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  • Older Adults Share Fewer Memories as They Age
    Although older adults have plenty of life experiences to share, a new study suggests that the older a person is, the less likely he or she is to share memories of their past experiences. And when they do share memories, they don’t describe them in as much detail as younger ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-07-03
  • Marine Training May Take More Mental Than Physical Stamina
    A new study suggests that when it comes to getting through Marine Corps training, psychological factors may matter more than physical performance outcomes. The U.S. military has an ongoing need for service members who can serve in elite and specialized military units, such as the Marine Corps. However, the dropout ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-07-03
  • New Analysis of fMRI Data May Hone Schizophrenia Treatment
    In a new study, researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) have developed tools to improve the analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data, and as a result are now able to identify subgroups of schizophrenia patients. The new findings can assist in diagnosis and treatment of ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-06-30
  • Gender Bias Kept Alive by People Who Think It’s Dead
    Workplace gender bias is being kept alive by people who think it’s no longer an issue, according to new research. In a new study, managers were given identical descriptions of a worker — the only difference being either a male or female name. Most managers rated the male worker as ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-06-30
  • Unexpected Mental Illnesses Found in Spectrum of Rare Disorder
    In a new study, University of California (UC) Davis MIND Institute researchers found an unexpected set of mental illnesses in patients with a spectrum of fragile X syndrome, a rare single-gene disorder that is the leading inherited cause of intellectual disability. The patients in the study had a “double-hit” condition ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-06-30
  • Teen Use of Social Media for Social Support – Tips to Optimize Benefits
    For parents, it goes without saying that youth are using social media to connect and support each other. The embrace of social media has been extraordinary among adolescents well before COVID-19 precautions. With the current need to social distance, a new paper explores how teens support each other through digital ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-06-30
  • Brief Prenatal Role-Play Predicts New Fathers’ Parenting Skills
    A new study suggests a five-minute role-play done with men before the birth of their first child can predict the quality of their parenting after the baby arrives. The knowledge is helpful as parenting skills can be taught if the dad happens to not have the innate skills of knowing ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-06-29
  • COVID-19 May Indirectly Imperil Kids’ Mental, Physical Health
    Although children and young people may be less likely to get COVID-19 than older adults, a new U.K. study suggests they may face their own physical and mental difficulties. The findings are published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). “While children and young people seem rarely to be victims of ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-06-29
  • Is ‘Mommy Brain’ A Real Thing?
    “Mommy brain” is a long-held perception that mothers are more forgetful and less attentive. But a new study challenges that, showing that motherhood does not diminish attention. “In most studies, attention and memory tests are given to mothers very early postpartum,” said Valerie Tucker Miller, a Ph.D. student in Purdue ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-06-29
  • Walking Shelter Dogs May Ease Veterans’ PTSD Symptoms
    The U.S. is home to more than 21 million military veterans, and 20 percent of them suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Moreover, it is estimated that 20 veterans die of suicide each day, resulting in about 6,000 deaths by suicide each year. Florida Atlantic University researchers believe a new ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-06-29
  • Therapy May Beat Meds for Some Young People with Early Psychosis
    New research from Australia suggests that some young people with early stage first-episode psychosis (FEP) can reduce symptoms and improve functioning with non-pharmaceutical intervention. Investigators from Orygen, a youth mental health center in Parkville near Melbourne, found that often young people respond well to psychological interventions and comprehensive case management. ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-06-28
  • Lack of Boundaries Between Work & Personal Life Tied to Increased Stress
    Information communication technologies such as smartphones and tablets allow employees to work anywhere and anytime, blurring the lines between work and nonwork. But having a lack of boundaries between work and nonwork life may lead to increased stress and mental health woes for workers, according to a team of researchers ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-06-28
  • Confrontation May Reduce White Prejudices
    A new study suggests that white people are likely to reflect on their racist or sexist statements and avoid making future mistakes after they are confronted with their prejudice. The findings, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, show that when white men and women were confronted after ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-06-28
  • Sleeping With Partner Can Improve REM Sleep
    Songs and stories often lament “sleeping alone,” but mental and physical benefits or detriments of sharing a bed with another person are relatively unknown. Now a new German study finds that sleeping with a partner improves REM sleep, a sleep phase critical to emotional regulation and memory. Sleep studies are ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-06-28
  • After Hip Fracture, Suicide Risk for Elderly Nearly Triples
    A new South Korean study identifies that in the first six months following hip fracture elderly patients have a significant risk for suicide. The finding highlights the importance of addressing emotional and mental stress in addition to orthopedic care and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Researchers discovered the risk of suicide was nearly ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-06-27
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