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Natural disaster relief: How does psychological distance affect donations? When natural disasters occur, news reports can tug on our hearts and influence how we react to relief efforts. According to a new study published, consumers are more likely to make a financial donation when there is a sense of immediate urgency and when the act of donating makes them feel good.
Exercise alleviates sexual side-effects of antidepressants in women Exercise can benefit health and improve mood, and now new research shows that it has the potential to restore sexual desire and function in women adversely affected by sexual side effects related to antidepressant use.
Social exclusion and consumer product preference: Drink Pepsi to fit in, but fly American to stand out? Social networks are commonplace in this day and age, and how we fit in may depend on anything from political affiliation, to religion, to even our own personality traits. According to a new study published, consumers who are okay with being rejected from a group are more likely to purchase things that set them apart from the norm.
Does gender play role in negative word of mouth advertising? When do you complain about a faulty product or a bad shopping experience? Do you tell your friends or does a total stranger hear the brunt of your rant? According to a new study, it turns out that men and women engage in negative word-of-mouth advertising in very different ways.
Colleges pay attention: How do top ten rankings influence applications? Ranked lists are everywhere. If you want to pick out a college, restaurant, hotel, or doctor, chances are there's a Top 10 list that can tell you which ones are the best. According to a new study, moving a mere two spots up or down a ranked list can greatly impact consumer perception.
Infants Need to Hear Adults Talk By the time kids start school, there are already differences among them in their language abilities. These early differences can have an enormous impact on their performance in school, because teachers do most of their instruction by talking to kids. Where do these early differences come from? read more
Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Paperback Out in the US Making Habits, Breaking Habits explains how to bend habits to your will"”and become happier, more creative, and more productive.→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Conflict zone contractors suffer high rates of PTSD, depression Private contractors who worked in Iraq, Afghanistan or other conflict environments over the past two years report suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression more often than military personnel who served in recent conflicts, according to a new study. Researchers found that among the contractors studied, 25 percent met criteria for PTSD, 18 percent screened positive for depression and half reported alcohol misuse. Relatively few get help either before or after deployment.
Music brings memories back to the injured brain In the first study of its kind, two researchers have used popular music to help severely brain-injured patients recall personal memories.
One in two users accepts a lack of privacy on internet 85 out of every 100 people in Switzerland have access to the internet. Internet usage is on the rise, with even 70 percent of senior citizens going online. However, the concerns about using the internet are still substantial with regard to companies monitoring data. In general, study results show that young people are less worried about privacy, and in general, women are more concerned about protecting their privacy than men.
Can women get sex whenever they want? | Girl on the Net Girl on the Net: A man walks into a bar and offers sex to anyone who's interested: he's laughed out of the room. A woman walks into a bar and does the same: she is immediately inundated with horny suitors. Does it really work like this?Girl on the Net
Violence in movies prevalent despite rating system Study shows violent movie characters often engage in risky behaviors which occur equally in PG-13 and R-rated movies.
Awkward Facebook encounters A friend posts a picture on Facebook that shows you picking food out of your teeth. Awkward! Such Facebook faux pas are common. But depending on who you are and to whom you allow access to your Facebook page, such embarrassments can cause greater anguish, according to a new study.
The smoking gun: Fish brains and nicotine In researching neural pathways, it helps to establish an analogous relationship between a region of the human brain and the brains of more-easily studied animal species. New work hones in on one particular region of the zebrafish brain that could help us understand the circuitry underlying nicotine addiction.
Balancing old and new skills A new model explains how the brain can learn novel tasks while still remembering what it has already learned.
Prolonged viewing of Boston Marathon bombings media coverage tied to acute stress Stepping away from the television, computer screen or smartphone in the aftermath of terrorist attacks or mass shootings may be beneficial to your mental health. A new study shows that six or more daily hours of exposure to coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings in the week afterward was linked to more acute stress than having been at the event. Acute stress symptoms increased with each additional hour of media exposure.
The Power of Permission The only permission that makes you truly happy is that which you give to yourself.read more
Personal antidepressant for every genome Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants, but they don't work for everyone. Now researchers have discovered a gene that may reveal whether people are likely to respond well to SSRI antidepressants, both generally and in specific formulations. The new biomarker, once validated in clinical trials, could be used to create a genetic test, allowing doctors to provide personalized treatment for depression.
How concussion can lead to depression years later A head injury can lead immune-system brain cells to go on "high alert" and overreact to later immune challenges by becoming excessively inflammatory – a condition linked with depressive complications, a new animal study suggests.
Problem-child behavior could result from early puberty in girls A study shows early maturing in adolescent girls can increase aggressive and delinquent behavior.