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 debunk myths about habits, showing they are mental links between situations and actions. Habits compete with other impulses, like intentions and emotions, to influence behavior. Forming habits aids change but doesn't guarantee it. Effective strategies and backup plans are essential for overcoming disruptions and breaking bad habits.
15% of people stopping antidepressants experience withdrawal symptoms like dizziness and nausea, while 3% face severe symptoms. The research highlights the need for careful management and counseling by healthcare professionals when discontinuing antidepressants. This study aims to provide a balanced view on the real prevalence of withdrawal symptoms and their impact.
Researchers have developed a new framework explaining how antidepressants, like SSRIs, treat major depressive disorder (MDD) by restoring brain connectivity rather than correcting a serotonin imbalance. Their findings emphasize the continued importance of these medications despite shifting public opinion. This new understanding could improve patient-clinician conversations about depression treatment.
Researchers found that pandemic-induced loneliness led to disorientation and time confusion. Surveying 3,300 French participants, the study revealed a strong link between social isolation and temporal disorientation. Young people under 25 were the most affected. The researchers call this phenomenon "temporal rupture," highlighting the pandemic's deep psychological impact.
A new study confirms impulsivity as a stable and measurable personality trait. Using data from 1,676 participants, researchers identified a general impulsivity factor, I, which effectively predicts impulsive behaviors. They developed the Adjustable Impulsivity Scale (AIMS) for precise measurement. Findings enhance understanding and measurement of impulsivity.
A study of 340,000 texts over 79 years found a shift from terms like “disease” and “disturbance” to “mental health” and “psychiatric,” with “mental illness” now the most-used term. This evolution reflects growing recognition of mental health. The findings highlight the changing language in mental health discourse. Further research is needed to understand the impact of these terms on those experiencing mental ill health.
A new study reviewed neuroimaging research on internet addiction in adolescents, revealing disrupted brain signaling in critical neural networks. These disruptions affect attention, memory, coordination, and emotional processing, impacting mental health. The review highlights the need for more diverse studies to understand these effects fully.
A new survey found that 24% of U.S. adults incorrectly believe the MMR vaccine causes autism, despite CDC evidence to the contrary. This misconception contributes to vaccine hesitancy and rising measles cases. The survey highlights the need for better public education on vaccine safety.
Researchers found genetic associations between sleep patterns and neuropsychiatric conditions like autism, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. Polygenic risk score analysis revealed that autism and schizophrenia link to evening chronotype, while ADHD, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder link to insomnia. These insights may lead to new therapies for sleep disturbances in these patients.
A new study found that mentally stimulating activities improve cognition in memory clinic patients, but stress undermines these benefits. Higher cognitive reserve enhances cognition, but physiological stress reduces this positive effect. This research suggests that stress management techniques, such as mindfulness and meditation, could complement Alzheimer's prevention strategies.
Diabetes drugs Wegovy and Ozempic, containing semaglutide, significantly reduce the incidence and recurrence of alcohol-use disorder (AUD). Analyzing health records, researchers observed a 50% to 56% decrease in AUD among patients treated with semaglutide.