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  1. Meditation May Help Brain Tune Out Distractions

    Nov. 21, 2011 -- People who meditate may be able to use their brain in ways others can't to tune out distractions and focus on the task at hand. A new study shows that experienced meditators may have less activity in parts of the brain associated with daydreaming and distraction while meditating and

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  2. Body Language Reveals ‘Empathy Gene’

    Nov. 14, 2011 -- An empathetic nod or smile may say something about your genes as well as your heart. A new study suggests empathetic body language and behavior are linked to a genetic variation associated with sociability. People with the “prosocial” gene displayed more caring and trusting nonverba

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  3. Why the Sound of Fingernails on a Chalkboard Irks You

    Nov. 4, 2011 -- The mere thought of fingernails scratching a chalkboard can be enough to set some people on edge. Now, a new study may help explain why. Researchers say the shape of the human ear may amplify certain aspects of the sound of fingernails or chalk scraping on a chalkboard to make it eve

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  4. Happy People Live Longer?

    Oct. 31, 2011 -- Could happiness be the key to a long, or at least longer, life? Maybe, researchers say. In a study from the UK, older people who said they were happy, even for a little while, were less likely to die over a five-year period. And the happier they were, the longer they lived. Overall,

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  5. Magic Mushroom Drug Has an 'Anti-Aging Effect' on Personality

    Sept. 29, 2011 -- Psilocybin, the drug in “magic mushrooms,” helps many people become more open, creative, and curious after they take a single high dose, a new study shows. Ordinarily, researchers say, after age 30 personality is a pretty fixed part of who we are. When people do change their stripe

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  6. Twitter Tracks Mood Swings

    Sept. 29, 2011 -- Twitter may tell us a whole lot more than whether or not actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are really on the rocks or what reality TV star Kim Kardashian had over for lunch. All of this tweeting may actually give researchers a glimpse into moods and mood patterns across the glob

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  7. Optimism May Be Partly in Your Genes

    Sept. 16, 2011 -- Ever wonder why some people immediately see the bright side of just about any situation and seem to make friends wherever they go? Turns out, it may be in their genes. The findings appear online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers have zeroed in on a

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  8. Resisting Temptation May Not Get Easier With Age

    Sept. 2, 2011 -- Children who have a hard time passing up one cookie now with the promise of more later will probably have just as hard a time resisting temptation as adults, according to a new study. Researchers found children who had difficulty delaying gratification as preschoolers were more like

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  9. Anger, Stress May Provoke Heart Attacks

    Aug. 31, 2011 (Paris) -- Heart attack survivors who anger easily or who are often stressed out may be setting themselves up for another, potentially fatal heart attack, a new study suggests. Over a 10-year period, more than half of heart attack survivors who had high scores on psychological tests de

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  10. Men vs. Women: Personality Traits Similar, but Job Success Differs

    Aug. 9, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) -- When it comes to job success, men still have the edge over women. Researchers surveyed 106 men and women who made at least $100,000 a year, about half of whom were millionaires or multimillionaires. They found the two sexes are remarkably similar in terms of person

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