Education and the Aging Brain

A new study explores the value of higher education in helping seniors stay mentally active and avoid serious health problems such as Alzheimer's disease.

The Truth About Grit

But is grit really something that can be measured by psychologists? A new review article takes a critical look at what has been learned so far.

Cognitive Aging in the Workplace

While employers have been paying more attention to obvious workplace hazards, we need to recognize that psychological hazards also exist in the workplace.

Sex, Seniors, and Consent

With more and more older adults entering chronic care facilities, there is going to be increased demand for more flexibility regarding patient sex. What form will this take?

Loneliness Across the Lifespan

Loneliness can occur at any age though the reasons are often very different depending on where we are at any particular stage in life.

Cities, Children, and Psychosis

Are children who grow up in cities more vulnerable to developing mental illness later in life? A new research study raises disturbing implications about the impact of city life.

The Road to Retirement (Part Two)

As older adults reaching the age of 65 face thirty or more years of relatively healthy living, finding ways to stay active and involved is a challenge that needs to be faced

The Road to Retirement (Part One)

All humans have an innate need to belong and to remain a contributing member of society. Can this sense of belonging remain even after we have stopped working?
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The Science of Making a Better First Impression

Though there a wide range of different facial cues that influence how people see us, mouth curvature and eyelid-openness seem particularly important

Can Celebrity Suicides Lead to Copycat Deaths?

New research explores the cognitive roots of suicide contagion.

The Internet Suicide Minefield

What makes some young people vulnerable to pro-suicide messages online? A new research study provides answers.

Exploring the Volunteer's Dilemma

Why is it so hard for people in a group to provide help in an emergency?

Motherhood, Medicine, and Mortality

New research shows the importance of strong maternal support during adolescence in preventing disease later in life.

Does Technology Make Bullying Easier?

A new research study published in the journal Psychology of Violence examines different forms of harassment, both online and offline, and the impact it can have on young people.

With a Gentle Touch

A new research study examines the important role that gentle touching plays in people of all ages.

Can Listening to Music Help Control Pain?

How effective is listening to music as a way of helping to cope with pain? A new study explores the underlying principles linked to music and pain.

Is Being Social the Key to a Longer Life?

People with serious illness facing terminal decline benefit from being socially active for as long as possible.

Is Doing Housework a Turn-On?

A new research study shows that sharing domestic duties, including housework, is far more important in preserving domestic harmony than you might think.

Is Television Turning Us Into Narcissists?

What kind of message are you getting from the television program you're watching, and how does it shape the way you look at the world? Some surprising news on TV and narcissisism.

Understanding Youth Violence, Part 2

What can we really do about youth violence? Learning how to prevent the next Sandy Hook or Columbine shooting means exploring different risk factors and developing real solutions.

What Can We Do About Youth Violence? (Part One of Two)

Why is youth violence occurring in the United States? A new review article looks at the causes and possible solutions to street violence and school shootings.

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