Memory and Perception News

Leaders Tend to Have the Right Face for the Job

February 21st, 2015
People are surprisingly skilled at matching leaders’ faces to their real professions, according to a new study published in The Leadership Quarterly. The findings suggest that we may be choosing leaders, at least in part, based on unconscious biases towards certain facial features. ...

How We Cope With Illness Depends on Personality and Gender

February 20th, 2015
A new study has found that gender and personality matter in how people cope with physical and mental illness. The study, by researchers at Washington State University and the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, found that men are less affected by ...

Low-Serotonin Depression Theory Challenged

February 18th, 2015
A new paper challenges the prevailing opinion that depression is related to low levels of serotonin in the gaps between nerve cells in the brain. This theory has predominated for nearly 50 years and has led to the development of the commonly prescribed ...

Vicious Cycle of Money Problems & Disordered Eating

February 18th, 2015
New research suggests experiencing financial difficulties while attending college may increase the risk of female students developing an eating disorder. Researchers from University of Southampton also discovered that having extreme attitudes about food and eating predicted short-term financial difficulties for female students, suggesting the ...

Organizational Culture Impacts Therapy Choice for Kids

February 18th, 2015
Researchers have found that mental health practitioners tend to use clinical techniques favored by their colleagues. This practice pattern leads to use of treatments that have little evidence to support them, especially when it comes to treatment of of children and adolescents with psychiatric ...

Learning About Peers Pays Off in Groups

February 18th, 2015
Many believe the reason humans have been successful as a species depends to a large extent on our ability to cooperate in groups. Humans, much more so than any other primate (or mammal for that matter), are able to work together and coordinate their ...

Teens Get Less Sleep Than Two Decades Ago

February 17th, 2015
Getting enough sleep is vital for adolescent health, yet over the last 20 years, many teens appear to be sleeping less and less, according to a new study at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Specifically, those who get the least amount of ...

More Sex after 50th Anniversary?

February 17th, 2015
New research finds that sexual frequency appears to increase after a marriage has surpassed the fifty-year mark. Researchers found that sex occurs more frequently in the early years of marriage, then tapers off over time, before the rebound after the half-century mark. The study ...

Study Finds Saliva Differences in Autistic Kids

February 17th, 2015
New research suggests a spit test may help to diagnose autism in the future. Researchers at Clarkson University and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh have published the first study showing that children with autism spectrum disorder have differences in protein ...

Meditation Can Improve Sleep for Older Adults

February 17th, 2015
Emerging research suggests mindfulness meditation training helps improve sleep quality for older adults more effectively than traditional interventions. Mindfulness meditation practices were compared to a more structured program that focused on changing poor sleep habits and establishing a bedtime routine. Study results have been ...