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The American Dream: For Single People, Is It Just a Fantasy? New reports offer new insights on the psychology and economics of home buying for single women, single men, and unmarried couples.
Smart Tips for Couples When One Partner Makes More... It might sound pretty sweet to have your partner taking care of you financially, but some people can feel uncomfortable and even inadequate if their spouse or partner makes more money than they do. Many of us, particularly men, have been taught that it is … ...
Brain Development Effects: Prenatal Exposure to Drugs and Alcohol... Every day in the United States, about 650 babies are born that have been exposed to illicit drugs in the prenatal period (Keegan K et al, J Addict Dis 2010;29(2):175-191). The number would be even larger if we include women who continue to smoke cigarettes, … ...
Divorce Laws Coming to A Court Near You   Your spouse has been in — and out — of treatment for years. Despite that, they are still drinking and drugging. You’ve reached the end of your rope and … ...
1 in 4 Employees Negatively Affected By Political Talk At Work This Election Season, Finds New Survey Younger workers in particular experiencing diminished productivity, more stress
When a bully targets your child Of all the challenges that school brings for students and their parents, one of the most unwelcome and worrying is bullying.
7 Things To Ask About Suicidal Thoughts Have you (or someone you know) struggled with thoughts of suicide? Do you (or the person you know) experience guilt, embarrassment, or withdrawal from others after disclosing suicidal thoughts? As … ...
Belief about nicotine influences cravings and brain activity Craving relief may depend more on the belief of satisfaction than actual relief, according to scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas. In a study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, researchers found that participants failed to satisfy their craving by simply smoking [...]
Healthy diet boosts children’s reading skills A healthy diet is linked to better reading skills in the first three school years, shows a recent study from Finland. Published in the European Journal of Nutrition, the study constitutes part of the Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children Study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland and the First Steps Study conducted at [...]
Sad leaders often achieve better outcomes than angry leaders Leaders often believe that they should show anger to make subordinates more compliant, thinking they will then be seen as more effective at work or within their organization. They also feel it is bad if they show emotions such as sadness. While it is true that angry leaders are perceived by others to wield more [...]
Collaborative inhibition: Study confirms group work can harm memory A new study by psychologists from the University of Liverpool and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) reveals that collaborating in a group to remember information is harmful. The research, conducted by Dr Craig Thorley, the University’s Department of Psychological Sciences, and Dr Stéphanie Marion, from UOIT’s Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, [...]
Study links chess skill with numerical, visuospatial and verbal intelligence Intelligence — and not just relentless practice — plays a significant role in determining chess skill, indicates a comprehensive new study led by Michigan State University researchers. The research provides some of the most conclusive evidence to date that cognitive ability is linked to skilled performance — a hotly debated issue in psychology for decades [...]
Touchscreens may boost fine motor skills in toddlers, study finds Does your toddler use a touchscreen tablet? A recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology has shown that early touchscreen use, and in particular actively scrolling the screen, correlates with increased fine motor control in toddlers. Smartphones and tablets are now commonplace at work and in the home. If you are reading this on your [...]
Children’s willpower linked to smoking habits throughout life Scientists from the University of Stirling have discovered a link between childhood self-control and smoking habits across life. Behavioural Scientist Dr Michael Daly and his team examined 21,000 people from the UK tracked over four decades. The researchers found children with low self-control by age 10/11 were more likely to take up smoking in adolescence [...]
More than just a cue, intrinsic reward helps make exercise a habit The morning alarm is more than a signal that it’s time to get up – for many people it means it’s time to hit the gym. But if exercise is not a habit, that cue from the alarm may trigger a debate over whether to exercise or go back to sleep. New research by Alison [...]
Research identifies brain network that controls spread of seizures A flurry of coordinated activity in a brain-spanning network of neurons may sound like the formation of a brilliant new idea, but it is actually the description of a seizure. Understanding why and how this synchronization spreads would be a critical tool in treating severe epilepsy. In a study published in Neuron, an interdisciplinary team [...]
Online advice for preventing Alzheimer’s disease is often potentially harmful New UBC research finds that many online resources for preventing Alzheimer’s disease are problematic and could be steering people in the wrong direction. In a survey of online articles about preventing Alzheimer’s disease, UBC researchers found many websites offered poor advice and one in five promoted products for sale–a clear conflict of interest. “The quality [...]
Brain scans show building blocks activate spatial ability in kids better than board games Research from Indiana University has found that structured block-building games improve spatial abilities in children to a greater degree than board games. The study, which appears in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, measured the relative impact of two games — a structured block-building game and a word-spelling board game — on children’s spatial processing, including mental [...]
Memory loss not enough to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease Relying on clinical symptoms of memory loss to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease may miss other forms of dementia caused by Alzheimer’s that don’t initially affect memory, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. “These individuals are often overlooked in clinical trial designs and are missing out on opportunities to participate in clinical trials to treat Alzheimer’s,” said [...]
Entitled personality traits may lead to a perpetual loop of distress Entitlement–a personality trait driven by exaggerated feelings of deservingness and superiority–may lead to chronic disappointment, unmet expectations and a habitual, self-reinforcing cycle of behavior with dire psychological and social costs, according to new research by Case Western Reserve University. In a new theoretical model, researchers have mapped how entitled personality traits may lead to a [...]