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Don’t Like Your Boss? Don’t Fake It

Don’t Like Your Boss? Don’t Fake It

November 22nd, 2014
Don’t particularly like your boss? A new study shows that it’s counterproductive to “fake it.” In fact, your job performance can actually improve once you and your boss see eye-to-eye about your relationship. “Seeing eye-to-eye about the employee-supervisor relationship is equally ...

Confidence is Key for Future Family, Career Success

Confidence is Key for Future Family, Career Success

November 22nd, 2014
When a young person’s plans for the future includes both family and career, the outcome is more likely to be success in all areas, especially if he or she is confident in these goals, say researchers at Penn State. "I'm really ...
Boosting Self-Regulation Helps At-Risk Kids

Boosting Self-Regulation Helps At-Risk Kids

November 22nd, 2014
An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills -- such as paying attention, following directions, and learning to stay on task -- has been shown to help prepare at-risk children for kindergarten. These skills are critical ...
Rejecting Unsuitable Suitors Easier Said Than Done

Rejecting Unsuitable Suitors Easier Said Than Done

November 22nd, 2014
New research shows that it’s easier to reject an unsuitable romantic partner in a hypothetical situation, but not so easy in a face-to-face encounter. “When actually faced with a potential date, we don't like to reject a person and make them ...
Racial Discrimination, Family Issues Key Sources of Stress in Latina Immigrants

Racial Discrimination, Family Issues Key Sources of Stress in Latina Immigrants

November 21st, 2014
For Latina immigrant women, racial discrimination and family issues are key sources of stress as they try to adapt to U.S. culture, according to new research at the University of Illinois. But whether this cultural stress translates into psychological distress ...
PreSchool Sleep Deficits Up Risk of Obesity

PreSchool Sleep Deficits Up Risk of Obesity

November 21st, 2014
A new study suggests the majority of preschoolers may not be getting the amount of sleep they need each night. Researchers believe the sleep deficits place the children at higher risk of being overweight or obese within a year. Investigators ...
Additional Education Brings Potential for Stress

Additional Education Brings Potential for Stress

November 21st, 2014
Obtaining a degree is usually associated with a better salary and improved control over one’s life. However, gaining prestige and moving up the financial ladder comes with a price. In a new study, professor Scott Schieman, Canada Research Chair in the ...
Weight Changes Common with Parkinson’s

Weight Changes Common with Parkinson’s

November 21st, 2014
New research discovers that it is normal for patients with Parkinson’s disease to have significant weight fluctuations. People may gain or lose weight depending on the stage of the disease. They may also gain up to 25 pounds after a course ...
Hiring Authority Influences Gender-Related Depression

Hiring Authority Influences Gender-Related Depression

November 21st, 2014
A job description that includes hiring and firing authority appears to affect women and men differently. In a new study, researchers discovered that having job authority increases symptoms of depression among women, but decreases them among men. "Women with job authority ...
Early Puberty May Put Teens at Risk for Depression

Early Puberty May Put Teens at Risk for Depression

November 20th, 2014
New research suggests kids who enter puberty ahead of their peers are at heightened risk of depression. Both genders are at risk, although depression typically develops differently in girls than in boys, said University of Illinois researchers. "Investigators believe their findings show ...
Herpes Simplex Virus May Up Risk of Alzheimer's

Herpes Simplex Virus May Up Risk of Alzheimer’s

November 20th, 2014
A person who carries certain antibodies of the herpes simplex virus may be at double the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, according to two new Swedish studies. "The identification of a treatable cause [herpes simplex] of the most common dementia disorder is ...
Creativity Spurred by Small Feelings of Entitlement

Creativity Spurred by Small Feelings of Entitlement

November 20th, 2014
New research finds temporary feelings of privilege or entitlement can boost creativity. The perception of entitlement is usually considered a negative trait similar to narcissism or conceit. Prior studies have found that those who feel entitled are less likely to help others ...
Mindfulness + Cognitive Therapy = Less Prenatal Depression Risk

Mindfulness + Cognitive Therapy = Less Prenatal Depression Risk

November 20th, 2014
Mindfulness techniques combined with cognitive therapy have been shown to reduce the risk of depression relapse among pregnant women. Mindfulness approaches include meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga while cognitive therapy challenges and alters maladaptive thoughts and feelings. University of Colorado, Boulder researchers ...
Emotional Intelligence Can Boost Income

Emotional Intelligence Can Boost Income

November 20th, 2014
Researchers have discovered that emotional sensitivity toward employees and colleagues may be the ticket to earning more money. The international study, led by Dr. Gerhard Blickle of the Department of Psychology at the University of Bonn, discovered the "ability to recognize ...
Night Shift May Lead to Weight Problems

Night Shift May Lead to Weight Problems

November 19th, 2014
New research discovers people who work the night shift are likely burning less energy during a 24-hour period than those on a normal schedule. The imbalance in caloric energy expenditure may increase night workers risk for weight gain and obesity. Researchers have ...
People Often Rely on 'Blind Insight' to Make Decisions

People Often Rely on ‘Blind Insight’ to Make Decisions

November 19th, 2014
New research shows that when people have to guess the answer to an unknown question, they tend to feel greater confidence about decisions that would later turn out correct and less confidence about those that turned out incorrect. The study, conducted ...
Mental & Physical Pain May Be Different After All

Mental & Physical Pain May Be Different After All

November 19th, 2014
New research may rewrite how we believe pain is processed by the brain. For the last decade, neuroscientists have believed that the brain processes physical and social pain in a similar manner. Now, a new study from the University of Colorado shows ...
Social Network Games Can Enhance Family Ties

Social Network Games Can Enhance Family Ties

November 19th, 2014
Playing games on a social media site may actually improve communication among family members of all ages. In a new study, researchers discovered online games like CityVille are being played multi-generationally within families. "These interactions prove social networks are tools that ...
Musical Expertise Linked to Robust Long-Term Memory

Musical Expertise Linked to Robust Long-Term Memory

November 19th, 2014
A study of professional musicians suggests musical expertise improves long-term memory and cognitive performance. In the research, scientists from the University of Texas at Arlington measured electrical activity of neurons in the brains of 14 musicians and 15 non-musicians. Dr. Heekyeong Park, ...
Family Rules Help Kids Learn to Eat Healthy, Stay Active

Family Rules Help Kids Learn to Eat Healthy, Stay Active

November 18th, 2014
New research provides timely suggestions to help parents guide their children to a healthy lifestyle. Indiana University investigators found that setting specific family rules about healthy eating and sedentary behavior actually leads to healthier practices in children. Alyssa M. Lederer, doctoral candidate ...