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  • Study: Inflammation Links Heart Disease and Depression
    It is well-established that individuals with heart disease are more likely to suffer from depression, and vice versa. Now in a new study, researchers at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. have identified an important factor linking these two conditions: inflammation. Although inflammation is the body’s natural response to ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-03-21
  • Case Study Shows Psychosis Tied to Bacterial Infection
    In a new case study published in the Journal of Central Nervous System Disease, researchers from North Carolina State University describe an adolescent diagnosed with rapid onset schizophrenia who was later found to have Bartonella henselae infection. Bartonella is a bacteria most commonly known for its role in cat scratch ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-03-21
  • Tweaking Exposure Therapy Can Improve Outcomes for PTSD
    Researchers may have found a way to improve a first-line  treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by changing how the brain learns to respond less intensely  to fearful conditions. The study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School suggests a potential improvement to exposure therapy. ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-03-20
  • Holocaust Survivors With PTSD May Pass Down Negative Views of Aging to Adult Children
    A new Israeli study finds that negative views on aging are often passed down in families of Holocaust survivors with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The findings, published in the Journals of Gerontology: Series B, show that Holocaust survivors with PTSD view themselves as aging less successfully compared to survivors without ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Healthy Diet Early On May Mean Fitter Brain in Middle Age
    Eating a heart-healthy diet in young adulthood — one rich in fruits and vegetables, moderate in nuts, fish and alcohol, and low in meat and full-fat dairy — is associated with better cognitive performance in middle age, according to a new study. “Our findings indicate that maintaining good dietary practices ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-03-18
  • Facial Expressions Alone May Not Convey Emotional State
    New research clarifies that emotional intelligence involves much more than reading people’s micro-expressions. When it comes to reading a person’s state of mind, the visual context of background and action is as important as facial expressions and body language. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley give the example of ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-03-18
  • Visiting Urban Park Can Foster Happiness, Workout or Not
    New research suggests spending 20 minutes in an urban park can improve happiness, regardless of whether a person is engaging in exercise or not during the visit. Investigators from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Occupational Therapy led the study which appears in the International Journal of Environmental ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-03-18
  • Study Probes How Concussion Impacts Deep Brain Structure
    Concussion researchers have long suspected that damage to the brain’s corpus callosum could be the underlying reason behind certain side effects of concussion, including dizziness or vision problems. Their hypothesis states that damage to the corpus callosum — a thick bundle of nerves that connects the brain’s two halves — could affect ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-03-18
  • Study: Extra Vitamin D Boosts Memory But May Slow Reaction Time in Older Adults
    In a new study, overweight and obese older women who took more than three times the recommended daily dose of vitamin D showed an increase in memory and learning but also had slower reaction times. These slower reaction times may be part of the reason why falls seem to be ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-03-17
  • Mediterranean Diet Tied to Better Performance in 5K Run
    A small study found that 11 athletes who consumed a Mediterranean diet for less than a week increased their performance in a long-distance running test. The researchers hypothesize that the diet’s anti-inflammatory effects, antioxidants, higher alkaline pH and dietary nitrates might be behind the improved performances. The Mediterranean diet includes ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-03-17
  • Study IDs Factors in Suicide Attempts Among High-Risk Youth
    In a new study, researchers at the University of Bristol in England identified potential factors that could lead to suicide attempts in high-risk young people: non-suicidal self-harm, cannabis and other illicit drug use, exposure to self-harm in friends or family, and having a personality type that is more open to ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-03-17
  • Personality Test May Improve Care for Men With Prostate Cancer
    Men with high neuroticism are significantly more likely to suffer from adverse events, such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence, which may put their recovery from prostate cancer surgery at risk. According to new research, this means doctors may need to consider testing for personality types to try to ensure that ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-03-17
  • New Study Shows How Motivation Affects Diet
    A new study suggests that people with a positive attitude are more likely to eat healthily. Led by researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in England, the study involved 1,125 people in Taiwan, where dietary habits have been changing, leading to increases in obesity, high blood pressure, and ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-03-17
  • Periodontitis May Increase Risk for Dementia
    A new South Korean study adds to the growing body of evidence that chronic periodontitis may be a risk factor for dementia. Periodontitis occurs when an untreated gum infection spreads to the roots of the teeth, causing destruction of the supporting bone and connective tissues. It is the primary cause ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-03-16
  • Simple Directions From Parents Can Guide Kids’ Learning
    A new study shows that parents can guide their children to learn in new ways through simple directions. According to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, children use both exploration and explanation when learning, often using exploration to generate new explanations and using those explanations to spark further ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2019-03-16
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