Personality News

Amount of Gray Matter May Impact Risk-Taking

September 15th, 2014
New research suggests the physical composition of the brain influences the individual tolerance of risk. Australian researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to perform a whole-brain analysis and discovered the volume of the outer layer of our brain, or gray matter, is ...

Mindfulness Can Help Adults Overcome Childhood Trauma

September 15th, 2014
The first study to examine the relationship between childhood adversity, mindfulness, and health suggests adults who are mindful in the moment have better health. The finding is important as adults who were abused or neglected as children are known to have poorer health. Researchers ...

Breathing-Based Meditation Helps Vets with PTSD

September 15th, 2014
A new study from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers hope for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers there have shown that a breathing-based meditation practice called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga can be an effective ...

Why Parents Shouldn’t Play Favorites

September 13th, 2014
New research from Brigham Young University shows that perceived preferential treatment of one child by parents can lead to alcohol, cigarette, and drug use by the less-favored children. That’s in families that aren’t very close to each other -- what researcher Alex Jensen, ...

Happy Wife, Happy Life

September 13th, 2014
A new study finds that for older adults, the more content the wife is with her marriage, the happier the husband is with his life -- no matter how he feels about their relationship. “I think it comes down to the fact that ...

Facebook Changes May Mask Personality of Strangers

September 12th, 2014
New research finds that many people can accurately detect the personality traits of strangers through Facebook activity. However, researchers also believe changes made by Facebook over the past three years makes this a much more difficult task. University of Kansas researchers sampled 100 Facebook ...

Youth Find it Hard to Resist Immediate Rewards

September 12th, 2014
University of Iowa investigators found teenagers are far more sensitive than adults to the immediate effect or reward of their behaviors. Thus, when a teen performs an action then pleads that they could not keep themselves from doing the deed, they may be correct. ...

Collective Pain Can Have a Benefit

September 12th, 2014
The anniversary of 9/11 reminds us that even the most horrific circumstances can have a positive effect, in some cases by bringing together a community, a city, or an entire nation. New research suggests that, despite its unpleasantness, pain may actually have positive social ...

Stress Can Hasten Death in Older Men

September 11th, 2014
New research suggests that high stress is associated with an earlier death than average for older men. Investigators determined the stress could come from chronic everyday hassles or a series of significant life events. “We’re looking at long-term patterns of stress -- if your stress ...

Pilot Program Finds Early Autism Intervention Beneficial

September 10th, 2014
Provocative new research suggests treatment for autism during infancy can significantly reduce symptoms so that by age three, most who received the therapy had neither autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) nor developmental delay. Researchers from the University of California, Davis MIND Institute developed the ...