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December 20, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can Bird Songs Alleviate Anxiety And Paranoia?

December 20, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Scientific Reports looked at whether birdsongs can alleviate anxiety and paranoia in health participants. “The study is on the effects of environmental sounds on mental well-being,” study author Emil Stobbe told us. “Our physical environment can be categorized into natural and human-made (built/ urban) environments. Both of these surroundings contain auditory information that humans process in their daily life.” [More]

November 19, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Negative Mental Health Impact From Ignoring Friends for Your Phone

November 19, 2021 08:12 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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A recent study found a link between depression and social anxiety on increased phubbing. It also showed that smartphone usage during face-to-face interactions can be problematic and harmful in friendships. “Results showed that those with higher levels of depression, social anxiety, and neuroticism were significantly related to greater friend phubbing while agreeableness was negatively related to friend phubbing.” [More]

September 29, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Refugees Who Want To Settle In West Least Likely To Hold Extremist Views

September 29, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Refugees who wish to settle in Western countries are less likely to have extreme political and religious views. A study published in Psychological Science surveyed 1000 Syrian refugees living in Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan. The researchers found that the majority of refugees were more motivated to return home to Syria than to migrate to Western countries, but those who did want to move to the West were less likely to hold extremist views. [More]

September 24, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Google Assistant Wants To Be Your Friend

September 24, 2021 07:53 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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In recent news on Google’s blog, they announced that, in addition to being your personal assistant, Google is taking another step to becoming an integral part of your life. LaMDA, a conversation technology, is intended to have conversations about any topic without giving the same answer twice. [More]