- If you’re sitting down, don’t sit still, new research suggests
- Do women experience negative emotions differently than men?
- Pressure to be available 24/7 on social media causes teen anxiety and depression
- Study reveals connection between fitness level, brain activity, and executive function
- Glancing at greenery on a city rooftop can markedly boost concentration levels
- Cattle disease spread by vets, not cows, suggests new study
- 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.
- Identifying typical patterns in the progression towards Alzheimer’s disease
How the brain progresses from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to Alzheimer’s-type dementia has been an enigma for the scientific community. However, a recent study by the team of Dr. Sylvie Belleville, PhD has shed light on this progression by showing the typical patterns of the brain’s progression to dementia.
- Feeling blue and seeing blue: Sadness may impair color perception
Researchers found that participants who were induced to feel sad were less accurate in identifying colors on the blue-yellow axis than those who were led to feel amused or emotionally neutral.
- The timing of sleep just as important as quantity
Washington State University researchers have found that the timing of an animal’s sleep can be just as important as how much sleeps it gets.
- Did grandmas make people pair up?
Computer simulations link grandmothering and longevity to a surplus of older fertile men and, in turn, to the male tendency to guard a female mate from the competition and form a “pair bond” with her instead of mating with numerous partners.
- To email or not to email? For those in love, it’s better than leaving a voice message
In this digital age, an email can be more effective in expressing romantic feelings than leaving a voicemail message.
- Highly effective seasickness treatment on the horizon
a mild electrical current applied to the scalp can dampen responses in an area of the brain that is responsible for processing motion signals. Doing this helps the brain reduce the impact of the confusing inputs it is receiving and so prevents the problem that causes the symptoms of motion sickness.
- Do beards matter: Exploring health and humanity in the history of facial hair
Dr Alun Withey, an expert in medical history, is launching “Do Beards Matter?”, which will study facial hair and its relationship to health and hygiene in Britain between 1700 and 1918
- Standing on their own four feet: New research shows why cats are more independent than dogs
Domestic cats do not generally see their owners as a focus of safety and security in the same way that dogs do, according to new research.
- Forgiving others protects women from depression, but not men
Older women who forgave others were less likely to report depressive symptoms regardless of whether they felt unforgiven by others. Older men, however, reported the highest levels of depression when they both forgave others and felt unforgiven by others.
- Clues from ancient Maya reveal lasting impact on environment
Maya activity more than 2,000 years ago not only contributed to the decline of their environment but continues to influence today’s environmental conditions, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.
- 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.