Personality News

Physical Activity May Not Protect Teens from Depression

October 14th, 2014
Although evidence suggests physical activity can help adults relieve depression and suppress depression relapse, a new study finds that physical activity is not associated with a reduction in adolescent depression. Prior studies have shown that major depressive disorder is the second leading cause ...

Study Finds Chemical in Broccoli Sprouts Eases Autism Symptoms

October 14th, 2014
A small clinical trial provides tantalizing evidence that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts may mitigate behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, studied 40 teenage boys ...

For Kids, Mental Abuse Can Be Worse than Sexual, Physical Abuse

October 9th, 2014
Although childhood emotional abuse is rarely addressed by clinicians, new research suggests psychological abuse among children may lead to more problems than sexual or physical abuse. The finding that childhood emotional abuse and neglect is rarely addressed in prevention programs or in treatment ...

Do Online Poker Players Need a Poker-Face?

October 8th, 2014
A successful poker player is usually a skillful decision-maker, possessing a detailed knowledge of the game along with strong statistical acumen. But perhaps even more important than the quantitative skills is the ability to control one’s emotions. A new Finnish study compared personality ...

Toddlers Detect Emotion, Change Behavior Accordingly

October 8th, 2014
New research discovers the capabilities of a toddler greatly exceed what many adults believe is possible. The study by researchers at the University of Washington (UW) finds that children as young as 15 months are able to detect adult emotions and use the ...

Experiencing and Sharing Fantastic Experiences May Leave You Down

October 7th, 2014
Although many celebrate the opportunity to participate in a truly fantastic or out of the ordinary event, new research suggests sharing the experience may be much less rewarding than what we had imagined. "Extraordinary experiences are pleasurable in the moment but can leave ...

Is Sexting Normal?

October 7th, 2014
Provocative new research suggests sexting may be a new "normal" part of adolescent sexual development and is not strictly limited to at-risk teens. Researchers have published their findings on teenage sexting and future sexual activity in the journal Pediatrics. Sexting is sending sexually explicit ...

Study Finds Leadership is Mostly Learned

October 7th, 2014
It seems that not a day passes without a cry for better leadership in government, business, or arenas like the NFL. Often the question boils down to whether leadership can be taught, or if traits of successfully leadership are hard-wired. A new University of ...

Does Parent-Child Bond Mirror That of Owner-Dog?

October 4th, 2014
Everyone knows someone who treats their dog like one of their children. But how closely does that relationship mirror the parent-child relationship? That’s the question researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital set out to answer with their newest study, published in the open-access journal ...

Strong Attention Skills Can Help Some Teens Avoid Substance Use Problems

October 3rd, 2014
New research suggests teens with strong executive attention skills -- the ability to focus on task and ignore distractions -- are more likely to avoid substance abuse issues after early drug experimentation. University of Oregon researchers say that the positive traits are components of a ...