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Constant Phone Interruptions Affect Toddlers

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 26, 2017 in Media Spotlight
New research suggests that constant phone interruptions can have more serious consequences for parents of toddlers than you might think.

The Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep? Purpose.

By Lydia Denworth on July 26, 2017 in Brain Waves
Having trouble sleeping? A new study reveals that having purpose in daily life leads to better quality of sleep at night, and even prevents sleep disorders.

Misreport Spreads That Psychiatrists May Now Diagnose Trump

As misunderstood news spread that psychiatrists may now comment on Trump's mental condition, the American Psychiatric Association sought to correct the mistake.

A Possible New Treatment for Post-Partum Depression

A neuroactive steroid whose levels increase dramatically during pregnancy and then fall rapidly after delivery is reported to be effective in treating post-partum depression.

The Upside of Neuroticism

A new study finds that being neurotic may actually help you live longer.

Cortisol: Harvard Study Finds "Moderate-response" May Be Key

Contrary to popular belief, a new study reports that "too much" or "too little" cortisol both indicate a maladaptive response to stressful experiences.
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National Security Act of 1947 Has Bipartisan Roots

By The Research Lab on July 24, 2017 in The Fundamentals
We need bipartisanship today, and every day. By J. Paul Pope

How To Explain How Genes Affect Politics

How do genes affect political attitudes and behavior? At least one guy knows how to explain it.

Health Benefits Unlikely Even from the Longest Marriages

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 22, 2017 in Living Single
New research looking at men and women of different ages who have been married for different lengths of time finds scant evidence that people who marry get healthier.

Sexual Intimacy May Be One Key To a Longer Life

It’s well known that a satisfying sex life can enhance individual and couple happiness. New research shows that sex, apart from satisfaction, may help you age more slowly.

Four Reasons Why Paradox Helps Research Get Attention

Do Paradoxes Command Better Attention or Disbelief? The Answer Will Surprise You.

One More Reason Aerobic Exercise Is So Good for Your Brain

Researchers have pinpointed a molecular mechanism that might explain why physical activity improves cognitive function, boosts brain power, and reduces dementia.

How to Stop Robots From Harming Themselves—and Us

If the "suicidal robot" followed this new model, it wouldn't have drowned.

Things May Look Better When You Have Company

Bringing a friend along to the movies or a trip to the museum could make you enjoy it more—even if you don’t interact with your friend. Here's why.

Arts-Based Activities Boost Emotion Regulation, Study Finds

We all know from life experience that creative expression makes us feel good. Now, a new study reaffirms that arts-based activities boost positive emotions and reduce negativity.

Will Emojis Ever Mean the Same Thing to Everyone?

Apple introduced new emojis yesterday, but we barely agree about the old ones.
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Timing Matters in the Effects of Neglect on Development

By Rebecca Compton Ph.D. on July 18, 2017 in Adopting Reason
How much can stable, nurturing homes help children overcome the effects of severe early neglect?

Relationship Satisfaction Entails Playing By the Rules

Alternative relationship types come under scientific scrutiny in a new study on monogamous, open, and polyamorous couples. As long as you play fair, it seems that anything goes.

Infant Gut Microbiome May Influence Cognitive Development

In the past month, two pioneering human studies have revealed fresh clues on how various colonies of gut microbiome influence brain function and cognitive development.

No, Empathy Isn’t a Universal Value

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in The Empathy Gap
Which countries score the highest on empathy?

Make Up or Break Up? 5 Ways Couples Reconcile After a Fight

New research has identified what men and women think are the most effective tactics used by couples to reconcile after a conflict.

Yoga Can Slow Effects of Stress and Aging, Studies Suggest

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on July 14, 2017 in Urban Survival
New research suggests that doing yoga regularly can help reduce the harmful effects of stress and aging on the body.

What’s in It for Women? Vs. What’s in It for My Husband?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Living Single
A new study suggests that single women think differently than married women in a way that helps explain why they vote reliably for Democrats and married women do not.

Does Testosterone Really Just Make Men Aggressive?

The conventional wisdom about testosterone is that it drives aggressiveness and competition. But new research reveals that social rank is also important.

Can Coffee Help Your Live Longer?

Coffee can definitely be part of a healthy diet. Moreover, new research shows that coffee intake is tied to longevity among people of various races and ethnicities.

Why Kids With Pets Are Better Off

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in Animals and Us
Even the researchers were surprised by results of a large new study on the impact of pets on child development.

The Impact of Vocational Interests on Life

By Art Markman Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
There are many characteristics of people that affect the choices they make in life. We often focus on personality traits. But what about interests in work?

Why Early-Life Dreams Correlate with Adult Nightmares

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in Media Spotlight
How can your earliest memories shape the nightmares you might be experiencing as an adult? And what might it mean for adults dealing with frequent nightmares?

Research Suggests a Cure for Neuroticism

High levels of neuroticism are associated with feelings of anxiety, worry, and a general tendency to fret. New research suggests a way to tame these unpleasant emotions.

How Pediatric OCD Impacts the Whole Family

OCD can take a significant toll on family.

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