scores

A new study finds it’s possible to trick people into doing better on a general-knowledge exam.

 

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Key to Happiness: Keeping Busy Without Feeling Rushed

New research finds that, compared to past decades, fewer Americans call themselves very happy. But one subgroup is an exception.

 

Meditation: Strong Preventative Medicine for Heart Patients

New research finds major health benefits of meditation for African Americans with heart disease.

 

Tango Your Way to Mental Health

New Australian research suggests people suffering from stress or depression can greatly benefit from tango lessons.

 

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Fear Powers Zombie Bugs

Work with glued spiders and stressed grasshoppers shows how fear can transform an ecosystem even after death.

 

Who Needs Dr. Phil When You Have Dr. Fido?

Having pets can build confidence and reduce stress, according to a new study, but you need to love the ol’ fleabag to benefit.

 

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Have You Heard the One About the Guy with Prostate Cancer?

Should therapists be turning to football and jokes to reach a wider audience of men in need?

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Just Breathe: Confirming Meditation’s Benefits

Plenty of followers swear by meditation to cure a long list of ails. But how does it work? Neuroscientist Clifford Saron, of the University of California, Davis, and a Who’s Who of peers, are spending millions to find out.

 

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Manic Nation: Dr. Peter Whybrow Says We’re Addicted to Stress

“The computer is electronic cocaine for many people,” says UCLA’s Peter Whybrow. “Our brains are wired for finding immediate reward.” Which is why we can’t stop.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain

Neuroscientists find less—but potentially stronger—white matter in the brains of patients with CFS.

Incumbents, Pray for Rain

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Could Economics Benefit From Computer Science Thinking?

Computational complexity could offer new insight into old ideas in biology and, yes, even the dismal science.

The Big One

One town, Champlain, New York, was the source of nearly half the scams targeting small businesses in the United States last year. November/December 2014

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