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Facebook Changes May Mask Personality of Strangers

September 12th, 2014
New research finds that many people can accurately detect the personality traits of strangers through Facebook activity. However, researchers also believe changes made by Facebook over the past three years makes this a much more difficult task. University of Kansas researchers sampled 100 Facebook ...

Youth Find it Hard to Resist Immediate Rewards

September 12th, 2014
University of Iowa investigators found teenagers are far more sensitive than adults to the immediate effect or reward of their behaviors. Thus, when a teen performs an action then pleads that they could not keep themselves from doing the deed, they may be correct. ...

Collective Pain Can Have a Benefit

September 12th, 2014
The anniversary of 9/11 reminds us that even the most horrific circumstances can have a positive effect, in some cases by bringing together a community, a city, or an entire nation. New research suggests that, despite its unpleasantness, pain may actually have positive social ...

Stress Can Hasten Death in Older Men

September 11th, 2014
New research suggests that high stress is associated with an earlier death than average for older men. Investigators determined the stress could come from chronic everyday hassles or a series of significant life events. “We’re looking at long-term patterns of stress -- if your stress ...

Family Income, Kids’ Age Moderate Effects of Parental Separation

September 11th, 2014
Children of separated parents in high- as opposed to low-income families are more likely to experience problems, according to a new study in the journal Child Development. And going from a single-parent family into a stepparent family improved children’s behavior in higher-income families, but ...

Bullying Methods Change as Students Age

September 11th, 2014
New research suggests the way students are bullied changes as students’ age with verbal and physical bullying decreasing and cyberbullying increasing. Investigators also discovered non-native English speakers are not bullied more often than native English speakers and bullying increases as students transition from ...

Depression Best Managed by Staying On Job

September 11th, 2014
When depressed, going to work has more therapeutic value than staying home and taking sick leave. The findings stem from an Australian study that found attending work while suffering a depressive illness could help employees better manage their depression more than taking a ...

Social Support, Positive Mindset Critical for Diabetics

September 10th, 2014
New research suggests people living with diabetes experience distinct emotional, psychological, and social challenges --issues that are often overshadowed by attention to medical concerns. Although diabetes is a disease that affects someone for a lifetime, researchers from Penn State College of Medicine discovered ...

Workout Before the Bell May Reduce ADHD Symptoms in Class

September 10th, 2014
Before-school physical activity may help improve a child’s attention span in the classroom. A new study suggests offering daily before-school, aerobic activities to younger at-risk children could help in reducing symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in the classroom and at home. Michigan State ...

Addicted to Eating But Not to Foods

September 10th, 2014
New research suggests people do not become addicted to donuts or sodas, but they can become addicted to eating for its own sake. UK researchers discovered the brain does not respond to nutrients in the same way as it does to addictive drugs ...