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Psychology

Can we blame the brain?

A Frenchman led a perfectly normal life for years, but a brain scan later revealed that his skull was nearly hollow. Neuroscientists use this as an extreme example of how misleading it can be to link brain images to behavior.

Mental health problems worsen with cosmetic surgery

Plastic surgery does little to alleviate mental health problems. In some cases, the new look even worsens symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Making bad worse for expectant mothers

Some Norwegian women with birth anxiety face additional trauma in their meeting with the country’s health service, according to new research.

Memory training is overrated

Working memory training programs will not help in treating ADHD, or boost your IQ.

Invisible child soldiers

In DR Congo, 30 to 40 percent of the child soldiers are girls. They experience more sexual abuse and stigmatisation and they receive less help and attention from the international community.

Link between self-harm and rape

Studies of rape victims reveal that 15 percent have scars from old self-harm injuries. The figure suggests a need for improved care of self-harming youths.

Food intolerance is linked to different disorders

Are you convinced you can’t handle dairy products, bread or fruit? Our own perceptions of having a food intolerance appear to link closely to diagnoses such as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

Mindfulness helps cancer patients

New research shows that mindfulness-based therapy can effectively reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in cancer patients.

To vent or not to vent anger

Our genes, upbringing and culture determine how much we express our positive and negative emotions.

How much of a workaholic are you?

Norwegian researchers have developed a new tool enabling you to find out how hard it is for you to leave your work behind. Test yourself here.