Psychology News and Research Briefs
Brief summaries of the latest news related to mental health and mental illness, as well as brief abstracts of the latest research in anxiety, depression, ADHD, learning disabilities, and more.
High BMI May Lead to Low Cognitive Functioning
A longitudinal study of French adults published in Neurology shows that a high body mass index (BMI) is linked to poorer in cognitive function in healthy middle-aged adults. Participants aged 32 to 65 performed four cognitive tests in 1996 and then again 2...
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Family Environment Can Reverse Depression Gene, Study Says
A study by UCLA researchers in the current edition of Biological Psychiatry shows that for people with the short version of the 5-HTTLPR gene, a variation linked to predisposition for depression, having a supportive, loving family early in life significantl...
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Choice to Share Custody with Abusive Ex-Spouse Influenced by Fear, Finances
A study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships shows that, rather than choosing a context that would be both safe and the most beneficial to the children, the decision to share custody with an abusive ex-husband is most commonly motiv...
Study: Mixed Emotions Mean More Creative Workers
A study by University of Washington psychologists shows that people who experience emotional ambivalence, the ability to feel both positive and negative emotions at the same time, are more creative workers than those who only feel sad, happy or neutral.That...
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LSD: A Far Out Treatment for Alcoholism?
Erika Dyck, a Canadian history of medicine professor, has unearthed research from the 1950s and 1960s showing the results of a group of Canadian psychologists' experiments using the drug LSD to treat alcoholism. Noting that the symptoms of delirium tremens...
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Sensory Integration Dysfunction Misdiagnosed as ADHD, Autism
In a seminar by the Conejo Valley Mental Health Professionals Association last week, Dr. Shiro Perera Torquato suggested that some children diagnosed with ADHD, Asperger's syndrome or Pediatric Bipolar Disorder may in fact be suffering from Sensory Integrat...
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Pill-popping Up as Other Drugs Wane Among Teens
A survey of California high school and middle school students reveals that 15 percent of 11th graders, 9 percent of ninth graders and 4 percent of seventh graders have abused prescription drugs, replacing inhalants as the third most abused drug among teens ...
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More Middle-Aged Women Being Treated for Eating Disorders
While bulimia and anorexia typically begin the teens or early 20s, increasingly more middle-aged women are seeking treatment for eating disorders following a relapse years after recovery, or when the disease, in addition to the responsibilities of work and ...
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Neuroticism May Predict Depression
A longitudinal study of more than 20,000 Swedish twins has found the personality trait of neuroticism is a strong predictor of the development of major depression later in life. Between 1972 and 1973, the twins answered questionnaires related to neuroticis...
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National Survey: Hispanics Manage Stress Best
A national survey released today shows that Hispanic-Americans are most likely to spend time with friends and family or to exercise to relieve stress while engaging in fewer unhealthy coping behaviors such as smoking. The study also found that Hispanic men ...
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