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 reveals how the customization of voice assistants (VAs) like Siri and Alexa, and the perceived similarity between user and VA personalities, influence user experience and resistance to misinformation. The study found that users prefer extroverted VAs and are more resistant to persuasive misinformation when their personality matches the VA's.
A new study involving about 2,500 pet owners and 3,300 pets, has explored the dynamics of owner–pet attachment and its impact on mental wellbeing. The research, a first of its kind, considered both the personalities of pets and their owners, revealing how attachment styles (anxious and avoidant) relate to the mental wellbeing of both parties. Anxiously attached owners tend to have heightened needs for proximity, whereas avoidantly attached owners seek independence.
A new study reveals that children with reliable parental support are more inclined to take risks and explore. Analyzing decisions made by over 150 children aged 10 to 13 in game-based scenarios, the study found that children who perceived their parents as unpredictable were less likely to engage in exploratory risks.
Researchers explore the lasting impact of COVID-19 on language. They analyze a range of sources, including scientific articles, news, social media, and advertising, using both computer-assisted methods and crowd-sourced examples.
A comprehensive study analyzing data from two million individuals across 168 countries, challenges the widely held belief about the negative psychological impact of internet technologies. Researchers found only small and inconsistent changes in global well-being and mental health over the last two decades, despite extensive internet adoption.
Researchers discovered that the neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease, such as irritability, agitation, and depression, primarily stem from brain inflammation rather than amyloid and tau proteins. This study involved 109 elderly individuals and found a strong correlation between neuroinflammation and these challenging symptoms.
Researchers discovered that chronic stress induces depression-like behaviors in fruit flies, Drosophila melanogaster, affecting their motivation and activity. The study found that Ayurvedic medicinal plants, particularly Withania somnifera (ashwagandha) and Centella asiatica, can improve the flies' resilience to chronic stress when used prophylactically.
Researchers developed the Hikikomori Diagnostic Evaluation (HiDE), a new assessment tool for identifying pathological social withdrawal or hikikomori. This condition, initially identified in Japan, is characterized by extended physical isolation lasting over six months and is increasingly observed worldwide, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.