Social Psychology News

Early Trauma Plus ADHD Ups Risk of Self-Harm

March 4th, 2015
Young women with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a history of a troubled childhood are at greater risk for a variety of negative psychosocial outcomes. Specifically, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), found that women with ADHD who have ...

CBT for Kids’ Anxiety Can Have Lasting Benefits

March 4th, 2015
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic approach frequently used to treat childhood anxiety. New research suggests that when CBT is successful in reducing the childhood anxiety, the technique also conveys considerable benefit years after the treatment. In a new study, Penn Medicine researchers found ...

Tearjerkers Tend to Jack Up Popcorn Sales

March 3rd, 2015
Researchers from Cornell University have found that sad movies are associated with a large increase in popcorn consumption. Specifically, scientists from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab showed moviegoers watching tearjerkers consumed more popcorn both in the lab and in a mall theater ...

Low Self-Esteem Hinders Intimate Partner Communication

March 2nd, 2015
New research from Canada suggests people with low self-esteem are more likely to stay in unhappy relationships. University of Waterloo investigators found that sufferers of low self-esteem tend not to voice relationship complaints with their partner because they fear rejection. This finding was somewhat contrary ...

Social Media Fuels New Psychological Insights

March 2nd, 2015
Psychological research has never been the same after social media opened up a digital world of big data. During a recent conference, researchers discussed new methods of language analysis, and how social media can be leveraged to study personality, mental and physical health, ...

Does Money = Happiness ?

March 2nd, 2015
Emerging research looks at the relationship between money and well-being and finds conflicting evidence on the link between money and happiness. Research published in the journal Psychological Science has shown that experiential purchases -- money spent on doing -- may provide more enduring ...

Rejection Seems to Hurt Depressed People Longer

February 28th, 2015
The pain of social rejection lasts longer for people with untreated depression, according to a new study. That’s because the brain cells of depressed people release less of a natural pain and stress-reducing chemical called natural opioids, researchers report in the journal Molecular ...

Link between Chronic Insomnia and Mortality

February 27th, 2015
Researchers have identified an association between persistent insomnia and increased inflammation and mortality. Scientists from the University of Arizona found that people who suffer from persistent insomnia are at greater risk of death than those who experience intermittent insomnia. Their study has been ...

Traveling in Social Circles is Important to Improving Cities

February 27th, 2015
Where we go and who we visit is an important issue to urban planners as they work to improve our cities and our environment. A new Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study discovers that twenty percent of our movement around town is ...

Perception of Team Environment Boosts Desire to Complete Difficult Tasks

February 27th, 2015
Researchers have discovered that believing we are working together with others greatly improves our motivation to complete difficult tasks. Amazingly, the perception of a team environment enhances our drive, even we are actually working along. Stanford psychological scientists Priyanka B. Carr and ...