- Children’s self-esteem already established by age 5, new study finds
- What’s in a name? More than you think…
- Scarcity, not abundance, enhances consumer creativity, study says
- Sleep interruptions worse for mood than overall reduced amount of sleep, study finds
- How do young women view the relationship in Fifty Shades of Grey?
- Couples who have sex weekly are happiest
- Why we look at pretty faces
Few visual impressions can be compared to humans’ interest for faces. New research suggests that our brain rewards us for looking at pretty faces.
- Guilt-prone people are highly skilled at recognising other people’s emotions
A distinct trait, “guilt-proneness” tends to go hand in hand with an enhanced ability to recognise other people’s emotions, at least from their facial expressions
- Mindfulness may make memories less accurate
Participants who engaged in a 15-minute mindfulness meditation session were less able to differentiate items they actually encountered from items they only imagined.
- Life is different for people who think in metaphors
Having a proclivity for metaphors has real consequences, affecting how people respond to the world around them and even how they interact with others
- Peer-to-peer accommodation services change travel patterns in many ways
Have you ever used Airbnb or other peer-to-peer accommodation services when travelling? If yes, you are likely to travel more than you used to, you choose your destination from among a wider set of alternatives, and you are more active in your destination.
- Study reveals brain mechanism for creating durable memories
Rehearsing information immediately after being given it may be all you need to make it a permanent memory, a University of Sussex study suggests.
- Bodily maps of touch and social relationships are tightly linked
A study conducted by Aalto University and the University of Oxford shows that the bodily maps of touch are consistent across a wide range of European cultures.
- Study uncovers communication strategies couples can use to address financial uncertainty
New research from North Carolina State University details techniques romantic couples can use to address financial uncertainty, highlighting the importance of communication in managing uncertainty and reducing stress.
- The power of thank you: research links gratitude to positive marital outcomes
“We found that feeling appreciated and believing that your spouse values you directly influences how you feel about your marriage, how committed you are to it, and your belief that it will last,” said study co-author Ted Futris
- Beyond the temples, ancient bones reveal the lives of the Mayan working class
To understand what life was like for the 99 percent, one researcher turned to ancient animal bones stored at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
- ‘Paleo’ sleep? Sorry, pre-modern people don’t get more Zzzzs than we do
New evidence reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on shows that three ancient groups of hunter-gatherers–living in different parts of the world without any of those trappings of modern life–don’t get any more sleep than we do.
- High-intensity exercise changes how muscle cells manage calcium
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have discovered a cellular mechanism behind the surprising benefits …
- Firstborn, middle child, last-born: Birth order has only very small effects on personality
The question of whether a person’s position among siblings has a lasting impact on personality has occupied scientist for more than 100 years. Laypeople as well a scientist share a number of beliefs: Firstborns are supposedly perfectionists, for example, while middle children develop a talent for diplomacy and last-borns are expected to be rebellious.
- Study reveals a key role your gut bacteria play in body’s self-defense
Human intestinal flora regulates the levels of the body’s main antioxidant, glutathione, which fights a host of diseases, new research confirms. The findings could lead to new probiotic-delivering foods, and a better understanding of the metabolic processes behind diseases such as type 2 diabetes.
- Interstellar seeds could create oases of life
New research by Harvard astrophysicists shows that if life can travel between the stars (a process called panspermia), it would spread in a characteristic pattern that we could potentially identify.
- Better communication about sex is just as effective as “Female Viagra”
A hormone treatment with oxytocin improves the sexual experience of women suffering from sexual dysfunction.
- Study reveals new, potent way to boost immunity and fight viruses
Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine? in St. Louis have demonstrated a way to dial up the body’s innate immune defenses while simultaneously attacking a protein that many viruses rely on to replicate.
- Male and female hearts don’t grow old the same way
An analysis of MRI scans of the aging hearts of nearly 3,000 adults shows significant differences in the way male and female hearts change over time.
- Gut bacteria population, diversity linked to anorexia nervosa
Researchers have found that people with anorexia nervosa have very different microbial communities residing inside their guts compared to healthy individuals and that this bacterial imbalance is associated with some of the psychological symptoms related to the eating disorder.
- Survey of 5,000 reveals people’s ‘happy habits’
Happiness is more than just a feeling; it is something we can all practise on a daily basis. But people are better at some ‘happy habits’ than others. In fact, the one habit that corresponds most closely with us being satisfied with our lives overall – self-acceptance – is often the one we practise least.
- Women and men react differently to infidelity
A recent Norwegian study shows that men and women react differently to various types of infidelity. Whereas men are most jealous of sexual infidelity, so-called emotional infidelity is what makes women the most jealous. Evolutionary psychology may help explain why this may be.
- Cellphones can damage romantic relationships, lead to depression
Research from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business confirms that cellphones are damaging romantic relationships …
- Negative Spiritual Beliefs Associated with More Pain and Worse Physical, Mental Health
Individuals who blame karma for their poor health have more pain and worse physical and mental health, according to a new study from University of Missouri researchers. Targeted interventions to counteract negative spiritual beliefs could help some individuals decrease pain and improve their overall health, the researchers said.
- Religious, spiritual support benefits men and women facing chronic illness
“Our findings reinforce the idea that religion/spirituality may help buffer the negative consequences of chronic health conditions,” said Stephanie Reid-Arndt
- Background positive music increases people’s willingness to do others harm
We’re all familiar with the use of music as a tool of persuasion in advertising, writes Dr Christian Jarrett in Research Digest for the British Psychological Society.. A new study published in the Psychology of Music takes this further by testing whether positive music increases people’s willingness to do bad things to others.
- Why hasn’t he/she replied yet?
What are the chances that a person will respond to your email in the next hour? And why is the reply so terse? New study finds that email responses depend on a variety of factors including age, platform, volume and timing.
- Understanding others’ thoughts enables young kids to lie
Kids who are taught to reason about the mental states of others are more likely to use deception to win a reward, according to new research.
- Repeating aloud to another person boosts recall
Repeating aloud boosts verbal memory, especially when you do it while addressing another person,
- Fruit and vegetables aren’t only good for a healthy body — they protect your mind too
Eating a Mediterranean diet or other healthy dietary pattern, comprising of fruit, vegetables, legumes, and nuts and low in processed meats, is associated with preventing the onset of depression
- Gene magnifies the psychological impact of life events, for better and for worse: Study
People with a certain type of gene are more deeply affected by their life experiences, a new study has revealed.
- Queen’s researcher finds evidence of emotional ‘load sharing’ in close relationships
The study, co-authored by PhD candidate Jessica Lougheed, found that a strong relationship with a loved one can help ease stress when placed in difficult situations.
- Sex does not increase heart attack risk
Sex is rarely the cause of a heart attack, and most heart disease patients are safe to resume sexual activity after a heart attack, according to a research letter published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
- Confusion can be beneficial for learning: Study
A new study led by Sidney D’Mello of the University of Notre Dame shows that confusion when learning can be beneficial if it is properly induced, effectively regulated, and ultimately resolved.
- You’re not irrational, you’re just quantum probabilistic
A new trend taking shape in psychological science not only uses quantum physics to explain humans’ (sometimes) paradoxical thinking, but may also help researchers resolve certain contradictions among the results of previous psychological studies.
- Antidepressant was misrepresented as safe for adolescents
A University of Adelaide led study has found that a psychiatric drug claimed to be a safe and effective treatment for depression in adolescents is actually ineffective and associated with serious side effects.