Psychologists have profiled the kind of person who is willing to confront anti-social behaviour

Psychologists have profiled the kind of person who is willing to confront anti-social behaviour

“Lower your music, you’re upsetting other passengers.” Without social sanction, society frays at the edges. But what drives someone to intervene against bad behaviour? One cynical view is that it appeals to those who want to feel better about themselves through scolding others. But research putting this to the test in British Journal of Social Psychology has found that interveners are rather different in character.

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A pill that staves off aging? It’s on the horizon

A pill that staves off aging? It's on the horizon

Scientists have long known that restricting calories can fend off physiological signs of aging, with studies in fruit flies, roundworms, rodents and even people showing that chronically slashing intake by about a third can reap myriad health benefits and, in some cases, extend lifespan. From a public health perspective, that advice would be impractical for many and dangerous for some.

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Viruses thrive in big families, in sickness and in health

Viruses thrive in big families, in sickness and in health

The BIG LoVE (Utah Better Identification of Germs-Longitudinal Viral Epidemiology) study, led by scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine, finds that each bundle of joy puts the entire household at increased risk for infection with viruses that cause colds, flu, and other respiratory illnesses.

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New Study Says Going to Concerts Regularly Will Help You Live Longer

New Study Says Going to Concerts Regularly Will Help You Live Longer

A new study conducted by O2 and behavioral science expert Patrick Fagan​ of Goldsmith University has found a link between regular concert attendance and a longer life expectancy. A press release for the study even goes so far as to say that attending concerts once every two weeks could increase life expectancy by nine years. The research is centered around a link between overall reports of wellbeing and longer lives, based on psychometric and heart-rate tests at a range of wellbeing activities.

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Digital Therapy Reduces Social Anxiety, Study Finds

Digital Therapy Reduces Social Anxiety, Study Finds

Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy appears to be an effective treatment for patients with social anxiety disorder, according to new study findings. Researchers at the University of British Columbia wanted to see if a web-based program called Overcome Social Anxiety could successfully reduce social anxiety in patients. They constructed a study of 65 college-aged students (72% of whom were women), in which 30 enrollees were given access to Overcome Social Anxiety, and the other 35 were told they were placed in a control group.

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Couple donates $150M to UM cancer center

Couple donates $150M to UM cancer center

Years ago, Richard and Susan Rogel lost many of their family members to cancer. Richard Rogel’s father succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Susan Rogel lost her father to melanoma. Her mother also died from cancer during a time when people didn’t talk about it, so she doesn’t even know what kind of cancer.

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