Psychology Newswire Archive
Forty years on, bullying takes its toll on health and wealthApril 17, 2014, Reuters
The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to research by British psychiatrists.
The psychology of being firedApril 17, 2014, U.S. News & World Report
The emotional and physical, but still normal, side effects of losing your job.
Apathy in older folks could signal shrinking brainApril 16, 2014, CNN
Scientists believe that an elderly person’s lack of emotion and indifference to the world could be a sign his or her brain is shrinking.
New SAT adopts real-world questions, jettisons obscure wordsApril 16, 2014, Chicago Tribune
The new model aims to show students' mastery of concepts taught in high school rather than measure skills and words they might rarely or never use in real life.
Key brain networks may differ in autismApril 16, 2014, WebMD
Neural systems tied to gauging social cues appear 'over-connected' in children with the disorder.
Lawmakers say e-cigarette marketing targets kidsApril 15, 2014, CBS News
A Congressional report sounds the alarm on marketing of electronic cigarettes, especially efforts made by companies to sell their products to young people.
New fathers may need help with depressionApril 15, 2014, Reuters
Becoming a father may raise a young man's risk of depression, according to a new U.S. study that suggests helping men at this stage could improve the wellbeing of entire families.
Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalitiesApril 15, 2014, Fox News
Researchers found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures.
Gene linked to Alzheimer's poses a special threat to womenApril 14, 2014, NPR
A gene associated with Alzheimer's disease appears especially dangerous to women and may be one reason that more women than men are diagnosed with the disease.
A snack might help avoid fight with a spouseApril 14, 2014, The Seattle Times
Study finds a link between blood-sugar levels and marital harmony, indicating that a sweet snack could prevent couples from getting “hangry.”
Why we keep losing our keysApril 14, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
Everyday memory lapses hit at any age.
Gay marriage appeals move issue back toward high courtApril 10, 2014, USA TODAY
For the first time since the Supreme Court issued two major rulings last June, federal appeals courts are hearing cases on the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Using tablets to reach kids with autismApril 10, 2014, CNN
Tablets are popular with parents and educators, but not being used to full potential yet.
Why do we eat, and why do we gain weight?April 10, 2014, The New Yorker
Recent studies show that our physical level of hunger does not correlate strongly with how much hunger we say that we feel or how much food we go on to consume.
Police taught to spot signs of psychiatric crisisApril 10, 2014, Fox News
Mental health advocates say training can help police spot when someone is in crisis and adjust their tactics accordingly.
'Pretty' Facebook friends may make us feel worseApril 10, 2014, Today.com
Fixating on the bikini selfies of Facebook friends can make a young woman feel worse about her own body, a new study suggests.
Be thankful and make better long-term decisionsApril 9, 2014, Boston Globe
Stamping out emotional responses seems like the best path to making wiser and more logical decisions.
How rock star overcame bullyingApril 8, 2014, Forbes
KISS's Paul Stanley transcended his situation to become the front man of one of the world's longest lasting and most successful bands.
U.S. childhood obesity rates have increased since 1999April 7, 2014, Reuters
Study casts doubts on a recent analysis by government health researchers that found a sharp drop in preschool obesity rates over the past decade.
Sizing up your children is a tricky businessApril 7, 2014, NPR
Researchers propose that mothers are susceptible to a "baby illusion" that makes them underestimate the size of their youngest child.
Want people to think you’re smarter? Smile more.April 7, 2014, The Washington Post
People can't tell how smart you are by how good you look, but they think they can.
Inside the mind of a child with autismApril 7, 2014, The New York Times
Researchers have put together a clinical trial based on the idea that some children can develop social and emotional instincts through the characters they love.
The power of the earliest memoriesApril 6, 2014, Wall Street Journal
Studies show what you can remember from age three may help improve aspects of your life into adulthood.
Vets, docs worry Fort Hood shootings will deepen PTSD stigmaApril 3, 2014, NBC News
Many worry that post-traumatic stress will again be misrepresented and misunderstood as a condition that sparks public, violent outbursts.
Party drug could help treat severe depressionApril 3, 2014, Fox News
Researchers have discovered that ketamine works, even for a short period, giving hope to many with severe depression.
Britain may make firms standardize cigarette packetsApril 3, 2014, Reuters
A government review shows that standardizing packages would help cut smoking rates.
Why three is the new terrible twoApril 3, 2014, ABC News
As a child grows and changes, parental expectations may stay the same causing more conflict.
Young and fit? You'll be old and sharpApril 2, 2014, NBC News
New research shows that people who were the fittest in their 20s were sharper thinkers 25 years later.
New maps may hold clues to brain mysteriesApril 2, 2014, CNN
Brain map studies can have implications for autism and other conditions.
Report details dramatic racial gap among U.S. childrenApril 1, 2014, CBS News
White and Asian children are better positioned for success, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge racial gaps.
Bullying happens to popular teens, tooApril 1, 2014, Today.com
Research suggests a previously overlooked group of bullying victims: the kids who are popular, but not quite at the top of the school’s hierarchy.
Can you die of a broken heart?March 31, 2014, BBC News
The evidence that extreme emotions can impact the heart goes back decades.
Vitamin D may help prevent Alzheimer's diseaseMarch 31, 2014, Chicago Daily Herald
Vitamin D deficiency exists in 70-90 percent of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Schools increasingly check students for obesityMarch 31, 2014, Fox News
No consensus exists on the usefulness school based-measurement programs or the effect they have on attitudes, and behaviors of youth and their families.
Child 'leashes': Are they helpful or humiliating?March 31, 2014, Today.com
Staying connected with the kids takes on a literal meaning for many parents who turn to child safety harnesses to keep their children close.
Optimistic women more likely to have healthy habitsMarch 28, 2014, Fox News
Women with a sunny disposition may also have an easier time adopting healthy habits, according to a new study.
Are you a food addict?March 28, 2014, CNN
Experts disagree on whether food cravings rise to the level of addiction.
1 in 68 Kids Has Autism, CDC SaysMarch 27, 2014, ABC News
Advocacy groups say the one in 68 figure is likely an underestimate, but hope it translates into better access to services.
Self injury information available online, but rarely accurateMarch 27, 2014, Reuters
Researchers analyzed websites related to nonsuicidal self-injury and found less than 10 percent of the sites were endorsed by health or academic institutions.
Study: Migraines triggered by stress relief?March 27, 2014, Boston Globe
Those who suffer from migraines have likely heard that stress can be a powerful trigger, but new research suggests that it’s the comedown after the craziness that brings on the pain.
Autism 'begins long before birth'March 26, 2014, BBC News
Scientists say they have new evidence that autism begins in the womb.
NFL hopes camp for moms will prevent concussions in kidsMarch 24, 2014, CBS News
The NFL believes if mothers know how to tackle properly, they can make sure their kids do, too.
Activity levels in mothers and children 'directly linked'March 24, 2014, BBC News
Study suggests policies to improve children's health should be aimed at mothers.
High levels of long-term stress linked to two-fold increased risk of infertilityMarch 24, 2014, Fox News
Long-term stress may reduce a woman’s ability to conceive by as much as 29 percent, a new study reports.
Study shows violent video games may be tied to aggressive thoughtsMarch 24, 2014, Reuters
Kids who often play violent video games may show more aggression later on, and more often believe hitting is acceptable, than kids who don't play them.
Something else for women to fret about: A greater risk of Alzheimer'sMarch 22, 2014, Los Angeles Times
More women than men suffer from Alzheimer's disease.
Coping when not entering retirement togetherMarch 21, 2014, The New York Times
Either by choice or because they lost their jobs in the economic downturn, many couples must coexist, if only temporarily, in different phases of life.
As military sex cases end, more calls for changeMarch 21, 2014, ABC News
Advocates for women said the results of two recent cases were more proof the military justice system needs an overhaul.
Is homework making your child sick?March 21, 2014, CNN
Children on both ends of the economic spectrum may face health risks, including depression and anxiety.
The scientific quest to prove bisexuality existsMarch 20, 2014, The New York Times
People are using science to show that someone can be truly attracted to both a man and a woman.
Justices may decide if vendors can snub gay weddingsMarch 20, 2014, USA TODAY
A photography case pits two constitutional rights against each other: freedom of speech and equal protection.
Mindfulness meditation may reduce drug user relapseMarch 20, 2014, Fox News
New study suggests that meditation techniques may help prevent addiction relapses.
Lost sleep leads to loss of brain cellsMarch 19, 2014, BBC News
Sleep loss may be more serious than previously thought, causing a permanent loss of brain cells, research suggests.
Medical marijuana research for PTSD clears major hurdleMarch 18, 2014, USA TODAY
A researcher at the University of Arizona is a step closer to studying how medical marijuana affects veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Efforts to close the achievement gap in kids start at homeMarch 17, 2014, NPR
By the time children are three years old, those from professional families have heard about 30 million more words than children from lower-income households.
States urge top retailers to stop selling tobaccoMarch 17, 2014, MSNBC
More than two dozen states joined forces urging Walmart and four other retail giants to stop selling tobacco products at their pharmacy chains.
A plunge in preschool obesity?March 17, 2014, Fox News
Despite recent claims, scientists conclude that there have been no significant changes in obesity in youth or adults in the past decade.
Autism disorders greatly linked with environmental factors, study claimsMarch 14, 2014, Fox News
Many health experts believe that genetics, environmental factors or a combination of the two are to blame.
Fight to let transgender soldiers serveMarch 13, 2014, MSNBC
A recent report concludes that the policy banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. armed forces should be ended, arguing there is “no compelling medical reason for the ban.”
What role do sibling struggles play in adult relationships?March 13, 2014, Psych Central
Sibling relationships play a major role in choices children make relating to friends and will affect the type of relationships they create throughout their lives.
You can predict 'the marrying type'March 13, 2014, The Atlantic
A new study looks at how attractiveness, personality, and grooming influence the likelihood that someone will get married.
High mortality from Alzheimer's diseaseMarch 12, 2014, The New York Times
A new study has suggested that Alzheimer's disease causes six times as many deaths as the official statistics would indicate.
Emotions vented online are contagiousMarch 12, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
Research shows feelings posted on Facebook can spread to others.
How dangerous is sleep deprivation, really?March 11, 2014, CNN
Sleep deprivation affects your reaction time, cognition and emotions.
Light drinking 'is preterm risk'March 11, 2014, BBC News
Even moderate drinking during the earliest months of pregnancy may be damaging, according to researchers.
Ugandans petition court over controversial anti-homosexuality lawMarch 11, 2014, Reuters
Fear of violence, imprisonment and loss of jobs means few gays in Africa are open about their sexuality.
Parents often glued to cellphone while kids eat, study showsMarch 11, 2014, Fox News
Researchers learning how this behavior affects parent-child interactions and child development.
Is substance abuse coverage as equal as required?March 10, 2014, USA TODAY
Insurance plans are supposed to cover substance abuse treatment at the same level of care and cost sharing as other medical issues, but some argue they don't.
Do brain workouts work?March 10, 2014, The New York Times
Scientists question whether an intervention that challenges the brain can really raise intelligence or stave off normal memory loss.
Blood test may predict early Alzheimer's DiseaseMarch 9, 2014, ABC News
Study links substances found in blood to mental decline three years later.
Lack of sleep tied to more health risks for obese adolescentsMarch 7, 2014, Fox News
For overweight and obese adolescents, a lack of sleep may be linked to to a higher risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
California’s quiet reproductive rights revolutionMarch 7, 2014, MSNBC
The state is bucking a nationwide trend as a wave of new restrictions is forcing abortion providers across the country to shut their doors.
For women to thrive, men should lean outMarch 6, 2014, USA TODAY
Fewer women than men feel confident they will make it to the top of their companies.
Helping teen girls get on the 'write' pathMarch 6, 2014, CNN
Writing gives at-risk girls the confidence to speak up and reach out for help in school, in their relationships and at home.
Alzheimer's toll may rank with cancer, heart diseaseMarch 5, 2014, CNN
A new study suggests Alzheimer's may be the third-leading U.S. cause of death.
Exposure to bomb blasts may cause brain injury in vets -- without symptomsMarch 4, 2014, Fox News
Veterans exposed to intense explosive blasts are still at risk of damage in their brain’s white matter – even when symptoms do not present.
Angry outbursts may raise risk of stroke and heart attackMarch 3, 2014, CNN
Study finds people who experience severe anger outbursts are more at risk for cardiovascular events in the two hours following the outbursts compared to those who remain calm.
A good sex life can help older couples cope with illness and other difficultiesMarch 3, 2014, The Washington Post
Study finds sexual intimacy can make older couples feel positive even while facing problems.
Suicidal tendencies are evident before deploymentMarch 3, 2014, The New York Times
Researchers report that most of the Army’s enlisted men and women with suicidal tendencies had them before they enlisted.
Why students need more than ‘grit’March 2, 2014, MSNBC
An overemphasis on grit directs attention away from other factors that also affect student success.
Official calls for federal ban on employer discriminationFebruary 27, 2014, MSNBC
There is no federal law protecting gay Americans from more severe discrimination – including termination from jobs over their sexual orientation.
Differences in a single gene may influence recovery from traumatic brain injuryFebruary 27, 2014, Fox News
Research has revealed that differences in a single gene may predict how well a person recovers from a traumatic brain injury, compared to others with similar injuries.
Blood test provides more accurate prenatal testing for Down syndromeFebruary 26, 2014, NPR
The new test scans a mother's blood for bits of a fetus's DNA.
New autism guidelines may reduce diagnoses by nearly one-thirdFebruary 26, 2014, Fox News
Updated guidelines may result in thousands of children with developmental delays no longer qualifying for the social and medical services they need.
After parents divorce, do kids need therapy?February 26, 2014, The Washington Post
Children may need a little professional help to get through a tough time.
Mental illness risk higher for children of older fathers, study findsFebruary 26, 2014, New York Times
Children born to middle-aged men are more likely than those born to younger fathers to develop any of a range of mental difficulties, including attention deficits, bipolar disorder, autism and schizophrenia.
Arizona’s governor vetoes right to deny services to gaysFebruary 26, 2014, New York Times
Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have given business owners the right to refuse service to gays and lesbians on religious grounds.
Night eating disorder may signal mental health issuesFebruary 24, 2014, Fox News
Study shows that night eating syndrome is associated with other eating disorder behaviors that could lead to serious physical and psychological consequences.
What men share on social media but not with womenFebruary 24, 2014, TIME
Social media is creating a haven for some men to express themselves online in ways they don’t in person.
'Homosexual OCD': Straight men who suspect they are gayFebruary 24, 2014, ABC News
Some psychologists think that gay acceptance has hindered recognition of homosexual obsessive compulsive disorder.
Women spend two weeks a year on their appearanceFebruary 24, 2014, Today.com
Research shows obsessing over your appearance can be unhealthy, potentially leading to mental health problems like anxiety, depression and disordered eating.
Frequent school moves may harm kids' mental healthFebruary 23, 2014, U.S. News & World Report
Study suggests tht preteens who changed schools frequently when they were children are at increased risk of developing psychotic symptoms.
President George W. Bush Fights to Take ‘Disorder’ Out of PTSDFebruary 23, 2014, ABC News
Bush asserts that when PTSD is called a disorder, veterans don’t think they can be treated.
Some eating disorder sufferers are unaware that condition can be fatalFebruary 18, 2014, BBC News
Families speak out about how important it is to let young people know that an eating disorder can be fatal.
Saliva could predict depression in teen boysFebruary 18, 2014, Fox News
A saliva test for teenage boys with mild symptoms of depression could help identify those who will later develop major depression.
Mothers' voices can help train preemies to feedFebruary 18, 2014, Reuters
A pacifier-activated recording of mother singing may improve a premature baby's feeding, which in turn could lead to its leaving the hospital sooner.
Bullying's mental health toll may last yearsFebruary 17, 2014, CNN
The negative physical and mental effects tied to bullying among children and teens may accumulate throughout the years.
Outside the Olympics, pressure on gay Russians growsFebruary 17, 2014, The Washington Post
The Games have conferred a kind of immunity for sexual minorities within the well-defended boundaries of the Olympic grounds.
NICU parents suffer PTSD symptomsFebruary 16, 2014, Today.com
Prolonged uncertainty about their infant's survival can trigger fear, anxiety, grief, depression, changes in appetite and sleep, and social withdrawal.
Can Mexico’s health program teach the U.S. to lose weight?February 16, 2014, PBS News
Mexico has launched a rigorous campaign to combat the epidemic, including taxes on sugary drinks and other high-calorie snack foods.
Texas ban on same-sex marriage challenged in federal courtFebruary 12, 2014, MSNBC
A federal judge will hear a challenge to Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage.
Women face high sexual assault rates globallyFebruary 12, 2014, Fox News
An estimated 1 in 14 women worldwide is sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner, a new study has found.
Are money-making moms less happy?February 12, 2014, CNN
New survey finds moms who didn't choose to be breadwinners less satisfied.
What makes older people happy?February 11, 2014, The New York Times
As people age and become more settled, ordinary experiences become central to a sense of self and therefore more valued and satisfying.
Coping with a problem 'child' at the officeFebruary 11, 2014, BBC News
There are ways to alter one's work environment and goals can be restated in a way that could help employees get through troubled waters.
Experts predict the end of smoking in AmericaFebruary 10, 2014, Fox News
Public health leaders are begininng to use phrases like "endgame" and "tobacco-free generation."
Changing women's portrayal in stock photosFebruary 9, 2014, The New York Times
Nonprofit organization and stock photography provider offer collection of images that represent women and families in more empowering ways.
Feds to expand gay rightsFebruary 8, 2014, MSNBC
The Justice Department is set to extend new benefits to same-sex married couples.
When to talk to kids about substance abuseFebruary 7, 2014, The Washington Post
Experts say now is the time to talk, using small, frequent conversations with even young children.
Team spirit may help men lose weightFebruary 7, 2014, Reuters
Men who took part in a weight loss program designed specifically for male soccer fans lost an average of 12 pounds and had a good time doing it.
Religious liberty bill opens door for LGBT discriminationFebruary 6, 2014, MSNBC
A proposed law in Kansas would block lawsuits or government sanctions against those individuals or businesses who claim to have a strong religious objection to homosexuality.
Tribes get more power to handle domestic violence casesFebruary 6, 2014, Los Angeles Times
A pilot program will allow three American Indian tribes to arrest and prosecute non-tribal members on suspicion of domestic and dating violence on Indian land.
The power of prejudice and why you should speak upFebruary 6, 2014, CNN
Victims of prejudice have higher rates of chronic stress, anxiety and depression.
Schizophrenia: Talking therapies moderately effectiveFebruary 5, 2014, BBC News
Changing the way people think about and deal with schizophrenia is a moderately effective treatment, say researchers.
Dismissing kids' feelings can lead to emotional eatingFebruary 5, 2014, NY Daily News
An 'insecure' parenting style in which parents dismiss their kids' emotions may steer children towards eating for comfort, which can lead to obesity.
Brain rewrites memories to reflect new experiencesFebruary 5, 2014, Fox News
Study shows how memory is built to change.
Alzheimer's, Parkinson's groups team up for researchFebruary 5, 2014, USA TODAY
Three organizations will combine their efforts to look at common factors involved in diseases of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
How to use color psychology to give your business an edgeFebruary 4, 2014, Forbes
Studies show color greatly influences human emotion and behavior.
Study finds changes in brains of hockey players who had concussionsFebruary 4, 2014, The New York Times
Hockey players who sustained concussions during a recent season experienced acute microstructural changes in their brains.
FDA launching major anti-tobacco campaign aimed at youthFebruary 4, 2014, Fox News
A major new anti-tobacco campaign will be launched in mid-February aimed at vulnerable teenagers at risk of becoming addicted to cigarettes.
Heroin use, and deaths, riseFebruary 3, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
Prescription pain-pill addicts have switched to heroin as pills have become more expensive and less accessible.
Racial discrimination in teen years could mean health problems laterFebruary 3, 2014, NBC News
Adolescents who experienced frequent racial discrimination without emotional support from parents and peers had a greater risk for chronic disease.
Most teens aren't active enough, and it's not always their faultFebruary 3, 2014, NPR
Parents' safety worries and school physical education cuts play a part.
Being shorter may lead to feelings of inferiorityJanuary 30, 2014, Fox News
Study shows people who had their height “virtually lowered” felt inferior and mistrustful.
Stress reduces when sharedJanuary 30, 2014, Medical News Today
Study suggests sharing your feelings of stress with someone having a similar emotional reaction to the same situation reduces levels of stress more than sharing them with someone who is not.
Heavy kindergartners far more likely to be obese teensJanuary 29, 2014, NBC News
A child's weight in kindergarten can foreshadow a struggle with obesity later in life, and the warning signals probably start even earlier.
For vets, rehab rather than prisonJanuary 29, 2014, MSNBC
“Veterans Courts” give former military service members a chance to get treatment rather than do time.
Eating disorder garners more attentionJanuary 29, 2014, Fox News
Binge eating is the most common eating disorder among men.
Teen brains are not ready for marijuanaJanuary 28, 2014, CNN
The drug may affect teens' memories and ability to problem-solve.
Marijuana use during pregnancy affects baby's brainJanuary 27, 2014, Fox news
Using marijuana during pregnancy could affect a baby's brain development by interfering with how brain cells are wired.
Music helps young cancer patients connect and copeJanuary 27, 2014, Fox News
Working with a therapist to create music videos may help young cancer patients feel better about themselves and their situation.
Senator proposes law to protect childrenJanuary 26, 2014, The New York Times
New law would finance a program to provide optional electronic tracking devices to be worn by children with autism.
Men are more forgetful than womenJanuary 26, 2014, Medical News Today
Rearch shows memory problems increase with age, but in all age groups, men reported more memory problems than women.
Unraveling any weight-gain links to stress, cortisolJanuary 24, 2014, Los Angeles Times
The marketplace is full of products that claim to melt off pounds by relieving stress or blocking hormones, but medical experts say it isn't that simple.
New study measures out-of-control eatingJanuary 24, 2014, Today.com
A new study is shedding some light on women who may actually fit the profile of an addict.
Poll says majority of Americans support legal potJanuary 23, 2014, CBS News
For the first time, a slight majority of Americans favor the legalization of marijuana use.
State turns on its gay marriage banJanuary 23, 2014, MSNBC
Virginia's attorney general announced that their gay marriage ban is unconstitutional and will not defend it against federal lawsuits.
Respect at school in declineJanuary 23, 2014, USA TODAY
Study shows that Americans today believe there's a lot less respect in the hallways of the nation's schools.
Distracted driving a real danger for teensJanuary 23, 2014, CNN
Experts discuss the difficulty of trying to persuade teens not to text while behind the wheel.
Proposed Alzheimer's drugs show disappointing resultsJanuary 22, 2014, Los Angeles Times
Two drugs designed to improve the clearance of sticky plaques from the brains of those with Alzheimer's disease failed to slow the steady loss of cognitive function.
Study finds that marriage is good for your bonesJanuary 22, 2014, Huffington Post
Women who reported having supportive spouses who truly cared about them had stronger bones.
Night work 'throws body into chaos'January 21, 2014, BBC News
Doing the night shift throws the body into chaos and could be causing long-term damage, warn researchers.
Happiness may slow aging, improve healthJanuary 21, 2014, Fox News
Being healthy can make a person happy, but happiness itself may also lead to better health, according to a new study.
Girls often continue playing soccer with concussion symptomsJanuary 20, 2014, Reuters
New study shows young female soccer players may get more concussions than their high school and college counterparts, and many of them continue to play while they have symptoms.
Guns in home increase suicide, homicide riskJanuary 20, 2014, CNN
People may have heightened risks of dying from suicide and murder if they own or have access to a gun, according to a new analysis of previous research.
Too much sitting raises early death risk for womenJanuary 19, 2014, Huffington Post
Older women who spend the most time sitting and resting have a higher risk of dying early, according to a new study.
Gene activating drug shows promise for PTSD memoriesJanuary 17, 2014, Los Angeles Times
Exposure therapy and gene stimulation may be the best way to alter fear-provoking memories that are the persistent core of post-traumatic stress and anxiety disorders, a new study suggests.
What your car color says about youJanuary 16, 2014, Fox Business
Car color can act as a psychological shortcut that expresses how we want the world to think about us.
Comedians have psychotic personality traitsJanuary 16, 2014, Reuters
Having an unusual personality structure could be the secret to making other people laugh.
Rats are nice to one anotherJanuary 15, 2014, Chicago Tribune
Study suggests rodents are influenced by social experience.
Teachers stepping up when school violence eruptsJanuary 15, 2014, USA TODAY
Whether teachers should be encouraged to confront gunmen is a policy question not yet decided.
For kids with autism, sights and sounds are disjoinedJanuary 15, 2014, Fox News
Research shows children with autism have trouble putting together what they see with what they hear, and that these deficits may underlie speech and communication problems.
Heavy drinking tied to faster mental decline in menJanuary 15, 2014, CNN
Study shows having two and a half drinks per day speeds up memory loss in middle-aged men.
Does having children make people happier?January 14, 2014, Fox News
Findings suggest that people who choose one lifestyle over another will be fairly satisfied with their decision.
A cup of joe may help hydration and memoryJanuary 13, 2014, NPR
Studies show that coffee has similar hydrating qualities to water, and may enhance memory.
How sex affects intelligence, and vice versaJanuary 13, 2014, The Atlantic
New research says sexual activity can grow brain cells, but keeping them may be another matter.
How to stop sweating the small stuffJanuary 13, 2014, CNN
Blowing up over small things takes a strong physical and emotion toll over the years.
Controversy plagues school mental health screeningJanuary 13, 2014, The Boston Globe
School officials are grappling with the best way to offer mental health services in a patchwork, underfunded system.
Cognitive training aids in long-term function in older peopleJanuary 13, 2014, The Washington Post
Study shows that training improves cognitive function in older adults and could reduce the number of people experiencing functional impairment.
Is sexism part of military academies' culture?January 10, 2014, ABC News
Pentagon report finds that students at U.s. military academies often believe they have to put up with sexist and offensive behavior.
Suicides of young veterans top those of active-duty troopsJanuary 10, 2014, USA TODAY
Young veterans are taking their own lives at a higher rate than the civilian population.
Food, beverage companies slash calories in obesity fightJanuary 9, 2014, NBC News
A voluntary effort by food and beverage companies to remove billions of calories from their products to help combat the nation's obesity epidemic has exceeded its goal.
Racism may cause African-American men to age fasterJanuary 8, 2014, CBS News
Being the victim of racism and internalizing racist beliefs may speed up the aging process, a new study suggests.
One-on-one builds language skills quicklyJanuary 8, 2014, The Christian Science Monitor
Parents who emphasize vowels and different sounds within words, are much more likely to help their children's language development.
Hard times and headachesJanuary 8, 2014, The New York Times
A recent study of Google queries suggests that the recent recession makes people feel physically ill.
Sexting common, linked to sex among high-risk youthJanuary 6, 2014, Reuters
More than one in five middle-school aged children with behavioral or emotional problems has recently engaged in sexting, according to a new study.
Blood test could help diagnose concussionsJanuary 6, 2014, CBS News
During a concussion, the brain bounces against the skull, and researchers believe the impact can cause changes they hope can be detected in blood tests.
Court debates abortion lawJanuary 6, 2014, MSNBC
A panel of judges ask how bad is too bad for Texas women seeking abortions.
Army takes on its own toxic leadersJanuary 6, 2014, NPR
Army researchers are wondering if toxic officers have contributed to soldiers' mental health problems.
Creationist beliefs linked to personality type in new survey of churchgoersJanuary 6, 2014, Huffington Post
A new study suggests that a person's view on creationism may depend on whether or not they take in information by way of their senses or by intuition.
Brain rest after concussion linked to quicker recoveryJanuary 6, 2014, Chicago Tribune
A new study provides some of the first evidence showing "cognitive rest" does make a difference.
Bullied teens get free plastic surgeryJanuary 5, 2014, Today
A NYC nonprofit offers surgery for low-income teens tormented for how they look.
Overweight people in developing world outnumber those in rich countriesJanuary 3, 2014, NPR
Research shows people are getting fatter around the world, and the problem is growing most rapidly in developing countries.
Distracted drivers and new drivers a perilous mixJanuary 2, 2014, The New York Times
Study shows an inexperienced driver who reaches for a cellphone increases the risk for a crash by more than 700 percent.
Natural brain chemical could harsh the high of marijuanaJanuary 2, 2014, Los Angeles Times
Researchers discovered that a steroid produced in the brain could point the way toward addiction therapies.
Weekend alcohol consumption may cause damage to DNAJanuary 2, 2014, Fox News
Weekends spent drinking and partying may seem like harmless fun, but new research shows that this level of alcohol consumption may damage DNA.
Control that air rage: Airlines want clearer rules on rowdy passengersJanuary 2, 2014, CNN
Bad passenger behavior is on the increase for various reasons, including nervousness, tiredness and the airplane's cabin layout.
Study: Happiness makes us feel warm all overDecember 31, 2013, USA TODAY
Research shows our emotions are directly linked to sensations in our bodies.
Thicker brain sections tied to spiritualityDecember 31, 2013, Fox News
For people at high risk of depression because of a family history, spirituality may offer some protection for the brain, a new study hints.
More rational resolutionsDecember 31, 2013, The Wall Street Journal
To reach goals, be more logical and take a scientific view of your emotions.
Ski helmet use isn’t reducing brain injuriesDecember 31, 2013, The New York Times
Growing evidence indicates that helmets do not prevent traumatic brain injuries or even death.
Why we make resolutions and why they failDecember 30, 2013, The New Yorker
Research shows that timing is important in determining whether or not we succeed.
Why does music aid in memorization?December 30, 2013, The Wall Street Journal
A memory expert explains how songs get stuck in your mind.
Doctors and teens both avoid talking about sex and sexualityDecember 30, 2013, NPR
Almost half of high-schoolers have had sexual intercourse, but teens almost never ask their doctors about sexual health.
Surprising causes of winter depressionDecember 26, 2013, CNN
Lack of sunlight isn't the only reason that people feel down during the winter months.
E.R. costs for mentally ill soar, and hospitals seek a better wayDecember 26, 2013, The New York Times
An experiment in Raleigh is helping mentally ill patients without admitting them to emergency rooms.
Therapy used to treat vets with PTSD helps teen rape victimsDecember 25, 2013, The Washington Post
Study shows “exposure” therapy that helps combat veterans also works for traumatized sexually abused teens with similar symptoms.
Impulsive personality linked to food addictionDecember 23, 2013, PsychCentral
People with an impulsive personality may be more likely to have a food addiction.
Why families fight during the holidaysDecember 23, 2013, The Atlantic
The same minor jabs and annoying tics that are harmless coming from friends can prompt epic screaming matches when uttered by relatives.
Study focuses on habits of sedentary older womenDecember 23, 2013, The Boston Globe
Sitting may have become the new smoking in terms of bad health habits for elderly women.
Unwanted memories erased in electroconvulsive therapy experimentDecember 22, 2013, The Wall Street Journal
Scientists have used an electrical current to erase distressing memories, part of an ambitious quest to better treat ailments such as mental trauma, psychiatric disorders and drug addiction.
Therapy dogs: 'Perfect medicine' to help students survive finalsDecember 19, 2013, CNN
College campuses around the country are bringing in dogs to help stressed students.
What happens in the brain after a concussionDecember 18, 2013, The New York Times
Recent experiment provides sobering new evidence of how damaging even minor brain impacts can be.
Taking HIV prevention pill may not encourage risky sexDecember 18, 2013, Reuters
Taking a pill as a preventive measure against HIV infection may not encourage people at high risk for the disease to engage in risky sexual behavior, according to a new U.S. study.
Attractive adolescents benefit from 'beauty bias' across ethnicitiesDecember 18, 2013, Fox News
New study looks into physical attractiveness and measures of attainment in adolescence.
Stress gene linked to heart attacksDecember 18, 2013, BBC News
A stress gene has been linked to having a higher risk of dying from a heart attack or heart disease.
To make science real, kids want more funDecember 17, 2013, NPR
Nearly one-quarter of all parents said their child's school today doesn't put enough emphasis on science curricula.
Good looks lead to a good paycheck, study findsDecember 17, 2013, CBS News
When it comes to your salary, study shows your appearance can make a big difference.
ADHD: About 1 in 20 adults may have a disorder usually associated with grade schoolDecember 16, 2013, The Washington Post
Research on ADHD in older adults in evolving.
Sex and intimacy after the baby arrivesDecember 16, 2013, The New York Times
New research from the University of Michigan offers a much more nuanced view of relationship dynamics in the so-called fourth trimester — and delivers a few surprises.
Pot smokers, schizophrenics may share similar brain changesDecember 16, 2013, CNN
New findings may have implications for youths with mental disorders.
Holiday stress calls for an attitude adjustmentDecember 15, 2013, USA TODAY
The holidays can be filled with good stress or bad stress depending on your attitude.
Data show health disparities among statesDecember 12, 2013, NBC News
The rate of residents gaining health coverage is greatest in the states embracing the federal health care law than in those whose leaders have resisted it.
Marines who suffered brain injuries doubled risk of PTSDDecember 12, 2013, Los Angeles Times
Up to a fifth of U.S. service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have come home with a blast-related concussion or post-traumatic stress disorder, or both.
One year of contact sports may raise risk for memory lossDecember 12, 2013, CBS News
Cumulative hits to the head during one season of football or hockey could leave a lasting impact on the brain and cognitive abilities, a new study suggests.
Nations aim to beat dementia by 2025 with AIDS-style fightDecember 11, 2013, Reuters
Leading countries set a goal of finding a cure or effective treatment for dementia by 2025.
Exam grades 'more nature than nurture'December 11, 2013, BBC News
Genetic influence explains almost 60% of the variation in school exam results, twin studies suggest.
India's Supreme Court upholds colonial-era anti-gay sex lawDecember 11, 2013, Fox News
Ruling is a blow to gay activists who have fought for years for the chance to live openly in India's deeply conservative society.
Vice President announces more mental health fundingDecember 10, 2013, Reuters
Joe Biden supports a new push to increase access to mental health services with $100 million in new government funding.
Same-sex UK weddings to begin in MarchDecember 10, 2013, BBC News
The first same-sex weddings can take place England and Wales this Spring.
You can't blame hormones for your bad moodDecember 10, 2013, ABC News
A new study from Stanford University finds that declining estrogen levels have no influence on women's mood.
Teachers give better grades to more attractive studentsDecember 10, 2013, Time.com
A new study suggests that people rated as more attractive are more likely to get higher grades and to go to college.
Violence in movies prevalent despite rating systemDecember 9, 2013, CBS News
Study shows violent movie characters often engage in risky behaviors which occur equally in PG-13 and R-rated movies.
Women and drinking: Time to talk risksDecember 8, 2013, USA TODAY
When women drink too much, they may face even higher risks than men do.
Mice may inherit traumatic experiencesDecember 7, 2013, The Washington Post
Study suggests that characteristics outside of the strict genetic code may also be acquired from our parents through epigenetic inheritance.
Dementia epidemic loomsDecember 5, 2013, Fox News
Health experts say that many governments are unprepared for an epidemic of dementia set to more than triple by 2050.
Photos show scale of North Korea's repressive prison campsDecember 4, 2013, CNN
A recent United Nations inquiry highlighted "unspeakable" and "widespread" atrocities in camps.
Can you be obese and healthy?December 3, 2013, Fox News
The idea that people can be obese and still be "healthy" is called into question by a new study.
Oxytocin boosts social areas of brain in kids with autism, study findsDecember 2, 2013, NBC News
For children with autism, a dose of oxytocin — the so-called "love hormone" — seems to fine-tune the activity in brain areas linked to social interactions.
How happy is your marriage?December 2, 2013, The Wall Street Journal
Therapists say a numerical score can help couples talk about problems.
Veterans court program helps warriors battle addiction, mental health crisesDecember 2, 2013, The Washington Post
More than 100 special courts across the country provide treatment support for veterans.
Immune system may play crucial role in mental healthDecember 1, 2013, USA TODAY
Considering inflammation has helped neuroscientists cast a broader net when searching for causes of and possible treatments for mental illness, mood disorders and neurodevelopmental conditions.
Beginning to exercise in old age can still provide health benefitsNovember 26, 2013, CBS News
New study shows it's never to late to start exercising to stay in good mental and physical health.
Cute cats could be key to learning new languagesNovember 26, 2013, BBC News
Educational psychologists show how visual impact can improve cognitive function.
How girls with autism are being shortchangedNovember 26, 2013, Huffington Post
A growing body of research hints that sex-based differences in autism diagnoses may be a failure to recognize the disorder in girls.
Study finds students tweet about ADHD drugNovember 25, 2013, USA TODAY
Twitter has become a platform for studying the abuse of pharmaceutical drugs among college students.
Brain chemical may drive monogamy in relationshipsNovember 25, 2013, Los Angeles Times
Study suggests oxytocin, a hormone from the pituitary gland, could explain why it is beneficial for males to stay in a romantic relationship.
Men and women have different regrets after sexNovember 25, 2013, Today.com
Study shows men most often regret not having sex with more people while women regret having sex with the wrong partner.
Screen time again linked to kids' extra weightNovember 25, 2013, Fox News
Children and teenagers who spend lots of time in front of screens - especially TVs - tend to gain more weight as they age, according to a new study.
Scientists discover brain part that drives decision-makingNovember 25, 2013, CBS News
One of the smallest parts of the brain may be responsible for big decisions like buying a new house.
Screening children for mental health issues may not guarantee careNovember 25, 2013, The Boston Globe
Researchers try to determine if better screening actually leads to better behavioral health care.
Keeping holidays happy when dealing with Alzheimer'sNovember 24, 2013, U.S. News & World Report
Experts weigh in on ways to make the most of the holidays despite caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's.
Art makes you smartNovember 24, 2013, The New York Times
Research makes the correlation between art exposure and increased test scores.
ADHD diagnoses rise to 11% of kidsNovember 22, 2013, CNN
The number of children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continues to climb, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Big cities most likely to have progressive gay-rights lawsNovember 19, 2013, The Washington Post
Survey shows large cities are the most likely to have laws that benefit gays and lesbians, while smaller cities and those in the South are least likely to accommodate homosexuals.
Worldwide anti-AIDS program extendedNovember 19, 2013, Reuters
The U.S. Senate passed legislation to extend for another five years a successful program to combat AIDS worldwide.
Brain stimulation may treat bulimiaNovember 18, 2013, Fox News
Researchers say a mild electrical stimulation to a specific brain area could be an effective treatment for some patients with eating disorders.
That lovin' feeling: Men's brains respond to gentle touchNovember 18, 2013, NBC News
Research shows that physical contact activates chemicals in the brain's opioid system that may be critical for maintaining social bonds with others.
Multiple military deployments in families may raise teen suicide riskNovember 18, 2013, Los Angeles Times
Teens with family members in the military appear more at risk for suicide if those relatives are deployed abroad multiple times.
Early care for psychosis catches on, raises questionsNovember 17, 2013, USA TODAY
Advocates say early treatment for serious mental illness makes sense.
Texas county adopts sweeping policy to protect LGBT inmatesNovember 14, 2013, Fox News
New policy is designed to protect and guarantee equal treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inmates.
Doctors are told to get serious about obesityNovember 14, 2013, Time
The medical profession has issued guidelines for fighting the nation’s obesity epidemic, and they urge physicians to be a lot more aggressive about helping patients drop those extra pounds.
How best to manage workplace bullyingNovember 14, 2013, NPR
The director of the Workplace Bullying Institute discusses what subtle forms of bullying can take place in the workplace.
'Widowhood effect' strongest during first three monthsNovember 14, 2013, Reuters
When a husband or wife dies, the surviving spouse faces a higher risk of dying over the next few months as well, according to a new report.
Singing show tunes may help people with dementiaNovember 13, 2013, CBS News
New research shows that singing show tunes may be able to help dementia patients regain some cognitive skills.
Can changes in the eyes help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease?November 13, 2013, Fox News
Researchers have found that it may be possible to diagnose Alzheimer's simply by screening for changes in two very important organs: the eyes.
Depression 'makes us biologically older'November 12, 2013, BBC News
Study shows that depression can make us physically older by speeding up the aging process in our cells.
Sweat your way to a healthier brainNovember 11, 2013, NPR
Study shows physical exercise can ease depression, slow age-related memory loss and prevent Parkinson-like symptoms.
Long-term benefits of music lessonsNovember 11, 2013, The New York Times
A new study reports that older adults who took lessons at a young age can process the sounds of speech faster than those who did not.
Transgender veterans fight for military paperwork to match new genderNovember 11, 2013, ABC News
Transgender military veterans are campaigning for an opportunity to change their discharge paperwork to reflect their current legal name and gender.
Exercise during pregnancy may improve baby's brain developmentNovember 11, 2013, CBS News
A new study found that pregnant women who exercised regularly had newborns who showed higher levels of brain activity than pregnant women who did not exercise.
C-sections not tied to obesity later onNovember 8, 2013, Fox News
Babies born by cesarean deliveries are no more likely to be obese later in life than babies born vaginally, says a new study.
Concussed rugby players being put at riskNovember 7, 2013, Reuters
Rugby players with brain damage are regularly being sent back onto the field because the sport's governing bodies are not taking concussion seriously enough, medical experts said.
Infant's gaze may be a sign of autism later in lifeNovember 7, 2013, Fox News
How long infants spend looking at other people's eyes may be an early marker of autism, a new study suggests.
Why doctors are testing an epilepsy drug for alcoholismNovember 7, 2013, NPR
The drug appears to reduce cravings and ease sleeplessness and anxiety associated with withdrawal.
Reports of military sexual assault riseNovember 7, 2013, The New York Times
Pentagon figures show that sexual assult in the military increased dramatically during the last fiscal year.
Why Elizabeth Warren cares about funding the social sciencesNovember 6, 2013, The Washington Post
Science Magazine reports that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pushing back hard against Sen. Tom Coburn's attack on the National Science Foundation
Rise in pets as therapy for mental conditionsNovember 5, 2013, Fox News
Animals increasingly are being used to assist patients with mental disorders, as evidence grows that they can help people with autism, PTSD and other conditions.
Are you sleeping too much?November 5, 2013, CNN
Symptoms of to omuch sleep include anxiety, restlessness, loss of appetite and memory problems, as well as dysfunction in social settings.
Study sheds light on criminal activity during time changeNovember 4, 2013, NPR
New research indicates the time change has a big downside: an apparent increase in crimes.
Childhood maltreatment can leave scars in the brainNovember 4, 2013, NPR
Researchers say maltreatment during childhood can lead to long-term changes in brain circuits that process fear.
Senate advances gay rights billNovember 4, 2013, USA TODAY
The Senate moved forward on a bill to prohibit workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians in a dramatic vote.
Why attractive candidates winNovember 3, 2013, The New York Times
Scientists theorize that people’s preferences for good-looking politicians may be linked to ancient adaptations for avoiding disease.
Hefty tax on soda would reduce obesityNovember 1, 2013, Fox News
Putting a 20 percent tax on soda in Britain could cut the number of obese adults by about 180,000, according to a new study.