Psychology and Mental Health News

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9/13/2013
Bilinguals Increase Their Mental Flexibility, Study Finds

Switching languages constantly appears to strengthen brain muscle, researchers say

9/12/2013
Positive Attitude Linked to Longer Life in Heart Patients

Keeping physically active may boost survival in those with a negative outlook, study suggests

9/11/2013
'Exposure Therapy' Along With Antidepressants May Help With OCD

SSRI drugs found effective, but study raps risperidone

9/11/2013
Lying in Virtual World Can Be Spotted, Study Finds

Researchers found slower, shorter responses in electronic messaging were clues to deception

9/10/2013
Boosting Teens' Mental Well-Being Is Goal of New Skills Program

Students learn to watch for emotional triggers, shed negative beliefs

9/9/2013
Adopted Teens More Likely to Attempt Suicide, Study Finds

Parents should be aware, but not unduly alarmed, researcher says

9/7/2013
Winter Depression May Be Less Common Than Believed

Study on seasonal affective disorder only found weak ties between weather and mood

9/6/2013
Short Sleep on Work Nights Common: Poll

International survey highlights how culture may influence sleep habits

9/6/2013
Obesity Gene Tests May Not Hamper Weight-Loss Efforts

Knowing you have 'obesity gene' could reduce self-blame, study suggests

9/6/2013
Looking Sleepy Speaks Volumes, Study Says

Others may misjudge you because of your droopy eyelids, hangdog expression

9/5/2013
When Football Team Loses, Fans Reach for Junk Food

But 'self-affirmation' can curb emotional eating, study suggests

9/4/2013
Screaming, Cursing at Your Misbehaving Teen May Backfire

Study found verbal abuse promoted more disobedience and conflict

8/30/2013
Back-to-School Tips May Help Ease Sensory Overload in Kids

Students with 'sensory processing disorder' often struggle with adapting to change

8/30/2013
Mellow Music May Help Stave Off Road Rage

The sooner you tune in, the better, study finds

8/30/2013
In Showdowns Between Sexes, Male Ego Bruises Easily

When wives or girlfriends succeed, men's self-esteem sags, study contends

8/29/2013
Anxiety Linked to a Need for More Personal Space

Anxious people perceive threats as closer than others do, and may react defensively, study suggests

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