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Exercise and Social Support: What We Know A strong body of evidence shows that having a strong social support network can help. But what exactly does that mean?
Sometimes Our Minds Fight Us When We Try To Get Better Hi guys. I know I’ve been MIA lately. I’ve been dealing with a particularly nasty bout of depression. But I just started taking Effexor and so far I feel like the one … ...
A Habit to Quiet Self-Criticism Does criticizing yourself come all-too naturally to you? It does for a lot of people. In fact, you might criticize yourself so often that you don’t even realize you’re doing it. It’s like … ...
The Surprising Reason We Might Look Down on Others’ Choices The desire to feel good about our own decisions can sometimes lead us to scoff at those who’ve made different ones.
Stress can make the pounds accumulate There is some evidence that stress prompts people to turn to sweet, high-calorie “comfort foods.”
Shared affection is one reason why sex is good for you, study finds New research helps explain why there is a link between a satisfying sexual life and a person’s well-being. The study, published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, found that sex is positively associated with emotional well-being in romantic relationships because it promotes affection between couples. Sex was associated not only with momentary increases in mood [...]
Study: Physical affection during sex is linked to greater well-being New research helps explain why there is a link between a satisfying sexual life and a person’s well-being. The study, published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, found that sex is positively associated with emotional well-being in romantic relationships because it promotes physical affection between couples. Sex was associated not only with momentary increases in [...]
How parents can influence children’s understanding of others’ minds New research published in the journal Child Development has found a link between parental mind-mindedness and children’s understanding of others’ minds. The study of 241 parent–child dyads from the United Kingdom and Hong Kong found both a cross-cultural difference in preschool children’s understanding of false beliefs in others and parents’ tendency to treat their children [...]
Study shows role of depression in the ongoing tobacco epidemic The prevalence of smoking has remained fairly stable over the past decade after declining sharply for many years. To determine whether an increase in certain barriers to successful cessation and sustained abstinence may be contributing to this slowed decline, researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health analyzed changes in the prevalence of depression [...]
Too much TV related to drops in school readiness, especially among low-income children Watching television for more than a couple of hours a day is linked to lower school readiness skills in kindergartners, particularly among children from low-income families, finds a study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and Université Sainte-Anne. The findings, published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, reinforce the [...]
Brain circuit that supports smoking cessation identified Quitting smoking is hard. Yet success is more likely with strong communication between parts of the brain that inhibit and execute automated behavior, report researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in the March 1, 2017 issue of JAMA Psychiatry. Smoking becomes an automated behavior over time, according to Brett Froeliger, Ph.D., an [...]
Study finds participants feel moral outrage toward those who decide to not have children Data representing individuals from across the United States indicates that U.S. adults are increasingly delaying the decision to have children or forgoing parenthood entirely. Yet evidence suggests that voluntarily child-free people are stigmatized for this decision, according to a study published in the March 2017 edition of Sex Roles: A Journal of Research. Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, [...]
Are market bubbles caused by traders’ testosterone levels? Research conducted at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) has determined that psychological momentum significantly affects performance among men but not among women, which may account for exaggerated risk-taking in financial and business endeavors among males. Psychological momentum is defined as a state-of-mind where an individual or a team feels things are going unstoppably their [...]
New study finds reading can help with chronic pain A study conducted by researchers from the University of Liverpool, The Reader and the Royal Liverpool University Hospitals Trust, and funded by the British Academy, has found that shared reading (SR) can be a useful therapy for chronic pain sufferers. The study, led by Dr Josie Billington from the University’s Centre for Research into Reading [...]
Even after treatment, brains of anorexia nervosa patients not fully recovered Even after weeks of treatment and considerable weight gain, the brains of adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa remain altered, putting them at risk for possible relapse, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The study, published last week in the American Journal of Psychiatry, examined 21 female adolescents before and after [...]
Research finds we can civilize punishment by learning a perpetrator’s unfortunate history If a child is physically or emotionally abused throughout childhood, is she viewed by society as less blameworthy for her actions and moral character as an adult? When we perceive that someone has done something morally wrong, it oftentimes fills us with intense feelings of blame and powerful urges to punish the wrongdoer. This type [...]
Study: Unequal distribution of power in young adult relationships more harmful to women Power imbalances in heterosexual relationships are common, but having less power takes a greater toll on young women than young men, according to a recently published University at Buffalo study. The results, appearing in The Journal of Sex Research, suggest “a healthy skepticism when it comes to what looks like gender equality,” says Laina Bay-Cheng, [...]
Is Brain Inflammation Contributing to Your Depression? Most of us associate having the flu with not only coughing, sneezing, and sore throat, but also intense fatigue, apathy, brain fog, irritability, and loss of appetite. Being sick can … ...
Self-Harm (Triggering) I self-harm. It began when I was 26. I will be 36 in April. I don’t do it to hurt. I don’t do it to inflict pain. It is a … ...
Neuroeconomics: Merging Psychology and Economic Theory In an attempt to explain the internal processes governing the occurrences in the economic world, neuroeconomics is an emerging interdisciplinary field attempting to merge psychology and economic theory. Simply put, the biological basis of behavioral economics — how and why people make judgements and decisions … ...