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High rates of suicide among military personnel and veterans may be related to traumatic experiences

High rates of suicide among military service members and veterans may be related to traumatic experiences they had before enlisting, making them more vulnerable to suicidal behavior when coping with combat and multiple deployments, according to the findings of several recent studies presented at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention. [More]
Study: Younger and older adults show same responses for spatial attention tasks

Study: Younger and older adults show same responses for spatial attention tasks

At least one part of the human brain may be able to process information the same way in older age as it does in the prime of life, according to new research conducted at the University of Adelaide. [More]

Women applying for job in male-dominated fields should play up masculine qualities

Women applying for a job in male-dominated fields should consider playing up their masculine qualities, indicates new research by Michigan State University scholars that's part of a series of studies on bias in the hiring process. [More]
Begin practicing back-to-school routine few days before the big day, says psychologist

Begin practicing back-to-school routine few days before the big day, says psychologist

For children (and parents), going back to school—or even going for the first time—can be a time filled with excitement—and anxiety. [More]

Study shows noticeable differences in brain function across the day for older adults

Older adults who are tested at their optimal time of day (the morning), not only perform better on demanding cognitive tasks but also activate the same brain networks responsible for paying attention and suppressing distraction as younger adults, according to Canadian researchers. [More]
Families affected by conflict in Syria receive parenting advice from experts

Families affected by conflict in Syria receive parenting advice from experts

Families living in and affected by the conflict in Syria have been receiving parenting advice from experts at The University of Manchester via a daily bread delivery service. [More]
Dads let negative emotions from marriage spill over and harm the bond with child

Dads let negative emotions from marriage spill over and harm the bond with child

Children suffer consequences, too, when mom and dad argue or have tension in their relationship, experts warn. [More]
New treatment plan could reduce need for antihypertensive drugs

New treatment plan could reduce need for antihypertensive drugs

It truly could be mind over matter after all. University Hospitals Case Medical Center's Richard Josephson, MD, recently released trial results in a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine that discusses mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for hypertension. [More]
UTSA, Alamo partnership gives opportunity to students to gain experience in research laboratories

UTSA, Alamo partnership gives opportunity to students to gain experience in research laboratories

The University of Texas at San Antonio and Alamo Colleges have launched a new partnership this summer that is giving community college students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in top-tier research laboratories. [More]
Scientists receive £500,000 to investigate global food fraud

Scientists receive £500,000 to investigate global food fraud

Scientists at Queen's University Belfast have received £500,000 to investigate global food fraud and help prevent criminal activity within the industry. [More]
Risk-glorying video games can increase high-risk behavior in teens

Risk-glorying video games can increase high-risk behavior in teens

Previous studies show that violent video games increase adolescent aggressiveness, but new Dartmouth research finds for the first time that teen-agers who play mature-rated, risk-glorifying video games are more likely subsequently to engage in a wide range of deviant behaviors beyond aggression, including alcohol use, smoking cigarettes, delinquency and risky sex. [More]
Positive emotions may play exacerbating role in fueling anorexia nervosa

Positive emotions may play exacerbating role in fueling anorexia nervosa

Positive emotions - even those viewed through a distorted lens - may play an exacerbating role in fueling eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, which has a death rate 12 times higher for females between the ages of 15 and 24 than all other causes of death combined, according to a Rutgers study. [More]
Epigenetic control of serotonin transporter predicts human brain function

Epigenetic control of serotonin transporter predicts human brain function

The tiny addition of a chemical mark atop a gene that is well known for its involvement in clinical depression and posttraumatic stress disorder can affect the way a person's brain responds to threats, according to a new study by Duke University researchers. [More]

UC Davis researcher receives NSSEFF grant to advance new work on learning and memory

Professor Charan Ranganath of the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience and Department of Psychology has received a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Defense. [More]
Expressive writing may improve health outcomes for Asian-American breast cancer survivors

Expressive writing may improve health outcomes for Asian-American breast cancer survivors

Writing down fears, emotions and the benefits of a cancer diagnosis may improve health outcomes for Asian-American breast cancer survivors, according to a study conducted by a researcher at the University of Houston (UH). [More]
Research reveals that seizures linked to feelings of anxiety

Research reveals that seizures linked to feelings of anxiety

New research by clinical psychologists from the UK and US has revealed psychogenic seizures which could be mistaken for epilepsy are linked to feelings of anxiety. [More]

People share implicit hierarchies for racial, religious, and age, shows study

As much as social equality is advocated in the United States, a new study suggests that besides evaluating their own race and religion most favorably, people share implicit hierarchies for racial, religious, and age groups that may be different from their conscious, explicit attitudes and values. [More]
Study to measure attitudes toward e-cigarettes among physicians treating adult smokers

Study to measure attitudes toward e-cigarettes among physicians treating adult smokers

Physicians are increasingly discussing and recommending electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) as cessation devices for their patients, but more research needs to be done on their efficacy and safety, according to a new survey of North Carolina physicians published in PLOS ONE. [More]
Brain responses of few individuals are remarkably strong predictor

Brain responses of few individuals are remarkably strong predictor

Media and marketing experts have long sought a reliable method of forecasting responses from the general population to future products and messages. According to a study conducted at The City College of New York, it appears that the brain responses of just a few individuals are a remarkably strong predictor. [More]
Study shows link between insomnia-related mental health conditions among teens

Study shows link between insomnia-related mental health conditions among teens

A study of high school students by University of Adelaide psychology researchers has shed new light on the links between insomnia-related mental health conditions among teens. [More]