Psychology News

Timing Important for Enjoying Accomplishments

July 30th, 2014
New research suggests that when we accomplish a goal too early in the process, we may not be as happy as we would be if the goal was achieved during an expected interval. The typical progression is: set goal, work to ...

Emotional + Social = General Intelligence

July 30th, 2014
New research discovers the brain regions that help to optimize social functioning are also important for general intelligence and emotional intelligence. This finding suggests general intelligence emerges from the emotional and social context of one's life. "We are trying to understand the nature of ...

Mice Study Finds Brain Marker that Identifies Risk for Stress-Related Problems

July 30th, 2014
New research confirms that some people can handle stressful situations better than others. The difference, according to scientists, is not a result of genes as even identical twins show differences in how they respond to stress. In a new study, researchers identified a ...

Healthy Lifestyle Retards Cells Aging

July 30th, 2014
New research presents evidence that while the impact of life's stressors accumulate overtime and accelerate cellular aging, a healthy lifestyle may counteract many of these effects. In the new study, University of California, San Francisco researchers discovered maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, ...

Childhood Obesity Linked to Earlier Puberty, Health Problems

July 29th, 2014
New research from the UK identifies a link between obesity in childhood and the lowering of the age of puberty. In a new investigation, endocrinologists studied a protein called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG binds to the sex hormones androgen and estrogen ...

Facial Features Provide First Impression

July 29th, 2014
Accurate or not, first impressions appear to stem from how a person looks. Researchers in the Department of Psychology at the University of York determined a first impression is accurately predicted from measurements of physical features in everyday images of faces, such as ...

Special Needs Children Benefit from Mainstreaming

July 29th, 2014
Researchers have found the practice of educating children with special needs in regular classes helps to improve the language skills of preschoolers with disabilities. Researchers found that the average language skills of a child’s classmates in the fall significantly predicted the child’s language ...

Motivated Older Adults Able to Stay on Task

July 29th, 2014
An emerging theory may help to explain why older adults show declining cognitive ability with age, but don’t necessarily show declines in the workplace or daily life. Dr. Tom Hess, a psychology researcher at North Carolina State University believes older adults are good ...

Supportive Women Turn Men On

July 28th, 2014
New research suggests that the emotional connections and desires established on a first date, determine the fate of a potential relationship. Responsiveness, or the support for another’s needs and goals, may be one of those initial "sparks" necessary to fuel sexual desire ...

Mechanism by Which Child Abuse Influences Adult Health Identified

July 28th, 2014
A new study demonstrates that childhood abuse affects the way genes are activated, thereby influencing a child's long-term development. Previous studies focused on how a particular child's individual characteristics and genetics interacted with that child's experiences in an effort to understand how ...