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Psych Help and Hotline for Military Personnel

The Department of Defense created the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in 2007 to help the third of service members with psych and brain injury issues. A new 24-hour toll-free hotline number is (866) 966-1020. Steve Mirsky reports

February 5, 2009

Tinnitus Sufferers Should Tune Out

Distraction appears to be an effective technique to avoid the phantom noise of tinnitus. Chelsea Wald reports. For more on the latest tinnitus research, check out the November 1, 2007, edition of the 60-Second Psych podcast at

January 7, 2008

More Sex for Women?

A recent analysis of survey responses shows who's cheating: Women, young couples and the over-60 crowd are closing the infidelity gap. Rachel Mahan reports

November 3, 2008

Severe Weather Psychology, Part 2

A psychology PhD student from the University of Sheffield shares her initial observations on how well local people understand the behavior of tornadoes. Christie Nicholson reports

July 8, 2009

Severe Weather Psychology, Part 1

Jacqui Wilmshurst, a PhD psychology student at the University of Sheffield, is spending summer in the field studying human reactions to severe weather and tornadoes. In this special longer-than-usual episode, she shares her initial findings. Christie Nicholson reports

July 7, 2009

Experimenting With Drugs

While at Stanford in the mid-1960s, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest author Ken Kesey started adding a peculiar ingredient to his homemade venison stew--LSD. Now, more than forty years later, the psychedelic pioneer's beloved drug is giving neuroscientists new clues about what causes schizophrenic psychosis.

March 3, 2008

Business, Lies and E-mail

New research finds that business students lie more often in e-mail than when communicating using pen and paper. Christie Nicholson reports

September 29, 2008

Great Expectations for 2009

Multiple experiments by Duke University professor Dan Ariely reveal how our expectations hugely influence our decisions, and ultimately, our experiences. Christie Nicholson reports

December 30, 2008

Chocolate: Treat or Trick?

There is an environmental price for our love of chocolate on Halloween, but it may not be what you think

October 30, 2008

To Get Good Grades, Get Good Sleep

Research suggests that college students don't get enough sleep, and that they are far better off sleeping than cramming for exams. Steve Mirsky reports

December 8, 2008

Beware the Holiday Sugar High

Recent research concludes that parents significantly overestimate how sugar affects their children's hyperactive behavior. Susannah F. Locke reports.

December 22, 2008

In Negotiations, If You Feel Your Opponents' Pain, It May Be Their Gain

Crucial in any successful negotiation is an accurate understanding of each side's motivations and needs. And although understanding another's needs involves the talent to empathize, research from the journal Psychological Science reveals that feeling another's emotions can be a deal breaker.

April 28, 2008

No Fair! My Serotonin Level Is Low

The chemical messenger serotonin, thought to be implicated in depression and anxiety, may change the way we see fairness in social situations. Christie Nicholson reports.

June 9, 2008

Our Cars, Ourselves

Increasingly, GPS and voice-activated systems in cars are turning a fairly private place into an open vessel for our habits--and as such, a possible boon for advertisers. But they are also becoming something else: our counselors

May 19, 2008

Is Fidelity in our Genes?

A gene that promotes monogamy in rodents may do the same in humans. Researchers think variation in this gene may help predict your man's ability to commit

September 1, 2008

Mind the Alzheimer's Switch

Neuroscientists recently made a startling discovery--young brains may experience memory loss due to the same mechanism responsible for Alzheimer's.

March 14, 2008
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