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Gut Bacteria May Influence Cravings, Moods

August 18th, 2014
The bacteria found in our digestive tracts may be affecting both our cravings and moods, and may even push us toward obesity, according to a new analysis published in the journal BioEssays. Based on a review of recent scientific literature, researchers from University ...

Certain Jobs Create Additional Stress for Parents

August 17th, 2014
New research has discovered that a person’s job -- and how society views it -- can create additional psychological baggage for some parents. The study, from researchers at the University of Iowa, found that parents who hold jobs viewed by society as aggressive, ...

Memories of Mistakes Help Speed Up Learning

August 16th, 2014
New research has discovered why people learn a task faster the second or third time around -- not only are they helped by memories of how to perform the task, but also by memories of the mistakes they made the first time ...

Poor Sleep Tied to Higher Suicide Risk in Older Adults

August 15th, 2014
Older adults who suffer from sleep difficulties are at greater risk of dying from suicide than well-rested adults, according to new research at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The study confirmed the already established link between depression and suicide risk, while also ...

Wanted: Just the Right Amount of Exercise

August 14th, 2014
More than half of all American fail to obtain the minimum recommended amount of physical activity (>150 minutes/week of moderate exercise), a factor that increases risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Emerging research, however, warns that individuals can overdo exercise increasing the ...

Workgroup Competition Tends to Fire Men Up But Stifle Creativity of Women

August 13th, 2014
New research suggests that when it comes to workforce motivation, women and men are different. As companies seek to optimize performance among a growing workforce of women, experts in organizational behavior are learning that certain motivational strategies have different effects depending on gender ...

Can Reading Fiction Improve Empathy?

August 12th, 2014
An emerging theory suggests exposure to narrative fiction can improve an individual’s ability to understand what other people are thinking or feeling. Dr. Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, said, "we understand stories using basic cognitive functions, and there is ...

Work Stress Can Hike Diabetes Risk by Nearly Half

August 11th, 2014
Experts say that now more than ever before, job stress poses a threat to the health of workers. Although work-related stress has been known to increase risk of cardiovascular disease, the far-reaching effects of stress are still being uncovered as a new population-based ...

A Group’s ‘Diversity’ Depends on the Race of Each Observer

August 9th, 2014
Your definition of diversity may be quite different from your friend’s or coworker’s, especially if you all are of a different race. A new study, published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, found that seeing new members of your own race added ...

Weight Loss Does Not Mean Happiness

August 8th, 2014
New research from the UK finds that while weight loss was associated with improved health, the mental benefits, if any, were fleeting. Researchers followed 1,979 overweight and obese adults in the UK and found that people who lost five percent or more of ...