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Strong Neighborhood Ties Can Protect Against Gun Violence

December 27th, 2014
Strong neighborhood ties can help protect a community from gun violence, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program (RWJF CSP). "Violence results in chronic community-level trauma and stress, and undermines ...

Music Training May Improve Attention, Cut Kids’ Anxiety

December 26th, 2014
Musical training may help children focus their attention, control their emotions, and lower their anxiety, according to a new study by psychiatrists at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & ...

Smartphone Use Can Alter The Brain

December 25th, 2014
The finger movements we use to control our smartphones can actually change brain activity, according to a new Swiss study. Researchers at the University of Zurich teamed with colleagues at the University of Fribourg to research the day-to-day plasticity of the human brain based ...

Stress Increases Desire for Reward, But Pleasure Remains the Same

December 24th, 2014
Stress often drives us to pursue a reward (dessert, drink, new ‘toy’) more intensely, but new Swiss research has found that we’re no more likely to enjoy the indulgence than an unstressed person with the same treat. The findings are published in the ...

Those Prone to Guilt May Be Hardest Workers

December 23rd, 2014
New research shows that employees who are highly prone to feel guilty for disappointing their co-workers are among the most ethical and hard-working partners. However, the study from researchers at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business also suggests that these ...

Worrying Linked to High Verbal IQ

December 22nd, 2014
Chronic worriers tend to have a higher-than-average verbal IQ (intelligence quotient), according to new research published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. However, those who specifically tend to ruminate on past negative social events are also more likely to have a ...

Brain Uses Decision-Making Time to Create Confidence Rating

December 21st, 2014
When you need to make a choice but lack sufficient evidence for a solid decision, your brain calculates how much time has elapsed to give you a confidence rating of sorts, says a team of neuroscientists at New York University (NYU). Their ...

Many Have No Clue About Their Math Ability

December 20th, 2014
There is more than one way to be good (or bad) at math, and many people tend to mislabel their abilities, say psychologists at Ohio State University. In a new study, they found that one-third of people who say they are “good at ...

Internet Addiction is Worldwide Issue

December 19th, 2014
Experts define Internet addiction as an impulse-control problem distinguished by an inability to inhibit Internet use. This addiction can adversely affect a person's life, including their health and interpersonal relationships, reports a new study. Researchers, however, did not find an association between high levels ...

Hugs, Social Support Shown to Protect Against Stress & Illness

December 18th, 2014
New research suggests hugs may be the tonic for reducing stress and preventing infections. Carnegie Mellon University researchers tested whether hugs act as a form of social support, protecting stressed people from getting sick. Their findings, as published in the journal Psychological Science, found ...