Psychology News

Physically Fit Kids Have More Compact Brain White Matter

August 20th, 2014
A new study shows that nine and 10-year-old kids who are more aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white-matter tracts in their brains than kids who are less fit. According to researchers, white matter describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve ...

Nurses Driven By Desire to Help Others More Apt to Burn Out

August 20th, 2014
Nurses who are primarily motivated by a desire to help others, rather than by enjoyment of the work itself or the lifestyle it makes possible, are more likely to burn out on the job, according to a new study. According to researchers at ...

Preschool Figure Drawings Correlate With IQ a Decade Later

August 20th, 2014
A four-year-old child’s drawings of a person can possibly reveal their intelligence levels then and also a decade later, according to a new study at Kings’ College London. But parents shouldn’t worry if their child draws poorly, as it isn’t the only ...

Childhood Neglect, Not Abuse, Best Predicter of Violence in Teen Boys

August 20th, 2014
Boys who have been physically neglected are at greater risk of becoming violent teenagers than even those who have suffered from physical abuse, according to researchers at Penn State studying incarcerated male adolescents. Examples of physical neglect include not taking a sick or ...

Postpartum Difficulties Not Just Limited to Depression

August 19th, 2014
Beyond postpartum depression, there are several other lesser-known mental health risks during the perinatal period (just before and after a baby is born), and this includes the added pressure of becoming a “super” mom or dad, according to a University of Kansas ...

Even 6-Year-Olds Have Advanced Ideas About Fairness

August 19th, 2014
A new study suggests that children as young as six have advanced ideas about fairness, and are willing to pay a personal price to intervene in what they believe are unfair situations. But the study also shows that when reacting to unfair behavior, ...

In Kids, Physical Disabilities Down But Others Are Up — Especially Among Rich

August 19th, 2014
Although physical disabilities have declined among U.S. children, there has been a sharp rise in mental and developmental problems, especially in those from wealthier families, according to a 10-year analysis published in the journal Pediatrics. Children from poor families, however, still bear the ...

In Quest for Work-Life Balance, Men Tend to Win Out

August 19th, 2014
A new study shows that when asking for flexible work arrangements, especially for childcare-related reasons, men are more likely to have an advantage. Researcher Dr. Christin Munsch, an assistant professor of sociology at Furman University, analyzed the reactions both men and women received ...

Stuck in Limbo: How Schizophrenia Gets In the Way of Goals

August 18th, 2014
A new study may explain why people with schizophrenia have difficulty achieving real-world goals, such as making friends, completing their education, and finding a job. The study, from researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia, found that people with schizophrenia struggle to ...

Imaging Study Shows How Children Memorize Facts

August 18th, 2014
New brain-imaging research reveals how the brain reorganizes itself as children learn basic math facts. "As children learn basic arithmetic, they go from solving problems by counting on their fingers to pulling facts from memory," researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine ...