Psychology Newswire Archive
Moms' excess pregnancy weight linked to kids' obesityMarch 27, 2015, Fox News
Researchers say mothers who are overweight before pregnancy and those who gain too much while pregnant are more likely to have obese seven-year-olds.
A high-fat diet could be altering your behavior and not just your waistlineMarch 27, 2015, Time
Study finds that heart disease and obesity aren't the only effects of eating too many fatty foods.
Feeling anxious or depressed? Sleep deprivation may be to blameMarch 27, 2015, Huffington Post
Sleeping habits might be why you feel emotionally overwhelmed during times of stress.
Airlines largely rely on pilots 'self-monitoring' mental healthMarch 27, 2015, USA TODAY
Aviation experts say psychological screening is minimal for pilots.
Most Alzheimer's patients not given diagnosis by their doctorsMarch 25, 2015, CNN
Advocates say truthful diagnosis is critical to quality of life and future planning.
Rethinking alcohol: Can heavy drinkers learn to cut back?March 23, 2015, NPR
Those who are in the habit of drinking more than one or two drinks a day, may be able to cut back or moderate their consumption and reduce their risk.
Weight loss doesn't always lead to happinessMarch 23, 2015, The Atlantic
Research has shown that dropping pounds doesn't mean higher well-being.
Brain powers change as you ageMarch 23, 2015, Forbes
Certain areas of the brain never stop changing, according to new research.
Why loneliness is a growing public health concernMarch 21, 2015, Huffington Post
Research shows chronic loneliness raises the risk of a number of physical and psychological health problems.
Women who sleep more also have more sexMarch 20, 2015, Time
Researchers suggest that each additional hour of sleep increases the next day's possibility of sex by more than 10 percent.
The psychology behind why some people become environmentalistsMarch 19, 2015, The Washington Post
A recent study found a correlation between empathy and environmental values, as well as environmental activities.
Blockbuster or bust? Brain waves may predict movie successMarch 16, 2015, Fox News
People's brain waves may reveal which movies they like, and even predict which movies will do well at the box office, a new study suggests.
Inactive children 'become middle-aged couch potatoes'March 15, 2015, BBC News
Research shows children who lead inactive lives are likely to grow up to be less active, overweight or obese.
Are smartphones making us lazy thinkers?March 15, 2015, Today
Study shows the connection between reliance on smartphones and not thinking deeply about how to solve problems.
Fear of Friday the 13th could be self-perpetuatingMarch 13, 2015, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Believing bad luck happens on a specific day fulfills the need to predict and control the future.
Raising the smoking ageMarch 13, 2015, CNN
Report predicts big health benefits if the legal smoking age was raised, including a quarter-million fewer premature deaths.
Why women like war heroes more than any other kind of guyMarch 12, 2015, Time
Women are more sexually attracted to men who have been deemed heroic during conflict than men who have merely served in the armed forces.
Loneliness and isolation are as bad for you as obesityMarch 12, 2015, Huffington Post
Study finds that being alone threatens longevity as much as being overweight.
The science of protecting people’s feelings: why we pretend all opinions are equalMarch 10, 2015, The Washington Post
Researchers uncover the value, and sometimes high cost, of being social animals.
What it's like to be a woman with HIVMarch 10, 2015, U.s. News and World Report
The disease is more manageable than ever, but for women in particular, there's more progress to be made.
Aggressive boys stronger than other teensMarch 9, 2015, U.S. News & World Report
Aggressive boys tend to develop more physical strength when they're teens than nonaggressive boys do, a new study finds.
Where young people are more likely to commit suicideMarch 9, 2015, Time
Research reveals that young people who live in rural areas kill themselves at twice the rate as youth who live in cities.
Daylight-saving time is bad for your relationshipsMarch 9, 2015, The Wall Street Journal
A small loss of sleep when clocks spring forward can make you more prone to fighting and even hurt your health.
Parents may be to blame for narcissistic kidsMarch 9, 2015, CNN
Study shows children whose parents overvalued them were more likely to develop narcissistic traits, such as superiority and entitlement.
Dress meme used in anti-violence campaignMarch 6, 2015, NBC News
The Salvation Army in South Africa has adapted the viral sensation color-confusing dress to help stop abuse against women.
The surprising but curiously logical differences between male and female serial killersMarch 6, 2015, The Washington Post
Female serial killers are a rarely studied phenomenon, because of culturally ingrained notions that women would be incapable of such crimes.
Smoking affects sleepMarch 5, 2015, The Huffington Post
Smoking regularly can wreak havoc on the body's natural sleep routine, and some of that damage cannot be undone.
LGBT people in rural areas struggle to find good medical careMarch 5, 2015, CNN
People who wait to seek care, worried they won't find an LGBT-friendly doctor, can face serious medical consequences.
Michelle Obama promotes awareness of mental health careMarch 4, 2015, ABC News
The first lady asserts that mental health care is not just a policy and budget issue for America, but also a cultural issue.
The health risks of cyberbullying in collegeMarch 3, 2015, CNN
Girls who reported being cyberbullied were three times more likely to meet clinical criteria for depression.
How men use the word ‘drama’ to win fights against womenMarch 2, 2015, The Washington Post
There are sociological, even biological, differences between how men and women handle conflict.
Too much Facebook leads to depressionMarch 2, 2015, CNN
Constantly checking Facebook to see what your friends are doing could lead to some serious depression.
Child mental health wait increases 'are horrifying'March 1, 2015, BBC News
The number of Scottish children waiting to be treated by mental health services has increased 10-fold in a year.
Suicide in fast rise among some AmericansMarch 1, 2015, Newsweek
Researchers note that the increase is similar to that of the worst years of the Great Recession.
Medicating women’s feelingsMarch 1, 2015, The New York Times
Emotion should be seen as a sign of health, not disease.
Are humans getting cleverer?March 1, 2015, BBC News
Research shows that education is training people to think better.
How to beat a bad moodFebruary 28, 2015, Huffington Post
Psychologists believe that we're wired to react more strongly to crummy happenings than pleasant ones.
How you cope with stress before it happens may affect recovery, study suggestsFebruary 23, 2015, Fox News
Some strategies, like daydreaming about the problem fixing itself, might make you feel worse.
When kids think parents play favorites, it can spell troubleFebruary 23, 2015, NPR
Most parents have a favorite child, psychologists say, even if they try to be fair.
Mental health deaths in detention 'avoidable'February 22, 2015, BBC News
The deaths of hundreds of people with mental health conditions who were held in detention could have been avoided, an inquiry in England and Wales found.
Why eating late at night may be bad for your brainFebruary 21, 2015, Today
Experts studying the body’s internal clock have discovered eating at the “wrong time” of the day, may disrupt learning and memory.
Sibling bullying more common than schoolyard tormentFebruary 20, 2015, NBC News
A new study says sibling torment could be more common than aggression at school or in the neighborhood, and the perpetrators and victims don't even see it as bullying.
YouTube depictions of drunkenness are light on consequencesFebruary 20, 2015, The Washington Post
Researchers are looking at social media videos as an opportunity to teach about the dangers of alcohol.
How mindfulness can jumpstart our exercise routinesFebruary 18, 2015, The New York Times
Study shows that paying more attention to the experience of exercise itself, even the most reluctant of exercisers might begin to find pleasure in movement.
Depression isn't always what you thinkFebruary 17, 2015, Forbes
Sometimes depression is subtler and harder to identify since it can make itself known in subtle ways.
What can be learned from the science of stressFebruary 17, 2015, Huffington Post
Researchers show how stress can shape our lives.
Scientists weigh in on what can mend a broken heartFebruary 16, 2015, NPR
Research shows that reflecting on a recent break up can help speed up the healing process.
Kids who consume energy drinks show hyperactive symptomsFebruary 16, 2015, The Washington Post
As daily consumption of sweetened beverages increases, so does the risk for inattentive and hyperactive behavior among middle school students.
The truth about romantic loveFebruary 13, 2015, The Wall Street Journal
There is a difference between love in popular culture and the more sober picture of romantic love in high art.
Vets fear insanity defense will grow PTSD stigmaFebruary 9, 2015, NBC News
Among hundreds of thousands of veterans living with PTSD, some openly worry that the insanity defense will reignite PTSD's social stigma.
Preemies may be more likely to develop psychiatric disorders, study suggestsFebruary 9, 2015, Fox News
Preemies may be at a lower risk of developing drug and alcohol problems as adults, but they may be more likely to have psychiatric disorders, suggests a study.
Healthy strategies to thrive at workFebruary 6, 2015, U.S. News & World Report
Burnout is a process of chronic disengagement that usually starts at work and can impact lots of areas of your life.
College freshmen's mental health hits new lowFebruary 6, 2015, CBS News
UCLA survey of schools across the country showed nearly one in 10 students frequently felt depressed.
Being with people like you offers comfort against death's chillFebruary 6, 2015, NPR
When people contemplate their own mortality, they are naturally drawn to a more homogeneous community.
Study says meditation could protect the brain from signs of agingFebruary 6, 2015, Huffington Post
The brains of longtime meditators were less affected by aging than the brains of those who don't meditate.
How extreme fear shapes what we rememberFebruary 5, 2015, BBC News
Research examines whether or not traumatic memories could be manipulated or removed.
Brian Williams not alone in having false memoriesFebruary 5, 2015, USA TODAY
A person's memory is highly susceptible to suggestions or insinuations from conversations with other people or from watching, reading or listening to news stories.
Can Facebook cause depression?February 4, 2015, NPR
Researchers found that those who engage in "surveillance usage," comparing the lives of others to their own, often experience feelings of envy and depression.
How the brains of “SuperAgers” are differentFebruary 4, 2015, ABC News
The brains of a select group of elderly people look very different from many of their peers, according to a recently published study.
Maternal depression often starts before giving birthFebruary 2, 2015, The New York Times
A new study documents the unexpected links in the timing and severity of symptoms of maternal depression.
Military life is stressful, and efforts to help often fall shortFebruary 2, 2015, The Washington Post
Anxiety, depression and other mental health problems afflict service personnel and their families.
Music improves healthFebruary 2, 2015, Huffington Post
Neuroscientists have discovered that listening to music heightens positive emotion through the reward centers of our brain, stimulating hits of dopamine.
Transgender children aren’t confused about their gender identityFebruary 2, 2015, Fox News
An ongoing longitudinal study of transgender children and their siblings has revealed that these youths have a strong understanding of their gender identity.
The return of anti-semitismJanuary 30, 2015, The Wall Street Journal
Violence and hatred against Jews is on the rise, especially in the Middle East and among Muslims in Europe.
The psychology of why sports fans see their teams as extensions of themselvesJanuary 30, 2015, The Washington Post
Research shows in all kinds of unconscious ways, a sports fan mirrors the feelings, actions and even hormones of the players.
Binge-watching TV helps some people beat the bluesJanuary 29, 2015, Today
For all the warnings about extreme couch potato behavior, it also may be a way for some people who feel depressed or lonely to beat the blues.
Brain inflammation linked to clinical depressionJanuary 29, 2015, Fox News
Researchers show that brain inflammation is linked to depressive symptoms such as low mood, loss of appetite and inability to sleep.
Panic attack mythsJanuary 29, 2015, Huffington Post
Psychologist highlights several common misconceptions people believe about panic.
Early Alzheimer’s in parent exacts heavy toll on young adult childrenJanuary 28, 2015, The Washington Post
Some twentysomethings may find themselves thrown into the unfamiliar role of their parent’s caregiver.
Why teens are impulsive, addiction-prone and should protect their brainsJanuary 28, 2015, NPR
Research into how the human brain develops shows that a teenager's frontal lobe isn't fully insulated, so signals move slowly.
Institutional neglect changes kids’ brain structureJanuary 27, 2015, Fox News
Research shows the brain's wiring is profoundly changed by neglect.
Sex traffickers among federal authorities' most wantedJanuary 27, 2015, USA TODAY
The Obama administration has trained more police to identify trafficking victims and has pushed for more counseling, legal services and other help.
Autism genes randomly mutatedJanuary 26, 2015, Today
A new genetic study shows even siblings with autism often have very different DNA mutations from one another.
Learning from animal friendshipsJanuary 26, 2015, The New York Times
Studying cross-species relationships can give insight into the factors that go into normal relationships.
Searching for sexJanuary 24, 2015, The New York Times
One of the many reasons sex is puzzling is that we lack reliable data.
The psychological power of princess moviesJanuary 23, 2015, CNN
Psychologists say the success of "Frozen" involves universal themes about family and being good.
Lose weight using just your mindJanuary 23, 2015, Time
Researcher says people may be able to control their hunger pangs (to an extent) if they try to remember the last food they’ve eaten.
Happiness can be learnedJanuary 23, 2015, The Huffington Post
Researchers suggest that happiness is a skill that can be cultivated.
New study reveals healing power of voicesJanuary 22, 2015, CBS News
When comatose patients hear familiar voices, brain scan shows significant activity.
For career success, pick a conscientious spouseJanuary 22, 2015, Fox News
Research suggests that a spouse's personality has a significant impact on the success and work satisfaction of the other spouse.
How the brain stores trivial memories, just in caseJanuary 21, 2015, The New York Times
Study shows that memory is an adaptive process, continually updating itself according to what knowledge may be important in the future.
Parents may be able to lower kids' autism riskJanuary 21, 2015, Time
With the help of videos and trained therapists, parents of at-risk kids may eventually help their toddlers to avoid an autism diagnosis.
Couples who set health goals together have more successJanuary 20, 2015, Fox News
Couples who work together to change their unhealthy habits appear to have more successful outcomes, a new study suggests.
Talking to kids about racismJanuary 19, 2015, CNN
Teachers and parents don't always know how to talk to young children about bias and bullying.
Writing your way to happinessJanuary 19, 2015, The New York Times
Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.
What really makes us more attractiveJanuary 19, 2015, Today
The trick to appearing more attractive to others may have as much to do with our facial expressions or body language as the cosmetics we wear.
Fighting for those who need it mostJanuary 17, 2015, CNN
There are warriors for mental wellness in many fields, fighting for better treatment and working to defy stigma.
Poor sleep 'link to teen drink risk'January 16, 2015, BBC News
Poor sleep in teenage years could be an early warning sign for alcohol problems, illicit drug use and regretful sexual behavior.
How men and women experience depression differentlyJanuary 14, 2015, Fox News
Women experience depression at twice the rate of men, and the genders often experience depression in distinctly different ways.
Veterans say experimental PTSD treatment has changed their livesJanuary 13, 2015, The Washington Post
Some of the latest tools to help vets recover from wounds both mental and physical include bionics, virtual reality and magnetic waves.
Computers judge personality better than friendsJanuary 12, 2015, BBC News
By analyzing "likes" on Facebook, a computer model deduced a person's character on five key traits better than brothers, mothers and even some partners.
How optimism might be good for your heartJanuary 12, 2015, Time
New research links a positive attitude with better cardiovascular health.
Mobile phone separation anxiety is realJanuary 12, 2015, USA TODAY
Study shows that the effects of being separated from one's phone turns out to be both psychological and physiological.
Naps may be good for a baby's learningJanuary 12, 2015, The New York Times
A new study suggests that sleeping after learning and memorizing aids infants in retaining new information.
Why you can't tickle yourselfJanuary 9, 2015, BBC News
It’s almost impossible to get a laugh by self-tickling, and the reason why tells us surprising things about the brain and consciousness.
Music therapy may bring troubled families togetherJanuary 9, 2015, Fox News
For families with emotional neglect issues, music therapy can improve parent-child communication and stress levels, according to a study from Denmark.
To treat depression: Drugs or therapy?January 8, 2015, The New York Times
Recent studies identify individual factors that might predict a better response to one type of treatment over another.
Yoga: A treatment for grief?January 7, 2015, U.S. News & World Report
The practice may help people heal from the inside and out when coping with loss.
Jealousy: One more way men and women are differentJanuary 7, 2015, Time
How one reacts to being cheated on in a relationship is heavily dependent on one's sex.
Music lessons spur emotional and behavioral growth in childrenJanuary 7, 2015, The Washington Post
Study shows music training not only helps children develop fine motor skills, but also aids emotional and behavioral maturation.
Smartphone screens impact kids' sleepJanuary 5, 2015, Today
A new study finds that even small-screen devices interrupt children’s sleep.
Major study of bereaved military families underwayJanuary 5, 2015, Fox News
Widowers, parents, siblings and children are sharing accounts of their grief as part of the largest study ever of America's military families as they go through bereavement.
Gut bacteria and anxietyJanuary 4, 2015, Huffington Post
New research shows evidence of a connection between gut bacteria and mental health.
Ebola lapses show lab safety protocols should factor in human errorJanuary 2, 2015, Los Angeles Times
Researcher asks if current safety measures are effective, or if lapses are early warning signs of systemic problems.
The transgender life: What to know, say and understandJanuary 2, 2015, CNN
The recent suicide of a transgender teen in Ohio has sparked an intensely emotional reaction across social media.
Self-defeating thoughts can wreck your workoutJanuary 2, 2015, Today
Negative self-talk can lower your morale and make it less likely you’ll continue working out.
Lack of sleep, parents’ anxiety may affect kids’ pain after surgeryJanuary 2, 2015, Fox News
Children who didn’t sleep well before a scheduled surgery, or whose parents made a big deal of the pain the child would feel, had worse pain after surgery.