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  • Diet Can Influence Mood Differently By Age
    Emerging research suggests that dietary practices affect mental health differently in young versus older adults. Investigators from Binghamton University, State University of New York conducted an anonymous Internet survey, asking people around the world to complete the Food-Mood Questionnaire (FMQ). The survey includes questions on food groups that have been ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-12-13
  • High-Intensity Exercise Can Slow Parkinson’s
    While exercise has always been recommended for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) a new study now suggests very intense exercise, performed three times a week, can keep symptoms from worsening. Previously, the exercise prescription for people with PD included rhythmic activities, balance and coordination procedures and traditional strength, flexibility and ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-12-12
  • High Morning Cortisol Tied to Long-term Anxiety in Family Members of ICU Patients
    When a patient enters intensive care for critical illness, his or her family members often suffer from long-term anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, or other negative effects. A new study published in the journal Critical Care Medicine finds that a biomarker may help identify which family members will be most emotionally ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-12-12
  • Disagreements May Help to Reduce Bias
    The power of favoritism is impressive. A person’s preferences can influence everything from the brands we buy to the way we treat other people. Moreover, in today’s world, these pre-existing beliefs can lead to intense racial, political, and religious conflicts. Unfortunately acrimony is high in many areas of society leading ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-12-12
  • Online Social Networks May Ease Interpersonal Anxiety
    Have you ever wanted to tell someone about a tough day at work but felt nervous about calling a friend to share what’s going on? New research suggests technology in the form of online social networks may help people who feel apprehensive about one-on-one interactions. This relatively new communication channel ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-12-12
  • Using Emojis to Assess Cancer Patients’ Quality of Life
    New research suggests using emojis instead of traditional emotional scales can help providers better assess a patients’ physical, emotional and overall quality of life. In findings presented to the American Society of Hematology, Mayo Clinic researchers found that using iPhones and Apple Watches were favored by patients, and the technology ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-12-11
  • Wife’s Choice of Surname Impacts Perception of Power in Marriage
    Over the last half-century, American women have increasingly chosen to keep their maiden names. A new study suggests a wife’s choice of surnames may influence perceptions of her husband’s personality and the distribution of power in the marriage. In a three-part study conducted in the U.S. and the U.K., Dr. Rachael ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-12-11
  • US Alzheimer’s Population Could More Than Double by 2060
    The American population is aging and with it comes a growing number of people with Alzheimer’s disease. A new study finds that about 15 million Americans will have either Alzheimer’s dementia or mild cognitive impairment (MCI) by 2060 — more than double the current 6.08 million patients with these conditions. To ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-12-11
  • Retirement May Help Improve Sleep
    New research suggests a silver lining to aging; investigators discovered retirement from work life is associated with longer sleep. The quality of sleep also improves, as retired people experience less early morning awakenings or nonrestorative sleep, unlike in their last working years. Non-restorative sleep occurs when a person experiences tiredness ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-12-11
  • Report Highlights Complexities of Diagnosing Mental Disorders
    In a new report published in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a team of scientists delve into the complexities of diagnosing psychiatric disorders. The authors take an in-depth look at three systems used for understanding mental-health disorders: the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the Diagnostic and Statistical ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-12-10
  • In Schizophrenia, Greater Cognitive Insight May Aid Daily Functioning
    For patients with schizophrenia, having the ability to self-reflect and adjust beliefs may help mitigate many of the cognitive challenges associated with the disease and improve daily functioning, according to a new study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science. “Often times, individuals think there is something fundamentally wrong with ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-12-10
  • Mouse Study: Canola Oil Linked to Weight Gain, Memory Decline in Alzheimer’s
    Consumption of canola oil is linked to weight gain and declines in memory and learning ability in mice that model Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Canola oil — a vegetable oil made from the rapeseed plant — is one of the most widely ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-12-10
  • Screen Time Before Bed Linked to Less Sleep, Higher BMIs in Kids
    Using digital devices before bed may contribute to sleep and nutrition problems in children, according to new research. After surveying parents about their kids’ technology and sleep habits, researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine found that using technology before bed was associated with less sleep, poorer sleep quality, ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-12-10
  • Mindful Yoga Can Reduce Risky Behavior in Troubled Youth
    A new study shows a significant reduction in risky sex and substance abuse in troubled 18- to 24-year-olds after several months of participating in mindful yoga and other positive coping strategies. As part of a 10-year study looking at risk-taking and decision-making, Dr. Jacinda Dariotis, a University of Cincinnati public ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-12-09
  • Discrimination Not Only Harms One’s Health But Partner’s Too
    Discrimination not only harms the health and well-being of the victim, but the victim’s romantic partner as well, according to new research. “We found that when an individual experiences discrimination, they report worse health and depression,” said Dr. William Chopik, an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University, who ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2017-12-09
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