Psychology News

Best Practice for Weight Control Targets Preschoolers and Parents

July 28th, 2014
New research finds a key element in the treatment of overweight and obese preschoolers is parental involvement. Investigators discovered traditional approaches to overweight prevention and treatment focusing only on the child are outdated, with interventions targeting both parent and child more effective. The ...

Inspiring Purchases Can Fuel Happiness

July 28th, 2014
New research suggests material items designed to create or enhance an experience can make shoppers just as happy as performance of life activities. San Francisco State University researchers discovered the products satisfy a different, but equally powerful, psychological need than experiential purchases. While ...

Slow Walking Speed and Memory Complaints Early Predictors of Dementia

July 27th, 2014
A simple test that measures how fast people walk and whether they have any cognitive complaints can predict the likelihood of developing dementia, according to a new study. The study, involving about 27,000 older adults on five continents, found that nearly one in ...

Early Life Experiences Influence Cognitive Abilities in Old Age

July 27th, 2014
Early life experiences, such as childhood socioeconomic status and literacy, may have greater influence on the risk of cognitive impairment later in life than demographic characteristics such as race and ethnicity, according to new research. The new study from researchers at the University ...

Win-Win Choices Lead to Dueling Brain Regions

July 27th, 2014
New research has found that when people have to choose between two or more equally positive outcomes, they often experience paradoxical feelings of pleasure and anxiety -- feelings associated with activity in different regions of the brain. A series of experiments led by ...

Being Unemployed Could Kill You, But Recession Is Good For Your Health

July 26th, 2014
It’s a conundrum: Being unemployed increases your risk of death, but recessions decrease it. While some past studies have shown that employees who lose their jobs have a higher mortality rate, others have shown that mortality actually declines in the population as unemployment ...

Babies’ Inability to Make Eye-Contact/Smile Used to Trigger Autistic Interventions

July 25th, 2014
Emerging research from the University of Miami suggests babies at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be identified before year one. Early detection of a high risk child could allow interventions to mitigate autistic behaviors. In the study, researchers studied babies at ...

Soulmates Have Worst Relationships

July 25th, 2014
Provocative new research looks into the way that people think and talk about love. Social psychologists observed that people talk and think about love in an incessant variety of ways but underlying such diversity are some common themes that frame how we think ...

Highly Educated Wives, No Longer at Increased Risk of Divorce

July 25th, 2014
For decades, sociologists have known that when a wife possessed a higher degree of educational obtainment than that her husband, her risk of divorce was higher than average. Now, a new study finds this is no longer the case. "We also found that ...

How Does Sharing Your Story Over Social Media Influence Your Emotions

July 25th, 2014
Humans enjoy sharing life stories with others. And the ability to share personal news -- both good and bad -- has exploded over the last decade, particularly via social media and texting. However, existing research on "social sharing" -- or the act ...