Mind

Yet more reasons not to plonk your child in front of the telly

Young children who watch too much television are at risk of social isolation and violent behaviour at the age of…

We ought to be sceptical about the pill’s apparent link with depression

Women who take hormonal contraceptives including the pill have an increased risk of depression, according to research published in the…

The perils of a potent painkiller: my stupid run-in with Tramadol

Prescription painkillers are now more widely used in the United States than tobacco, the Washington Post reported this month. Thirty-five…

Laughter yoga may sound weird but here’s why you should try it

I am dancing the hokey cokey on Hampstead Heath with a giggling group of strangers and a man with a…

Smoking cannabis ‘dampens motivation in the short term’

Smoking just one cannabis cigarette makes people less willing to work for money while under the influence of the drug,…

iPads ‘as effective as a sedative’ in calming children before surgery

New research suggests that allowing children to use iPads before surgery is at least as effective at lowering anxiety as…

Older people ‘are happier than people in their 20s and 30s’

Old people are happier than young adults, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. The research,…

Big assumptions, poor data: this time James Flynn won’t change your ideas about IQ

James Flynn’s career has always been about progress. As the first researcher who noticed that IQ scores were rising across…

Diagnosing depression isn’t a simple matter of brain scanning

Scientists at Japan’s Centre for Life Science Technology have developed a new, non-invasive brain scanning technique that they say can…

People who go to church live longer. Here’s why

Over the last 20 years, research has gradually accumulated suggesting that religious service attendance is associated with better physical and…

Scheduling fun activities ‘just as effective as CBT’ for depression

New research claims that behavioural activation therapy — in which patients are encouraged to take part in scheduled activities —…

Sorry, eating vegetables probably won’t make you any happier

A higher intake of fruit and vegetables is linked to greater happiness, according to a study published in the American…

Trees save lives: why doctors are prescribing forest walks

The sense of wellbeing that walking in a wood provides is tangible. Strolling through dappled sunlight, the peppery smell of…

A brain therapy changed my life. It raises profound questions for the future

‘Transcranial magnetic stimulation’ — it sounds like something a nutty professor would develop in a science fiction movie. Yet this…

Is a boring job really bad for the brain? It’s not as clear as you think

A lack of stimulation can have a long-term negative effect on the brain, according to a study published in the…

A revolutionary moment for treating depression may be round the corner

Researchers have developed a blood test which can help doctors choose the best drug to treat patients with depression, according…

Charity workers are happier — is it because of doing good, or just feeling good?

A lengthy paper in the Journal of Economic Psychology (54 (2016) 64 – 84), lyrically titled ‘“… Do it with…

Could we be getting closer to solving the mystery of depression?

Researchers have identified a region of the brain that functions abnormally in people with depression, according to a new study…