PsycPORT™: Psychology Newswire
The health benefits of hugging
February 3, 2016, U.S. News & World Report
February 3, 2016, U.S. News & World Report
Besides helping you feel close and connected to people you care about, it turns out that hugs can bring a host of health benefits to your body and mind.
End prejudice by watching a sitcomFebruary 2, 2016, CNN
Science has shown that exposure to certain programs can make a huge impression, especially if you've had limited exposure to a particular group in the past.
The science of getting kids organizedFebruary 2, 2016, NPR
Research shows there is a connection between executive function skills and academic success, but the studies did not show that working on those skills leads to achievement.
The psychology of fresh startsFebruary 1, 2016, U.S. News & World Report
Research suggests those who adopt intrinsic as opposed to external motivators better maintain and adhere to goals.
Onetime party drug hailed as miracle for treating severe depressionFebruary 1, 2016, The Washington Post
Dozens of studies have reported that ketamine can reverse the kind of severe depression that traditional antidepressants often don’t touch.
Moderate drinkers less depressed than teetotalersJanuary 29, 2016, Fox News
Poll found that moderate drinkers were slightly more likely than both nondrinkers and heavy drinkers to report experiencing positive emotions on any given day, and slightly less likely to report experiencing negative emotions.
Maternal obesity, diabetes tied to increased autism risk in kidsJanuary 29, 2016, Reuters
Mothers who are obese during pregnancy have almost twice the odds of having a child with autism as women who weigh less, a U.S. study suggests.
Study finds no proof of 'seasonal depression'January 28, 2016, U.S. News & World Report
A new study cast doubts on the existence of seasonal depression -- a mood disorder linked to reduced sunlight in the winter months.
Scientists open the ‘black box’ of schizophrenia with dramatic genetic discoveryJanuary 27, 2016, The Washington Post
For the first time, scientists have pinned down a molecular process in the brain that helps to trigger schizophrenia.
How meditation, placebos and virtual reality help power 'mind over body'January 26, 2016, NPR
The mind can play an important role in dealing with a variety of health concerns, including pain, heart disease and depression.
Panel calls for depression screenings during and after pregnancyJanuary 26, 2016, The New York Times
Women should be screened for depression during pregnancy and after giving birth, an influential government-appointed health panel said, the first time it has recommended screening for maternal mental illness.
Can your brain reveal you are a liar?January 25, 2016, BBC News
Psychologists are interested in how the human brain controls the memories stored from participating in criminal acts, and the extent to which they can be hidden.
Social media red flags parents should know aboutJanuary 25, 2016, CNN
Parents can often disable certain features of apps so they are no longer a problem for children.
The surprising psychology of shoppers and return policiesJanuary 22, 2016, The Washington Post
Researchers investigate how return policies affect shopper behavior and, in turn, whether lenient policies such as offering a lengthy period for returns actually helps or hurts a retailer’s business.
Sexual trauma raises suicide risk among veteransJanuary 21, 2016, Fox News
Men and women veterans who experienced sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment while serving in the military are at heightened risk of suicide, according to a recent U.S. study.
How are all those screens changing kids' behavior?January 20, 2016, CNN
More research is needed to know how the frequency or quality of our technology use is changing basic human interactions and behaviors.
Catching up on lost sleep really may reverse a few restless nightsJanuary 19, 2016, Today
A new study finds that only two days of make-up sleep reverses the metabolic damage from sleep deprivation — at least in the short term.
The new 'Just say no to drugs'January 19, 2016, CNN
Teenagers need to hear the facts and learn how and why to say no.
High fish consumption in pregnancy tied to brain benefits for kidsJanuary 18, 2016, Reuters
When mothers eat three sizeable servings of fish each week during pregnancy it may benefit children’s brains for years to come, according to a large study in Spain.
Brain training for anxiety, depression and other mental conditionsJanuary 18, 2016, The Wall Street Journal
A new treatment for disorders like depression and anxiety uses real-time scans to show patients how their brains go awry—and how to fix the dysfunction.
Place a bet on your weight-loss goal, and you may win twiceJanuary 15, 2016, NPR
Dieters with a financial incentive to lose weight are more likely to reach their target compared with those who have no money at stake.