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Trusting People Show Distinctive Brain Development

Trusting People Show Distinctive Brain Development

March 9th, 2015
New research shows that trusting people have two areas of the brain that are more enlarged than people who are not as trusting. University of Georgia researchers believe the research may have implications for future treatments of psychological conditions such as autism. Each autism ...
Smartphone Laziness?

Does Smartphone Use = Laziness?

March 6th, 2015
New research suggests smartphones are making us cognitively lazy. And, the evidence is still out as to if this will be an issue as we age. The ubiquitous cellular devices allow us to obtain information without having to retrieve information that is traditionally ...
Twitter Useful for Smoking Cessation Programs

Twitter Useful for Smoking Cessation Programs

March 5th, 2015
Use of Twitter to communicate with others appears to provide a level of social support and collegiality that helps smokers kick the habit. University of California, Irvine (UCI), and Stanford University researchers discovered that when subjects in a smoking cessation program tweet each other ...
Online Support Can Help Spouses of Alcoholics

Online Support Can Help Spouses of Alcoholics

March 4th, 2015
Women married to men with alcohol abuse problems can face a host of barriers that prevent them from obtaining necessary support. A new program, developed by researchers at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA), helps these women receive Internet-based, interactive support program. Approximately ...
Tearjerkers Tend to Jack Up Popcorn Sales

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 ...
Social Media Fuels New Psychological Insights

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, ...
Simple Maze Test May ID At-Risk Older Drivers

Simple Maze Test May ID At-Risk Older Drivers

March 1st, 2015
A simple three-minute maze test may accurately identify drivers who are at greater risk for getting into serious car accidents due to cognitive impairments, according to a new study sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The research team, led by psychological ...
After-Hours Work Email & Texts Bug Employees

After-Hours Work Email & Texts Bug Employees

March 1st, 2015
Employees who receive work-related emails and texts after hours become angry more often than not, which can interfere with their personal lives, according to a new study. For their study, researchers surveyed 341 working adults over a seven-day period to track their feelings ...
Cyberbullying Often Goes Unchecked

Cyberbullying Often Goes Unchecked

February 25th, 2015
New research suggests people tend to avoid direct confrontation with a cyberbully, even when they have an opportunity to make a difference. In a new study, 221 college students participated in an online chat room in which they watched a fellow student get ...
YouTube Videos Tend to Glamorize Intoxication

YouTube Videos Tend to Glamorize Intoxication

February 23rd, 2015
A new analysis discovers that the 70 most popular videos depicting drunkenness on YouTube account for more than 330 million views. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health (CRMTH) discovered the videos rarely portray the negative ...