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

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

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

Poll: Many teens say active shooter drills are harmful

Rather than offering a sense of security, active shooter drills at school can make teens feel unsafe, scared, helpless, or sad, according to a new poll.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
July 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: education teenagers united-states emotions featured health-and-medicine violence guns

A ‘journey mindset’ can get you through pandemic stress

"A journey mindset helps us focus on the incremental changes and growth we accumulate along the way."

Stanford • futurity
July 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 anxiety stress trauma emotions featured health-and-medicine post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd

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