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How playing video games affects your body and brain

Do video games cause violence or aggression? Are they addictive? Are they good ways to relax? Scientific research can help answer these questions about gaming.

The world’s largest health organization just classified video game addiction as a disorder

The World Health Organization states that studies suggest the disorder impacts "only a small proportion of people who engage in digital- or video-gaming activities."

Women who wake up early may be less likely to develop depression, according to a new study — but the advice for optimum sleep remains unchanged

A new study suggests that nurses who are early risers have a decreased chance of developing depression, but recommendations from sleep scientists about sticking to a regular schedule remain more or less the same.

‘Gaming disorder’ has been classified as a mental health condition by the World Health Organization — here’s what that means

The classification is meant to help clinical professionals define the point at which playing video games becomes problematic. That could help individuals who feel they are struggling with gaming get treatment. However, defining gaming as a mental health condition is still controversial.

Separating kids from parents at the border mirrors a ‘textbook strategy’ of domestic abuse, experts say — and causes irreversible, l...

The US policy could cause "irreversible harm" to children's development and mental health, as well as to the mental health of their parents. Negative impacts could last throughout people's lives and even be passed on to future generations.

The scientific reason we hear a sentence like a song when it’s repeated over and over

If you hear the same sentence over and over, it can start to sound tuneful. Scientists from the University of Kansas have conducted a study to try and work out why this is.

Some people can feel it on their own bodies when others are touched, hit, or stroked — and researchers are trying to figure out why

When some people see another person being touched, they feel it on their own bodies. This is called mirror-touch synaesthesia, and researchers are looking into why some people's brains behave this way, which is helping them answer some questions about the different ways people perceive the world.

There’s more evidence to suggest playing it cool is the worst idea if you really like someone

According to a new study from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and the University of Rochester, having a partner who reciprocates your interest is more sexually attractive.

11 signs your old relationships are affecting your current one

We are all impacted by our past. But sometimes we get into destructive patterns in our romantic relationships because we are subconsciously trying to fix our previous ones. Here are the signs this is what's happening, and what you can do about it.

The psychological reasons why some people can’t stop lying

Psychologists don't fully understand what makes someone a compulsive liar, but in certain cases it could be related to the level of impulsivity you were born with, or narcissism.