Psychology

Studies You Don't Need To Read- You're More Likely To Have An Alcoholic Spouse If You Are Alcoholic

Alcoholism is more common in people with alcoholic spouses than those without, a new study shows. This makes some sense. If you met her while doing shots of Jäger off her drunken abdomen, she's going to be a little more tolerant of your excessive dri ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Apr 23 2007 - 4:25pm

If Science Had Been Invented More Than Once

Last night, at a Vietnamese restaurant, I had an avocado shake for dessert. On the way home I stopped at a Chinese bakery and got garlic pork cookies. Had science, like cooking, been invented more than once, what would other scientific traditions — other ...

Article - Seth Roberts - Apr 25 2007 - 9:31am

Screening Teen Risk Behaviors

Research shows that adolescents who engage in one form of risky behavior, like drug or alcohol use, are likely to engage in other risky behaviors like self-harm, or having unprotected sex, but often times these behaviors are not discussed during a medical ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 30 2007 - 9:08am

Both Sides Of The Paranormal Debate?

Personally I have very little interest in the paranormal or parapsychology, but I have to commend Alex Tsakiris of the Skeptiko podcast for presenting interviews from both sides of the debate. Alex clearly does believe that parapsychology is a valid scien ...

Article - Ginger Campbell - Apr 30 2007 - 3:47pm

Gender, Ethnic Differences May Hamper Eating Disorder Diagnosis

Eating disorders may be overlooked in some groups- boys and some ethnicities- by physicians accustomed to diagnosing the condition in white teenage girls, say researchers at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and the Stanford University School of Medi ...

Article - News Staff - May 1 2007 - 9:58pm

Eat Soup, Lose Weight

Eating low-calorie soup before a meal can help cut back on how much food and calories you eat at the meal, a new Penn State study shows. Results show that when participants in the study ate a first course of soup before a lunch entree, they reduced their t ...

Article - News Staff - May 1 2007 - 10:02pm

Mirror Neurons: How We Reflect On Behavior

In the mid-1990s, scientists at the University of Parma, in Italy, made a discovery so novel that it shifted the way psychologists discuss the brain. After researchers implanted electrodes into the heads of monkeys, they noticed a burst of activity in the ...

Article - News Staff - May 4 2007 - 11:30am

Trauma Can Affect Brain Function Years Later

Exposure to trauma may create enough changes in the brain to sensitize people to overreact to an innocuous facial gesture years later, even in people who don’t have a stress-related disorder, says new research. It appears that proximity to high-intensity t ...

Article - News Staff - May 6 2007 - 9:40pm

Marketing Psychology- How They Get You To Buy Professional Grade Golf Clubs

Many products, such as golf clubs or cameras, are designed for consumers of a certain skill level. However, deciding what product would be most appropriate is often based on skewed self-assessment, leading to a purchase of equipment that may be too advance ...

Article - News Staff - May 10 2007 - 11:32am

PMS And Post-natal Depression: Hormones Or Social Factors?

Professor of Women's Health Psychology at the University of Western Sydney, Jane Ussher, has been researching the issue for 20 years and says that women are being controlled by medical practices which position their unhappiness as a biomedical conditi ...

Article - News Staff - May 13 2007 - 9:12pm