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Everyday Q&A: How do SSRIs work?

The most popular type of antidepressant today is the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), such as Prozac, Zoloft, or Lexapro, introduced in 1987.

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Everyday Q&A: How does aging affect memory?

In general, older people have more difficulty learning new things, retrieving old information, and multitasking. In order to understand what causes this weakening, we must first understand how memory works.

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Natural Birth May Lead to Better Baby Bonding

Natural Birth May Lead to Better Baby Bonding

Yale Child Study Center Assistant Professor James Swain, M.D. recently published an article in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry examining the relationship between a mother’s bond to her baby and the method of delivery at birth.

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Karyn Frick Awarded Medtronic Prize for Women’s Health Research

Yale associate professor of psychology Karyn Frick was awarded the third annual Society for Women’s Health Research Medtronic Prize for Scientific Contributions to Women’s Health.

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Through the Eyes of Children: What babies and kids think of the world around them

Through the Eyes of Children: What babies and kids think of the world around them

Dr. Frank Keil and Dr. Karen Wynn have shown that infants exhibit certain patterns of learning, including the ability to distinguish between intentional and non-intentional actors and their capabilities.

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Reward Systems Provide Insight into Obesity Epidemic

Reward Systems Provide Insight into Obesity Epidemic

Dr. Dana Small has probed the relationship between learning and obesity by investigating the reward systems in humans and attempting to understand how these could impact human behavior, such as overeating.

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The Puzzle of Autism

The Puzzle of Autism

One out of every 150 children born is diagnosed with the disorder; among boys, who are four times more likely to have autism, the number rises to one in 94. Currently, 1.5 million Americans are autistic.

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Stress Hormones and Social Rank

Stress Hormones and Social Rank

Stephanie Anestis (GRAD ’05), a Schwartz Foundation post-doctoral research associate in the Center for Human and Primate Reproductive Ecology, is investigating this stress and hormones in chimpanzees.

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The Mind and the Ballot: The Role of Psychology in Elections

The Mind and the Ballot: The Role of Psychology in Elections

We are not rational beings, and it turns out that it subconscious psychological thought, rather than objective reasoning, often dictates which name we mark on the ballot.

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That Which We Call a Rose

What’s in a name? The answer is a lot, although it is mostly in the initials. Research at Yale conducted by Joseph Simmons, assistant professor of marketing, indicates that people unconsciously make decisions based on their names. In a paper

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