Work and Career News

Should Individual Happiness Be a Political Goal?

November 5th, 2014
A new study examines the benefit of developing a unit of measurement that could serve as a proxy for individual happiness and psychological well-being. The measure could reflect societal conditions and the effectiveness of social policies. The metric could then be used in ...

Difficult for ‘Regular Folks’ to Gain Popularity on Twitter

November 3rd, 2014
A new study from Spain provides rather sobering recommendations for Twitter users who desire to increase their popularity. Investigators found that the imbalanced structure of Twitter, where some users have many followers and the vast majority barely have a few dozen followers, means ...

Walking Workstations Can Improve Mental & Physical Health

October 30th, 2014
Going to work is often associated with high stress and low physical activity. For many, work is characterized by long hours of sitting, which is linked to poor health. Emerging research has shown that sitting is very bad for our mental health, increases ...

Uneven Financial Deals Tend to Stress All Parties

October 29th, 2014
While it might be expected that those on the short end of financial negotiations suffer stress, new research suggests that when people make very low offers they also experience emotional distress. In the new study, Australian researchers examined the physiological reactions of participants ...

Religiosity May Reduce Suicidal Thoughts in African-Americans

October 28th, 2014
Research suggests religiosity among African-Americans helps to keep suicidal rates low despite the psychological stress of racism. "African-Americans experience an inordinate amount of psychological strain through racial discrimination, leading to depression, hopelessness, and other high risk factors for suicide, but demonstrate significantly lower ...

Adult Kids Like It When Parents Can Check In On Multiple Platforms

October 27th, 2014
New research suggests young adults report enhanced satisfaction when their parents can connect with them over multiple communication channels. Communication methods include landlines and cell phones, email, social networking sites, etc. Jennifer Schon, a doctoral student in communication studies at the University of Kansas ...

Army Enlistees Similar to Civilians But Some Disorders More Prevalent

October 27th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that while military enrollees do not share the exact psychological profile as socio-demographically comparable civilians, they are more similar than previously thought. One study found that new soldiers and matched civilians are equally likely to have experienced at least one ...

What Motivates People to Pursue Dream Jobs?

October 25th, 2014
What inspires students to take action and truly pursue their dream jobs? According to new research, they need a vivid and detailed picture depicting their future success. Simply knowing that they have the right grades or skills doesn’t seem to motivate. “Students who have ...

Software Model Predicts Risk of Depression Relapse

October 23rd, 2014
German neuroscientists have written a software program that they believe can calculate the risk for experiencing a major depression relapse. For the project, Selver Demic, M.D., of the Ruhr University Bochum and his colleagues from the Mercator Research Group examined a variety of factors ...

Action Video Games Improve Sensorimotor Skills

October 20th, 2014
A new study discovered people who play action video games such as "Call of Duty" or "Assassin's Creed" were able to learn a new sensorimotor skill quicker than non-gamers. University of Toronto researchers believe the study shows that action video games strengthen sensorimotor ...