Personality News

When Do We Turn to Superstition and Charms?

January 25th, 2015
Many people seem to have a lucky charm, maybe a lucky pair of socks or a piece of jewelry. New research shows that we are more likely to turn to superstitions or a lucky charm to achieve a performance goal rather than a ...

Okay to Cheat at Home but Not Okay to Cheat on the Field?

January 23rd, 2015
As the nation attempts to rebound from the latest sports ethics controversy, emerging research reviews public perceptions of on-the field ethics as compared to public opinion on interpersonal or moral behavior. In the research, University of Michigan investigators attempt to explain why ...

Email Pfishing Schemes Lure with Personal Information

January 23rd, 2015
New research finds that email phishing scams contain personal information presented in a manner that provokes a response. In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University at Buffalo have found evidence that the incredible spread of email schemes is ...

Twitter Words May Predict A Region’s Risk of Heart Disease

January 22nd, 2015
The belief that social media platforms would improve the assessment of a community’s health or well-being has been promised for years. A new study suggests the prophecy may have been fulfilled as researchers at the University of Pennsylvania discover that Twitter can capture more ...

Sometimes it is Okay to Ignore Your Boss

January 21st, 2015
While most of us have been trained to never retaliate against a supervisor, a new study suggests a passive-aggressive response may be beneficial for some circumstances. Ohio State researchers found that employees who had hostile bosses were better off ...

Kids’ Poor Sleep Can Up Risk for Substance Abuse

January 19th, 2015
It is not a secret that sleep issues are common among American youth. A new study now finds that sleep problems can predict specific substance-related problems. Using a nationally representative sample, researchers discover that sleep difficulties and hours of sleep can predict a number ...

Loving Pet Owners Score High in Neuroticism

January 19th, 2015
A new study shows that the most affectionate pet owners also rate the highest in traits of neuroticism and conscientiousness, suggesting that the qualities that make for overbearing parents might actually work for pets, who tend to require lifelong parenting. While prior research ...

Subtypes of Postpartum Depression Require Specific Care

January 16th, 2015
A new study finds that postpartum depression is a disorder that actually includes three distinct subtypes of clinical presentation. Subtypes classification is determined by timing of symptom onset, severity of symptoms, history of mood disorders, and medical complication during pregnancy. Saliently, each subtype of ...

Difficult Kids May Have Challenges Later in Life

January 16th, 2015
The belief that a child will outgrow a tendency to display disruptive behavior may be the wrong tactic for a parent. While it is normal for a young child to have tantrums and be otherwise disruptive, researchers have found that ...

Behavioral Changes, Depression May Precede Alzheimer’s

January 15th, 2015
Emerging research suggests depression and behavioral changes may occur before memory declines in people who will go on to develop Alzheimer's disease. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine said while it has been known that many people with Alzheimer's experience depression, irritability, apathy, ...