Psychology and Mental Health News

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1/3/2011
Food Diary a Great Tool for Losing Weight, Expert Says

Keep it simple, write down everything you eat and share with a nutritionist, he advises

1/3/2011
Anger at God Common During Times of Crisis, Study Finds

But religious people less likely to blame God for their troubles, research suggests

12/29/2010
First Impressions of Attractive People Often Correct: Study

Volunteers accurately judged personalities of good-looking people they just met, researchers say

12/29/2010
Love of Possessions Can Run Deep, Study Shows

Car, gun owners can name objects of affection, buy accessories for them, researchers say

12/28/2010
Older Folks Seem to Gain 'Emotional Intelligence'

People in their 60s more compassionate than adults in their 20s or 40s, research shows

12/28/2010
Cancer Patients Who Smoke Report More Severe Pain

Those who quit experienced less discomfort as time went on, study finds

12/28/2010
Dieting Resolution Works Best When Done in Stages: Expert

Setting a goal, visualizing it, then taking small steps boost odds of success

12/27/2010
Size of Key Brain Region Linked to Size of Your Social Network

Study found that the amygdala, involved with emotions, may predict number, richness of relationships

12/27/2010
People Look to Eyes for Signs of Life, Study Finds

Eyes seem to be most important feature in telling real faces from realistic-looking ones

12/24/2010
Surviving the Holiday Buffet

Expert tips on enjoying yourself without getting indigestion

12/23/2010
Maybe Scrooge Couldn't Help Being Hard-Hearted

The affluent have harder time reading the emotions of others, study contends

12/22/2010
Placebos Work -- Even if Patients Are in on the Secret

Bowel patients informed they were taking fake pills still experienced symptom relief

12/21/2010
Does 'Club Drug' Ecstasy Have Therapeutic Value?

Small studies suggest it boosts ability to socialize, and may help people with PTSD, autism or schizophrenia

12/21/2010
Most People Regain Happiness After Job Loss

Study finds that only a few never bounce back emotionally

12/21/2010
Young Female Chimps Use Sticks as 'Dolls'

Study finds correlation with human play

12/21/2010
Doctors Still Fear Malpractice Lawsuits, U.S. Study Finds

In over-cautious effort to prevent litigation, many may order unnecessary tests, researchers suggest

12/20/2010
Positive Mood Seems to Boost Creativity

Happy people are better able than sad people to think innovatively, study finds

12/20/2010
Give Yourself the Gift of a Stress-Free Holiday

Take steps to protect your health by keeping it simple this season, expert advises

12/17/2010
Violent Video Games Don't Predict Aggressive Behavior

New study takes issue with current thinking, points to depression instead

12/17/2010
Reading to Newborns in Intensive Care a Boon for Parents

It helped parents feel closer, more in control during difficult time, study finds

12/17/2010
Surviving the Holiday Blues

Expert advice on coping with depression, anxiety this time of year

12/17/2010
Coping When Tough Economic Times Taint Holiday Cheer

Experts suggest ways to prepare your family for lowered expectations

12/16/2010
Overqualified Workers May Be Less Likely to Quit Jobs

Contrary to stereotype, study suggests they may actually stay longer in non-taxing jobs

12/15/2010
It's True: Money Can't Buy Happiness, Study Finds

Research based on 37 countries finds no link between economic growth and greater life satisfaction

12/13/2010
Many Brain Tumor Patients Turn to Alternative Therapies

With so many trying homeopathy, supplements as last resort, researchers urge doctors to offer guidance

12/10/2010
'Walkable' Communities More Close-Knit, Study Finds

Residents are also healthier, happier, with a higher quality of life

12/10/2010
Sleep Deprivation May Help Treat PTSD

People kept awake at night after seeing disturbing images did not develop fear-based memories, study finds

12/10/2010
More Sex May Help Neurotic Newlyweds

Frequent lovemaking eliminates 'happiness deficit,' study says

12/9/2010
Mental Imagery a New Weight-Loss Tool?

Imagining eating a specific food results in eating less of it, researchers say

12/8/2010
Researchers Assess Gay Youths' Mental Health

One-third have attempted suicide, but most have no signs of mental disorder

12/8/2010
Imitation the Quickest Way to Grasp a Foreign Accent

Study found copying speech of speaker boosted comprehension

12/7/2010
Teens' Poor Health Linked to Fewer Friends

It's unknown which comes first, but sick kids less likely to have big social network at school, study finds

12/7/2010
Friends May Be Key to Churchgoers' Happiness

Spiritual aspects less significant for life satisfaction, survey finds

12/7/2010
Parents' Acceptance May Help Protect Gay Teens

Less likely to turn to substance abuse, suicide as they age if they get support in their youth, study finds

12/7/2010
Antidepressant Use Rising as Psychotherapy Rates Fall

Study author says using both often the best treatment for depression, many not getting optimal care

12/6/2010
Depression With Psychotic-Like Symptoms Seems Tougher to Treat

Research also suggests difficult-to-treat depression isn't unrecognized bipolar disorder

12/6/2010
Teen Dating Violence is Common, Study Finds

It occurs in almost 1 in 5 couples, and perpetrators also often assault family, friends

12/6/2010
Gay Teens Punished More Harshly Than Straight Peers: Analysis

Research points to double standard in schools, justice system

12/3/2010
Dramatic Decline Seen in AIDS News Coverage

Since 1990, number of newspaper articles about HIV/AIDS has dropped in richer nations

12/3/2010
Good Looks May Help Land the Interview -- for Men

But employers may pass on pretty women, study suggests

12/2/2010
Female Vets Much More Likely to Commit Suicide, Study Finds

Those aged 18 to 34 were about 3 times more likely than civilian women to do so

12/2/2010
Study Suggests Link Between Crohn's Disease and PTSD

Researchers suggest doctors address psychological needs of patients with the digestive disorder

11/29/2010
'Love Hormone' May Boost Men's Memories of Mom -- Good or Bad

Study puts brain chemical oxytocin's role in new light

11/29/2010
Rate of Eating Disorders in Kids Keeps Rising

Anorexia and bulimia showing up more often in boys, minorities, experts report

11/26/2010
Parents of Bullies Urged to Open Lines of Communication

Kids need to be taught, and reminded often, to treat others with respect, expert says

11/26/2010
Stores Urged to Take Steps to Avoid 'Black Friday' Frenzy

Limited quantities, long lines, coupons spur bad behavior by intense shoppers, researcher says

11/24/2010
For Many, Stigma of Mental Illness Lingers

Science-based drug ads may have unintentially contributed to people's fears, study finds

11/24/2010
Keep Stress Off the Holiday Meal Menu, Expert Advises

Don't try to do everything, just do what you can to have a happy Thanksgiving

11/23/2010
Work Teams Who Share Negative Emotions Better at Problem-Solving

But expressing positive emotions better for creative tasks, researchers find

11/23/2010
Children Born 'Late Pre-Term' More Prone to Low IQ

Risk of attention problems at age 6 also rises for those born between 34 and 36 weeks, study finds