Research News

Breakfast Boosts Dopamine, Helps Regulate Overeating and Cravings

October 18th, 2014
A new study has found that eating breakfast, especially foods rich in protein, increases the levels of a brain chemical associated with feelings of reward, which can help reduce food cravings and overeating later in the day. “Our research showed that people experience ...

Walk This Way, And Change Your Mood

October 18th, 2014
It’s no surprise that our mood is often reflected in how we walk. Happy? Then we’re bouncing along, head up. Sad? Then we walk much slower with slumped shoulders. New research shows that the opposite is true as well. Imitating a happy or sad ...

Study Looks at Way to Reduce Youth Suicides

October 17th, 2014
A new Canadian study finds that early detection of mental health issues and better exchange of health information can reduce youth suicides. Scientists from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University studied 67 suicide completers ages 25 and under and matched ...

Siblings Can Help Develop Prosocial Behavior

October 17th, 2014
A new study may lead to a rewriting of the textbooks as researchers discover a positive sibling relationship helps boys, as well as girls. The finding is a surprise to family scholars because boys typically report that they benefit less than girls from ...

Circadian Rhythms of Gut Microbes Tied to Obesity

October 17th, 2014
A new study suggests that messing with the biorhythms of our gut bacteria can cause obesity. Researchers studied gut microbes in mice and humans and discovered the bacteria have circadian rhythms controlled by the biological clock of the host in which they live. Investigators ...

Neuroscience Mythology Hampers Teaching

October 17th, 2014
Despite efforts to used fact-based approaches in education, teachers and the public may be incorrect on core assumptions that influence the way educational material is presented. In a new study, researchers from the University of Bristol wanted to show that educators often fail ...

Many Women Blame Poverty on Failed Relationships, Early Motherhood

October 16th, 2014
New research suggest policymakers and health authorities can help women rise out of poverty by learning the factors that women believe influenced their current social condition. Kristin Mickelson, Ph.D., of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University, and Emily ...

Risk Factors for Sexual Assault May Help Prevent It

October 16th, 2014
A new Danish study identifies risk factors associated with sexual assault and finds that most women were in their late teens or early 20s and knew their attacker before the incident. Many of the assaults were not associated with physical injury, but alcohol often played ...

Seeing ADHD On A Spectrum, Not A Disease Category

October 16th, 2014
A new study suggests that there is a natural spectrum of attention function in the general population, with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at one extreme. Accordingly, a genetic analysis may be able to predict children who will be a high risk for ADHD. If ...

Good Luck Finding a Shrink

October 16th, 2014
A new study finds that scheduling an appointment with an outpatient psychiatrist is a grim challenge -- even those with private insurance or willing to pay cash have poor odds of actually seeing one. Harvard researchers attempted to access private outpatient psychiatric care ...