Psychology & Psychiatry

Why people have lateral preferences when kissing and hugging

Typically, a person will initiate a hug with the right hand. Similar preferences are also present in other forms of social touch. The question of handedness plays a role in the process. However, it is not the only relevant ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Is stuttering linked to social anxiety?

The differences – and similarities – between people with high levels of social anxiety and stutterers are being investigated by researchers at Flinders.

Autism spectrum disorders

Social phobia linked to autism and schizophrenia

New Swinburne research shows that people who find social situations difficult tend to have similar brain responses to those with schizophrenia or autism.

Autism spectrum disorders

How coping mechanisms help autistic people

In a recent documentary, naturalist and wildlife presenter, Chris Packham, talked about having Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. It was a rare snapshot into the life of an adult with Asperger's – and especially so ...

Health

Why social smoking can be just as bad for you as daily smoking

"Everything in moderation." It's a common justification made for behaviors that may fall outside the realm of healthy. Whether it's a drink or two or indulging in a favorite dessert, consuming small quantities, rather than ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Scientific ways to beat anxiety and become mentally strong

Do you have anxiety? Have you tried just about everything to get over it, but it just keeps coming back? Perhaps you thought you had got over it, only for the symptoms to return with a vengeance? Whatever your circumstances, ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Psychotherapy normalizes the brain in social phobia

Anxiety in social situations is not a rare problem: Around one in ten people are affected by social anxiety disorder during their lifetime. Social anxiety disorder is diagnosed if fears and anxiety in social situations significantly ...

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