Social Psychology News

Obesity Tied to Perceptions of Low Competence; Warmth Overrides This Bias

Obesity Tied to Perceptions of Low Competence; Warmth Overrides This Bias

March 27th, 2015
Regardless of their credentials, overweight individuals are often perceived as being less competent, according to new research on weight bias at Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  The researchers say that this negative bias may be based on the notion that obese ...
Mice Study Suggests High-Fat Diet Can Change Behavior

Mice Study Suggests High-Fat Diet Can Change Behavior

March 27th, 2015
Researchers have known that a high-fat diet is linked to a variety of medical problems such as heart disease, stroke, and even cancer. Emerging research suggests a high-fat diet may also increase the risk for depression and other psychiatric disorders. As discussed in a ...
Military Report Finds Strong Link between PTSD and Heart Disease

Military Report Finds Strong Link between PTSD and Heart Disease

March 27th, 2015
A new study finds that veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder had a significantly greater risk of developing heart failure when compared with non-PTSD peers. For the research, Department of Veteran Affairs researchers studied more than 8,000 veterans living in Hawaii and the Pacific ...
Roseroot Herb for Depression

Roseroot Herb for Depression

March 27th, 2015
A new preliminary study suggests a herbal remedy may someday serve as a treatment option for depression. This outcome stems from a small study that found the alternative medical approach provided almost the same relief without side effects. Researchers at the Perelman ...
Do More Academic Challenges = Higher IQ?

Do More Academic Challenges = Higher IQ?

March 26th, 2015
The argument on the role of nature (genetics) verse nurture (environment) for influencing a person’s intelligence has taken a new chapter. Pennsylvania State University researchers believe more schooling -- and the more mentally challenging problems tackled in those schools -- may be the ...
'Bystander Effect' Evident in Young Kids

‘Bystander Effect’ Evident in Young Kids

March 26th, 2015
As young as five years old, children begin to show the “bystander effect,” meaning that they are less likely to help a person in need when there are other children available to help, according to a new study published in the journal ...
Marital Partners Usually Share Religious Beliefs

Marital Partners Usually Share Religious Beliefs

March 26th, 2015
New research suggests we tend to marry people with similar religious or non-religious beliefs because we perceive they will have similar personality traits. Investigators from New Zealand's University of Otago believe this phenomenon, known as "religious homogamy" is partially a result of inferences ...
Humans Seem Hard-Wired for Multiple Romantic Relationships

Humans Seem Hard-Wired for Multiple Romantic Relationships

March 26th, 2015
A new research review article suggests the human brain has been designed to rebound from past romantic relationships. That is, our psyche can handle falling in and out of love, over and over again. "Our review of the literature suggests we have a ...
MDs Urged to Disclose Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

MDs Urged to Disclose Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

March 25th, 2015
A new report by the Alzheimer's Association's discovered that only 45 percent of people with Alzheimer's disease or their caregivers say they were told the diagnosis by their doctor. Although physicians may be fearful of causing a patient distress, researchers found that more ...
Home Environment Packs Big Impact on Kids' IQ

Home Environment Packs Big Impact on Kids’ IQ

March 25th, 2015
A new study suggests a nurturing environment plays a strong role in enhancing a child’s intelligence. Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the University of Virginia, and Lund University in Sweden discovered that young adults who were raised in educated households develop higher ...