Psychology News

These research articles involve many aspects of psychology such as cognitive psychology, depression studies, mental health, stress, happiness and neuropsychology, Scroll below for more specific categories.

A new study explores how people's preferences for immediate or delayed happiness can shape their behavior and overall well-being. It discusses two differing views on happiness: one where happiness is an accumulating resource, often 'delayed' for the sake of long-term goals, and another where happiness is fleeting and must be experienced in the present moment.
Neuroscientists discovered how vitamin D deficiency impacts the development of neurons, contributing to disorders such as schizophrenia. Using innovative technology, they were able to observe that a lack of vitamin D not only changes neuron growth but also affects the brain's dopamine release mechanism. They found dopamine release was enhanced in cells grown in the presence of vitamin D, compared to a control.
Researchers established a model, termed "dynamic prospect theory," which more accurately portrays human and monkey decision-making under uncertainty. In the study, 70 participants were asked to choose between two lotteries with varying reward sizes, probabilities, and risks.
Religious tendencies could contribute to the previously noted connection between morning preference and life satisfaction. Researchers conducted surveys of Polish adults assessing their morning-evening preference, conscientiousness, religiosity, and satisfaction with life.

These research articles involve depression, seasonal affective disorders, grief, pain, sadness, happiness and generally news regarding mental health research.

Researchers investigated the role of online gaming in social connectivity and mental health. The findings suggest that online gaming can foster a sense of community and social support, especially for those lacking real-life support. However, individuals with depressive symptoms showed a decrease in communication over time, highlighting the need for additional support systems within these digital communities.
A new study found that restoring certain signals in the brain region that processes smell can counter depression. The study reported the timing and strength of gamma signals in the olfactory bulb can alter emotions. The findings could provide a potential new approach for countering depression and anxiety when medication is not effective. Researchers caution that further studies are needed to understand the link between firing patterns of gamma waves and emotions.
Scientists developed a potential anti-depressant drug that exhibits anti-stressing and anti-depressant effects with minimal side effects. The drug is KNT-127quickly acts on the patient without inducing resistance. Researchers found that KNT-127 administration during and after extreme psychological stress significantly improved social interaction and reduced inflammation in the hippocampus.