Psychology News

Teens Successful at Losing Weight Do It For Their Own Sakes

December 28th, 2014
A new study reveals that teens who are successful at losing weight do it more for their own sakes rather than to impress their peers or please their parents. "Most parents have the view that their teen is largely influenced by other people's ...

Rat Study Finds ALS Drug May Prevent Age-Related Memory Loss

December 28th, 2014
A new study on rats suggests an existing drug, riluzole, may help prevent “foggy brain,” characterized by fading memory and clouding judgment as we age. The forgetfulness is caused by lost and altered connections between neurons in the brain. But researchers at Rockefeller ...

Study Links Suicide Risk with Insomnia, Alcohol Use

December 28th, 2014
A new study has found that alcohol use is “significantly associated” with suicide risk among women. Further analysis also revealed that insomnia symptoms explained a significant proportion of the relationship between alcohol and suicide risk among women. For men, there was no direct effect ...

Fear of Terrorism Can Up Heart Rate, Risk of Death

December 28th, 2014
A new study has found that long-term exposure to the threat of terrorism can elevate people’s resting heart rates and increase their risk of dying. The study of more than 17,000 Israelis is the first statistics-based study, and the largest of its kind, ...

Genetic Mutations Linked to Specific Autism Symptoms

December 27th, 2014
Researchers have found that the wide variety of symptoms found in people with autism can be traced back to certain genetic mutations, with the more damaging mutations leading to worse disease outcomes. Their findings are published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The study, ...

Doctors Prescribing Fewer Opioids for Pain

December 27th, 2014
Nine out of 10 primary care doctors say that prescription drug abuse is a problem in their communities, and nearly half say they are less likely to prescribe opioids for pain than they were a year ago, according to a new study ...

Many with First Psychotic Episode Don’t Get Right Meds

December 27th, 2014
Many patients with first-episode psychosis are given medications that do not comply with the recommended guidelines for first-episode treatment, according to a new analysis published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. First-episode patients have different treatment needs than those with multi-episode psychosis. Current guidelines ...

Strong Neighborhood Ties Can Protect Against Gun Violence

December 27th, 2014
Strong neighborhood ties can help protect a community from gun violence, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program (RWJF CSP). "Violence results in chronic community-level trauma and stress, and undermines ...

Police Body Cams Can Change Behavior With Self-Awareness

December 26th, 2014
New research from a landmark crime experiment using police body cameras shows that the technology is most effective at preventing escalation of violence, both by the police and towards the police. Researchers from the University of Cambridge's Institute of Criminology (IoC) say the ...

Fast Food Tied to Slower Academic Growth

December 26th, 2014
The amount of fast food children eat may be linked to how well they do in school, according to a new study. Researchers from Ohio State University discovered that the more frequently children reported eating fast food in fifth grade, the lower their ...