Psychology News

Verbal Abuse To ‘Motivate’ Workers Can Backfire

October 10th, 2014
A new study suggests the "tough love" managerial strategy that evokes a boot camp and drill sergeant is ineffective in the workplace. In fact, employees who are verbally abused by supervisors are more likely to "act out" at work, in the form of anything from ...

For Kids, Mental Abuse Can Be Worse than Sexual, Physical Abuse

October 9th, 2014
Although childhood emotional abuse is rarely addressed by clinicians, new research suggests psychological abuse among children may lead to more problems than sexual or physical abuse. The finding that childhood emotional abuse and neglect is rarely addressed in prevention programs or in treatment ...

Family Support Helps Gay, Bisexual Youth Succeed

October 9th, 2014
A “modern family” setting in which gay and bisexual youth receive the blessing and love of family members can help kids avoid unhealthy behaviors. Rutgers investigators found that gay and bisexual youth who are supported by their family and feel comfortable talking to ...

For Seniors, It’s Sleep Quality Not Quantity That Counts

October 9th, 2014
A new study from the University of Chicago finds that older adults' insomnia may stem from the quality of rest and other health concerns more than the overall amount of sleep that patients get. Insomnia is defined as trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the ...

Binge Drinking Can Amplify Liver Damage

October 9th, 2014
Emerging research suggests binge drinking can lead to changes in liver proteins that may result in cirrhosis and cancer. University of Missouri researchers discovered binge drinking or over-consumption of alcohol is especially dangerous among those who already drink a lot. “We know that chronic ...

Food Deserts Hinder Even Motivated Dieters

October 8th, 2014
Researchers discover that much like real estate, where location matters, the need to have healthy food a short distance away makes a difference in staying on a diet and losing weight. University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health ...

Do Online Poker Players Need a Poker-Face?

October 8th, 2014
A successful poker player is usually a skillful decision-maker, possessing a detailed knowledge of the game along with strong statistical acumen. But perhaps even more important than the quantitative skills is the ability to control one’s emotions. A new Finnish study compared personality ...

Toddlers Detect Emotion, Change Behavior Accordingly

October 8th, 2014
New research discovers the capabilities of a toddler greatly exceed what many adults believe is possible. The study by researchers at the University of Washington (UW) finds that children as young as 15 months are able to detect adult emotions and use the ...

Sharing Experiences Can Intensify Emotion

October 8th, 2014
New research suggests that enjoying an experience with another person results in more intense feelings about the encounter. In fact, psychological researchers discovered undergoing an experience with another person -- even if we do it in silence, with someone we met just moments ...

Experiencing and Sharing Fantastic Experiences May Leave You Down

October 7th, 2014
Although many celebrate the opportunity to participate in a truly fantastic or out of the ordinary event, new research suggests sharing the experience may be much less rewarding than what we had imagined. "Extraordinary experiences are pleasurable in the moment but can leave ...