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The Sweet Taste Of Uncertainty: Winners Enjoy Waiting To Discover What They've Won

You've just won a prize. Would you like to find out what it is right away, or wait until later? A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research says most people are happier waiting. People who know they've won a prize enjoy the anticipation of wondering what they will win, especially if they have clues about what it might be, explain authors Yih Hwai Lee (National University of Singapore) and Cheng Qiu (University of Hong Kong). Prize winners spend time imagining using the potential prizes, and such "virtual consumption" prolongs positive feelings, making them receptive to marketing messages. The authors conducted two studies where participants played and won simulated lucky-draw games.

Why Do We Choose Our Mates? Ask Charles Darwin, Prof Says

Charles Darwin wrote about it 150 years ago: animals don't pick their mates by pure chance - it's a process that is deliberate and involves numerous factors. After decades of examining his work, experts agree that he pretty much scored a scientific bullseye, but a very big question is, "What have we learned since then?" asks a Texas A&M University biologist who has studied Darwin's theories. Adam Jones, an evolutional biologist who has studied Darwin's work for years, says that Darwin's beliefs about the choice of mates and sexual selection being beyond mere chance have been proven correct, as stated in Darwin's landmark book The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex.

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The Credit Crunch Blamed For Increase In Panic-Attacks, UK

Members of The AMT (Association for Meridian & Energy Therapies) in the UK have noticed a dramatic increase in the number of clients attending therapy sessions because of anxiety, stress and in more severe cases, Panic Attacks. This has been directly related to the Credit Crunch and personal money worries. The AMT has nearly 1000 practising member who specialise in Meridian Energy Therapies, including EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and EmoTrance. Many of these practitioners and trainers have noticed a real increase in the number of stress related clients who blame the credit crunch for their current emotional state. Nicola Quinn, author of Life Without Panic Attacks and a Director of The AMT explains "For sufferers of panic attacks, the focus is always on the future.

Study Links ADHD Drugs To Sudden Death In Children

A new study by researchers in the US suggests there may be a link between the use of stimulant drugs for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ( ADHD ) and sudden cardiac death in healthy children, but the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who funded the study with the National Institute of Mental Health, said because of its limitations, parents and carers should not stop giving children such medication on the basis of this study but should discuss any concerns with their prescribing doctor. The study was the work of lead author Dr Madelyn S Gould of Columbia University, New York, New York, and colleagues, and is published in the 15 June issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Attitudes Towards Mental Health Heading For Tipping Point

New Government figures out today (1) suggest public attitudes towards mental health are finally taking a turn. After 15 years where we have seen attitudes deteriorate and deep-seated prejudice, ignorance and fear thrive, there are now signs of improvement. Time to Change, England's biggest anti-discrimination programme led by charities Mind and Rethink, believes that the public are now open to change and this is undoubtedly the time to act to end mental health discrimination. The Department of Health survey shows improvements including: - 77% agree mental illness is an illness like any other an improvement of 3% on last year and up 6% since 1994 - 73% think that people with mental health problems have the same right to a job as everyone else, up 7% on last year - 78% judge the best therapy for people with mental illness is to be part of a normal community, up 8% on last year - 61% agree that people with mental illness are far less of a danger than most people suppose, an improvement of 4% on 2008 However, it also includes some more alarming figures: - 11% would not want to live next door to someone with a mental health problem, an increase from 8% since 1994 - Almost a third of young people (16-34yrs) think there is something about people with mental illness that makes it easy to tell them from 'normal people' - 52% of young people agree people with mental illness are far less of a danger than most people suppose, 17% less than people over 55yrs - 22% feel anyone with a history of mental health problems should be excluded from taking public office - When the issue is brought closer to home - only 23% feel that women who were once patients in a mental hospital can be trusted as babysitters.

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Study Suggests Memory Repression May Help The Traumatized

Geisinger Health System senior investigator and U.S. Army veteran Joseph Boscarino, Ph.D., is proud of his military service, yet he doesn't like to talk much about his combat experiences. Before becoming a renowned researcher of psychological trauma, Dr. Boscarino served a tour of duty with an artillery unit in Vietnam from 1965-66, during which he witnessed heavy combat and its aftermath. To this day, he tries hard not to reflect on those battlefield memories. New research by Dr. Boscarino and Tulane University investigator Charles Figley, Ph.D., shows that for some people exposed to traumatic events, repressing these memories may be less harmful in the long run.

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