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.

Researchers identified a strong link between prenatal cannabis use disorder (CUD) and heightened risks of ADHD, ASD, and ID in children. The study analyzed over 222,000 mother-offspring pairs in Australia, revealing that children of mothers with prenatal CUD were almost twice as likely to develop these neurodevelopmental disorders.
Touch interventions significantly benefit both physical and mental health, with particular advantages for individuals facing health challenges. The study, aggregating hundreds of individual studies, demonstrates that the nature of the touch, the person providing it, or the duration matters less than the frequency, suggesting even brief interactions like hugs can be profoundly impactful.
Positive support from partners in a relationship can significantly reduce stress, as indicated by cortisol levels. Analyzing communication between 191 married couples, the research found that individuals felt more validated and cared for when their partners provided positive support, leading to lower cortisol levels.
Early social interactions, characterized by "parentese," smiles, and eye contact, significantly impact infant brain development and language growth. Utilizing magnetoencephalography (MEG), the study observed increased brain activity in 5-month-olds during social interactions with adults, compared to nonsocial scenarios.
Incentives and daily reminders can significantly increase physical activity among adults at risk for heart disease, raising their daily steps by over 1,500. The intervention, which included financial rewards and game-like points, not only encouraged an additional 40 minutes of moderate exercise weekly but also led to sustained health benefits six months post-trial.
Nonstandard work schedules early in life correlate with poorer health outcomes at middle age. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth-1979, the research examines over 30 years of employment patterns and their impacts on sleep quality, physical, and mental health by age 50.
Researchers innovated a method to evolve diverse personality traits in dialogue AI using a language model and the prisoner's dilemma game. By simulating scenarios where AI agents choose between cooperation and self-interest, the study demonstrates the potential of AI to mimic complex human behaviors.
A new study provides a novel understanding how the human brain regulates emotions, distinguishing between emotion generation and regulation. By analyzing fMRI studies, researchers identified specific brain regions, including areas of the anterior prefrontal cortex, that are key to emotion regulation.
A new study illuminated the consequences of a tighter interconnection between different domains of functional capacity in the elderly, pointing towards a reduced resilience in the system. This study reveals that in older populations and those in poorer health, the domains of functional capacity—mobility, sensory, cognitive, and mental functions—are more closely linked, making the system vulnerable to cascading failures.
The gender of a partner significantly affects women's expectations and the likelihood of orgasm. By examining the "orgasm gap" between cisgender men and women, researchers uncovered that women anticipate more clitoral stimulation and have higher orgasm expectations with female partners than with male partners.
A new study reveals the link between loneliness, cravings for high-calorie foods, and unhealthy eating behaviors in women, highlighting a significant brain activity pattern associated with social isolation. The research found that women feeling lonely show increased brain activation in areas related to cravings when exposed to images of sugary foods, alongside decreased self-control towards eating.