Psychology News

Innocent Parenting Style May Harm Kids in Adulthood

December 19th, 2014
As the Holidays are upon us, new research reminds parents that using gifts or presents to reward certain behaviors, may not be the correct approach. A recent study from the University of Missouri and the University of Illinois at Chicago found that ...

Fine Particle Air Pollutants Linked to Autism

December 19th, 2014
New research suggests that women exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter air pollution during pregnancy may experience double the risk of having a child with autism. Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) says the risk is greatest when the exposure occurs ...

Internet Addiction is Worldwide Issue

December 19th, 2014
Experts define Internet addiction as an impulse-control problem distinguished by an inability to inhibit Internet use. This addiction can adversely affect a person's life, including their health and interpersonal relationships, reports a new study. Researchers, however, did not find an association between high levels ...

Personality May Spur Educational Success More Than IQ

December 18th, 2014
While personality is widely believed to play a larger role in work success than intelligence, new research from Australia suggests the same holds true for education -- that personality rules. In the new study, Griffith University psychologist Dr. Arthur Poropat conducted a comprehensive review ...

Domestic Abuse Can Harm Unborn

December 18th, 2014
Researchers have found a surprisingly strong connection between the domestic abuse of a pregnant woman and postnatal trauma symptoms in her child, according to a new study at Michigan State University. Their findings are published in the research journal Child Abuse & Neglect. The ...

Employer Acceptance of Religious Beliefs Can Aid Worker Performance

December 18th, 2014
A new study finds that when employees are allowed to openly discuss their religious beliefs, their morale and job satisfaction is enhanced. The workforce is rapidly becoming a mixture of multiple cultures, and it may be beneficial for employers to celebrate holidays and ...

Hugs, Social Support Shown to Protect Against Stress & Illness

December 18th, 2014
New research suggests hugs may be the tonic for reducing stress and preventing infections. Carnegie Mellon University researchers tested whether hugs act as a form of social support, protecting stressed people from getting sick. Their findings, as published in the journal Psychological Science, found ...

Average Faces Considered Trustworthy

December 17th, 2014
New research suggests typical or average- looking faces are considered more honest than attractive, or unattractive faces. The way people judge faces is especially important in cultural environments where face typicality, or the similar structure of faces, often influences face-related judgments. “Face typicality likely ...

Work Connections Turn Stress Into Better Performance

December 17th, 2014
Challenging new research suggests that well-connected employees adapt well to pressures caused by changes in the workplace. Industries often have to implement pay cuts, reduce working hours, and provide fewer training and promotion opportunities as methods to cope with economic downturn and industry ...

Learning In Infancy Reaps Long-Term Benefits

December 17th, 2014
Developmental psychologists believe that talking to babies in their first year can provide learning benefits that are seen as much as five years later. Experts say the benefits are particularly associated with naming things in the infant’s world, as this can help the ...