Social and Behavioral Sciences
Making Bicycling Safer for Kids with ADHD
University of Iowa researchers hope new avenues of study about why children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder have more accidents while crossing the street on their bicycles will help parents teach their children to better navigate busy intersections.Media embedded: Image(s)
– University of Iowa
Growing Diversity in Doctoral Programs
Northwestern University is testing a new supplemental coaching program to provide in-depth guidance on succeeding in science careers and reduce the commonly reported feelings of pressure and isolation of Ph.D. students from underrepresented backgrounds.
In the study’s paper, one African-American female student from the new coaching group said, “I’m so happy to see other people of color in one place doing the same thing that I’m doing.” Media embedded: Image(s)
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– Northwestern University
Military families benefit from UCLA-developed resilience program
A new study validates a widely-used program for combatting psychological and emotional challenges faced by military families.Media embedded: Image(s)
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences
Researchers Investigate Mental Health of Teens After Dad Leaves
Family breakdown and the insecure financial situation that may result is more likely to cause worry, anxiety and depressive symptoms in adolescents who are separated from their father, says Professor Jennifer O’Loughlin of the University of Montreal.Media embedded: Image(s)
Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
– Universite de Montreal
Online and Mobile Apps Can Target Health Behaviors
Scouring the Web to learn new ways to instill better health habits? Trying to find the best health app to lose weight or reduce stress? Or maybe you’re posting on Twitter and Facebook to try to build a supportive community for your healthy goals. Online and mobile health interventions are getting easier to come by but psychologists say that while social media and Internet-based treatment programs can be beneficial, there is a need for rigorous methods to help guide the development and evaluation of these programs and apps.
– American Psychological Association (APA)
Energy Drinks Push Masculinity, but Can Harm Men’s Health
A new study from two Texas Tech University researchers shows the men most likely to use energy drinks to boost their performance are losing sleep because of their consumption.
Health Psychology, 2015, Vol. 34, No. 11, 1100–1106
– Texas Tech University
Ostracized Children Use Imitation To Fit In, Study Finds
The threat of ostracism influences children to imitate group behaviors as a means of re-affiliating, according to psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.
– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)
Can Your Pet Boost Your Sex Appeal?
Dogs and Cats are increasingly seen as being a crucial member of a traditional family, but aside from the companionship and love you receive from your pet… can they also make you appear sexier?
– Taylor & Francis
Antiquity's Hermaphroditus - a Gender Bender
The view that androgynous individuals are pathologically deviant has caused scholars to reject the possibility that the mythological figure Hermaphroditus could be perceived as erotically attractive. But the Romans had a different view of sexuality and a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg shows that Hermaphroditus was an object of in particular men's desire.Media embedded: Image(s)
Title of the doctoral thesis: Desiring Hermaphrodites: The Relationships of Hermaphroditus in Roman Group Scenes
– University of Gothenburg
University Project Focuses on Reducing Binge Drinking
How many shots of alcohol does it take to fill a plastic, red solo cup? The answer is 11 and that’s just one of the questions New Mexico State University students are asking fellow students as part of the “Aggies Winning Choices” project.Media embedded: Video / Image(s)
– New Mexico State University (NMSU)
Looking for Motivation? Enjoying the Task at Hand Will Matter Once You Start
Want to lose weight? Then make sure you’re thinking about more than just the numbers on the scale when choosing your workout. A new study suggests that when people look forward to or back on an activity, they tend to underestimate how important it is to actually enjoy doing it. The finding may help explain why people often fail to persevere through tedious or unpleasant tasks.
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
– University of Chicago Booth School of Business
U Mad Bro? Computers Now Know When You're Angry
Most people can tell if you're angry based on the way you're acting. Professor Jeffrey Jenkins can tell if you're angry by the way you move a computer mouse.
The BYU information systems expert says people experiencing anger (and other negative emotions--frustration, confusion, sadness) become less precise in their mouse movements and move the cursor at different speeds.Media embedded: Image(s)
– Brigham Young University
Helping Others Dampens the Effects of Everyday Stress
Providing help to friends, acquaintances, and even strangers can mitigate the impact of daily stressors on our emotions and our mental health, according to new research published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
Clinical Psychological Science
– Association for Psychological Science
Study Reports Childhood Family Breakups Harder on Girls' Health
A childhood family breakup can have long-term negative consequences for the children. Recent University of Illinois research looks at overall health, depression, and smoking as a health-related behavior and finds that, for girls, all three are worse.
Review of Economics of the Household
– University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)
WashU Expert: Five Holiday Talking Points for Families Facing Aging, End-of-Life Decisions
Article Body 2010 Few things are as certain as the end of life, so why is it so hard to talk about? That’s the question many families will be grappling with as they get together over the holidays with extended families, including close relatives who are getting on in years or those battling a serious health issue. While it’s easy to put off dark discussions during festive times, it’s best to have them sooner than later, said Brian Carpenter, a psychologist who studies family relations in later life at Washington University in St.Media embedded: Image(s)Expert(s) available
– Washington University in St. Louis