Obesity, Diet, and Your Brain

Recent research has found a strong link between high fat, high sugar "Western diets" (WD for short) and obesity, brain functioning, and our ability to learn.

Winning the Waiting Game

A new research study looks at different strategies of dealing with the stress of waiting for potentially bad news. Is waiting really the worst part?

What Makes Anti-bullying Programs Effective?

Children and adolescents become bullying targets for a wide variety of reasons though race, ethnic background, appearance, or sexual orientation appear to be the most common.

Can Negative Age Stereotypes Predict Dementia?

Two new studies suggest negative stereotypes about aging held by healthy adults can contribute to the brain abnormalities associated with Alzheimer’s disease as they grow older.

Should Students Be Trained to Respond to School Shootings?

It's hard to say for certain how common active shooter training is or how much colleges and schools are spending to provide it. Is it really worth it?

Can Compulsive Internet Use Affect Adolescent Mental Health?

Research suggests that becoming addicted to the Internet is an "equal opportunity problem" that can strike all adolescents regardless of sex or family background.

Riding the Bandwagon Effect

A new research study takes a comprehensive look at the bandwagon effect and how influential polls really are. Can polls really shape how we vote in an election?

How Secure Are Your Electronic Health Records?

A new study suggests that a sizable percentage of all mental health providers are not taking proper precautions to prevent possible security breaches. What are the implications?

What Makes Teenagers Abuse Drugs and Alcohol?

A new research study examines the role of psychological distress in drug use for a large sample of Australian adolescents. The results provides clues for treatment and prevention

Do Video Games Really Cause Violence in Adolescents?

A new research study published in the journal Psychology of Media Culture takes a comprehensive look at different risk factors of violence, including playing video games.

Does Breastfeeding Boost Intelligence in Children?

Of all the health benefits linked to breastfeeding, its presumed impact on a child's later intelligence is likely the most controversial. A new study shows that that breastfeeding was significantly associated with intelligence at all ages. The link between breastfeeding and intelligence actually rose for children between the ages of seven to sixteen.

Singing the Body Electric

A recent study by researchers suggests that transcranial direct current stimulation can be a practical way to make human operators stay vigilant in monotonous tasks such as drone operation and cyber defense. With proper safety guidelines, brain stimulation may well be used in a wide range of different applications and improve cognitive functioning.

Ending the Nightmares

Studies of veterans show that they may experience a wide range of PTSD symptoms, including nightmares. Some surveys reveal that more than half of all participants report their sleep as being "bad" or "very bad" though few report having any problems before being deployed.

Surviving Motherhood

Emotional support from the other people in their lives is often critical in helping mothers cope. This can be especially important for mothers facing special challenges such as being single parents, having children with special needs, or even coping with issues such as postpartum depression. Such support can help mothers maintain their psychological well-being

Why Do the Lonely Stay Lonely?

A new research study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology takes a closer look at chronic loneliness in adolescents and how they respond to being socially included or excluded. Results suggest that fear of rejection can play a powerful role in reinforcing long-term patterns of loneliness.

After the Breakup, Part 2

A study by Carin Perilloux and David Buss of the University of Texas at Austin suggests that both men and women rely on a variety of different coping strategies to get over a breakup. Regardless of gender, rejectees are more likely to use positive strategies such as discussing the breakup with friends as well as negative strategies such as crying and pleading.

After The Breakup (Part One of Two)

Ending a romantic relationship can be an emotionally wrenching experience that can produce problems such as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse.

Are You Being Treated Fairly at Work?

Studies looking at emotional burnout, absenteeism, and health problems linked to workplace stress are increasingly finding a strong link between these kind of issues and perceived injustice in the workplace. A new study suggests that employees dealing with perceived injustice become more vulnerable to stress-related health problems due to frustration and fatigue.

Smartphones and the Future of Health Care

A new article published in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal discusses how specially equipped smartphones can transform mental health care by providing state-of-the-art monitoring of people at risk. But how far are we likely to go in terms of using smartphones and other kinds of digital technology to monitor people we believe will be at risk?

At What Age Will You Really Be Happiest?

A new research study published in the journal Developmental Psychology looks at how happiness changes over time. Results show that happiness generally increases in young adulthood as people become more emotionally mature. Happy people are less likely to develop mental health problems and generally lead more satisfying lives. So how happy are you today?

How Have Children Been Affected By the Great Recession?

How have economic fears brought on by the Great Recession affected children? As adults lose their jobs and their homes, the emotional impact this has had on their children is just beginning to be understood. A new research study take a comprehensive look at the long-term problems shown by children affected by parental job loss and other financial woes

Can You Change Your Personality?

A recent research study shows that people are able to make significant personality changes in just sixteen weeks. For example, people who wanted to become more extraverted tested as being higher in extraversion by the end of the study period. These changes can be measured by personality testing as well as behaviour changes.

Listening to Your Inner Voice

Inner speech is far more important than most people realize. From early childhood onward, inner speech plays a vital role in regulating how we think and behave. Not only does it often allow us to "rehearse" different scenarios and enables us to avoid rash actions, but inner speech may be essential to memory and self-awareness as well.

What Does It Take to Succeed in Life?

A new paper published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology describes one of the most comprehensive studies to date looking at the effects of family background, personality, and intelligence on later success. By studying 81,000 participants over an eleven-year period, researchers found that the American Dream is still alive and well. More or less.

What You Really Reveal About Yourself When You Post

Can open-language assessment on social media posts be used to study personality? A new research study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggests that it can. Computerized analysis of the language used were consistent over time and correlated well with how participants responded on personality tests. And that may be just the beginning.

Through Rose-Coloured Glasses

Happiness typically occurs through a) the frequency and intensity of pleasant moods, b) the infrequency of unpleasant moods, and c) how well we are able to view the world around us in a positive way. While it's a common folk saying that happy people look at the world through "rose-coloured glasses." does feeling happy really make us more likely to focus on positive things?

Who Should Own A Gun?

Are there specific guidelines for mental health professionals to follow in judging the risk of allowing certain people to own guns? A new article published in the journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice provides practical guidelines for firearm assessments and the sort of questions that professionals should ask prospective gun owners.

Does Sex and Violence Really Sell Products?

The widespread belief that sex and violence will sell products helps explain why this kind of media programming is so popular. But is this really the case? A new review of fifty years of research studies into the effectiveness of sex and violence in advertisements suggests that advertisers need to rethink the kind of message they send.

Finding a New Job After 40

Employment statistics show that the length of time spent being unemployed has tripled for workers over the age of fifty-five. Whether due to outdated job skills or age-related bias, older job seekers often find themselves being forced to drop out of the work force completely or taking jobs paying far less than what they once earned.

Life After Divorce

A new research study published in the Journal of Family Psychology examines the psychological impact of divorce as part of a nationwide study of middle-aged adults across the United States. Results show divorce is often stressful but the impact it has on later life satisfaction often depends on the kind of marriage people had before.

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