מחקר ישראלי: אלכוהול מפחית חרדה ממלחמה

חוקרים אמריקנים וישראלים שבדקו יותר מ-1,000 איש במהלך מבצע “עופרת יצוקה” ואחריו מגלים כי שתיית אלכוהול לפחות פעם בשבוע מסייעת בהפחתת דיכאון הקשור בטרור ובמלחמה. החוקרים: “מי ששותה אלכוהול פתוח יותר חברתית, ומאפשר לחברים לחזק אותו ולהקטין את רמות הדיכאון”

You Could See It Coming: Chronic War Stress, Chronic Disease

“Who started it,” Israelis or Palestinians, is a long-ago-forgotten concern. The roots of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict reach back centuries, and the cycle of violence between these historic peoples is relentless. You could see it coming…a group of Palestinians kills three Israeli boys. And you could see it coming…a group of Israeli settlers kills a Palestinian boy.

Does Cyber-Terrorism Terrorize? Hormones Suggest It Does

Think cyber-terrorism can’t happen to you? Think it doesn’t “hurt” anyone? Ask the 3,800 employees of Sony Pictures, including some of its stars, who got caught up in the international political intrigue over the company’s movie, The Interview. And see what one study shows that cyber-terror does to our hormones.

Radicalizing Religion?

Guest post by Ehud Eiran, Sivan Hirsch-Hoefler, Daphna Canetti, and Dana Vashdi The unprecedented hot temperatures in the Middle East in July and August did not temper violence in the area. On August 6th, a Saudi suicide bomber killed 15 worshipers in a mosque in the city of Abha.

Israeli checkpoints fuel support for violence

Matthew Longo, Daphna Canetti and Nancy Hite-Rubin have a forthcoming article in the American Journal of Political Science ( ungated version) looking at the consequences of Israeli checkpoints for Palestinian attitudes toward Israel and political violence.

Depressed by the rocket fire? A drink may help

Even as rockets fall and warning sirens wail across Israel, daily life goes on more or less as usual. Ducking in and out of bomb shelters and stairwells between the sirens, Israelis can seem inured to the constant threat. But studies have shown it takes a toll on their health – leading, among other things, to higher rates of depression.

Israeli study: Alcohol reduces war-induced anxiety

oderate consumption of alcohol can reduce anxiety and depression related to terror and war, according to an American-Israeli study which explored this link among Israelis during the 2008 Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. The researchers also found that the level of depression among those who drank regularly was significantly lower about a year after the operation, compared to those who did not consume alcohol.