Anxiety and depression can affect your learning ability

An excessive focus on past failures can make learning about new situtations more difficult.

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  • A new study confirms that anxiety and depression can lead to difficulties in analyzing data.
  • Test subjects with symptoms of those conditions were slower to realize that changes in the game they were played occured.
  • The study is not the last word on the topic, but its findings will prompt further investigations.
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Depression is the most common cause of disability in the world.
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Could robots make better therapy animals?

Allergies might never be a concern again.

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  • University of Portsmouth researchers held play sessions with real dogs and their biomimetic counterparts.
  • The more time school children spent with the robot dog, the higher their opinion of him.
  • Robotic dogs could offer an entirely new line of emotional support animals.
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5 facts about positive affect for 2021

After the unrelenting negativity of 2020, we may need a refresher on the benefits of a positive affect.

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  • 2021 won't reset the ills of 2020, but for many it's become a symbol of a fresh start.
  • A positive affect is contagious, correlates with better health, and leads to more supportive social connections.
  • However, positivity must be balanced with realism if it is to improve our well-being.
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    Is rap music destigmatizing mental health disorders?

    A new study shows that the top rap songs in the U.S. are making increasingly frequent references to depression and suicidal thoughts.

    • The most popular rap songs in the U.S. are more frequently making references to mental health problems, particularly suicide and depression.
    • A research team analyzed lyrics from the top 25 most popular rap songs released in the years 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2018, examining the lyrics of artists such as Eminem, Drake, Post Malone, Lil' Wayne, Juice WRLD, Kanye West, and Jay-Z.
    • References to suicide rose from 0% to 12%, and references to depression from 16% to 32% over the last 20 years.
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