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 illuminated the anxiety-reducing potential of d-limonene, a natural component of cannabis, when combined with THC. The research showcases how vaporized d-limonene can mitigate the anxiety and paranoia often induced by THC, opening avenues for safer medicinal and recreational cannabis use.
Childhood loneliness significantly increases the likelihood of experiencing a psychotic episode later in life, particularly in women. Through an observational case-control study involving 285 first-episode psychosis patients and 261 controls, the research distinguished the effects of subjective loneliness from objective social isolation.
Over half of individuals with treated hypothyroidism exhibit a type D personality, characterized by negative emotions and social withdrawal. Conducted by researchers across Europe, this survey of over 3,500 people with hypothyroidism highlights a significant correlation between type D personality and poor treatment outcomes, including persistent symptoms and dissatisfaction.
A new study suggests the difficulty in recognizing one’s own beliefs as conspiracy theories contributes to the stigma around "conspiracy theorists." Despite many Americans holding beliefs that could be classified as conspiratorial, the study found that individuals struggle to label these beliefs accurately, especially without reflection or a clear understanding of what constitutes a conspiracy theory.
A new study uncovered a genetic connection between coronary artery disease, major depression, and an increased risk for cardiomyopathy, mediated through inflammatory pathways. The study highlights that medications used for treating coronary artery disease and depression could synergistically reduce inflammation, potentially preventing cardiomyopathy.
Researchers identified an effective, straightforward method for managing anger: writing down feelings about a negative experience and then discarding the paper by shredding or throwing it away significantly reduces anger levels. This innovative study not only offers a practical anger management tool but also supports the therapeutic potential of physically interacting with objects to alter emotions.
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.