Psychology News

Walnuts May Improve Memory

January 22nd, 2015
New research suggest the simple act of eating a handful of walnuts a day may improve your memory. Dr. Lenore Arab from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that eating walnuts may improve performance on ...

Sometimes it is Okay to Ignore Your Boss

January 21st, 2015
While most of us have been trained to never retaliate against a supervisor, a new study suggests a passive-aggressive response may be beneficial for some circumstances. Ohio State researchers found that employees who had hostile bosses were better off ...

Strong Social Support Aids Physical and Mental Health

January 21st, 2015
Canadian researchers have determined that a strong support network can actually make you healthier. Jean-Philippe Gouin, Ph.D., a Concordia University psychology professor, followed a group of international students who experienced major social change following a move to Montreal. Gouin found that those who managed ...

Imaging Study Finds Unique Brain Patterns Among Autistic

January 21st, 2015
Unfortunately, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) remains a condition that presents more questions than answers. Some studies have found a lack of connection or synchronization between different parts of the brain while other studies have found the exact opposite -- an over-synchronization in the ...

Mouse Study Provides Insights on Anxiety

January 20th, 2015
Researchers have discovered a new pathway that controls fear memories and behavior in a mouse brain. They believe the finding may eventually help explain the way in which human anxiety disorders develop. For the nearly 40 million adults who suffer from anxiety disorders, an ...

Nicotine Metabolism May Show Best Route to Quit

January 20th, 2015
If you are trying to quit smoking, knowing the rate at which your body metabolizes nicotine may be the key to success, according to new research from the University of Toronto. The study findings may eventually lead to personalized cessation treatments which ...

Co-Parent Training Helps Kids Adjust to School

January 20th, 2015
New research finds that a prenatal program aimed at enhancing couples' co-parenting relationship helped the parents raise children who were better adjusted and ready for school at age seven. Pennsylvania State researchers found that teachers reported significantly better adjustment and positive school engagement ...

Gene Deficiency Triggers Autistic Symptoms in Mice

January 20th, 2015
New findings strongly associate a certain gene with autistic symptoms. Autism is a highly heritable disorder, with up to 90 percent likelihood of both identical twins having the condition. Mutations in the NRXN2 gene, which makes a protein called alpha-neurexin II, have previously ...

Healthy Changes More Successful If Partner Involved

January 20th, 2015
New research finds that people are more likely to improve their health habits when their partner makes positive changes too. Researchers from University College London (UCL), the British Heart Foundation and the U.S. National Institute on Aging looked at how likely people were ...

Kids’ Poor Sleep Can Up Risk for Substance Abuse

January 19th, 2015
It is not a secret that sleep issues are common among American youth. A new study now finds that sleep problems can predict specific substance-related problems. Using a nationally representative sample, researchers discover that sleep difficulties and hours of sleep can predict a number ...