AotD: Argentine tango dance compared to mindfulness meditation and a waiting-list control

Article of the Day: Argentine tango dance compared to mindfulness meditation and a waiting-list control: A randomised trial for treating depression by Pinniger, R., Brown, R.F., Thorsteinsson, E.B., & McKinley, P. (2012). (Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 20, 377-384. DOI: 10.1016/j.ctim.2012.07.003) Background & Research Depression and anxiety problems are massive public health issues, not to mention sources of great suffering for millions …

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AotD: Psychedelics and Mental Health: A Population Study

Article of the Day: Psychedelics and Mental Health: A Population Study by Krebs, T. S., & Johansen, P-Ø. (2013) (PLoS ONE, 8(8), e63972. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0063972) Background Psychedelic substances, such as psilocybin-containing mushrooms, DMT-containing brews (ayahuasca), mescaline-containing cacti, ibogaine-containing roots and seeds with LSA, have been used for religious, shamanistic, divination and healing purposes by various cultures for …

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AotD: Family-, Media-, and School-Related Risk Factors of Video Game Addiction

Article of the Day: Family-, Media-, and School-Related Risk Factors of Video Game Addiction: A 5-Year Longitudinal Study by Rehbein, F., & Baier, D. (2013) (Journal of Media Psychology, 25(3), 118-128.  DOI: 10.1027/1864-1105/a000093)   Background & Research The effects of video games on children and youngsters as well as full-on video game addiction are topics that receive a …

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AotD: Optimism Is Universal

Article of the Day: Optimism Is Universal: Exploring the Presence and Benefits of Optimism in a Representative Sample of the World by Gallagher, M. W., Lopez, S. J., & Pressman, S. D. (2013) (Journal of Personality, 81(5). 429-440.  DOI: 10.1111/jopy.12026)   Background & Research Recent theories of and studies on optimism tend to agree that  optimism is an …

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