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Emotional Impact of Being Unfriended

April 23rd, 2014
Emotional Impact of Being UnfriendedEmerging research from the University of Colorado Denver explores the relatively new experience of being unfriended on Facebook. One study clarifies the most common type of "friend" to be unfriended while another ...

Risk of Autism Goes Up With Older Parents (Especially Moms)

April 23rd, 2014
Risk of Child Autism Goes Up With Older Parents (Especially Mothers) Swedish researchers have created a new autism model that predicts older parents are more likely to have a child who develops an autism spectrum ...

Nearly 1 in 3 Canadian Adults Reports Abuse

April 23rd, 2014
Nearly 1 in 3 Canadian Adults Reports AbuseA sobering new study finds that almost one-third of adults in Canada have experienced child abuse violence in their home. The abuse may have taken the form of ...

Neuroticism Marked by Low Motivation to Action

April 23rd, 2014
Neuroticism Characterized by Low Motivation to ActionA new study on neurotic behavior finds that individuals are often powerless to take action on their negativity. Researchers studied nearly 4,000 college students in 19 countries and uncovered new ...

Improve Dementia Management – Without More Drugs

April 22nd, 2014
Improve Dementia Management – Without More Drugs A panel of specialists in senior mental health has developed a new approach for handing agitation, aggression, and other unwanted behaviors by people with dementia. Researchers believe the ...

Selective Memories of Atrocities Linked to Social Group

April 22nd, 2014
Selective Memories of Atrocities Linked to Social GroupThe memory of wartime atrocities committed by American soldiers while on duty in Iraq and Afghanistan is often incomplete. Researchers now believe the omission of details can lead people ...

Crime Rarely Associated with Mental Illness

April 22nd, 2014
Crime Rarely Associated with Mental Illness Despite high-profile crimes associated with mentally ill suspects such as the school shootings in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, new research discovers less than 10 percent of crimes are directly ...

Teachers’ Tough Talk on Exams May Do More Harm Than Good

April 22nd, 2014
Teachers' Tough Talk on Exams May Do More Harm Than Good  As the end of the school year approaches some teachers believe in reminding students of the negative consequences that may occur if ...

Brain Appears Hardwired for Some Aspects of Language

April 21st, 2014
Brain Appears Hardwired for Some Aspects of Language  A new study discovers that human brains share common linguistic restrictions on the sound pattern of language. The understanding that language is hard-wired helps to explain ...

Depression May Lessen Effectiveness of Parkinson’s Drugs

April 21st, 2014
Depression May Lessen Effectiveness of Parkinson's DrugsIn an unexpected finding, new research suggests depression can hamper cognitive function among Parkinson’s’ patients receiving traditional dopamine replacement therapy. Scientists from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine ...