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How Social Norms Suddenly Take Hold

February 4th, 2015
A new study offers a scientific explanation for how social norms can spontaneously emerge on the scene, seemingly out of nowhere, with no external forces driving their creation. The findings help explain several social occurrences, from why different regions of the country have distinct ...

How “SuperAgers’ Maintain Cognitive Abilities

February 4th, 2015
How “SuperAgers’  Maintain Cognitive AbilitiesNew research discovers the brains of some 80+ year old individuals look 30 years younger, a finding that is associated with higher social intelligence and 90 percent fewer tangles linked ...

Envy on Facebook May Trigger Depression

February 4th, 2015
In a new study, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that Facebook use can lead to symptoms of depression if the social networking site triggers feelings of envy among its users. Margaret Duffy, Ph.D., a professor and chair of strategic communication ...

Smartphones Tied to Poor Sleep In Teens

February 3rd, 2015
A new Swiss study suggests teens with smartphones are more apt to use digital media, and have an increased risk of sleep problems and depressive symptoms. Due to wireless Internet connections and cheap flat rates, teenagers with smartphones are now able to spend ...

Musical Training in Youth Can Protect Brain in Old Age

February 3rd, 2015
Scientists have found that musical training in younger years can prevent a decay in speech listening skills in later life. Canadian researchers discovered older adults who had musical training in their youth were 20 percent faster in identifying speech sounds than their non-musician ...

Should Preschoolers Use an iPad?

February 2nd, 2015
Many very young children use mobile devices these days, and little is known about their effects. In a commentary in the journal Pediatrics, researchers review the many types of interactive media available today and raise important questions regarding their use as educational tools. The ...

Tweeting About Sexism May Improve a Woman’s Well-Being

January 31st, 2015
Tweeting about sexism can improve a woman's well-being as it has the potential to let them express themselves in ways that feel empowering, according to a new study. "We know women can be badly affected by experiences of sexism and that responding publicly ...

Depression and Loneliness = Extreme Television Viewing

January 30th, 2015
New research suggests the lonelier and depressed you are, the more likely you are to binge-watch television marathons or Netflix episodes. Although settling in to watch a series of shows may seem harmless, University of Texas researchers found that younger people use this ...

Texts Rather than Apps for Mental Health Care

January 30th, 2015
Emerging research suggests that while cell phones are an emerging channel to communicate mental health information to a provider, texting is the preferred method for communication, rather than an app. This is the key finding of a new study led by researchers ...

Social Networks Can Help Dieters Lose Weight

January 29th, 2015
A recent study has found that online dieters with a high social presence lost more weight than those who did not connect with anyone. Northwestern University researchers found that those who logged in regularly to an online weight management program and "friended" other ...