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  • 1 in 5 Kids with Tourette Syndrome Meet Autism Criteria
    A new study shows that about one in five children with Tourette syndrome also meet criteria for autism. But the researchers believe this prevalence may be due to a similarity in symptoms rather than actual autism. Researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) tested 294 children and 241 ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-06-25
  • Selfless Heroism Can Cost Lives in Emergencies
    Putting others first can cost lives in emergencies, according to a new study. The study, which used computer modeling of a flooded subway station, found overall survival rates were substantially higher when strong people in a 30-member group reached safety themselves before trying to help weaker people. “Foolhardiness is not ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-06-25
  • Authenticity Best Way to Land a New Job — If You’re a Top Candidate
    A new study shows that relaxing at job interviews and just being yourself is the key to landing that new job — with one caveat: If you are good at what you do. The study, from researchers at the University College London, Bocconi University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and London ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-06-25
  • As Summer Heats Up, Many Turn Moody and Less Helpful
    New research has found that when it’s uncomfortably hot, we’re less likely to be helpful or “prosocial.” Published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, the three-part study helps to explain how and through what mechanisms temperature influences individual helping. For part one of the study, associate professor Dr. Liuba ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-06-25
  • Rare Genetic Variants Increase Risk for Tourette Syndrome
    An international team of 57 scientists from 11 countries has identified the first definitive risk genes for Tourette syndrome (TS), a complex neuropsychiatric disorder. The breakthrough came when researchers focused on a relatively new area of genomics research that involves looking at the entire genome, rather than searching for a ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-06-24
  • Storytelling Skills of Black Preschoolers Can Aid In Reading
    Research has shown that historical and cultural factors help foster strong oral storytelling skills among young African-American children and that children with stronger storytelling skills tend to develop into better readers. Now, in a new study, researchers wanted to investigate whether gender also plays a role in this link. They ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-06-24
  • Playing Video Games Can Change your Brain
    A new review of more than 100 studies shows that playing video games can cause changes in the regions of the brain responsible for attention and visuospatial skills and make them more efficient. Researchers also looked at studies exploring brain regions associated with the reward system, and how these are ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-06-24
  • Social Media Tool Designed to Detect Sarcasm
    People with autism spectrum disorder often have trouble detecting sarcasm and irony, particularly when it is written in text. Now researchers have developed a system, called Sarcasm SIGN (sarcasm Sentimental Interpretation GeNerator), that can interpret sarcastic statements in social media. Automatic identification and analysis of sentiment — human feeling or meaning ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-06-24
  • Work Stress Can Lead to Overeating But Good Seep Can Provide Buffer
    Insightful new research confirms that work stress can indeed lead to an unhealthy diet. However, investigators also discovered that a good night’s sleep can help improve healthy habits. Michigan State researchers explain that the study is one of the first to investigate how psychological experiences at work shape eating ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-06-23
  • Researchers Learn How Ketamine Acts on the Brain
    Ketamine is a medication mainly used for starting and maintaining anesthesia although it has also been used to provide rapid relief of treatment resistant depression. The ability to rapidly stabilize severely depressed patients has been demonstrated in several studies and has led researchers to search for the exact mechanism by which ketamine ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-06-23
  • Moderate-Intensity Exercise to Reduce Alzheimer Risk
    New research suggests moderate intensity exercise is best format of physical activity to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. University of Wisconsin-Madison investigators found that for people at risk for Alzheimer’s, moderate-intensity exercise is better than light-intensity because the intensity level is linked to healthier patterns of glucose ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-06-23
  • How to Make Memories Stick
    Rather than repeat something over and over in an effort to memorize it long-term, it is better to relate the new information to something meaningful, according to a new study at Baycrest Health Sciences. For example, if a new acquaintance introduces himself as Fred, instead of silently repeating his name ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-06-23
  • Teens’ Poor Body Image Tied to More Drinking, Smoking
    New research finds that the way a teen feels about their appearance can significantly impact their health and wellness. In the study, Dr. Virginia Ramseyer Winter, a body image expert and an assistant professor in the University of Missouri’s School of Social Work, found negative body image is associated with ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-06-22
  • Biking to Work Can Help Reduce Stress
    A new study finds that in addition to cardiovascular and physical health benefits, pedaling to work can help reduce stress and improve work performance. Researchers from Concordia’s John Molson School of Business (JMSB) compared how different modes of commuting — cycling, driving a car, and taking public transport — affected stress and ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-06-22
  • Brain Inflammation Linked to OCD
    A new Canadian brain imaging study finds that brain inflammation is more than 30 per cent higher in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) than in people without the condition. Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto believe the finding may represent one of the biggest ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-06-22

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