How the brain sorts between old and new fears

New research on how mice brains handle fear have implications for PTSD and memory disorders that make discerning past and present threats harder.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Oct. 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: memory brains fear emotions health-and-medicine post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd

Care for others drives use of chatbots for mental health

Wanting to help others motivates people to use chatbots for mental health services more than seeking help for themselves after a shooting, researchers say.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Oct. 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence mental-health communication emotions health-and-medicine

Even though times are tough, working parents are happier

"When dads play a bigger role in childcare and doing routine housework, it puts both parents in a better position to succeed at work."

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 29, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: parents gender jobs emotions families featured society-and-culture

Families can support kids' mental health whether they're learning remotely or at school – here's how

Good mental health is the ability to adapt to changes and stress. Whatever school looks like, parents can help keep kids' social-emotional development on track in these four areas.

Erika Bocknek, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, Wayne State University • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: mental-health school psychology stress sleep adaptation child-development child-psychology k-12-education emotions empathy emotional-skills identity self-esteem pandemic-school-closures pandemic-parenting remote-learning bedtime-routine social-emotional-development prosocial-behaviors sleep-hygiene peer-relationships reciprocity remote-schooling

Masculinity keeps some Black men from mental health care

Traditional ideas about masculinity may be a barrier for young Black men in getting the mental health care they need, researchers report.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: depression gender emotions health-and-medicine identity race-and-ethnicity

How to prep anxious kids to go back to school

An expert breaks down how parents can help kids stressed about the pandemic get back to school while watching for signs of emotional distress.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: education covid-19 parents anxiety stress childrens-health emotions featured health-and-medicine

'Morality pills' may be the US's best shot at ending the coronavirus pandemic, according to one ethicist

Rather than a vaccine to beef up your immune system, a psychoactive substance could boost your cooperative, pro-social behavior – curtailing the selfish actions that spur on coronavirus's spread.

Parker Crutchfield, Associate Professor of Medical Ethics, Humanities and Law, Western Michigan University • conversation
Aug. 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus emotion cooperation psilocybin social-distancing altruism oxytocin face-masks masks public-goods performance-enhancement cognitive-enhancement experimental-economics sociopath human-enhancements rules wearing-masks

Placebos cut distress even when you know they shouldn’t

Even when you know the placebo treatment isn't "real," believing it will make you feel better can ease emotional distress, a new study shows.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: brains emotions health-and-medicine beliefs medications placebos

Grief tweets about Mars rover sound very ‘human’

New research examines how people articulate their sadness when a robot "dies," such as NASA's Opportunity rover.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media robots death emotions science-and-technology society-and-culture

For a happy life, don’t forget hedonism

When it comes to living a happy life, a bit of hedonism may be just as important as keeping your eyes on your goals, researchers say.

U. Zurich • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: stress goals emotions happiness self-control health-and-medicine

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