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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.

New centre will improve treatment of traumatised refugees

OPINION: A new competence centre for transcultural psychiatry will integrate research with the treatment of traumatised refugees.

Spiders find jobs that match their personalities

When cooperative spiders select specialties in the service of their colony you might think they had consulted career advisors.

Arthritic kids feel pain even after successful treatment

Some children with arthritis experience pain on a daily basis even after successful treatment of the disease. Why is it that the pain doesn’t always go away when the disease does?

Worldviews shape personality

Ways we view the world strongly influence what sort of people we are. A worldview reflects personality and behavioural patterns, according to a Swedish researcher.