Social Psychology News

Parenting Style Probably Does Not Raise IQ in Children

October 31st, 2014
The ability to improve intelligence by environmental manipulation remains a subject of considerable debate. New research explores if a parents interactions with their child can help boost the child’s intelligence. For example, does reading bedtime stories, engaging in ...

Sad Feelings Persist Much Longer than other Emotions

October 31st, 2014
As humans we all have emotional responses to change and transition. New research helps to explain the emotion of sadness and why sadness seems to last longer than other emotions. In the study, investigators discovered a person can feel sad up to 240 ...

Sleep Apnea Affects REM Sleep and Memory

October 31st, 2014
New research suggests sleep apnea may disrupt the formation of new spatial memories. Spatial memories are used every day and act as our internal compass to keep us from getting lost, remember where we left the keys, or parked the car. Sleep ...

Brain Response to Repulsive Images Predicts Political Affiliation

October 31st, 2014
A new study suggests the way a person's brain responds to a single disgusting image can be used to predict whether he or she identifies as a liberal or conservative. Still, investigators say that while a particular reaction or leaning may be ...

Pets Help Military Kids Build Resiliency

October 30th, 2014
Researchers believe strong attachments to animals may help military-connected children develop resiliency and other positive developmental traits. Defined as the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change, resiliency is acquired with practice, over time. But military children must adapt to ...

Victims & Juries May Have Different Ideas on Punishment

October 29th, 2014
A person’s perspective appears to play a critical factor in the way we believe punishment should be used to restore justice. New psychological research discovers third parties -- such as a jury -- are more likely to use punishment as a means to ...

‘Social Host’ Laws Shown to Work in California

October 29th, 2014
In a new study, researchers found "social host" laws that hold adults responsible for underage drinking on their property have reduced the number of teenage weekend drinking parties. Over the years, a variety of such laws have been enacted in many U.S. states and ...

Religiosity May Reduce Suicidal Thoughts in African-Americans

October 28th, 2014
Research suggests religiosity among African-Americans helps to keep suicidal rates low despite the psychological stress of racism. "African-Americans experience an inordinate amount of psychological strain through racial discrimination, leading to depression, hopelessness, and other high risk factors for suicide, but demonstrate significantly lower ...

Mistakes Can Aid Memory, But Only if Misses Are Close

October 28th, 2014
New research discovers that it is OK to make mistakes when learning as the errors can benefit memory and lead to the correct answer. However, the premise is true only when the incorrect response is close or meaningful to the accurate response. "Making random ...

Family-Focused Program Can Deter Dropping Out, Substance Use

October 27th, 2014
New research establishes that a family-focused intervention program leads to fewer drop-outs and lower rates of alcohol and illegal drug use. Prevention scientists at Arizona State University discovered that a family-oriented intervention for middle school Mexican American children was beneficial. "This is the first ...