Psychology

Can Anti-Depressants Cause Suicide?

Many parents have said yes. David Healy, a Scottish psychiatrist, prompted by those stories, did a small experiment in which undepressed persons took anti-depressants. About 10% of them started having suicidal thoughts. ...

Article - Seth Roberts - Jan 1 2008 - 2:30pm

Kicking The Religion Habit: Former Female Believers Have More Alcoholism And Stress

According to Temple University’s Joanna Maselko, Sc.D., women who had stopped being religiously active were more than three times more likely to have suffered generalized anxiety and alcohol abuse/dependence than women who reported always having been activ ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 1 2008 - 3:34am

The Psychology Of Exercise Programs

Even a few days into New Year’s resolutions to exercise more, people are finding reasons to skip workouts even though the benefits of a healthy lifestyle are well-known: In addition to weight loss, exercise has been linked to reducing symptoms of depressio ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 9 2008 - 2:11pm

Value Of The Quick Fix: Panel Will Debate Medications In Psychoanalysis

As Americans increasingly seek a “quick fix” to physical and mental ailments, psychoanalysts can be caught in the crossfire of a debate about the potential benefits and drawbacks of including medication in their treatment plans. A panel discussion entitled ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 9 2008 - 2:15pm

Article: Regulate Psychotherapy As Rigorously As Drug Treatments

Psychotherapies such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) are under-regulated in the UK and should be subject to the same standards of evidence as drugs, assert two experts in psychological medicine writing in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 14 2008 - 2:06pm

Neuroscience And Marketing: If You Pay More, You Think Things Are Better

It's a marketing expert's dream; if you want people to like your product more, charge a higher price. Hilke Plassmann, et al, writing in PNAS, had test subjects undergo functional MRIs while they sipped wine. They were given 5 wines at 5 differen ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 14 2008 - 6:57pm

Adolescence And 'Deviancy Training' Among Friends

Friendships are an important part of developing social skills and cultural confidence but when antisocial teenagers interacted closely with each other and spent their time discussing such things as substance abuse or breaking the law, they tended to later ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 21 2008 - 8:30am

Music Therapy Gets Some Respect As Depression Treatment

About 121 million people world-wide are believed to suffer from depression. This can be seen in disturbed appetite, sleep patterns and overall functioning as well as leading to low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness and guilt. ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 22 2008 - 7:28pm

The Psychology Of Elimination: Picking A Political Candidate When They're All Bad

Some elections are tougher than others. If you like John Edwards, who would you reject if he drops out, Clinton or Obama? How we decide against candidates can tell us valuable things about how people make choices. A new study from the February issue of the ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 23 2008 - 12:34pm

Moods And Choices: Happy People Likely To Choose The First Item They See

You’re more likely to give things a favorable evaluation when you’re happy and a negative evaluation when you’re sad. But how does mood influence your choices among items? A new study in the February issue of the Journal of Consumer Research people finds t ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 26 2008 - 9:30am