Psychology News

Early Warning Signs of Cognitive Impairment Provide Opportunity to Act

December 12th, 2014
New research suggests indications of cognitive decline associated with aging may surface during midlife. Recognition of these warning signs may allow individuals to modify behavior and lower their risk of cognitive deficits later in life. As presented at American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual ...

Work-Sleep Tradeoff Leads to Sleep Deficits

December 12th, 2014
New research suggest that later starting times for work or school may help to reduce chronic sleep loss. University of Pennsylvania investigators discovered paid work time is the primary waking activity exchanged for sleep. As such, chronic sleep loss potentially could be ...

Research Fails to Support Mindfulness as Weight Loss Technique

December 12th, 2014
A new review finds that there is little documented evidence that mindfulness leads to weight loss. Ohio State University researchers analyzed 19 studies that promoted the effectiveness of mindfulness-based programs for weight loss. Although 13 of the studies documented weight loss among participants ...

Some Personality Traits Linked to Health

December 12th, 2014
Emerging research suggests some aspects of our personality appear to be associated with our immune system. The link to the immune system may influence our health and well-being. Investigators found that two key traits -- a person’s degree of extraversion and conscientiousness -- ...

Brain Inflammation Appears to Be Common in Autism

December 11th, 2014
In the brains of people with autism, microglial cells (a type of support cell) appear to be constantly activated, with genes for inflammation responses perpetually turned on, according to a new collaborative study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and ...

Friends’ Support for Victimized Teens Has Pros and Cons

December 11th, 2014
Researchers from the University of Kansas find in a new study that there are pros and cons to the support victimized teenagers get from their friends. Depending on the type of aggression they are exposed to, such support may reduce young people's risk ...

Teen ADHD + Conduct Disorder = Substance Abuse

December 11th, 2014
New research finds that teens diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder are more likely to use alcohol and tobacco. The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study is among the first to assess such an association in this age group. Conduct disorder ...

Saving Data Can Prime Human Memory for New Info

December 11th, 2014
New psychological research suggests saving something, such as a file on a computer, may improve our memory for the information we encounter next. Researchers theorize that the act of unloading information helps to free up cognitive resources that can then be used to ...

Alcohol Use Can Impair Sleep, Cause Insomnia

December 11th, 2014
Emerging research suggests drinking alcohol to fall asleep may ultimately be counterproductive as the drug interferes with sleep homeostasis, the body’s sleep-regulating mechanism. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine believe that over time, the impairment in normal sleep function can ...

Distracted to Learn?

December 10th, 2014
Surprising new research may rewrite learning theory as Brown University scientists contend that distractions do not necessarily impede the learning process of a motor task. Investigators discovered that if attention was as divided during recall of a motor task as it was during ...