Psychology News

Cyberbullying Often Goes Unchecked

February 25th, 2015
New research suggests people tend to avoid direct confrontation with a cyberbully, even when they have an opportunity to make a difference. In a new study, 221 college students participated in an online chat room in which they watched a fellow student get ...

Excess Work Hours + Family Demands = Higher BMI

February 25th, 2015
A new study discovers working long hours while raising a family can take a toll on the body mass index of individuals in dual-earner families. Dr. Amit Kramer, a University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor also found that an increase in ...

Intense Anger Can Spark a Heart Attack

February 25th, 2015
So angry you could explode? If so, be aware of chest pains that may develop in the next few hours. New research discovers the risk of heart attack is 8.5 times higher in the two hours following an acute episode of anger than ...

Researchers Call On FDA to End Statin Warnings

February 24th, 2015
A wide-ranging and systematic review of more than two dozen trials of statin drugs has found no link to cognitive problems, prompting researchers to call on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to no longer require such warnings on statin packaging. It is ...

Nearly 3 in 5 Pregnant Teens Have Used Drugs or Alcohol

February 24th, 2015
Many teenagers, especially younger teens, may not be getting the message about the risks of using alcohol and other drugs during pregnancy, according to a new study by the University of Texas at Austin. In fact, nearly three in five pregnant teens reported ...

Mice Study Suggests ‘Love Hormone’ Mitigates Effects of Alcohol

February 24th, 2015
New research finds that the hormone oxytocin appears to prevent some of the physical effects of alcohol, at least in rats. Oxytocin is often referred to as the “love hormone” as the chemical plays a vital role in social and sexual behavior and ...

Daydreams May Improve Cognition

February 24th, 2015
Repetitious, monotonous tasks often result in a wandering mind. This daydreaming behavior is frequently criticized as a lack of discipline and an action that hinders future performance. New research now suggests daydreaming involves more than just beating back boredom as the behavior can ...

Telephone Support Can Help Ease Postnatal Depression

February 24th, 2015
Emerging research discovers telephone-based peer support helps to reduce postnatal or postpartum depression in new mothers. The new study, published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, also found that social support from peers may be effective for maternal depression up to two years ...

Stress Influences Confidence, Can Lead to Inequalities

February 24th, 2015
A new study looks at the way in which stress influences our confidence in competing with others. European scientists say the behavioral investigation is the first to show how stress actually affects our degree of confidence. They believe stress can even be a ...

LGBT Teens Who Come Out Early Have Less Depression as Young Adults

February 23rd, 2015
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) teens who disclose their orientation at school have higher self-esteem and lower levels of depression as young adults, compared to LGBT youth who keep their identity a secret, according to new research at the University of ...