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January 9, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks To Identify Regions In the Brain Where Anxiety-Associated Genes Are Expressed

January 9, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Translational Psychiatry looked at the spatiotemporal expression patterns of anxiety disorder-associated genes. “There are a substantial number of neuroimaging and microstimulation studies that identify neural circuits linked to anxiety as a trait or specific anxious behaviors such as pessimistic decision-making,” study author Kalyani B. Karunakaran told us. [More]

December 22, 2023
by Elizabeth Pratt

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1 In 5 Parents Worried Their Holiday Stress Negatively Impacts Their Kids

December 22, 2023 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Parents are feeling the pressure this holiday season. Data from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at University of Michigan Health found one in five parents think their children have unrealistic expectations of the holiday, and one in four parents admit they themselves set overly idealistic expectations for the holidays. [More]

October 17, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Covid-19 Worries And Dreaming

October 17, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Emotion looked at whether daily worries about the coronavirus are linked to negative effects experienced during mind-wandering and dreaming. "We investigated whether and how worry about COVID-19 is associated with the emotional quality of daydreaming and nighttime dreaming,” study author Pilleriin Sikka told us. “Many studies have reported increased negativity of dreams and increased number of nightmares during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, most of these studies have used questionnaires and asked about whether people think that their dreams are different during the pandemic as compared to the pre-or post-pandemic periods.” [More]

September 12, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Finds Children Can Recognize When Others Are Sick

September 12, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Development looked at infection detection in faces and children's development of pathogen avoidance. “We were interested in understanding whether children ages four to nine years old can avoid and recognize sick faces,” study author Tiffany S. Leung told us. “Previous studies have reported that adults can use faces to recognize when someone is sick and make judgements about whether to approach or avoid them." [More]

August 8, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Reveals People With Ongoing COVID-19 Symptoms Show Bigger Cognitive Deficits

August 8, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Lancet looked at the effects of COVID-19 on cognitive performance in a community-based cohort. “Many people report ongoing symptoms after COVID-19, including brain fog and problems with concentration, memory and attention,” study author Dr. Rose Penfold told us. “Previous research has shown that some of these people perform worse on cognitive testing. However, most of this research has been done in hospitalized patients who had more severe infection.” [More]

May 30, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Peer Support For Incarcerated Individuals

May 30, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study looked at peer health navigation experiences before and after prison release amount people with opioid use disorder. “Our study looked at the experiences of participants in a specific peer navigation program that paired people with opioid use disorder exiting incarceration with peer navigators and other supports,” study author Michael Enich told us. “We were hoping to capture, in their own words, program participants’ feelings working with peers who have also experienced incarceration and/or substance use or mental health challenges. We also wanted to see what aspects of the program these participants found to be most helpful—or aspects of the program they would change if they could.” [More]

May 16, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can Your Birth Mindset Predict Your Birth Outcome?

May 16, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology looked at how the mindset of birth predicts birth outcomes. “Broadly speaking, the study is about the role of psychology in childbirth,” study author Lisa Hoffman told us. “We were interested whether psychological factors may have an effect on birth outcomes and whether, in turn, psychological factors (e.g., postpartum well-being, postpartum depression) may be predicted by birth.” [More]

April 25, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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Could Robots Help With Fostering Well-Being In the Workplace?

April 25, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new recently published study looked at robotic mental well-being coaches for the workplace. “This study investigated the use and deployment of two different robotic forms to deliver positive psychology exercises over four weeks, and how the robotic form impacts on the coachee’s robotic coach perceptions, robotic coach personality, and robotic coach-coachee alliance,” study author Micol Spitale told us. “We hypothesized that the design features, such as the form, may impact the coachees’ perceptions towards the robotic coach.” [More]

February 14, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Attachment Anxiety And False Memories

February 14, 2023 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 attachment anxiety and how it predicts false memories when people can see the communicator. “Past research has linked attachment avoidance with forgetting specifically relational material,” study author Dr. Nathan W. Hudson told us. “Conversely, prior studies have shown that attachment anxiety predicts false memories in relationship contexts.” [More]

December 27, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Researchers Grow Brain-Like Organoids To Learn More About Autism

December 27, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Nature Communications delved more into autism by growing brain-like organoids. “The human brain is unique, and certain aspects of human brain development, and brain diseases, are notoriously difficult to study using animal models,” study author Alex Shcheglovitov, PhD told us. “We wanted to develop a new method to model early aspects of human telencephalic brain development in health and disease. Our approach was to make human brain organoids in a robust and reproducible manner.” [More]