The Couch Potato Problem

Understanding how personality can influence lifestyle choices such as sedentary behavior can be useful in encouraging us to be more active.

Are Stress and Obesity Related?

Though the main causes of obesity are high food intake, lack of adequate exercise, and genetic susceptibility, researchers have long suspected that stress may play a role as well.

Why Do We Panic in Emergencies?

In virtually every disaster, there is always the risk of mass panic which can often cause more casualties than the disaster itself. Can new research help prevent this?

Can Virtual Reality Help With Pain?

A new meta-analysis highlights the effectiveness of virtual reality distraction in controlling different types of pain.

When Social Media Sparks Depression

A new study highlights the psychological risks associated with the online harassment that can often occur on social medial sites such as Facebook.

When Does the Bullying Stop?

What are the long-term consequences of being bullied as a child? being a victim can be more far-reaching than you might think.

Does ADHD Exist?

While research studies aimed at identifying the neurological roots of ADHD continue to be published, at least one critic is suggesting that ADHD is a myth.

TRAPing the Lone Terrorist, Part 2

Intended to help law enforcement agencies identify people at high risk of extreme violence, the TRAP-18 shows great promise though more research is needed.

TRAPing the Lone Terrorist, Part 1

A new screening tool to help identify potential lone wolf terrorists is currently being evaluated. Can the TRAP-18 help prevent future violence?

The Rise of the Monster Parent

Teachers in North America already deal with parents who watch over every aspect of their child's education. But reports out of Asia say that things could be worse. Much worse.

Understanding Elder Abuse (Part Two)

As more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, the demand for help and the burden this places on family members, will mean more cases of elder abuse as well.

Understanding Elder Abuse (Part One of Two)

According to the 2009 National Elder Mistreatment Survey, at least ten percent of elderly people living in American communities (4.3 million people) experience abuse each year

How Common Is Road Rage?

A new research study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that road rage is far more common than you might think.

Dissecting Sheldon Cooper

If you've seen even a single episode of the hit sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, then you're familiar with Dr. Sheldon Cooper. Understanding the antics of an eccentric genius.

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?

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.