Psychology and Mental Health News

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8/28/2013
Humans Hardwired to Feel Others' Pain, Study Finds

This ability is likely an evolutionary adaptation, researcher says

8/28/2013
Brain Size May Yield Clues to Anorexia

Areas that control sense of fullness, perception of body size are unusually large, study finds

8/27/2013
Want to Spend Less? Shop in High Heels, Study Says

When consumers were focused on physical balance, they tended to show restraint with purchases

8/26/2013
Stuttering May Not Cause Emotional Woes in Preschoolers: Study

Research also suggests many of these children actually have advanced language skills

8/23/2013
Volunteering May Make People Happier, Study Finds

Review also finds that those who 'give back' tend to live longer

8/21/2013
Study Casts Doubt on Effectiveness of Delerium Drug

Hospital patients given haloperidol or a placebo had similar outcomes, new research shows

8/17/2013
Messy Office a Fertile Ground for Creative Mind: Study

Neat desk tied to positive behaviors, but untidy workspace may encourage thinking 'outside the box'

8/14/2013
Could Facebook Habit Make You Less Happy?

Life satisfaction dropped as use increased among young adults, study found

8/14/2013
Depression in Diabetes Patients Linked to Dementia, Study Finds

Researchers say type 2 disease with depression associated with greater mental declines

8/13/2013
Having More Siblings Might Lower Your Divorce Risk

Past experience with family dynamics may help you navigate marriage, study authors theorize

8/12/2013
Closeness Between Grandparents, Adult Grandkids May Ease Depression

Strengthening family bonds should go beyond the nuclear family and young children, researchers say

8/11/2013
Genetic Overlap Seen in Five Mental Disorders

Strongest link between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, researchers say

8/10/2013
Dogs May Elicit More Empathy Than Some People

Adult crime victims drew less sympathy than kids and puppies in study

8/9/2013
Outgoing Young People Become Happier Seniors: Survey

But shy people not doomed to a miserable life, researcher stresses

8/8/2013
Quick Test May Help Prevent Hospital Delirium, Researchers Say

Once identified, these patients can receive preventive care

8/8/2013
Urging Your Partner to Diet May Backfire

Response could be unhealthy, such as fasting, taking diet pills or binge eating, study finds

8/8/2013
Yawn and Your Dog Yawns With You

Contagious yawning between owners and their dogs may be a sign of social bonding, experts say

8/6/2013
Red Night Light Better for Blue Mood: Animal Study

Symptoms of depression varied in hamsters depending on color of light exposure

8/6/2013
Joint Alcohol-PTSD Treatment Appears Effective, Study Finds

Combined approach doesn't increase drinking, researchers say

8/6/2013
U.S. Troops' Suicide Risk Tied to Mental Illness, Not Combat: Study

Psychiatric screening would help identify soldiers at greatest risk, experts say

8/6/2013
Mother's Personality Influences Breast-Feeding Decision, Study Finds

Introverted, anxious moms may need extra support, researcher says

8/5/2013
Economic Recession Tied to 'Harsh' Parenting From Mothers

But study only found effect for those with specific type of gene

8/2/2013
Playing Violent Video Games Linked to Impulsive Behavior

But these same action games were tied to improved visual skills, researchers say

8/2/2013
Teens' IQ Takes a Hit From Fighting, Study Finds

Loss of intelligence more severe for girls, researchers say

8/2/2013
Male Holocaust Survivors May Live Longer Than Prewar Jewish Emigrants

Study looked at Polish people who went to Israel around World War II

8/2/2013
'Retail Therapy' Might Not Be So Bad After All

Are you a one-upper, comfort seeker or 'happy hedonist' shopper?

8/1/2013
Will You Look More Attractive After Plastic Surgery?

Patients appear younger, but not necessarily better looking, small study finds

7/31/2013
Do-Gooders May Be Doing Good Things for Their Genes: Study

Happiness derived from living a purposeful life found to be better for the body than selfish satisfaction

7/29/2013
Docs Should Counsel Heart Attack Survivors on Resuming Sex, Experts Say

Too often, worries over the safety of sexual activity are not addressed

7/29/2013
Did Monogamy Arise to Protect Babies From Unrelated Males?

Study suggests that couples began sticking together to help keep infants from being killed

7/25/2013
Why Some Like It Hot: Personality May Sway Food Choices

Sensation seekers more likely to enjoy spicy tastes, study says

7/24/2013
Smoking During Pregnancy Tied to Behavior Issues in Kids

But the cause of the association remains unknown, researchers say

7/24/2013
Many Women Worry About Sex After Heart Attack, Study Shows

It's a hidden concern that doctors need to discuss more, experts say

7/24/2013
Obese Applicants More Often Denied Entry to Graduate Schools: Study

Applicants of any size fared equally in phone interviews, but bias crept in at face-to-face meetings

7/23/2013
Rituals Like 'Happy Birthday' May Make Cake's Taste

Meaning-laden acts seem to enhance the pleasure people get from food, study finds

7/23/2013
Is 'Sex Addiction' for Real? Study Says Maybe Not

Brain scans failed to prove that highly sexed people have anything more than strong libidos

7/22/2013
Teens' Self-Consciousness Has Biological Basis, Study Says

Just anticipating being watched can trigger emotional response, researchers find

7/22/2013
Sunny Disposition May Shield You From Heart Problems

Study of 7,400 people found fewer heart attacks, other conditions among optimists

7/22/2013
Plain Brown Cigarette Packs May Help Some Smokers Quit: Study

After Australia mandated such packaging in 2012, most users found cigarettes 'less satisfying'

7/22/2013
Epilepsy Plus Mental Ills Linked to Premature Death, Study Says

Findings suggest need to monitor psychiatric disorders in seizure patients

7/19/2013
Long-Distance Relationship May Strengthen Couple's Bond

People idealize far-away partners, feel more intimacy, study found

7/18/2013
Childhood Abuse May Add to Drug Users' Suicide Risk

Doctors should ask patients about childhood trauma, researcher says

7/18/2013
Menopausal Hot Flashes Might Be More Intense for Cancer Survivors

But these women may cope better than others, study also found

7/17/2013
Mental Illness Can Shorten Lives, Studies Show

Research into bipolar illness, psychotic symptoms point to higher risk for early death

7/11/2013
Recession May Have Boosted Teens' Social Consciousness

In study, high school seniors were more likely to care about others, environment when economy faltered

7/9/2013
Mother's Immune System Might Play Role in Certain Cases of Autism

'Auto-antibodies' in maternal blood appear tied to particular form of the condition, studies find

7/9/2013
That Bad Boss May Be Toxic to Your Family, Too

Research shows employees bring workplace stress home to spouses, children

7/8/2013
Boys With Guns at High Risk of Assault: Study

1 in 4 young people treated in ER after violent attack admitted having a gun

7/5/2013
Employers May Misjudge Job Applicants Based on Facebook Pages

Online postings about drinking, drugs not a good reason to eliminate applicants, researchers find

7/2/2013
Suicide Rate Higher for Adults Who Were Out-of-Shape as Teens: Study

Fit 18-year-olds less likely to take their own lives as adults