- Neuropsychology: Power naps produce a significant improvement in memory performance
- Trust increases with age; benefits well-being
- Exercise linked to improved erectile and sexual function in men
- World’s largest asteroid impacts found in central Australia
- Study: Zinc deficiency linked to immune system response, particularly in older adults
- Global water use may outstrip supply by mid-century
- Consumers Value Handmade Products: What’s Love Got to Do with It?
Machine-made products today are often of very good quality, and many are relatively cheaper than their handmade counterparts. But they are missing the key ingredient of “love,”
- High-Energy TV Commercials: Too Much Stress for Consumers?
Consumers are tuning out TV commercials, making advertisers run louder, higher-energy ads to force their attention. This may be backfiring critically when consumers are watching sad or relaxing shows, according to a new study in the Journal of Marketing.
- New MIND diet may significantly protect against Alzheimer’s disease
A new diet, appropriately known by the acronym MIND, could significantly lower a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, even if the diet is not meticulously followed,
- Flower-enriched farms boost bee populations
Flower strips sown into farmers’ fields not only attract bees but increase their numbers, new University of Sussex research has shown.
- Hunger versus reward: How do anorexics control their appetite?
Many adults, regardless of their weight, resolve to avoid fatty foods and unhealthy desserts. But despite one’s best intentions, when the moment for decision comes, that chocolate lava cake is often too enticing and self-control vanishes.
- How much math, science homework is too much?
More than 70 minutes homework is too much for adolescents, researchers find.
- Stress management techniques improve long-term mood and quality of life
Providing women with skills to manage stress early in their breast cancer treatment can improve their mood and quality of life many years later.
- Study: Men tend to be more narcissistic than women
The study compiled 31 years of narcissism research and found that men consistently scored higher in narcissism across multiple generations and regardless of age.
- Actresses must be picky about with whom they work to survive in movie industry
Actresses need to be pickier than men about with whom they work if they want to survive in the movie industry, suggests a new study.
- Mind reading thanks to metaphors
Sharpen your ability to tune into other people’s emotional or mental states by observing the metaphors they use. Why is this? Because metaphors can in fact help one to ‘mind read’.
- New work schedule could cure your ‘social jetlag’
Now, researchers report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on March 12 that sleep and workers’ general wellbeing could be improved if work schedules took workers’ biological clocks into account
- Look, something shiny! How color images can influence consumers
When it comes to buying things, our brains can’t see the big, black-and-white forest for all the tiny, colorful trees.
- Deciding on a purchase: Does it matter if you look up or down while shopping?
Next time you look up at a higher shelf in a store or down at your phone when making a purchase, think about how the direction you are looking could influence your decision.
- British Psychological Society report challenges received wisdom about mental illness
The problems we think of as ‘psychosis’ – hearing voices, believing things that others find strange, or appearing out of touch with reality – can be understood in the same way as other psychological problems such as anxiety or shyness.
- Could yoga lessen prenatal depression?
In a small pilot study, researchers at Brown University, Butler Hospital, and Women & Infants’ Hospital have found evidence suggesting that yoga could help pregnant women with significant depression reduce the severity of the mood disorder.
- The “Backfire Effect”: Correcting false beliefs about vaccines can be surprisingly counterproductive
According to a new study, 43 per cent of the US population wrongly believes that the flu vaccine can give you flu. In actual fact this is not the case – any adverse reaction, besides a temperature and aching muscles for a short time, is rare, the British Psychological Society reports.
- Nice to sniff you: Handshakes may engage our sense of smell
Why do people shake hands? A new Weizmann Institute study suggests one of the reasons for this ancient custom may be to check out each other’s odors. Even if we are not consciously aware of this, handshaking may provide people with a socially acceptable way of communicating via the sense of smell.
- Friends know how long you’ll live, study finds
Peer estimates of your personality can predict longevity
- Is your busy schedule affecting your health? Time might not be the problem
The modern schedule is infamously frantic, leaving many of us feeling constantly pressed for time. But that feeling may not have much to do with time itself, according to a new study
- Blockbusters: Can EEGs predict a movie’s success better than surveys?
Brain activity visible through EEG measures may be a much cheaper and more accurate way to predict the commercial success of movies.
- Basic personality changes linked to unemployment, study finds
Unemployment can change peoples’ core personalities, making some less conscientious, agreeable and open, which may make it difficult for them to find new jobs, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.
- The growing evidence on standardized packaging of tobacco products
Plain packaging may reduce smoking rates in current smokers by reducing the extent to which the package acts as an unconscious trigger for smoking urges.
- Protein linked to longevity and enhanced cognition protects against Alzheimer’s symptoms
“It’s remarkable that we can improve cognition in a diseased brain despite the fact that it’s riddled with toxins,” says lead author Dena Dubal
- Can you judge a man by his fingers?
Men with short index fingers and long ring fingers are on average nicer towards women, and this unexpected phenomenon stems from the hormones these men have been exposed to in their mother’s womb, according to a new study by researchers at McGill University.
- Sauna use associated with reduced risk of cardiac, all-cause mortality
A new study suggests men who engaged in frequent sauna use had reduced risks of fatal cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality
- The sound of intellect: Job seeker’s voice reveals intelligence
A résumé highlighting stellar professional credentials and experience could pique the interest of a prospective employer, but it’s your voice that may actually help you land the job.
- ‘Virological penicillin': Plant MIR2911 directly targets influenza A viruses
A plant microRNA, MIR2911, which is enriched in honeysuckle, directly targets influenza A viruses. Drinking of honeysuckle soup can prevent IAV infection and reduce H5N1-induced mice death.
- One mood keeps coming through all human language
Movie subtitles in Arabic, Twitter feeds in Korean, the famously dark literature of Russia, websites in Chinese, music lyrics in English, and even the war-torn pages of the New York Times–the researchers found that these, and probably all human language¬, skews toward the use of happy words.
- Love online is about being real, not perfect
Researchers find people prefer online profiles that present potential love interests who are successful, humble, and real
- A simple intervention can make your brain more receptive to health advice
A new discovery shows how a simple intervention–self-affirmation – can open our brains to accept advice that is hard to hear.
- Napping reverses health effects of poor sleep
A short nap can help relieve stress and bolster the immune systems of men who slept only two hours the previous night, according to a new study
- Women to take control on binge drinking
RWR is the first study designed to describe and explain midlife women’s recovery change processes (mental, emotional, physical and spiritual), so that the findings can be used to help other women with AUDs, healthcare practitioners, peers in recovery, community services, supporters, educators and policy makers.
- Acute psychological stress reduces ability to withstand physical pain
A new study by Prof. Ruth Defrin finds that acute psychosocial stress has a dramatically deleterious effect on the body’s ability to modulate pain
- Forever young: Meditation might slow the age-related loss of gray matter in the brain
The scientists looked specifically at the association between age and gray matter. They compared 50 people who had mediated for years and 50 who didn’t. People in both groups showed a loss of gray matter as they aged. But the researchers found among those who meditated, the volume of gray matter did not decline as much as it did among those who didn’t.
- Power psychs people up about… themselves
A new paper suggests that what separates such people from the rest of us is their perceived sense of power: Powerful people, researchers found, draw inspiration from themselves rather than others.