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Intimate and Social Relationships Important for Older Adults in Assisted Living, Study Finds

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Intimate and social relationships remain important for older adults residing in assisted-living facilities, according to a recent study.

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‘I Find Peace There’: The Role of Spirituality in Treating Postpartum Depression in Mothers of Color

Churches and other faith-based communities are an untapped resource that health-care providers should consider when suggesting treatment options for African-American and Latina mothers who have histories of postpartum depression (PPD), according to a new University at Buffalo-led study.

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Let Your Kids Lose

When children are falsely successful at games and other challenges, it can lead them to ignore important information in and about the world around them, according to a new study by an Amherst College professor.

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UF/IFAS Extension Offers Way to Avoid Post-Holiday Shopping ‘Sticker Shock’

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The key is to make a budget and stick to it. But UF/IFAS experts share numerous other tips.

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Study Finds Ideology as Important an Inspiration to American Jihadists as Affiliation with Islamic State Group

A new study from the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism found that American jihadists continue to draw inspiration from a variety of groups other than the Islamic State group (IS).

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Fear the Dentist? Four Ways to Calm Your Nerves

Going to the dentist doesn’t top most people’s list of favorite things, and for some it is downright terrifying. It’s estimated that 9 to 15 percent of Americans skip or avoid the dentist due to fear. Keenly aware of this anxiety, some dentists use techniques to help patients overcome their fears.

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Political Left, Right Both Inspired by Utopian Hopes

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Studies explore moral convictions associated with same sex marriage, gun control

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Study: Avoiding Spiritual Struggles and Existential Questions Is Linked with Poorer Mental Health

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Fear of confronting the tensions and conflicts brought on by existential concerns—the “big questions” of life—is linked with poorer mental health, including higher levels of depression, anxiety and difficulty regulating emotions, according to a new Case Western Reserve University study.

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Local Children with Disabilities Get Help From Wichita State University Students

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A collaborative effort between Wichita State University engineering and physical therapy students has provided new opportunities to three local children with disabilities. As part of the project GoBabyGo!, a retrofitting program created in 2006 by the University of Delaware, the WSU students have spent all fall semester modifying toy ride-on cars for the children.

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New Study Abroad Program Focuses on Post-Conflict Mental Health

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A new Northwestern study abroad program will allow students to study the psychological impact of war in post-Soviet countries Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Children, Anger, Acoustics, Listening, Speech, emotional speech, emotional cues, emotional environment, Peter Moriarty, Michelle Vigeant, Pamela Cole , Pennsylvania State University, 172nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, ASA

How Do Children Hear Anger?

Even if they don’t understand the words, infants react to the way their mother speaks and the emotions conveyed through speech. What exactly they react to and how has yet to be fully deciphered, but could have significant impact on a child’s development. Researchers in acoustics and psychology teamed up to better define and study this impact.

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Research Suggests Creatives Worry Less About Dying

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Creative achievement can provide a buffer against being anxious about death, research from psychologists at the University of Kent shows.

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‘the Frankenstein Effect’ of Working Memory: Researchers Examine How Brain Stimulation Affects Memory Reactivation

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A new study from Nathan Rose, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, examined a fundamental problem your brain has to solve, which is keeping information “in mind,” or active, so your brain can act accordingly.

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Texas Tech, Brazilian Researchers Examine Effects of Toxic Stress on Children’s Brain Development

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The study uses fMRI data to compare brain development between children who experience pervasive, continuing trauma and those with “normal” development.

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Aer Lingus and Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support Announce Visual Guide for Air Travel That Assists Individuals with Autism

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Aer Lingus and the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph’s University have partnered to develop a visual guide that helps individuals with autism and related disorders prepare for and experience air travel.

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GW Extremism Tracker: US Officials Charged 111 People with ISIS-Related Offenses Since March 2014

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The number of ISIS-related charges issued in the United States since March 2014 increased from 109 to 111, according to updated research from the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism.

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When Good People Get Bad Gifts

New research from NYIT (New York Institute of Technology) details reasons why some people intentionally give bad gifts.

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APA Hails House Passage of Mental Health Provisions in 21st Century Cures Act

The American Psychological Association and the APA Practice Organization applauded passage by the House of Representatives of the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill that will lead to much-needed mental health reform.

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Narcissistic Individuals Use Social Media to Self-Promote

A new statistical review of 62 studies with over 13,000 individuals found that narcissism has a modest but reliable positive relationship with a range of social media behaviors.

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Use Your Words: Written Prisoner Interactions Predict Whether They’ll Clean Up Their Acts

The evolution of how prisoners in substance-abuse programs communicate is a good indicator of whether they’ll return to crime, new research has found.







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