Psychology and Mental Health News

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12/16/2011
Life After Cigarettes Is Happier: Study

Three years later, quitters report less stress, better mood compared to smokers

12/16/2011
Recession Hurt Parent-Child Ties, Survey Finds

Seattle families reported less connectedness, social generosity, researchers say

12/15/2011
Legalized Same-Sex Marriage May Boost Gay Men's Health

Gay, bisexual men in Massachusetts had fewer doctor visits after law changed, study says

12/14/2011
Facebook Launches Service to Help Prevent Suicide

Friends who spot distraught postings can trigger alert that encourages user to call counselor

12/13/2011
U.S. Safety Board Urges Nationwide Ban on Drivers' Use of Cellphones

Recent texting-linked tragedy in Missouri points to the need for national approach, board says

12/13/2011
Obesity Less Harmful to Self-Esteem in Black Women: Study

Questionnaire reveals racial differences in how weight affects quality of life

12/13/2011
Working Moms Happier, Healthier Than Stay-at-Home Peers: Study

Those with part-time jobs better able to balance work, family, researchers find

12/12/2011
Snakes Make Your Skin Crawl? Study Suggests Why

Frequent python attacks on preliterate tribe explain longstanding fear of snakes

12/12/2011
After Mastectomy, Breast Reconstruction Is Safe for Older Women

As population ages, more women over 60 will face the choice, study notes

12/9/2011
Psych Episode Near Childbirth May Presage Bipolar Disorder

Women with mental health issue within 30 days of delivery most likely to get diagnosis, study contends

12/9/2011
'Love Hormone' May Buffer Kids From Mom's Depression

Anxiety, conduct disorders more prevalent in children with low oxytocin levels, study finds

12/9/2011
Broadway Strikes an Autism-Friendly Chord

Sold-out performance of 'The Lion King' was adjusted to suit needs of kids with the disorder

12/8/2011
Rats Can Lend a Helping Paw to Others, Study Finds

They ignored nearby chocolate to help free trapped companions, researchers say

12/7/2011
Medicaid Spending for Depression Rose in Past Decade

Improvements in quality of care less impressive, study found

12/7/2011
Chimps Shed Light on How Humans Learned to Share

Their behavior seems to be affected by their environment, research suggests

12/5/2011
Risk for Dementia Rises When Diabetes, Depression Meet: Study

The good news is that lifestyle changes may lower your risk for all three conditions, experts say

12/2/2011
Police at No Greater PTSD Risk Than General Public: Study

Yet they can struggle with feelings of powerlessness, guilt after traumatic events, researchers say

12/2/2011
Pressure to Be Perfect Parent Can Discourage New Moms, Dads

Study found it eroded confidence for mothers, created stress for fathers

12/2/2011
Abusive Boss May Harm Workers' Home Life, Too

But long-term partners, more kids may boost family satisfaction

12/1/2011
Optimism May Help Female Undergrads With Their Grades

But positive thinking seems to backfire for male students, study says

12/1/2011
Circle of Friends Key to Adopting Healthy Habits: Study

When people of similar age, sex, size buddied up online, they made gains, researchers say

12/1/2011
Multitasking Stresses Out Working Moms More Than Dads

Mothers spend many waking hours doing at least two things at once, study finds

11/29/2011
Scans Reveal Differences in Psychopathic Brains

Findings could explain their anti-social tendencies, researchers say

11/29/2011
Creative Minds More Prone to Cheating

Study shows creative thinkers are more likely to act dishonestly during tests than others

11/29/2011
Do Men Think About Sex All the Time? Maybe Not

Study debunks notion that males focus on the subject far more often than females do

11/28/2011
Patches, Counseling, Persistence Can Help Smokers Quit

'Keep working at it' could be key to success, studies suggest

11/25/2011
Racism's Mental Toll May Explain Some Health Disparities

Psychological responses to racism among U.S. blacks similar to those associated with trauma, study finds

11/25/2011
How to Extend Holiday Cheer

Schedule events all year to preserve the sense of fun and excitement, expert suggests

11/24/2011
Black Friday Is About More Than Bargains, Expert Says

For many, the big shopping day can be a psychological adventure, expert advises

11/24/2011
Doctor, Take a Cue From Shakespeare

Mind-body links frequent in the Bard's plays and poems, researcher says

11/23/2011
Little Social Life for Autistic Teens, Researchers Say

About half never get called by friends or get invited out, study finds

11/22/2011
Study Looks at Nude Images' Effect on the Brain

Human mind more readily processes photos of naked vs. clothed people

11/21/2011
Passing Through Doorways Might Spur Forgetfulness

A doorway can act as an 'event boundary,' study suggests

11/21/2011
Siblings Deeply Affected By Child's Cancer Death

Many kids reported feeling more mature, compassionate

11/21/2011
Regular Sex May Be Key to Happy Marriage for Seniors

More-than-monthly sex also linked to happiness with life in general, survey findings suggest

11/19/2011
Think 'It's Not Me, It's You,' When Dealing With Angry Person

Study participants felt better when they 'reappraised' images of angry faces

11/18/2011
U.S. Voters May Prefer Low-Pitched Male Voice

People perceive sense of leadership, dominance, researchers say

11/17/2011
Mom-to-Be's Mental State May Affect Child's Development

Emotional consistency before and after birth seems best for baby, study suggests

11/17/2011
Antisocial Personalities May Find Social Niche in Gangs

Gang members seek a place to 'fit in' with others like themselves, study says

11/15/2011
Does a Gene Make People Seem Kinder?

Specific DNA might alter personality, or ways of expressing feelings, small study suggests

11/12/2011
Can Facial Flaws Cost You the Job?

Scars, birthmarks may draw interviewer's attention away from conversation, study finds

11/11/2011
Negative Anti-Smoking Ads Turn Off Anxious Viewers

Neurotic smokers more likely to avoid messages about health threats, study says

11/10/2011
Watch Scary Movie, Sell Your Stocks?

Study found people projected fear from film onto financial decisions

11/9/2011
Aggressive Drivers Often Identify With Their Vehicles

Seeing your car as an extension of yourself may raise your risk for accidents, research shows

11/8/2011
Suicide Checklist Spots People at Highest Risk

Every doctor's office visit should include the assessment, researcher says

11/7/2011
People Seem More Likely to Follow Rules They Can't Beat

But if restrictions aren't absolute, rebellion more likely, study finds

11/4/2011
Mentoring Works Best When Adults, Kids Share Common Interests

Most programs aren't effective when the kids have really serious problems, researchers say

11/3/2011
College Students Still Vulnerable to Bullying

Harassment, especially cyberbullying, can continue beyond high school

11/2/2011
Sports Fans Remember Victories Better Than Defeats: Study

Years later, devotees of Red Sox, Yankees recalled triumphs, not losses

11/1/2011
Loneliness Linked to Sleepless Nights

People who felt more isolated tended to wake frequently, study found