Psychology / Psychiatry

Mindfulness could help us unlearn fear

Throughout evolutionary history, fear has helped humans stay safe and thrive. But in the modern world, many fear responses — such as phobias — are, at best, unhelpful and, at worst, debilitating. Yet, accumulating evidence shows that mindfulness practice could help us unlearn these responses. Share on PinterestMore evidence suggests that mindfulness may help us […]

Psychology / Psychiatry

The 13 emotions that music evokes in us

A new study from the University of California, Berkeley has identified and mapped the 13 subjective experiences that different kinds of music can evoke in people. Share on PinterestResearchers have now mapped the main 13 categories of emotion that music can evoke in us. Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted a […]

Psychology / Psychiatry

Letter from the Editor: Feeling grateful

Thanksgiving is one of America’s most beloved holidays. It’s a time to express gratitude toward family and friends and be thankful for the good things in life. Share on PinterestStudies have shown that gratitude can reduce feelings of stress. Earlier this year, the editorial team here at Medical News Today took part in a full-day […]

Psychology / Psychiatry Sleep / Sleep Disorders / Insomnia

Sleep deprivation ‘triples the number of lapses in attention’

A new study adds to the evidence that sleep deprivation has a significant effect on our day-to-day functioning. The authors warn that if we have slept poorly overnight, we are twice as likely to commit errors, some of which may well be very costly. Share on PinterestResearchers warn that accumulating evidence demonstrates just how risky […]

Mental Health Psychology / Psychiatry

Borderline personality disorder: Trauma raises risk by 13-fold

A new meta-analysis of existing studies has revealed that people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are much more likely to report childhood adversity than those without the condition. Share on PinterestTraumatic experiences in early life may significantly raise the risk of BPD. Childhood trauma is also associated with BPD more than it is with other […]