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Does Money = Happiness ?

Does Money = Happiness ?

March 2nd, 2015 • 1 min read
Emerging research looks at the relationship between money and well-being and finds conflicting evidence on the link between money and happiness. Research published in the journal Psychological Science has shown that experiential purchases -- money spent on doing -- may provide ...

Female Veteran Heart Patients Tend to Be Younger, Obese, More Depressed

Female Veteran Heart Patients Tend to Be Younger, Obese, More Depressed

March 2nd, 2015 • 2 min read
Female veterans who have gone through the Veterans Administration (VA) system to receive cardiac catheterization tend to be younger, more obese, more depressed and more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than their male counterparts, according to a ...
Low Self-Esteem Hinders Intimate Partner Communication

Low Self-Esteem Hinders Intimate Partner Communication

March 2nd, 2015 • 1 min read
New research from Canada suggests people with low self-esteem are more likely to stay in unhappy relationships. University of Waterloo investigators found that sufferers of low self-esteem tend not to voice relationship complaints with their partner because they fear rejection. This finding was ...
New Suggestions to Encourage Healthy Eating

New Suggestions to Encourage Healthy Eating

March 2nd, 2015 • 2 min read
Emerging research challenges strategies that have historically been used to encourage healthy eating. Four new perspectives were presented in a symposium, “Challenging Misconceptions About the Psychology of Food Choice," presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Conference. To begin, ...
Social Media Fuels New Psychological Insights

Social Media Fuels New Psychological Insights

March 2nd, 2015 • 3 min read
Psychological research has never been the same after social media opened up a digital world of big data. During a recent conference, researchers discussed new methods of language analysis, and how social media can be leveraged to study personality, mental and ...
More Stress for New Moms Hikes Secondhand Smoke Risk for Babies

More Stress for New Moms Hikes Secondhand Smoke Risk for Babies

March 1st, 2015 • 2 min read
New moms who experience high levels of social stress (economic problems or feeling less in control over their own housing situation) are 2.5 times more likely to have no restriction or only a partial restriction on smoking in their homes, ...
Study Finds Smokers More Prone to Anxiety, Depression

Study Finds Smokers More Prone to Anxiety, Depression

March 1st, 2015 • 1 min read
A new study shows that cigarette smokers have a 70 percent greater risk for anxiety and depression than do non-smokers and ex-smokers, refuting the commonly held notion that smoking helps relieve stress. The temporary relief from anxiety that smokers experience is only ...
Simple Maze Test May ID At-Risk Older Drivers

Simple Maze Test May ID At-Risk Older Drivers

March 1st, 2015 • 1 min read
A simple three-minute maze test may accurately identify drivers who are at greater risk for getting into serious car accidents due to cognitive impairments, according to a new study sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The research team, led ...
After-Hours Work Email & Texts Bug Employees

After-Hours Work Email & Texts Bug Employees

March 1st, 2015 • 1 min read
Employees who receive work-related emails and texts after hours become angry more often than not, which can interfere with their personal lives, according to a new study. For their study, researchers surveyed 341 working adults over a seven-day period to track ...
Aggressive Boys Tend to Develop into Physically Stronger Teens

Aggressive Boys Tend to Develop into Physically Stronger Teens

February 28th, 2015 • 1 min read
Boys who are aggressive tend to develop into physically stronger teens than boys who are not aggressive, according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. “This work was motivated by a long-standing controversy over the relationship between physical ...
Great Recession Tied to More Older Adult Suicides

Great Recession Tied to More Older Adult Suicides

February 28th, 2015 • 2 min read
Suicide rates for adults in the United States between the ages of 40 and 64 have risen about 40 percent since 1999, with a sharp rise since 2007, according to a new study. A possible explanation for the jump could be ...
Study Finds Evidence Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is Biological

Study Finds Evidence Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is Biological

February 28th, 2015 • 2 min read
New research has identified distinct immune changes in patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, providing evidence that the disabling disorder is a biological illness as opposed to a psychological disorder. According to researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity at ...
Rejection Seems to Hurt Depressed People Longer

Rejection Seems to Hurt Depressed People Longer

February 28th, 2015 • 3 min read
The pain of social rejection lasts longer for people with untreated depression, according to a new study. That’s because the brain cells of depressed people release less of a natural pain and stress-reducing chemical called natural opioids, researchers report in the ...
Things Not to Try for Autism

Things Not to Try for Autism

February 27th, 2015 • 2 min read
When a child has communication challenges related to an autism spectrum disorder, parents and educators will often try a variety of remedies -- many of which lack scientific evidence. Often, the interventions or “therapies” may actually do more harm than ...
Reminders of God May Boost Some Risk-Taking Behaviors

Reminders of God May Boost Some Risk-Taking Behaviors

February 27th, 2015 • 2 min read
People tend to seek out and take greater risks when they receive reminders that God exists, according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. The researchers say this link is due to people's belief that a sovereign ...
Link between Chronic Insomnia and Mortality

Link between Chronic Insomnia and Mortality

February 27th, 2015 • 1 min read
Researchers have identified an association between persistent insomnia and increased inflammation and mortality. Scientists from the University of Arizona found that people who suffer from persistent insomnia are at greater risk of death than those who experience intermittent insomnia. Their study ...
Traveling in Social Circles

Traveling in Social Circles is Important to Improving Cities

February 27th, 2015 • 2 min read
Where we go and who we visit is an important issue to urban planners as they work to improve our cities and our environment. A new Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study discovers that twenty percent of our movement around ...
Perception of Team Environment Boosts Desire to Complete Difficult Tasks

Perception of Team Environment Boosts Desire to Complete Difficult Tasks

February 27th, 2015 • 2 min read
Researchers have discovered that believing we are working together with others greatly improves our motivation to complete difficult tasks. Amazingly, the perception of a team environment enhances our drive, even we are actually working along. Stanford psychological scientists Priyanka B. ...
Negative Workers More Likely to Become Mentally Fatigued

Negative Workers More Likely to Become Mentally Fatigued

February 26th, 2015 • 1 min read
A new first first-of-its-kind study finds that although employees who point out problems in the office may help the company improve, they could be hurting themselves in the process. Michigan State University researchers found that such negative-minded workers are more likely to ...
Experts Criticize 'Misleading' Research That B Vitamins Play No Role in Alzheimer's Prevention

Study On B Vitamins and Dementia Slammed

February 26th, 2015 • 1 min read
A study published last year claiming that B vitamins play no role in preventing dementia is coming under sharp criticism. Medical experts are concerned that patients who are in the earliest stages of dementia could miss out on a potentially effective ...