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Beginning to exercise in old age can still provide health benefits New study shows it's never to late to start exercising to stay in good mental and physical health.
Cute cats could be key to learning new languages Educational psychologists show how visual impact can improve cognitive function.
How girls with autism are being shortchanged A growing body of research hints that sex-based differences in autism diagnoses may be a failure to recognize the disorder in girls.
Gratitude or guilt? People spend more when they 'pay it forward' As shoppers across the nation prepare to pounce on Black Friday sales, researchers are looking at what happens to commerce when there's no set price tag. In an exhaustive study of consumer behavior, they found that shoppers spend more money when engaged in a chain of goodwill known as "pay-it-forward" than when they can name their own price.
Gene mutation for excessive alcohol drinking found Researchers have discovered a gene that regulates alcohol consumption and when faulty can cause excessive drinking. They have also identified the mechanism underlying this phenomenon.
Are the Self-Loathing Also Self-Centered? Recently, a friend suggested to me that self-loathing is very self-centered. I denied it at first, but the more I thought about it, the more truth I saw in the idea"”especially in terms of the things self-loathing people often say to their romantic partners.read more
Piers Morgan: a psychiatric assessment Piers Morgan's recent Twitter comments suggest he thinks people with mental health issues shouldn't be allowed to perform meaningful jobs. However, given his history, does this mean he himself shouldn't be employed?Dean Burnett
10 Smart Studies that Help Unlock the Mysteries of Intelligence Reveals the links between intelligence and sleep, mental illness, politics, atheism, happiness and more...→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
ADHD linked to social, economic disadvantage A team of researchers has analyzed data from the Millennium Cohort Study, a database of more than 19,500 UK children born between 2000 and 2002, and has resolved that ADHD is linked to social and economic disadvantage.
MR spectroscopy shows differences in brains of preterm infants Premature birth appears to trigger developmental processes in the white matter of the brain that could put children at higher risk of problems later in life, according to a study.
Reputation Building and Fresh Starts In experiments in which participants play a series of games with choice of partners, then start a new series with clean reputation, we asked: What lessons do people take from experience? We found the answer to sometimes be: cooperating pays. Understanding how trusting and cooperative orientations are nurtured may one day help us to build healthier societies.read more
Contented males fare better with the 'ladies' A first-ever study reveals that relaxed, content male mink raised in enriched environments -- cages complete with pools, toys and swings -- are more successful in the mating season. The findings may help improve mating among captive animals, especially those with breeding problems such as giant pandas and Canada's rare black-footed ferrets.
School climate key to preventing bullying To effectively prevent bullying, schools need to understand positive school climate, use reliable measures to evaluate school climate and use effective prevention and intervention programs to improve the climate, a recent paper explains.
Study examines potential evolutionary role of 'sexual regret' in human survival, reproduction A study finds men regret missing opportunities to have sex, while women feel remorse for having casual, meaningless sex.
The good news in bad news Psychology shows that it doesn't take much to put you in a bad mood. And being in a bad mood slows your reaction time and affects your basic cognitive abilities like speech, writing, and counting. But new research now reveals that repeated exposure to a negative event neutralizes its effect on your mood and your thinking. The study has broad implications for understanding our emotions.
ADHD study: Expensive training programs don't help grades, behavior A two-year study found that computer-based training programs that claim to help children with ADHD succeed in the classroom and in peer relationships while reducing hyperactivity and inattentiveness do not produce significant or meaningful long-term improvements. Parents are better off saving their money, the lead researcher says.
Postmenopausal estrogen decline unrelated to changes in cognition, mood A new study shows that decreased estrogen levels after menopause are largely unrelated to changes in cognitive ability and mood. It did find, however, a possible link between levels of another hormone -- progesterone -- and cognition among younger postmenopausal women.
Brain imaging differences in infants at genetic risk for Alzheimer's Researchers have found that infants who carry a gene associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease tend to have differences in brain development compared to infants who do not carry the gene. The findings do not mean that these infants will get Alzheimer's, but they may be a step toward understanding how this gene confers risk much later in life.
Oxytocin leads to monogamy How is the bond between people in love maintained? Scientists have discovered a biological mechanism that could explain the attraction between loving couples: If oxytocin is administered to men and if they are shown pictures of their partner, the bonding hormone stimulates the reward center in the brain, increasing the attractiveness of the partner, and strengthening monogamy.
Study finds students tweet about ADHD drug Twitter has become a platform for studying the abuse of pharmaceutical drugs among college students.