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Women may be more likely to show cognitive deficits after frequent cannabis use New research published in Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology has found sex differences in the relationship between cannabis use and negative priming. Negative priming refers to the cognitive process of suppressing one’s attention to distracting stimuli and instead focusing on relevant stimuli. The study of 194 Australian women and 131 Australian men compared frequent cannabis users to [...]
Study: Greater sense of purpose in life linked to objectively-measured physical activity Research published in the Journal of Health Psychology has found that having a sense of purpose in life is linked to regular physical activity. The study of 104 adults found that individuals with a stronger sense of purpose in life also engaged in more physical activity, as measured by an accelerometer. PsyPost interviewed Stephanie A. [...]
Why the brain keeps on changing its mind Benjamin Franklin once quipped: ‘There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know oneself.’ Every decision we make, from pinpointing the source of a faint sound to choosing a new job, comes with a degree of confidence that we have made the right call. If confidence is sufficiently low, we might change [...]
How PTSD treatment can learn from ancient warrior rituals As many as 7% of armed forces personnel suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and that figure is expected to rise as the full impact of a decade of war in the Middle East makes itself felt. But, while government failure to tackle the rise of PTSD among military personnel is the shame of our society, [...]
Psychological well-being and physical activity in older adults In a paper just published by researchers at Chapman University, findings showed associations between psychological well-being and physical activity in adults ages 50 and older. “Researchers have long studied how physical activity can lead to improved mood and feelings of well-being,” says Julia Boehm, Ph.D., and lead author on the study, “however, less well understood [...]
Short-term sleep deprivation affects heart function Too little sleep takes a toll on your heart, according to a new study to be presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). People who work in fire and emergency medical services, medical residencies and other high-stress jobs are often called upon to work 24-hour shifts with little [...]
Researchers find link between antidepressant use and congenital anomalies or stillbirths Academics at Swansea University have carried out a dose-response analysis which suggests that pregnant women who take a specific type of antidepressant in early pregnancy have a small but significantly greater risk of having babies with major congenital anomalies (sometimes referred to as birth defects) or stillbirths compared with those who did not take these [...]
New mothers preoccupied with their problems can find it more difficult to respond to their babies Mothers who have repetitive and self-focused negative thoughts about their own problems can have poorer-quality relationships with their babies, new research from the University of Exeter shows. Although it is completely normal for mums with young babies to worry about practical, personal or parenting problems on a daily basis, the study found that when negative [...]
Cataracts linked to increased odds of depression in older adults Older adults with cataracts are more likely to have symptoms of depression, reports a study in the December issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. The link between cataracts and depression is independent of other factors, and appears strongest among older [...]
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