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Chasing Happiness May Actually Make Us Less Happy

Chasing Happiness May Actually Make Us Less Happy

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Every day, it seems, we are bombarded with advertisements, memes and well-meaning emails telling us how to "be happy." Despite this, a new study led by Stanford University reveals that...

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2014-03-26 03:05:47

Iowa State University Children who repeatedly play violent video games are learning thought patterns that will stick with them and influence behaviors as they grow older, according to a new study by Iowa State University researchers. The effect is the same regardless of age, gender or culture. Douglas Gentile, an associate professor of psychology and lead author of the study published in JAMA Pediatrics, says it is really no different than learning math or to play the piano. “If you...

2014-01-22 11:09:41

In Europe as well as worldwide, cocaine is the second most frequently used drug after cannabis. Chronic cocaine users display worse memory performance, concentration difficulties, and attentional deficits but also their social skills are affected as previous studies at the Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Zurich suggested. These investigations also revealed that cocaine users have difficulties to take the mental perspective of others, show less emotional empathy, find it more...

Social Experience Creates Empathetic, Pro-social Behavior In Rats
2014-01-14 11:22:21

[ Watch The Video: Social Experiences Determine Whether Rats Will Help Strangers ] University of Chicago Medical Center Rats will help a stranger in distress only if they have had prior social experience with the type of the unfamiliar individual Empathy-driven behavior has been observed in rats who will free trapped companions from restrainers. This behavior also extends toward strangers, but requires prior, positive social interactions with the type (strain) of the unfamiliar...

2013-10-24 12:26:20

Emotional intelligence may not always be associated with prosociality Emotionally intelligent people have the ability to manipulate others to satisfy their own interest, according to new research published October 23 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, by Yuki Nozaki and colleagues at Kyoto University. Emotional intelligence refers to the ability of a person to appropriately regulate self-related and other-related emotions, and is generally associated with prosocial behavior and better...

Genetic Link Found Between Anxiety And Prosocial Behavior
2013-10-16 06:58:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A person’s willingness to volunteer and help others could be influenced by a gene that also impacts his or her level of social anxiety, according to research published in September’s edition of the journal Social Neuroscience. The paper, which the authors believe is the first to describe this particular pathway, explained that prosocial behavior is related to the same gene that predisposes certain men and women to anxiety...

2013-09-30 16:16:49

Boosting testosterone can promote generosity, but only when there is no threat of competition, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings show that testosterone is implicated in behaviors that help to foster and maintain social relationships, indicating that its effects are more nuanced than previously thought. “Testosterone may mediate competitive and potentially antisocial behavior when social...

Texting May Be A Tip-Off For Delinquent Behavior In Adolescents
2013-09-10 08:51:00

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Texting about antisocial topics and behaviors can indicate the likelihood that an adolescent will take part in more rule-breaking, delinquent or aggressive behavior, according to new research published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. The results of the study, which was led by Samuel Ehrenreich of the University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavior and Brain Sciences, is the first to directly, naturally and...

2013-08-22 23:04:49

The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, led by Georgia State University, has received a $3.4 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to investigate the neurobiology behind the evolution of positive emotions and prosocial behaviors, such as empathy, compassion and cooperation. Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 22, 2013 The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, led by Georgia State University, has received a $3.4 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to investigate the...

2013-08-08 09:30:05

Children more likely to be altruistic towards peers who demonstrate helpfulness Five-to-six-year olds are more likely to be kind to peers after observing them interacting with other children in positive ways, suggesting that children establish a sense of their peers' 'reputation' early in life. The results are published August 7 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Kenji Onishi and colleagues from Osaka University, Japan. The researchers observed kindergarteners' day-to-day behavior...

Study Finds That Impulsive People More Likely To Sacrifice For Others
2013-06-29 08:23:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While the general perception of people who are impulsive in nature is that they are self-centered, new research appearing in the journal Psychological Science suggests that the reality is actually quite different. In fact, the study authors report that when impetuous individuals are faced with a decision that involves either giving up their own time and energy to help a loved one or worrying more about themselves, they are more...