Mental Health and Wellness News

Mediterranean Diet has Race-Specific Effect on Cognition

July 17th, 2014
New research suggests the Mediterranean diet reduces cognitive decline among some race-specific populations but not among others. In the study, African-Americans experienced a slower rate of cognitive decline than white, older adults. Study methodology included the analysis of over eight years of data collected ...

Wisdom, Selective Engagement Help Older Adults Cope with Aging

July 17th, 2014
Emerging research suggests older adults have tricks up their sleeve to combat cognitive aging. A set of three articles in a recent edition of the journal Perspectives in Psychological Science discusses a variety of factors -- including motivation and crystallized knowledge -- that ...

Employers Take Advantage of ‘Return to Roots’ Mentality

July 16th, 2014
Sports stars such as LeBron James are not alone in the desire to “go home” and return to a particular place or job. Researchers say the "boomerang phenomenon" is so common, employers are taking advantage of the behavior and recruiting and welcoming back ...

Body-Based Rejection Fears Can Diminish Quality of Life

July 16th, 2014
A recent study discovered the fear of being rejected because of one's appearance, and anxiety or worries on being rejected in interpersonal situations, can lead to diminished quality of life and poorer mental and overall health. These fears, referred to as personal rejection ...

Activity in Amygdala May Be Key to Developing PTSD

July 16th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that the amygdala, the small brain structure involved in emotional learning and fear acquisition, may hold the key to who is likely to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In a new study, a disparate group of researchers collaborated on a ...

More Teen Boys Look for Relationships, Not Flings

July 16th, 2014
A new study determines teenage boy’s desire intimacy and sex in the context of a meaningful relationship and value trust in their partnerships. The finding may be a surprise to those who view teenage males as testosterone-laden aggressors. Investigators from Columbia University's Mailman School ...

Fish Oil May Improve Memory, Slow Cognitive Decline

July 16th, 2014
A new study discovered regular use of fish oil supplements (FOS) was associated with a significant reduction in cognitive decline and brain atrophy in older adults. Researchers examined the relationship between FOS use and memory function during a study of Alzheimer's incorporating neuroimaging ...

Older Adults Challenged by Memory Distractions

July 15th, 2014
The aging process is often associated with wisdom although some capabilities, such as memory, can be a challenge. New research finds that environmental factors -- such as an irrelevant speck or written words -- are twice as likely to impair the memory of ...

Parkinson Diagnosis Associated with Artistic Creativity

July 15th, 2014
New research suggests that many individuals with Parkinson’s disease display exceptional artistic acumen. Professor Rivka Inzelberg of Tel Aviv University (TAU) documented the extraordinary creativity of Parkinson's patients two years ago in a review for the journal Behavioral Neuroscience. Now, in a new ...

Humans Use Forgiveness to Reduce Anger and Move Forward

July 15th, 2014
When an offending party apologies for their transgressions, a victim’s recovery is accelerated and the victim is more inclined to forgive and forget. New research from the University of Miami investigates the psychological process that makes forgiveness happen. Investigators discovered peacemaking efforts such as ...