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

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?

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