Psychology News

Computer Game Can Detect Classroom Bullies

November 15th, 2014
A new computer game has been developed by researchers at the University of Illinois that is able to identify bullies in elementary classrooms and help experts better understand peer aggression, whether it occurs online or in-person. The game has an advantage over traditional ...

Exercise Shown to Benefit Parkinson’s Patients

November 15th, 2014
Regular exercise has been confirmed as an important part of Parkinson’s disease therapy, one that can enhance patients’ quality of life and slow disease progression, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. “Regular exercisers at baseline were associated with better metrics of quality ...

Overcoming Fear With Oxytocin

November 15th, 2014
Researchers at the University of Bonn Hospital have demonstrated that the bonding hormone oxytocin inhibits the fear center in the brain, allowing fear to subside more easily. The study, which appears in the journal Biological Psychiatry, could usher in a new era in ...

Weight Loss Pills Counterproductive

November 14th, 2014
American culture is dominated by quick fixes -- or “have an app for that” mentality. Similarly, we have a belief that technology can cure all ills, even obesity. Experts note that the sale and use of weight loss pills and remedies ...

Good News for Those with Social Anxiety Disorder

November 14th, 2014
New research suggests people with social anxiety disorder have an unfounded opinion that their friendships are shallow. Although it may be extremely difficult for people with social anxiety disorder to make friends, the belief that the friendship are not of the highest ...

Are Community Mental Providers Ready for Military Veterans?

November 14th, 2014
A new RAND Corporation study finds that most community-based mental health providers are not well prepared to take care of the special needs of military veterans and their families. The report was commissioned by United Health Foundation in collaboration with the Military Officers ...

Moms Better at Helping Girls Develop Emotional Skills

November 14th, 2014
New research suggests the conversations mothers have with their daughters tend to contain more emotional words and content than the conversations they have with their sons. Investigators surmise this learned emotional sensitivity will aid females as gender equity expands in the workforce. UK ...

Learning a New Language is an Excellent Mental Workout

November 14th, 2014
New research suggests learning a new language is a healthy mental challenge as brain networks are stimulated both structurally and functionally. Pennsylvania State researchers believe the brain improves with the correct amount of stress in a similar manner by which muscles improve with ...

New Scientific Algorithm Better at Predicting Army Suicides

November 13th, 2014
A scientific algorithm based upon medical records and actuarial data can better help identify those most at risk for committing suicide than other methods, according to a new study. Previous research has found that such actuarial data was found to be a better ...

Avatars Can Improve Self-Compassion

November 13th, 2014
A new UK study discovers self-compassion can be learned and enhanced by using avatars in an immersive virtual reality environment. Researchers believe this inventive approach can help to reduce self-criticism and increase self-compassion and feelings of contentment in naturally self-critical individuals. Investigators believe ...