Psychology News

Mindfulness Tied to Better Physical Health

October 24th, 2014
New research suggests being aware of and paying attention to what you are thinking and feeling in the moment is associated with better health. While the practice of mindfulness has received considerable attention for relieving stress and depression, the new study discovers physical ...

Kids’ Poor Decision-Making May Predict Teen Issues

October 23rd, 2014
A new study suggests a display of poor decision making during primary school increases the risk of interpersonal and behavioral difficulties during adolescence. However, experts view decision-making as a skill and something that can be taught during youth. Joshua Weller, Ph.D., an assistant professor ...

Software Model Predicts Risk of Depression Relapse

October 23rd, 2014
German neuroscientists have written a software program that they believe can calculate the risk for experiencing a major depression relapse. For the project, Selver Demic, M.D., of the Ruhr University Bochum and his colleagues from the Mercator Research Group examined a variety of factors ...

Animal Therapy Can Ease College Stress

October 23rd, 2014
Researchers found a 60 percent decrease in self-reported anxiety and loneliness symptoms among college students following animal-assisted therapy. The study by investigators at Georgia State University, Idaho State University and Savannah College of Art and Design is published in the Journal of Creativity ...

Marital Strife + Depression = Increased Obesity Risk

October 23rd, 2014
Researchers believe a combination of marital hostility and a history of depression increase the risk for obesity in adults. The provocative new research suggests social factors play a role in the way the body processes high-fat food. Investigators discovered that men and women with ...

Some OTC Meds May Help Reduce Depression Symptoms

October 22nd, 2014
A review of studies of more than 6,000 patients suggests ordinary over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs may aid in the treatment of depression, when taken in combination with antidepressants. The meta-analysis, recently published in JAMA Psychiatry, is the work of researchers from Aarhus University ...

Depressed People Believe in Better Life Ahead

October 22nd, 2014
A new study finds that even depressed people are optimistic about the future. However, researchers also discovered the positive outlook may not lead to better outcomes. Canadian researchers found that middle-aged adults with a history of depression typically evaluated their past and current lives ...

Mental Rest and Reflection Aid Learning

October 22nd, 2014
A new study suggests learning may be improved by the use of strategies that "prime" the brain to learn new content and allow time for the brain to rest and reflect. University of Texas at Austin researchers used brain imaging technology to show ...

Strong Vocabulary Protects Against Cognitive Decline

October 22nd, 2014
New research suggests a robust vocabulary may reduce mild cognitive impairment and lead to a lower risk of developing dementia. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or incipient dementia is a condition that some people develop as they age. Many experts believe it is an ...

Positive Subliminal Messages Boost Elders’ Physical Performance

October 21st, 2014
A new study discovers positive subliminal messages that flip negative stereotypes of aging can improve physical functioning among the elderly. Yale School of Public Health researchers say the novel intervention method was designed to examine whether exposure to positive age stereotypes could weaken ...