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Psychedelics improve our psychological wellbeing
  • Study finds causal relationship between psychedelic use and increased nature-relatedness.
  • In other words, we appreciate nature more after we use psychedelics.
  • It’s not the only way to get closer to nature, going out on a hike might be enough for most people.
  • However, the finding does prove that psychedelics have a positive effect on our psychological wellbeing.

Content type -- not amount of screen time -- linked to negative psychological consequences
  • Two studies based on one dataset (3,659 children surveyed throughout 4 years) show that, essentially, negative content is linked to negative thinking patterns.
  • Researchers found that social media and TV consumption are linked to anxiety and depression in teenagers.
  • Surprisingly, no such link was found for video games, presumably because playing games is a social activity that allows people to spend more time with friends.
  • Ultimately, it looks like screen time in itself isn’t harmful, but it can be if young people consume the wrong content
  • In particular, content that causes youths to compare themselves to more successful peers was found to be harmful, as it makes young people more depressed.

160 Studies provide strong proof that emotional intelligence is important in academia
  • Emotional intelligence found to be the third biggest predictor of academic success, outranked only by general intelligence and work ethic.
  • This finding comes from a complex analysis of 160 studies of emotional intelligence and academia, published in the last twenty years.
  • Researchers suggest that to improve academic results, school teachers should start including emotional intelligence courses in their curriculums.

Kids with depressed parents have different brains
  • Analysis of brain images from over 7,000 children shows that kids who have a depressed parent also have a differently structured part of the brain.
  • Their right putamen (brain area linked to reward, motivation, pleasure) is smaller than in kids whose parents don’t have depression.
  • The children will be followed for 10 years, allowing scientists to study how this influences their development.
  • In particular, they can see if a smaller putamen leads to depression, or is a general factor for other mental diseases.

Psychological well-being unaffected by abstinence from social media
  • Experimental study with five groups of participants getting off social media for different periods of time, and then answering questionnaires about well-being.
  • Researchers only checked if participants weren’t posting anything, also sample size wasn’t too big -- 130 people, excluding those that couldn’t stay off social media.
  • Statistical modelling of collected data showed virtually no effect on feelings of loneliness, well-being, and day quality during days off social media.




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