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Early Trauma Plus ADHD Ups Risk of Self-Harm

March 4th, 2015
Young women with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a history of a troubled childhood are at greater risk for a variety of negative psychosocial outcomes. Specifically, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), found that women with ADHD who have ...

Tearjerkers Tend to Jack Up Popcorn Sales

March 3rd, 2015
Researchers from Cornell University have found that sad movies are associated with a large increase in popcorn consumption. Specifically, scientists from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab showed moviegoers watching tearjerkers consumed more popcorn both in the lab and in a mall theater ...

Perception of Control Helps Women Rebound from Trauma

March 3rd, 2015
New research suggests women who believe they have control over life circumstances and have strong social support experience better psychological recovery after an assault. Investigators studied 159 women who had been exposed to at least one assault-related, potentially traumatic event. They found that ...

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, ...

After-Hours Work Email & Texts Bug Employees

March 1st, 2015
Employees who receive work-related emails and texts after hours become angry more often than not, which can interfere with their personal lives, according to a new study. For their study, researchers surveyed 341 working adults over a seven-day period to track their feelings ...

Great Recession Tied to More Older Adult Suicides

February 28th, 2015
Suicide rates for adults in the United States between the ages of 40 and 64 have risen about 40 percent since 1999, with a sharp rise since 2007, according to a new study. A possible explanation for the jump could be the detrimental ...

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 ...

Link between Chronic Insomnia and Mortality

February 27th, 2015
Researchers have identified an association between persistent insomnia and increased inflammation and mortality. Scientists from the University of Arizona found that people who suffer from persistent insomnia are at greater risk of death than those who experience intermittent insomnia. Their study has been ...

Traveling in Social Circles is Important to Improving Cities

February 27th, 2015
Where we go and who we visit is an important issue to urban planners as they work to improve our cities and our environment. A new Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study discovers that twenty percent of our movement around town is ...