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How reading a little each week is a form of life support

Josie Billington, University of Liverpool One in three adults in the UK – or 16m people – rarely or never read for pleasure. A new survey of 4,164 adults, including both those who read and those who don’t, found that adults who read for just 20 minutes a week are 20% more likely to feel […]

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Explainer: what is cognitive behaviour therapy?

Peter McEvoy, Curtin University If you or someone you care about experience an emotional problem it won’t be long before you hear that cognitive behaviour therapy, or CBT, is probably the treatment of choice. Research over the last 40 years or so has found CBT to be helpful for all manner of problems, including anxiety, […]

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Why too much Facebook can leave you feeling down

Mai-Ly Nguyen Steers, University of Houston “Comparison is the thief of joy”, said former US president Theodore Roosevelt. Spoken more than a century ago, Roosevelt’s words highlight a fundamental truth that is just as relevant today. In the 1950s, the acclaimed social psychologist, Leon Festinger, devised the social comparison theory to help explain the psychological […]