Mental Health and Wellness News

Air-Pollution May Slow Child’s Learning

March 6th, 2015
A new European study finds that students attending schools in areas of high traffic-related air pollution appear to have slower cognitive development. Researchers from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), Spain, studied seven to 10 year old children in Barcelona. ...

Antibodies May Trigger Psychosis in Some Children

March 6th, 2015
The hallucinations and delusions in a subset of children with psychosis may be linked to overactive antibodies, according to a new study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. The findings add to a growing body of research that supports an "immune hypothesis" ...

Nasal Oxytocin Helps Men Cut Calories

March 6th, 2015
New research finds that a synthetic nasal formulation of the hormone oxytocin helps men reduce their caloric intake. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society with researchers explaining that the nasal spray specifically helped men reduce consumption of ...

Does Smartphone Use = Laziness?

March 6th, 2015
New research suggests smartphones are making us cognitively lazy. And, the evidence is still out as to if this will be an issue as we age. The ubiquitous cellular devices allow us to obtain information without having to retrieve information that is traditionally ...

Easy for Parents to Unwittingly Encourage Materialism

March 5th, 2015
According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, children who receive more material rewards from their parents grow up to be more materialistic as adults. "Using material possessions to express love or reward children for their achievements can backfire. Loving ...

Early PTSD Symptoms After Blast Injury May Predict Later Disability

March 5th, 2015
For military personnel with blast-related mild traumatic brain injuries, early symptoms of post-traumatic stress such as anxiety, emotional numbness, flashbacks, and irritability are the strongest predictors of later disability, said researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Investigators were surprised that mental ...

Study Finds Men More Narcissistic than Women

March 5th, 2015
An analyses of over three decades of data on 475,000 individuals suggests that men, on average, believe they are entitled to preferential treatment. University of Buffalo School of Management researchers examined 31 years of narcissism research and found that men consistently scored higher in ...

Twitter Useful for Smoking Cessation Programs

March 5th, 2015
Use of Twitter to communicate with others appears to provide a level of social support and collegiality that helps smokers kick the habit. University of California, Irvine (UCI), and Stanford University researchers discovered that when subjects in a smoking cessation program tweet each other ...

Uncertainty Drives People to Work Harder

March 5th, 2015
Although it appears counterintuitive, new research finds that people will often put in more effort to obtain uncertain rewards. Investigators Luxi Shen, Ph.D., of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Drs. Ayelet Fishbach and Christopher K. Hsee of the University of Chicago, ...

Online Support Can Help Spouses of Alcoholics

March 4th, 2015
Women married to men with alcohol abuse problems can face a host of barriers that prevent them from obtaining necessary support. A new program, developed by researchers at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA), helps these women receive Internet-based, interactive support program. Approximately ...