Advocacy and Policy News

For Older Women, Life Satisfaction Linked to Bone Health

January 15th, 2015
A new study of older women finds that life satisfaction is linked to higher bone density and less osteoporosis. Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland studied information garnered from women aged 60-70, as a component of an osteoporosis risk factor study initiated ...

Computers Better Than Humans for Assessment of Personality?

January 14th, 2015
Provocative new research suggest a computer is a better judge of a person’s personality than the person’s family or friends. People's judgments were based on their familiarity with the judged individual, while computer models used a specific digital signal: Facebook Likes. The results show that ...

Smart Phone Fitness Apps Need to Support Behavioral Change

January 14th, 2015
A new study of mobile phone fitness applications finds that while most apps provide an opportunity for social networking and feedback, few incorporate behavioral change techniques (BCTs) such as active self-monitoring. Behavioral change techniques help users modify their physical activity. As presented in the ...

OK to Be Emotional In Negotiations

January 14th, 2015
New research overturns the traditional advice that one should remain cool and calculated during a negotiation. Graduate student Bo Shao of the University of New South Wales in Australia found that trying to suppress anger about important points related to the negotiations could, ...

Clergy Face Occupational Health Challenges

January 13th, 2015
New research finds that more than one-third of American clergy members are obese. Moreover, priesthood is associated with stress, long work hours, and low compensation. Although the pastoral profession is often associated with a lack of self-care, a new study suggests the calling ...

Specialized Approach Aids Early Education of Disruptive Children

January 13th, 2015
A new study finds a tailored educational program can improve the kindergartner and first grade experience of children displaying disruptive behaviors. Researchers explain that children with high maintenance temperaments have fewer opportunities to learn in school than their focused peers, and are at ...

For Cancer Survivors, Some Problems Persist for Years

January 13th, 2015
New research concludes that many cancer survivors face physical and mental challenges from their disease and treatment that can linger for years. Investigators believe the new findings could help clinicians and other experts develop helpful interventions. Experts call for programs that are tailored ...

Virtual Reality Games Help ID Mild Cognitive Impairment

January 13th, 2015
Researchers have developed a virtual supermarket of cognitive training games that help to detect mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Greek investigators say that although the concept of a virtual supermarket has been used in the past to help detect cognitive functions, prior iterations could ...

Tips on Standing Up to Unethical Authority

January 12th, 2015
More than 50 years ago, a psychologist performed a now-infamous experiment on how people would obey authority even when asked to perform egregious actions. The year was 1961, and the memories of Holocaust atrocities and the prosecution of Nazi officials at Nuremberg were still fresh. Dr. Stanley ...

Match of Early, Later Experience Maximizes Job Performance

January 12th, 2015
New research suggest a person performs best in a job when the experiences they learned from their first job are coupled with insights gained later in their career. Thus, timing of an individual’s career -- be it during times of economic prosperity or ...