Emotion News

Angry Face May Convey Physical Strength

August 29th, 2014
Although we may not realize this, true anger is more than an emotional state; it can literally be seen in lowered brows, thinned lips, and flared nostrils. In fact, social scientists call this the “anger face.” Researchers at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) ...

Understanding the Brain of Teenage Boys

August 29th, 2014
Pushing boundaries and taking risks during adolescence is common, but for some the behavior becomes maladaptive. Emerging research is now illuminating the source of this behavior providing insights that will be helpful in reducing unsafe teen conduct. In a new issue, Florida State neuroscientist ...

Sincere Appreciation Leads to New Friendships

August 29th, 2014
A new Australian study suggests that the act of expressing gratitude to a new acquaintance for their help makes it more likely that they will seek an ongoing social relationship with you. Thus, the courtesy of saying “thank you” has value far beyond ...

No Easy Online Answers for Divorcing Co-Parents

August 28th, 2014
Online educational and support classes are often required for divorcing couples with children. But new research finds that standard content is often inappropriate as each parent has his or her own specific emotional needs. The concept of online education to teach parents how to ...

Mice Study Suggests Lack of Serotonin Not Behind Depression

August 28th, 2014
New evidence challenges the conventional wisdom that the brain chemical serotonin is responsible for maintaining mood balance, and that a deficit of serotonin leads to depression. In a study, scientists report that mice lacking the ability to make serotonin in their brains did not ...

Depression in Young Adults Tied to Hyper-Connected Brain Networks

August 28th, 2014
Imaging studies of the brain show that young adults who have suffered from depression in the past seem to have hyper-connected emotional and cognitive networks, which may lead to reduced cognitive control, and negative rumination. University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) researchers believe the discovery ...

Mindfulness Can Aid Those In Early Dementia and Caregivers

August 27th, 2014
An innovative new approach combines mindfulness training for those with early-stage dementia and their caregivers during the same class session. The new report suggests the two-for-one approach is mutually beneficial as both groups reported less depression and improved sleep and quality of life. "The ...

Autism Risk May be Linked to Mother’s Depression, Not Medication

August 27th, 2014
The debate continues on whether prenatal antidepressant use increases the risk of autism among children. New research suggests prior findings that show an increased risk of autism after medication use, may actually reflect the known increased risk associated with severe maternal depression. The new ...

Ethnic Stereotypes Can Undermine Healthy Weight

August 26th, 2014
Maintaining an appropriate body weight can be difficult for many Americans. A new study suggests it can be more difficult among minority groups because of negative stereotypes. Dr. Luis Rivera, an experimental social psychologist at Rutgers University-Newark, believes stereotyping can prevent people from ...

Being Protective Not Always Best for Anxious Kids

August 26th, 2014
Parents naturally want the best for their children but sometimes their attempts to improve a situation may lead to unintended consequences. According to Arizona State University (ASU) researchers, when parents attempt to reduce childhood anxiety, a ‘protection trap’ may result that actually reinforces ...
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