Psychology News

Accurate Self-Perception Vital for Healthy Weight in Teens

August 9th, 2014
Kids who recognize they are overweight are more likely to attempt weight loss, according to a new study by the University of Massachusetts Medical School. But many are likely to underestimate their weight problem, say the researchers. The findings, published in the journal ...

A Group’s ‘Diversity’ Depends on the Race of Each Observer

August 9th, 2014
Your definition of diversity may be quite different from your friend’s or coworker’s, especially if you all are of a different race. A new study, published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, found that seeing new members of your own race added ...

Spatial Skill May Be Undiminished with Age

August 8th, 2014
Australian researchers have found a specific brain function remains the same in later years as they were in prime time. One skill that appears to remain intact is spatial attention, or the ability to focus on specific stimuli in a visual environment. Investigators at the ...

Low Vitamin D Can Hike Risk of Dementia in Elderly

August 8th, 2014
New research suggests Vitamin D deficiency in older individuals can significantly increase their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. A team of international researchers found that study participants who were severely Vitamin D deficient were more than twice as likely to develop dementia ...

Good Ol’ Boy Bias Persists in Job Interviews

August 8th, 2014
Although the workforce playing field is shifting, researchers find that when women apply for a job in a male-dominated field, they should accent their assertive qualities. The new research by Michigan State University (MSU) scholars is part of a series that looks at ...

Fitness Helps Middle-School Girls Avoid Depression

August 8th, 2014
A new study suggests that physically fit sixth-graders -- especially girls -- are less likely to report feeling depressed when they reach seventh grade. The research was presented at the American Psychological Association's Annual Convention. Investigators discovered that sixth-grade girls who performed better on ...

Weight Loss Does Not Mean Happiness

August 8th, 2014
New research from the UK finds that while weight loss was associated with improved health, the mental benefits, if any, were fleeting. Researchers followed 1,979 overweight and obese adults in the UK and found that people who lost five percent or more of ...

Teen Aggression Linked to Drinking

August 7th, 2014
A new Finnish study discovers that aggressive adolescents are more likely to drink, and drink more, than their peers. Researchers also found, surprisingly, that depression and anxiety were not linked to increased alcohol use. Investigators explored the relationship between psychosocial problems and alcohol use ...

Stroke, Vascular Ills ID’d as Risk Factors in Developing Dementia

August 7th, 2014
A Dutch study has found that those diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have a fourfold increased risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer's disease (AD), and that stroke and other vascular damage are important risk factors. The results of the study are published ...

Research Shows Older Adults More Alert in the Morning

August 7th, 2014
A new study provides strong evidence of noticeable differences in brain function through the day for older adults. Canadian researchers discovered older adults perform better on demanding cognitive tasks in the morning. Moreover, brain imaging shows that during this time of the day, ...