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  • Link Established Between Insomnia and Memory Problems
    Chronic insomnia disorder, which affects approximately 10 percent of adults, has a direct negative impact on the cognitive function of people 45 and over, according to a new study. Chronic insomnia, one of the most common sleep disorders, is characterized by trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at least three ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-05-19
  • Schizophrenia, Epilepsy May Hike Risk of Early Death
    Patients with both schizophrenia and epilepsy are particularly vulnerable to early death, according to a new Danish study from Aarhus University. The findings reveal that more than 25 percent of people with both conditions die between the ages of 25 and 50. Previous research has shown a clear link between ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-05-19
  • Cyberbullying Linked to Poor Sleep, Depression in Teens
    Teens who experience cyberbullying are more likely to suffer from poor sleep, which in turn raises levels of depression, according to a new study. For the study, researchers at the University at Buffalo surveyed more than 800 adolescents for sleep quality, cyber aggression, and depression. “Cyber-victimization on the Internet and ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-05-18
  • Mindfulness App Helps to Stop Smoking by Changing Brain Activity
    Emerging research suggests a smartphone app that helps people stop smoking reduces activity in a brain region typically stimulated when a person experiences a craving to smoke. The app uses a mindfulness-based approach and was effective at reducing study participants’ self-reported daily cigarette consumption. Researchers found that those who reduced ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-05-18
  • Teens’ Sleep Problems Can Be Corrected by Limiting Screen Use for 1 Week
    Sleep problems in teenagers can be improved in just one week by limiting their evening exposure to blue light-emitting screens on phones, tablets, and computers, according to new research. Recent studies have indicated that exposure to too much evening light, particularly the blue light emitted from screens on smartphones, tablets, ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-05-18
  • Genes May Play Role in Whether You Have A Dog
    An individual’s genetic makeup may significantly influence his or her choice to own a dog, according to a team of Swedish and British researchers who studied the data of 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry. The findings are published in the journal Scientific Reports. “We were surprised to ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-05-18
  • Optimism, Self-Compassion, Income Tied to Better Mental Health in Older Adults
    Getting older is widely linked to declining cognitive, physical and psychological health. In a new study, researchers looked at how distinct factors such as wisdom, loneliness, income and sleep quality impact — for good or bad — the physical and mental functioning of older adults. The research team from the ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-05-17
  • Genetic Hotspot May Drive Psychosis in Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder
    Scientists have identified an epigenetic hotspot which they believe is linked to the dopamine-induced psychosis found in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, may give researchers a fresh path forward for developing more effective treatments and biomarker-based screening strategies. More than 100 million people ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-05-17
  • Mental Well-Being in Early Midlife May Predict Activity Levels a Decade Later
    A new Finnish study finds that 42-year-olds who scored high in tests of mental well-being were more physically active at age 50 compared to those with lower well-being scores. For the study, the researchers divided mental well-being into three dimensions: emotional well-being (overall satisfaction with life and a tendency to ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-05-17
  • British Study: Male Postnatal Depression Under-recognized, Under-appreciated
    A new study from the UK shows that signs of postnatal depression in men is frequently not recognized. Researchers found that observers generally believed males were suffering from stress or tiredness. Moreover, even when depression was recognized, most believed a male’s condition would be easier to treat. Observers expressed ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-05-17
  • Sense of Purpose Influences Health Behaviors
    Researchers may have uncovered the reason health messages are effective for some people, but not for others. More broadly, ever wonder how some people seem to meet their fitness goals with ease and love eating healthy foods while others constantly struggle to do either? A new study, found in the ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-05-16
  • Inflammation Tied to Anhedonia in Women but Not Men
    Inflammation appears to increase anhedonia — a loss of enjoyment in things or activities — in women, but not in men, according to a new study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. Reduced activity in the brain’s reward center is the signature of anhedonia, a core feature of ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-05-16
  • Watching TV Cuts Into Preschoolers’ Sleep Time
    A new study finds that preschoolers who watch TV sleep significantly less than those who do not have daily screen exposure. University of Massachusetts investigators believe the insight is important as the research proves that watching television does not help a child fall asleep. Neuroscientist Dr. Rebecca Spencer and developmental ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-05-16
  • Eating Disorder May Boost Long-Term Risk for Depressive Symptoms in Moms
    Moms with a history of eating disorders and body image concerns before or during pregnancy are more likely to experience depressive symptoms, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. “We found that women who have had an eating disorder at any point before childbirth, even ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-05-16
  • Brain Study Hunts ‘Fingerprints’ of Severe Mental Disorders
    In a new study, researchers took a “birds-eye view” into the brain to examine how its large-scale systems interact with one another, in order to gain a better understanding of the causes and symptoms of severe mental disorders including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression. The findings, published in the Proceedings ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-05-15
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