Psychology News

Young Blacks from Better Homes May See More Discrimination, Higher Depression Risk

December 21st, 2014
A new study has found that higher parental education, which has a protective effect for white youth, actually increases the risk of depression for black youth. The study, from researchers at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), also found that, among high-socioeconomic-status black ...

Neural Markers May Predict Childhood Generosity

December 21st, 2014
Researchers have discovered certain neural markers that can predict childhood generosity. These neural markers appear to be linked to the child’s observation of another’s prosocial (or antisocial) behaviors. Their findings are published online in the journal Current Biology. For the study, neuroscientists at the ...

Expectant Fathers May Face Prenatal Hormone Changes

December 21st, 2014
A new study has found that impending fatherhood can lower two hormones -- testosterone and estradiol -- in men, even before their babies are born. According to researchers at the University of Michigan, previous studies have shown that men’s hormones change once they ...

Brain Uses Decision-Making Time to Create Confidence Rating

December 21st, 2014
When you need to make a choice but lack sufficient evidence for a solid decision, your brain calculates how much time has elapsed to give you a confidence rating of sorts, says a team of neuroscientists at New York University (NYU). Their ...

Brain Imaging Shows Overactive Habit System in OCD

December 20th, 2014
A new study has found that misfiring of the brain’s habit control system may be behind the compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The study, led by Dr. Claire Gillan and Professor Trevor Robbins of the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, ...

Women Criticized for Weight Tend to Gain More

December 20th, 2014
When a woman is criticized by a loved one for her weight, she is likely to gain even more, according to a new study by the University of Waterloo in Canada. On the other hand, those who feel unconditionally accepted are more likely ...

Tooth Loss Linked to Decline in Memory & Walking Speed

December 20th, 2014
A new study has found that the memory and walking speeds of adults who have lost all of their teeth decline more rapidly than in people who still have some of their own teeth. The study, published in the Journal of the American ...

Many Have No Clue About Their Math Ability

December 20th, 2014
There is more than one way to be good (or bad) at math, and many people tend to mislabel their abilities, say psychologists at Ohio State University. In a new study, they found that one-third of people who say they are “good at ...

Women Have More Empathy to Partner

December 19th, 2014
Although it has long been suspected that women are more empathetic toward their partner, a new study has come to the same conclusion using scientific inquiry and empirical research. Australian researchers, Dr Cindy Mervin and Professor Paul Frijters, found ...

Early Sensitive Caregiving Has Lasting Influence on Child’s Development

December 19th, 2014
Emerging research discovers sensitive caregiving in the first three years of life is a strong predictor of an individual’s future social competence and academic success. A new study -- designed to replicate an earlier study that showed early maternal sensitivity has lasting ...