Brain and Behavior News

Low Self-Esteem Hinders Intimate Partner Communication

March 2nd, 2015
New research from Canada suggests people with low self-esteem are more likely to stay in unhappy relationships. University of Waterloo investigators found that sufferers of low self-esteem tend not to voice relationship complaints with their partner because they fear rejection. This finding was somewhat contrary ...

New Suggestions to Encourage Healthy Eating

March 2nd, 2015
Emerging research challenges strategies that have historically been used to encourage healthy eating. Four new perspectives were presented in a symposium, “Challenging Misconceptions About the Psychology of Food Choice," presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Conference. To begin, a study ...

Social Media Fuels New Psychological Insights

March 2nd, 2015
Psychological research has never been the same after social media opened up a digital world of big data. During a recent conference, researchers discussed new methods of language analysis, and how social media can be leveraged to study personality, mental and physical health, ...

Does Money = Happiness ?

March 2nd, 2015
Emerging research looks at the relationship between money and well-being and finds conflicting evidence on the link between money and happiness. Research published in the journal Psychological Science has shown that experiential purchases -- money spent on doing -- may provide more enduring ...

More Stress for New Moms Hikes Secondhand Smoke Risk for Babies

March 1st, 2015
New moms who experience high levels of social stress (economic problems or feeling less in control over their own housing situation) are 2.5 times more likely to have no restriction or only a partial restriction on smoking in their homes, which may ...

Simple Maze Test May ID At-Risk Older Drivers

March 1st, 2015
A simple three-minute maze test may accurately identify drivers who are at greater risk for getting into serious car accidents due to cognitive impairments, according to a new study sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The research team, led by psychological ...

Study Finds Evidence Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is Biological

February 28th, 2015
New research has identified distinct immune changes in patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, providing evidence that the disabling disorder is a biological illness as opposed to a psychological disorder. According to researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's ...

Rejection Seems to Hurt Depressed People Longer

February 28th, 2015
The pain of social rejection lasts longer for people with untreated depression, according to a new study. That’s because the brain cells of depressed people release less of a natural pain and stress-reducing chemical called natural opioids, researchers report in the journal Molecular ...

Things Not to Try for Autism

February 27th, 2015
When a child has communication challenges related to an autism spectrum disorder, parents and educators will often try a variety of remedies -- many of which lack scientific evidence. Often, the interventions or “therapies” may actually do more harm than good. It ...

Reminders of God May Boost Some Risk-Taking Behaviors

February 27th, 2015
People tend to seek out and take greater risks when they receive reminders that God exists, according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. The researchers say this link is due to people's belief that a sovereign God will ...