Mind

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…

Workaholics ‘more likely to suffer from ADHD, OCD and depression’

Spending long hours at work may raise your risk of suffering from ADHD, OCD, depression and anxiety, according to research…

Magic mushrooms ingredient ‘lifts untreatable depression’

Psilocybin, the active ingredient in ‘magic mushrooms’, can ease the symptoms of depression, according to a study carried out by…

Paracetamol ‘reduces your level of empathy’

Taking paracetamol makes us less empathetic towards others, according to a study carried out at Ohio State University. The results…

It is time to let the secret out: insomnia is perfectly treatable. Here’s how

A recent Spectator Health headline made two claims about insomnia. First, that insomnia was hell. It is indeed an absolutely…

Why do 80 per cent of intensive care patients suffer from delirium?

No one knows the exact causes but it’s a growing problem in every hospital