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Archive for 2006

Male Gender Bias in Psychology Research Continues

December 29th, 2006
Despite decades of striving toward equality, gender biases appear prevalent amongst researchers in psychology. In a recently published study, the investigators found that psychology researchers most often compare females against an implicit male norm, rather than on their own or vice-a-versa. When research ...

Do Pet Owners Enjoy Better Health?

December 29th, 2006
Researchers have discovered a lifestyle-health association that is sure to be controversial. As part of a large study on health and social support, Finnish scientists find pet owners are less healthy than non-pet owners. Moreover, the perception of a pet owner ...

Couple of Drinks Could Aid Memory

December 29th, 2006
New research suggests consumption of around two drinks a day may help to improve memory. However, the concept of drinking to forget bad memories may be shortchanged as moderate drinking may enhance the ability to remember a negative event. The research, while ...

Mind-Set for Pain Relief

December 28th, 2006
An intriguing British experiment demonstrates the value of positive, reassuring and confident health providers and how our brain influences the sucess of a paticular medical treatment. Forty pain-free volunteers took part in a study funded by the Arthritis Research Campaign using ...

Industrial Chemicals Can Damage Children

December 28th, 2006
A new study finds fetal and early childhood exposures to industrial chemicals in the environment can damage the developing brain and can lead to neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs)—autism, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), and mental retardation. The authors conclude further that the toxic effects ...

Psychotherapy Reduces Chronic Pain

December 27th, 2006
Over 80 percent of the public develops back pain at one time or another. For some unlucky individuals, the pain may become a chronic condition, an unfortunate circumstance that despite the best medical care cannot be resolved. New research finds that psychotherapy ...

When to Take the Keys from Grandpa

December 27th, 2006
The baby boomer transition to senior status and the overall aging of the populace means more drivers who may be impaired by dementia or other cognitive impairments linked to aging. Informing a loved one or cherished friend that for their own safety, ...

Video Games Satisfy Basic Needs

December 27th, 2006
As researchers study the video-game phenomena, an activity often blamed for a variety of societal woes, scientists posit the reason the games are so compelling is because the fun of playing is rooted in fulfilling basic psychological needs. Psychologists at the University of ...

Longevity Gene Buffers Memory, Thinking

December 26th, 2006
A genetic variation that increases the size of cholesterol particles in the blood is known to help people live into their 90s. New research suggests this "longevity" gene also protects memories and the ability to think and learn new information. The study, published ...

Avoid Holiday Food Traps

December 26th, 2006
For many, the holidays represent a time when despite best intentions and efforts all semblance of dietary management fall by the wayside. Home, office and party environments inundate with food. A new study finds people dramatically underestimate the number of food- and ...