Psychology and Mental Health News

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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

6/28/2013
Older, Cheap Drug May Cut Suicide Risk for People With Mood Disorders

Review of data finds that lithium benefits people with depression, bipolar illnesses

6/27/2013
Two-Pronged Anxiety Treatment Aids Older Adults

Antidepressant, talk therapy together outperform either approach alone, study finds

6/27/2013
Think You're Stressed? Maybe You Should Have Your Heart Checked

Those who thought pressure was affecting their health twice as likely to suffer heart attack, study says

6/26/2013
2 Supreme Court Rulings Bolster Gay Marriages

Research, though not accepted universally, says same-sex unions can be boon to health

6/21/2013
Mind Over Diet?

Study suggests people's beliefs about causes of obesity influence their eating habits, weight

6/20/2013
Music Doesn't Hurt Driving Performance, Study Suggests

Tunes on CD, radio might even boost focus in some situations, researcher says

6/19/2013
Scientists Use Brain Scans to 'Read' People's Emotions

Aided by a computer, researchers say they can identify how people are feeling

6/19/2013
Day Care May Help Kids of Depressed Moms

They showed fewer signs of emotional problems if they weren't cared for solely by their mother

6/19/2013
Character Counts When It Comes to Organ, Blood Donations

Patients prefer getting both from people with personality, behavior traits similar to their own, study finds

6/17/2013
Sibling Bullying Can Lead to Depression, Anxiety in Victims

Study says it may be as damaging as abuse from peers

6/17/2013
Minority Kids With Autism Less Likely to Use Specialty Services: Study

Compared to white children, black and Hispanic patients may be missing out on certain types of care

6/14/2013
Canine Research Sheds Light on OCD in Humans

Scientists found same areas of brain were changed in dogs and people with compulsive disorder

6/14/2013
Video Gamers May Have Better Visual Recall

Study compared brain function of dedicated gamers to nongaming college students

6/14/2013
Volunteering May Be Good for the Heart in More Ways Than One

Time spent helping others linked to lower blood pressure in older adults, study finds

6/13/2013
'Domestic' Dads Often Face Scorn at Work, Study Finds

When men or women step outside traditional gender roles, some colleagues react badly, research shows

6/11/2013
College Kids Trend Toward Twitter, Adults Favor Facebook

Whatever the vehicle, it reflects growing signs of self-absorbed behavior, study says

6/7/2013
Heart Device 'Shock' Anxiety May Hamper Sex Life

Study found more sexual dysfunction among men, women with implanted defibrillators

6/7/2013
Women Better at Remembering Faces, Study Finds

They spend more time 'scanning' facial features than men do, researchers say

6/7/2013
For Alzheimer's Caregivers, a Much-Needed Break

Study confirms adult day care provides beneficial time off

6/6/2013
Windows Add to Office Workers' Well-Being, Study Finds

More physical activity, better sleep associated with daylight exposure, researchers say

6/5/2013
Rape Survivors in War Zones May Benefit Most From Group Counseling

Study looked at therapy for women in the Democratic Republic of Congo

6/5/2013
Almost Half of Cancer Doctors Report Symptoms of Burnout: Survey

Along with career satisfaction, many cite emotional exhaustion

6/3/2013
Obama Calls for National Debate on Mental Health

End the stigma, he urges at special White House conference

5/31/2013
Men in Red: Higher Testosterone Levels, Study Finds

Athletes choose the color to show dominance and aggression, research suggests

5/31/2013
Childhood Abuse Tied to Food Addiction in Women: Study

Tendency to overeat is nearly doubled for those victimized as kids

5/31/2013
Obese Patients May Be More Prone to 'Doctor Shopping'

Stigma, judgments in office visits might prompt frequent switches, study authors say

5/31/2013
For Kids With Autism, a Day at the Races With NASCAR

Annual event helps young speedway fans enjoy the sport in a safe, conducive environment

5/31/2013
Smaller Isn't Always Sexier for the Female Foot

Study finds big preference for large-footed women in Indonesian tribe, and elsewhere

5/30/2013
Scientists Spot Genes Tied to Success at School, College

But the effect of any one piece of DNA is very minor, so educational achievement is not set at birth