Psychology Newswire Archive
Vice President announces more mental health fundingDecember 10, 2013, Reuters
Joe Biden supports a new push to increase access to mental health services with $100 million in new government funding.
Same-sex UK weddings to begin in MarchDecember 10, 2013, BBC News
The first same-sex weddings can take place England and Wales this Spring.
You can't blame hormones for your bad moodDecember 10, 2013, ABC News
A new study from Stanford University finds that declining estrogen levels have no influence on women's mood.
Teachers give better grades to more attractive studentsDecember 10, 2013, Time.com
A new study suggests that people rated as more attractive are more likely to get higher grades and to go to college.
Violence in movies prevalent despite rating systemDecember 9, 2013, CBS News
Study shows violent movie characters often engage in risky behaviors which occur equally in PG-13 and R-rated movies.
Mice may inherit traumatic experiencesDecember 7, 2013, The Washington Post
Study suggests that characteristics outside of the strict genetic code may also be acquired from our parents through epigenetic inheritance.
Dementia epidemic loomsDecember 5, 2013, Fox News
Health experts say that many governments are unprepared for an epidemic of dementia set to more than triple by 2050.
Photos show scale of North Korea's repressive prison campsDecember 4, 2013, CNN
A recent United Nations inquiry highlighted "unspeakable" and "widespread" atrocities in camps.
Can you be obese and healthy?December 3, 2013, Fox News
The idea that people can be obese and still be "healthy" is called into question by a new study.
Oxytocin boosts social areas of brain in kids with autism, study findsDecember 2, 2013, NBC News
For children with autism, a dose of oxytocin — the so-called "love hormone" — seems to fine-tune the activity in brain areas linked to social interactions.
How happy is your marriage?December 2, 2013, The Wall Street Journal
Therapists say a numerical score can help couples talk about problems.
Veterans court program helps warriors battle addiction, mental health crisesDecember 2, 2013, The Washington Post
More than 100 special courts across the country provide treatment support for veterans.
Immune system may play crucial role in mental healthDecember 1, 2013, USA TODAY
Considering inflammation has helped neuroscientists cast a broader net when searching for causes of and possible treatments for mental illness, mood disorders and neurodevelopmental conditions.
Beginning to exercise in old age can still provide health benefitsNovember 26, 2013, CBS News
New study shows it's never to late to start exercising to stay in good mental and physical health.
Cute cats could be key to learning new languagesNovember 26, 2013, BBC News
Educational psychologists show how visual impact can improve cognitive function.
How girls with autism are being shortchangedNovember 26, 2013, Huffington Post
A growing body of research hints that sex-based differences in autism diagnoses may be a failure to recognize the disorder in girls.
Study finds students tweet about ADHD drugNovember 25, 2013, USA TODAY
Twitter has become a platform for studying the abuse of pharmaceutical drugs among college students.
Brain chemical may drive monogamy in relationshipsNovember 25, 2013, Los Angeles Times
Study suggests oxytocin, a hormone from the pituitary gland, could explain why it is beneficial for males to stay in a romantic relationship.
Men and women have different regrets after sexNovember 25, 2013, Today.com
Study shows men most often regret not having sex with more people while women regret having sex with the wrong partner.
Screen time again linked to kids' extra weightNovember 25, 2013, Fox News
Children and teenagers who spend lots of time in front of screens - especially TVs - tend to gain more weight as they age, according to a new study.
Scientists discover brain part that drives decision-makingNovember 25, 2013, CBS News
One of the smallest parts of the brain may be responsible for big decisions like buying a new house.
Screening children for mental health issues may not guarantee careNovember 25, 2013, The Boston Globe
Researchers try to determine if better screening actually leads to better behavioral health care.
Keeping holidays happy when dealing with Alzheimer'sNovember 24, 2013, U.S. News & World Report
Experts weigh in on ways to make the most of the holidays despite caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's.
Art makes you smartNovember 24, 2013, The New York Times
Research makes the correlation between art exposure and increased test scores.
ADHD diagnoses rise to 11% of kidsNovember 22, 2013, CNN
The number of children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continues to climb, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Big cities most likely to have progressive gay-rights lawsNovember 19, 2013, The Washington Post
Survey shows large cities are the most likely to have laws that benefit gays and lesbians, while smaller cities and those in the South are least likely to accommodate homosexuals.
Worldwide anti-AIDS program extendedNovember 19, 2013, Reuters
The U.S. Senate passed legislation to extend for another five years a successful program to combat AIDS worldwide.
Brain stimulation may treat bulimiaNovember 18, 2013, Fox News
Researchers say a mild electrical stimulation to a specific brain area could be an effective treatment for some patients with eating disorders.
That lovin' feeling: Men's brains respond to gentle touchNovember 18, 2013, NBC News
Research shows that physical contact activates chemicals in the brain's opioid system that may be critical for maintaining social bonds with others.
Multiple military deployments in families may raise teen suicide riskNovember 18, 2013, Los Angeles Times
Teens with family members in the military appear more at risk for suicide if those relatives are deployed abroad multiple times.
Early care for psychosis catches on, raises questionsNovember 17, 2013, USA TODAY
Advocates say early treatment for serious mental illness makes sense.
Texas county adopts sweeping policy to protect LGBT inmatesNovember 14, 2013, Fox News
New policy is designed to protect and guarantee equal treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inmates.
Doctors are told to get serious about obesityNovember 14, 2013, Time
The medical profession has issued guidelines for fighting the nation’s obesity epidemic, and they urge physicians to be a lot more aggressive about helping patients drop those extra pounds.
How best to manage workplace bullyingNovember 14, 2013, NPR
The director of the Workplace Bullying Institute discusses what subtle forms of bullying can take place in the workplace.
'Widowhood effect' strongest during first three monthsNovember 14, 2013, Reuters
When a husband or wife dies, the surviving spouse faces a higher risk of dying over the next few months as well, according to a new report.
Singing show tunes may help people with dementiaNovember 13, 2013, CBS News
New research shows that singing show tunes may be able to help dementia patients regain some cognitive skills.
Can changes in the eyes help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease?November 13, 2013, Fox News
Researchers have found that it may be possible to diagnose Alzheimer's simply by screening for changes in two very important organs: the eyes.
Depression 'makes us biologically older'November 12, 2013, BBC News
Study shows that depression can make us physically older by speeding up the aging process in our cells.
Sweat your way to a healthier brainNovember 11, 2013, NPR
Study shows physical exercise can ease depression, slow age-related memory loss and prevent Parkinson-like symptoms.
Long-term benefits of music lessonsNovember 11, 2013, The New York Times
A new study reports that older adults who took lessons at a young age can process the sounds of speech faster than those who did not.
Transgender veterans fight for military paperwork to match new genderNovember 11, 2013, ABC News
Transgender military veterans are campaigning for an opportunity to change their discharge paperwork to reflect their current legal name and gender.
Exercise during pregnancy may improve baby's brain developmentNovember 11, 2013, CBS News
A new study found that pregnant women who exercised regularly had newborns who showed higher levels of brain activity than pregnant women who did not exercise.
C-sections not tied to obesity later onNovember 8, 2013, Fox News
Babies born by cesarean deliveries are no more likely to be obese later in life than babies born vaginally, says a new study.
Concussed rugby players being put at riskNovember 7, 2013, Reuters
Rugby players with brain damage are regularly being sent back onto the field because the sport's governing bodies are not taking concussion seriously enough, medical experts said.
Infant's gaze may be a sign of autism later in lifeNovember 7, 2013, Fox News
How long infants spend looking at other people's eyes may be an early marker of autism, a new study suggests.
Why doctors are testing an epilepsy drug for alcoholismNovember 7, 2013, NPR
The drug appears to reduce cravings and ease sleeplessness and anxiety associated with withdrawal.
Reports of military sexual assault riseNovember 7, 2013, The New York Times
Pentagon figures show that sexual assult in the military increased dramatically during the last fiscal year.
Why Elizabeth Warren cares about funding the social sciencesNovember 6, 2013, The Washington Post
Science Magazine reports that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pushing back hard against Sen. Tom Coburn's attack on the National Science Foundation
Rise in pets as therapy for mental conditionsNovember 5, 2013, Fox News
Animals increasingly are being used to assist patients with mental disorders, as evidence grows that they can help people with autism, PTSD and other conditions.
Are you sleeping too much?November 5, 2013, CNN
Symptoms of to omuch sleep include anxiety, restlessness, loss of appetite and memory problems, as well as dysfunction in social settings.
Study sheds light on criminal activity during time changeNovember 4, 2013, NPR
New research indicates the time change has a big downside: an apparent increase in crimes.
Childhood maltreatment can leave scars in the brainNovember 4, 2013, NPR
Researchers say maltreatment during childhood can lead to long-term changes in brain circuits that process fear.
Senate advances gay rights billNovember 4, 2013, USA TODAY
The Senate moved forward on a bill to prohibit workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians in a dramatic vote.
Why attractive candidates winNovember 3, 2013, The New York Times
Scientists theorize that people’s preferences for good-looking politicians may be linked to ancient adaptations for avoiding disease.
Hefty tax on soda would reduce obesityNovember 1, 2013, Fox News
Putting a 20 percent tax on soda in Britain could cut the number of obese adults by about 180,000, according to a new study.
Federal appeals court reinstates key restriction in Texas abortion lawOctober 31, 2013, CBS News
A federal appeals court ruled that most of Texas' tough new abortion restrictions can take effect immediately.
U.S. athletes still reluctant to admit head injuriesOctober 31, 2013, Reuters
Many young athletes do not admit when they have suffered a head injury despite increased awareness about the risks of concussions in children and teenagers.
Effects of smoking seen in twinsOctober 31, 2013, CNN
Twins who smoked had more changes to the middle and lower thirds of their faces.
How cancer affects relationshipsOctober 29, 2013, ABC News
Dealing with the illness as a team was associated with greater intimacy, according to a recent study.
Study shows men really do ogle women's bodiesOctober 29, 2013, USA TODAY
Men do look at women's bodies more than their faces, according to a new study that used eye-tracking technology to prove what many women have long observed.
Hurricane Sandy: Dealing with the psychological scars one year laterOctober 29, 2013, Fox News
October 29 marks the one-year anniversary of the superstorm, and some people will be reliving the trauma they experienced when the hurricane first hit.
When friends become bulliesOctober 29, 2013, CNN
Bullying among friends can lead to difficulty forming new personal relationships.
Researchers link poverty and parenting to child brain developmentOctober 28, 2013, Reuters
Children who grow up in poor families may have smaller brains than their more well-off peers, but good parenting may help overcome that disadvantage.
Smokers most likely to think about quitting on MondaysOctober 28, 2013, NBC News
Study finds tobacco addicts are far more likely to consider quitting smoking on Mondays than on any other day of the week.
Alzheimer's insight from DNA studyOctober 27, 2013, BBC News
A clearer picture of what causes Alzheimer's disease is emerging after the largest ever analysis of patients' DNA.
Memory testing can age older adults in minutesOctober 25, 2013, Reuters
Older adults who feel younger than they really are might want to steer clear of memory tests, or risk feeling older, a new study suggests.
Could you be almost depressed?October 25, 2013, CNN
Research suggests that as many people may be suffering from low-grade depression symptoms that are not severe enough to warrant clinical treatment.
Men slow down for loveOctober 25, 2013, Fox News
New research finds that men adjust their walking speed to match their romantic partner's pace — a phenomenon not seen when guys walk with female friends.
High blood sugar tied to memory problemsOctober 24, 2013, NBC News
Blood sugar considered safely below diabetes or even pre-diabetes levels may still be linked to a raised risk of memory problems, a new study suggests.
Study finds reservoir of hidden HIV bigger than once thoughtOctober 24, 2013, Fox News
Completely eradicating the virus may be much more difficult than previously thought.
Violent crime rises for second consecutive yearOctober 24, 2013, USA TODAY
Violent crime in the United States rose for the second year in a row, indicating that the nation's two-decade decline in crime has ended.
Teen with Tourette's aims to stop bullyingOctober 23, 2013, CNN
Teen says his disorder led to teasing and bullying, and now leads a national foundation to stop bullying.
New women alcoholics: 'Looking at red wine like it's chocolate'October 22, 2013, ABC News
Studies look at the rising number of well-educated women who abuse alcohol to self-medicate.
Poor sleep linked to Alzheimer's brain plaquesOctober 22, 2013, CBS News
Plaque buildups in the brain indicative of Alzheimer's disease have been found in scans of older adults who get a poor night's sleep, according to a new study.
Preparing yourself mentally for retirementOctober 22, 2013, USA TODAY
People need to consider their identity, mission and relationships during retirement.
Want your daughter to be a science whiz? Soccer might helpOctober 22, 2013, NPR
Study shows girls who were more physically active at age 11 did better at school as teenagers, especially in science.
Want your daughter to be a science whiz? Soccer might helpOctober 22, 2013, NPR
Study shows girls who were more physically active at age 11 did better at school as teenagers, especially in science.
Lives of mentally ill and police collideOctober 22, 2013, The Wall Street Journal
Law-enforcement professionals and mental-health advocates believe they are seeing an increase in fatal encounters between police and the mentally ill.
Supreme Court to look at death row inmate with low IQOctober 21, 2013, CBS News
The Supreme Court will take up a Florida case over how judges should determine if a death row inmate is mentally disabled, and thus ineligible for execution.
Governor drops challenge to same-sex marriagesOctober 21, 2013, CNN
New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie is dropping a legal challenge to a court ruling abolishing the state's ban on same-sex marriages.
Should severe premenstrual symptoms be a mental disorder?October 21, 2013, NPR
PMDD is a fairly rare syndrome that prompts disabling emotional and sometimes physical reactions to monthly hormonal changes.
For a better bond, learn how to fight rightOctober 21, 2013, U.S. News & World Report
Research shows that it's best to resolve romantic conflicts through shared problem solving.
Spanking's link to bad behaviorOctober 21, 2013, The New York Times
Spare the rod and spoil the child? A new study suggests that the opposite may be true: spanking could increase the risk of bad behavior.
Bullied teen, mom battle back with anti-bullying groupOctober 20, 2013, NBC News
Anti-bullying group puts members in touch with anti-bullying resources including laws, processes, and advice for those being bullied.
Kennedy's vision for mental health never realizedOctober 20, 2013, USA TODAY
The last piece of legislation President John F. Kennedy signed before his death was the Community Mental Health Act.
Cognitive therapy study hope for hypochondria patientsOctober 17, 2013, BBC News
Research shows cognitive behavioral therapy is more effective than standard care for people with hypochondria or health anxiety.
Deep voiced men make bad matesOctober 17, 2013, Time
Men with deeper voices have an advantage in attracting women, but mostly if they’re looking for a fling, new research suggests.
Sons of older fathers have normal brainpowerOctober 17, 2013, Fox News
Study shows sons born to older fathers and those who were born to younger men score about the same on intelligence tests.
A security line with mood lightingOctober 16, 2013, The Wall Street Journal
A private company is working with airports to try to infuse calm and comfort into a very inhospitable place: the security checkpoint.
Iran brutality continues despite charm offensiveOctober 16, 2013, Fox News
Since August, Iran has clamped down even harder on human rights and stepped up public executions according to the International Campaign for Human Rights.
Mexico man with Asperger's wins caseOctober 16, 2013, BBC News
A 25-year-old Mexican with the autistic condition Asperger's wins the right to make key decisions about his life without parental consent.
Are Oreos as 'addictive' as cocaine?October 16, 2013, CNN
Research shows that certain foods may trigger the brain to signal for more of the foods, similar to the way addictive drugs prompt cravings.
Googling your health: Why some suffer more anxietyOctober 15, 2013, Fox News
For people who don't like uncertainty, searching for medical information online could set them on a downward spiral.
Novel brain monitoring technique could lead to ‘mind-reading’ devicesOctober 15, 2013, Fox News
Recent findings provide a new framework for studying how the brain works under normal day-to-day circumstances.
Beautiful but deadly: Latinos' curves put them at riskOctober 15, 2013, CNN
Twenty-five percent of Hispanic women who are overweight perceive their weight as "normal."
Inconsistent bedtimes may lead to problems in childrenOctober 14, 2013, CBS News
A new study shows children with irregular bedtimes may be more prone to having behavioral issues.
Why humans and animals rely on social touchOctober 14, 2013, BBC News
Human physical and social contact has a lot more in common with animal grooming activities than we may think.
For hurdles, even a pretend friend will helpOctober 14, 2013, The Wall Street Journal
Talking to an imaginary friend as a child can spur the development of an inner dialogue that can be used to deal with challenging tasks now and later as an adult.
Many older adults reports age discriminationOctober 9, 2013, Fox News
Real or perceived discrimination can affect both physical and mental health.
Watchdog warns Spain of impact of cuts on childrenOctober 9, 2013, BBC News
The Council of Europe, the continent's main human rights watchdog, has warned Spain that its austerity program could have a devastating impact on children.
Latinos struggle to find help for mental health issuesOctober 9, 2013, CNN
The disparity could be linked to lack of Hispanic mental health professionals.
Parents of kids under 18 are exhausted but happyOctober 8, 2013, USA TODAY
A new survey offers insight into parents' emotional state.
How does solitary confinement alter prisoners?October 7, 2013, Discovery News
Years of isolation have a profound effect on both the body and the mind.
The hidden cost of inequality: Migrants who die on the journey from poor to rich countriesOctober 7, 2013, The Washington Post
As rich countries fight to keep migrants out and poorer countries struggle to keep them from leaving, hundreds die on these crossings every year.
Forced sexual contact common among teens, study suggestsOctober 7, 2013, NBC News
Researchers need to dig deeper into questions about sexual behavior in the teen years, and whether it’s possible to predict and even prevent sexual violence.
Study links time outdoors to improved moodOctober 6, 2013, Huffington Post
New research shows a strong link between positive moods and time spent outdoors in sunlight.
Why you can’t stop checking your phoneOctober 6, 2013, The Boston Globe
Experts say that to fight texting and driving means confronting a bigger problem.
Brief group therapy can improve teen mental healthOctober 5, 2013, Psych Central
A British study found that two short group therapy sessions reduced the incidence of mental health issues, with benefits lasting several years.
Why a new mom might put herself, or her child, in harm's wayOctober 4, 2013, CNN
Doctors do not know why some women have deep sadness and anxiety in the weeks or months following birth and others do not.
Cocaine may make people more susceptible to HIVOctober 3, 2013, CBS News
Cocaine use can affect certain immune system cells that increase a person's vulnerability to the HIV infection, according to new study.
Brain problems can linger months after ICU stayOctober 3, 2013, Reuters
Study shows critically ill people who spend days in an intensive care unit (ICU) often develop thinking and memory problems.
Deleted genes 'offer autism clues'October 3, 2013, BBC News
The discovery of "missing" genes could help scientists understand how autism develops, a study suggests.
Why are there still so few women in science?October 3, 2013, The New York Times
A new study provides hard evidence of a continuing bias against women in the sciences.
Stressful middle age may raise Alzheimer's riskOctober 1, 2013, U.S. News & World Report
Stress can cause physical changes in the brain that may be linked to Alzheimer's.