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Walking Workstations Can Improve Mental & Physical Health

October 30th, 2014
Going to work is often associated with high stress and low physical activity. For many, work is characterized by long hours of sitting, which is linked to poor health. Emerging research has shown that sitting is very bad for our mental health, increases ...

‘Social Host’ Laws Shown to Work in California

October 29th, 2014
In a new study, researchers found "social host" laws that hold adults responsible for underage drinking on their property have reduced the number of teenage weekend drinking parties. Over the years, a variety of such laws have been enacted in many U.S. states and ...

Child-Directed Play Blends Autistic Kids into Group

October 28th, 2014
Finding a setting that allows autistic kids to socialize with more normally developing peers is often a Catch-22 for parents. For while autistic youth need significant practice to develop social skills, deficits in this skill set often make play, and associating with similar age ...

Study Probes Biochemical Basis for Seasonal Depression

October 27th, 2014
As the days get shorter, for many the risk of depression increases. New research from the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology conference in Berlin confirms why some people suffer from the winter blues while others get through the winter without any problems. The new study ...

Good News About Gossip: It Can Promote Self-Reflection, Growth

October 25th, 2014
Whether they like to admit it or not, most people are interested in gossip about other people’s achievements and failures. And while gossip is often seen as negative, a new study has found that listening to gossip may help us adapt to ...

Software Model Predicts Risk of Depression Relapse

October 23rd, 2014
German neuroscientists have written a software program that they believe can calculate the risk for experiencing a major depression relapse. For the project, Selver Demic, M.D., of the Ruhr University Bochum and his colleagues from the Mercator Research Group examined a variety of factors ...

Mental Rest and Reflection Aid Learning

October 22nd, 2014
A new study suggests learning may be improved by the use of strategies that "prime" the brain to learn new content and allow time for the brain to rest and reflect. University of Texas at Austin researchers used brain imaging technology to show ...

Panic Attacks Linked to Fear of Bright Light

October 21st, 2014
A new European study suggests that panic attacks may be associated with an aversion to bright light. Although the finding does not imply a cause-and-effect relationship, the discovery of an association may lead to development of new therapies for panic disorder. Panic attacks occur ...

Action Video Games Improve Sensorimotor Skills

October 20th, 2014
A new study discovered people who play action video games such as "Call of Duty" or "Assassin's Creed" were able to learn a new sensorimotor skill quicker than non-gamers. University of Toronto researchers believe the study shows that action video games strengthen sensorimotor ...

Many Women Blame Poverty on Failed Relationships, Early Motherhood

October 16th, 2014
New research suggest policymakers and health authorities can help women rise out of poverty by learning the factors that women believe influenced their current social condition. Kristin Mickelson, Ph.D., of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University, and Emily ...