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Journalists at Risk for PTSD

August 12th, 2014
Emerging research finds that working with images of extreme violence increases the risk of psychological trauma to journalists -- including post-traumatic stress disorder. A study, published by JRSM Open, shows that frequent, repetitive viewing of traumatic images by journalists working with ...

Can Reading Fiction Improve Empathy?

August 12th, 2014
An emerging theory suggests exposure to narrative fiction can improve an individual’s ability to understand what other people are thinking or feeling. Dr. Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, said, "we understand stories using basic cognitive functions, and there is ...

‘Just-Enough’ Gaming Linked to Well-Adjusted Kids

August 9th, 2014
Could a video game a day keep the doctor away? New research from Oxford University shows that kids who engage in less than an hour of video game playing each day are better adjusted and have fewer conduct problems than those who ...

Low Vitamin D Can Hike Risk of Dementia in Elderly

August 8th, 2014
New research suggests Vitamin D deficiency in older individuals can significantly increase their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. A team of international researchers found that study participants who were severely Vitamin D deficient were more than twice as likely to develop dementia ...

Research Shows Older Adults More Alert in the Morning

August 7th, 2014
A new study provides strong evidence of noticeable differences in brain function through the day for older adults. Canadian researchers discovered older adults perform better on demanding cognitive tasks in the morning. Moreover, brain imaging shows that during this time of the day, ...

Crank the Subwoofers to Feel Powerful

August 6th, 2014
New research substantiates a common behavior displayed by many athletics, teens, and younger adults. The action is the blasting of music through headphones or in cars in preparation for an event, or as a statement of dominance or confidence -- with bass ...

Online Breaks Enhance Productivity

August 5th, 2014
A new study suggests ubiquitous technology and social media opportunities may promote, rather than hinder, employee efficiency. Specifically, the use of online breaks at work can refresh workers and boost productivity. The research provides a prescient view of how emerging technology can be ...

Risk Glorifying Video-Games Stimulate Bad Behaviors

August 5th, 2014
Emerging research suggests teenagers who play mature-rated, risk-glorifying video games are more likely to engage in a wide range of deviant behaviors. Dartmouth researchers found that playing the games increased subsequent risk of behaviors beyond aggression, including alcohol use, smoking cigarettes, delinquency, and ...

Happiness Depends on Recent Rewards and Expectations

August 5th, 2014
Scientists at University College London (UCL) have developed a mathematical equation to accurately predict how happy people will say they are at a specific point in time. The model was tested on over 18,000 people worldwide with results showing that moment-to-moment happiness reflects ...

TeleSupport Helps Reduce Caregiver Stress

July 31st, 2014
Taking care of a loved one who has a chronic illness can take a toll on the caregiver. A new study has found that a support program administered entirely by telephone can significantly reduce depression and other symptoms in informal caregivers, such as ...