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Santa is as trustworthy as a doctor

Danish researchers have studied whether Santa Claus is trustworthy and friendly by comparing him with a doctor. Santa does well, the study concludes.

Cancer-patient relatives need hope

Hope is essential for supporting relatives of cancer patients in their role as caregivers.

Intuition and analytical skills matter most in a crisis

People who prefer to combine quick, intuitive decisions with analysis, make the best decisions in a crisis situation, a new study shows.

Unknown ’food function’ discovered in the brain

A specific area of our brain responds strongly to the sight of food we have previously tasted – even before we become conscious of what we’re looking at. This function is likely to influence our choice of food.

The boss, not the workload, causes workplace depression

It is not a big workload that causes depression at work. An unfair boss and an unfair work environment are what really bring employees down, new study shows.

Extreme rituals enhance social cohesion

Physically and mentally exhausting rituals promote the spirit of community in society, according to a new study. This is the first time that this hypothesis has been confirmed experimentally.

A prized theory of visual attention

In 1990, a Danish psychologist proposed a mathematical formula which enabled scientists to measure our attention. He recently received a prestigious Danish research award for his work.

Talking can help heal crash victims

Patients admitted to casualty wards are less prone to develop post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression if followed up with nurse-led therapeutic interventions.

Personality traits important in male fertility

Neurotic men are now more likely to be childless than other men. This wasn’t the case just a few decades ago.

Abandoned teens may be likely school dropouts

“I was left with the feeling that the adult world had betrayed them,” says a researcher who interviewed school dropouts.