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November 28, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Differences In Brain Structure May Account For Why Some Siblings Display Antisocial Behavior

November 28, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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The reason why siblings with the same upbringing and genetics can exhibit such different behavior has long puzzled psychologists, neuroscientists and researchers alike. Now, a team of researchers from the universities of Bath and Southampton in the UK may have an answer as to why some siblings from the same family may develop antisocial behavior when others do not. [More]

November 23, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Links Between Parental And Child Depression

November 23, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and it is well known that there are strong links between parental and child depression. Understanding this relationship is key to trying to prevent intergenerational transmission. Worldwide, one in five women suffers from postpartum depression. A new study published in BJPsych looked at maternal and paternal depression and child mental health trajectories. “Our study is about tracking mood over time in children of parents who were depressed in pregnancy and/or after birth,” study author, Professor Rebecca Pearson of Manchester Metropolitan University/University of Bristol told us. [More]

November 19, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Negative Mental Health Impact From Ignoring Friends for Your Phone

November 19, 2021 08:12 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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A recent study found a link between depression and social anxiety on increased phubbing. It also showed that smartphone usage during face-to-face interactions can be problematic and harmful in friendships. “Results showed that those with higher levels of depression, social anxiety, and neuroticism were significantly related to greater friend phubbing while agreeableness was negatively related to friend phubbing.” [More]

November 16, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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What Makes People Engage In Small Talk Rather Than Deep Conversation?

November 16, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology looked at miscalibrated expectations and how they create a barrier to deeper conversation. “In this research, we wanted to understand why people often engage in small talk in everyday life rather than initiate deeper and more intimate conversations that might strengthen their social relationships,” study author Michael Kardas told us. “We reasoned that people's decisions about what topics to discuss in conversation are guided by their expectations about the likely outcomes of the conversation.” [More]

November 9, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looked At How Infant Play At Home Affects Learning

November 9, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Development looked at infant exuberant object play at home. “Researchers have long considered play to be a primary context of infant learning,” study author Catherine Tamis-LeMonda told us. “However, studies of play are confined to laboratory tasks. Our study is about how infants interact with objects spontaneously at home. We wanted to know how much infants interacted with objects outside from the laboratory confines, with the objects that they typically have access to in their everyday environments." [More]

November 5, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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If Social Media Doesn’t Like Your Memory, Neither Do You

November 5, 2021 08:15 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Social media has opened up new ways for us to interact and share our experiences with others. It lets us connect with people around the world and keep up with people through their posts, pictures, and memories. However, it can also be overwhelming when we experience low response rates from those we thought would like our posts. Not getting any likes on our posts can feel like rejection, which makes us feel unappreciated and ignored. [More]

November 2, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Early Brain Structure And Language Ability In Children

November 2, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A recent study published in the Journal of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience looked at white matter in infancy and its association with language outcomes in kindergarten. “Our study conducted a five-year longitudinal investigation of children from infancy to examine how early brain structure (here focusing on white matter axonal connections between different brain areas) relates to children’s later language outcomes at the start of formal schooling (i.e., kindergarten),” study author Dr. Jennifer Zuk told us. [More]

October 29, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Solo Apartment Dwellers Fared Worse Mentally In Pandemic

October 29, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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People who live in apartments may have experienced more mental health issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic than their peers in the suburbs. Research from the University of Georgia found apartment dwellers, and in particular those who lived alone, had higher odds of experiencing mental health issues than people who lived in condos or standalone homes. [More]

October 26, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Study Uses The Hippocampus Of A Mouse To Help Explain Stress In Humans

October 26, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Behavioural Brain Research looked at how chronic vicarious social defeat stress (cVSDS) attenuates newborn neuronal cell survival in a mouse hippocampus. “In the current research, we examined influences of psychological stress on the adult hippocampal neurogenesis, which is assumed to be inseparably connected to the depressive states,” study author Akiyoshi Saitoh told us. [More]