- Want a better relationship and a better sex life?
- One technique therapists use that really helps depressed patients
- New study reveals Tetris can block cravings
- Passion for your job? If not, it’s attainable
- Some single people are happy on their own, research finds
- Chestnut leaves yield extract that disarms deadly staph bacteria
- Making a mistake can be rewarding, study finds
A new MRI study has found that having the opportunity to learn from failure can turn it into a positive experience – if the brain has a chance to learn from its mistakes.
- Study shows TV’s subliminal influence on women’s perception of pregnancy and birth
The research reveals the profound influence that reality TV and fictional programs have on pregnant women’s perceptions of pregnancy and the birthing process, even when they do not necessarily believe they are affected.
- American women use book club memberships in dating field
For American women, a book club membership means more than having status as a reader, as it might pay dividends to them in the dating field as well.
- Women more likely than men to initiate divorces, but not non-marital breakups
Women are more likely than men to initiate divorces, but women and men are just as likely to end non-marital relationships, according to a new study
- Trust me: Dartmouth researcher sheds light on why people trust
Trust matters whether it’s love, money or another part of our everyday lives that requires risk, and a new study by a Dartmouth brain researcher and his collaborators sheds light on what motivates people to make that leap of faith.
- The stomach is the way to a woman’s heart, too
“In this case, they were more responsive when fed,” she said. “This data suggests that eating may prime or sensitize young women to rewards beyond food. It also supports a shared neurocircuitry for food and sex.”
- Long distance travelers likely contributing to antibiotic resistance’s spread
Swedish exchange students who studied in India and in central Africa returned from their sojourns with an increased diversity of antibiotic resistance genes in their gut microbiomes.
- Unraveling the link between brain and lymphatic system
Lymphatic vessels are found in the central nervous system where they were not known to exist. The meningeal linings of brain have a lymphatic vessel network that has direct connections to the systemic lymphatic network elsewhere in the body.
- Communities with beautiful scenery, weather have lower rates of religious affiliation
Counties in the United States with more beautiful weather and scenery have lower rates of membership and affiliation with religious organizations, according to a Baylor University study.
“Beautiful weather, mountains and waterfronts can serve as conduits to the sacred, just like traditional religious congregations,” said lead author Todd W. Ferguson, a doctoral candidate in sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.
- What we’ve been getting wrong about choosing gifts
Buying a gift can feel like a test. You want the gift to show how thoughtful you’ve been, and how you’ve taken the recipient’s interests and personality into account. Yet according to the authors of a new psychology paper, this isn’t the optimal approach. You and the recipient will likely feel closer to one another if you buy them a gift that says something about you, not them
- Why words get stuck on the tip of your tongue, and how to stop it recurring
When the students in these experiments spontaneously resolved a tip-of-the-tongue state (i.e. they finally managed to find the word before the researchers told it to them), they were subsequently far less likely to get stuck again.
- Artificial intelligence improves fine wine price prediction
The price fluctuation of fine wines can now be predicted more accurately using a novel artificial intelligence approach developed by researchers at UCL. The method could be used to help fine wine investors make more informed decisions about their portfolios and encourage non-wine investors to start looking at wine in this manner and hence increase the net trade of wine.
- Frequent travel is damaging to health and wellbeing, according to new study
The images portrayed of jet setting do not take into account the damaging side effects of frequent travel such as jet-lag, deep vein thrombosis, radiation exposure, stress, loneliness and distance from community and family networks.
- It’s official: Workplace rudeness is contagious
Encountering rude behavior at work makes people more likely to perceive rudeness in later interactions, a University of Florida study shows. That perception makes them more likely to be impolite in return, spreading rudeness like a virus.
- Perfectionism linked to burnout at work, school and sports, research finds
Concerns about perfectionism can sabotage success at work, school or on the playing field, leading to stress, burnout and potential health problems, according to new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
- Starvation effects handed down for generations
In nature, the worms live a boom-or-bust lifestyle in which the occasional famine will devastate the population, but not all of the worms are killed. The survivors are smaller and less fertile, and they acquire a toughness that lasts at least two generations.
- McMaster scientists show a link between intestinal bacteria and depression
Scientists at McMaster University have discovered that intestinal bacteria play an important role in inducing anxiety and depression. The new study is the first to explore the role of intestinal microbiota in the altered behaviour that is a consequence of early life stress.
- Children with good memories are better liars, research shows
Children who benefit from a good memory are much better at covering up lies, researchers from the University of Sheffield have discovered.
- Why Alfred Hitchcock grabs your attention
The movies of Alfred Hitchcock have made palms sweat and pulses race for more than 65 years. Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have now learned how the Master of Suspense affects audiences’ brains.
- Self-proclaimed experts more vulnerable to the illusion of knowledge
New research reveals that the more people think they know about a topic in general, the more likely they are to allege knowledge of completely made-up information and false facts, a phenomenon known as “overclaiming.”
- Altruism is simpler than we thought
A new computational model of how the brain makes altruistic choices is able to predict when a person will act generously in a scenario involving the sacrifice of money.
- Your phone knows if you’re depressed
You can fake a smile, but your phone knows the truth. Depression can be detected from your smartphone sensor data by tracking the number of minutes you use the phone and your daily geographical locations, reports a small Northwestern Medicine study.
- The trustworthiness of an inmate’s face may seal his fate
The research, published in Psychological Science, reveals that inmates whose faces were rated as low in trustworthiness by independent observers were more likely to have received the death sentence than inmates whose faces were perceived as more trustworthy, even when the inmates were later exonerated of the crime.
- It’s not what you do, but how you get yourself to exercise that matters
Developing any habit–good or bad–starts with a routine, and exercise is no exception. The trick is making exercise a habit that is hard to break. According to a new Iowa State University study, that may be easier to accomplish by focusing on cues that make going for a run or to the gym automatic.
- Blue eyes linked to alcohol dependence
People with blue eyes might have a greater chance of becoming alcoholics, according to a unique new study by genetic researchers at the University of Vermont.
- Everyday access to nature improves quality of life in older adults
Green and “blue” spaces (environments with running or still water) are especially beneficial for healthy aging in seniors says new research.
- Take notes by hand for better long-term comprehension
Dust off those Bic ballpoints and college-ruled notebooks — research shows that taking notes by hand is better than taking notes on a laptop for remembering conceptual information over the long term.
- Scientist works on taste, texture and color of lab-produced hamburger
A Guardian readership survey, and later an independent survey in the Netherlands, found more than 60 percent of consumers surveyed said they would buy and eat a cultured burger.
- Losing half a night of sleep makes memories less accessible in stressful situations
It is known that sleep facilitates the formation of long-term memory in humans. In a new study, researchers from Uppsala University, Sweden, now show that sleep does not only help form long-term memory but also ensures access to it during times of cognitive stress.
- Changing faces: We can look more trustworthy, but not more competent, NYU research finds
The study points to both the limits and potential we have in visually representing ourselves–from dating and career-networking sites to social media posts.
- Mindfulness Wrap by Dr Christian Jarrett for the BPS
The estimable Dr Christian Jarrett overviews Mindfulness in the latest Research Digest from the British Psychological Society.
- Is marriage good or bad for the figure?
Numerous studies have shown that marriage is good for your health. As a team of researchers from Basel, Nuremberg, and Berlin have now found, however, that does not apply to all health indicators. Their findings show that married couples on average eat better than singles, but that they also weigh significantly more and do less sport.
- Longer acquaintance levels the romantic playing field
Partners who become romantically involved soon after meeting tend to be more similar in physical attractiveness than partners who get together after knowing each other for a while, according to new findings
- Consciousness has less control than believed, according to new theory
Consciousness — the internal dialogue that seems to govern one’s thoughts and actions — is far less powerful than people believe, serving as a passive conduit rather than an active force that exerts control, according to a new theory proposed by an SF State researcher.
- Emotional brains ‘physically different’ to rational ones
Researchers at Monash University have found physical differences in the brains of people who respond emotionally to others’ feelings, compared to those who respond more rationally, in a study published in the journal NeuroImage.