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A student's experience with math is affected by the composition of the group they are in
Weak students in high-performing math classes, especially boys, feel more shame compared to students in low-performing math classes. Stronger students, in turn, feel more bored and enjoy mathematics less in high-performing math classes, according to a new study. (2020-11-17)

Watching nature on TV can boost wellbeing, finds new study
Watching high quality nature programmes on TV can uplift people's moods, reduce negative emotions, and help alleviate the kind of boredom associated with being isolated indoors. (2020-10-13)

More than half of people struggled to manage their weight during COVID-19 lockdown, suggests UK survey
More than half of adults have found it difficult to manage their weight during the COVID-19 lockdown, according to the results of an online survey involving over 800 UK adults, being presented at The European and International Congress on Obesity (ECOICO), held online this year (1-4 September). (2020-09-01)

Playfulness can be trained - here's why you should do it
Simple exercises can help to make people more playful and consequently feel more satisfied with their lives. This has been revealed in a new study by psychologists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) in the journal ''Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being''. The researchers had participants in an experiment perform a week of exercises to boost their playfulness. They found that the trait can be stimulated and trained - and that this improves a person's mood. (2020-08-27)

Group-based smoking cessation help US inmates quit tobacco
Behavioral and nicotine replacement therapies offered together can help people who are incarcerated quit smoking, according to Rutgers researchers. (2020-07-30)

COVID-19 loneliness linked to elevated psychiatric symptoms in older adults
A new study has linked COVID-19-based loneliness in older adults with elevated psychiatric symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma symptoms that immediately follow exposure to trauma. Notably, the researchers found that the effect of loneliness on psychiatric symptoms was most pronounced among participants who felt subjectively older than their chronological age. On the other hand, participants who felt subjectively younger than their chronological age exhibited no psychiatric symptoms related to loneliness. (2020-06-09)

Young migrants at risk of mental illness
Experience of trauma, abuse and poverty puts the mental health of many young refugees at risk. (2020-05-11)

Children & coronavirus infection (COVID-19): How to avoid post-traumatic stress disorder
COVID-19 is a pandemic that has forced many states to declare restrictive measures in order to prevent their wider spread. These measures are necessary to protect the health of adults, children and people with disabilities. Long quarantine periods could cause an increase in anxiety crisis, fear of contagion and post-traumatic stress disorder (frustration, boredom, isolation, fear, insomnia, difficulty concentrating). (2020-05-06)

New research unpicks root causes of separation anxiety in dogs
Separation anxiety in dogs should be seen as a symptom of underlying frustrations rather than a diagnosis, and understanding these root causes could be key to effective treatment, new research by animal behaviour specialists suggests. (2020-03-18)

National survey: Students' feelings about high school are mostly negative
In a nationwide survey of 21,678 US high school students, researchers from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the Yale Child Study Center found that nearly 75% of the students' self-reported feelings related to school were negative. (2020-01-30)

Students do better in school when they can understand, manage emotions
Students who are better able to understand and manage their emotions effectively, a skill known as emotional intelligence, do better at school than their less skilled peers, as measured by grades and standardized test scores, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. (2019-12-12)

Research shows boredom is on the rise for adolescents, especially girls
New research at Washington State University has found that boredom is rising year after year for teens in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades, with greater increases for girls than boys. (2019-11-19)

PE fitness tests have little positive impact for students
A new study reveals that school fitness tests have little impact on student attitudes to PE -- contrary to polarized views on their merits -- and for many students, fitness testing during PE may be wasting valuable class time when used in isolation from the curriculum. (2019-07-30)

Looking at how the brain reacts to boredom could help people cope
New WSU research shows people can be taught coping mechanisms to avoid negative responses to boring situations. (2019-07-08)

What we think we know -- but might not -- pushes us to learn more
Our doubts about what we think we know pique our curiosity and motivate us to learn more, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley. (2019-05-23)

Research highlights role of psychological distress and emotional eating in obesity
New research, published in the research journal Obesity, has found that people on lower incomes may be more likely to have obesity due to psychological distress that gives rise to emotional eating to cope. (2019-05-08)

The new 'runner's high'? MJ users often mix weed, workouts
A study of cannabis users in states where it's legal found 82 % use the drug before and/or after exercise, with many reporting it increases enjoyment, enhances recovery, and heightens motivation. (2019-04-30)

Pioneering research to deliver person-centred care
Researchers have developed a way to help people with progressive conditions receive better person-centred care. From overcoming loneliness and dealing with depression, to coping with financial problems and knowing what to expect in the future - the team identified a range of areas that patients need extra support with. They then created an intervention tool to help them express these needs to health care professionals. (2019-03-07)

Cycling and treadmill workstations may be 'healthier' than standing options
Cycling and treadmill workstations may be 'healthier' than standing versions, because their use seems to be associated with greater positive physiological changes in the body, finds a systematic review of the available evidence, published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. (2019-01-28)

People think and behave differently in virtual reality than they do in real life
By studying the phenomenon of contagious yawning, the researchers learned that people's reactions in virtual reality can be quite different from what they are in actual reality. They found that contagious yawning happens in VR, but people's tendency to suppress yawns when they have company or feel they're being watched don't apply in the VR environment. Further, when people immersed in VR are aware of an actual person in the room, they do stifle their yawns. Actual reality supersedes virtual reality. (2019-01-24)

Energy harvesting and innovative inputs highlight tech show gadgetry
A battery-free energy harvester, a novel conductive system for smartwatches, and a prototype that extends body language to the human ear feature at new tech conference. (2018-10-15)

Study: Online positive psychology exercises improve quality of life in hemodialysis patients
Patients with depression who used tablet computers to complete brief positive psychology exercises online several times a week scored lower on depressive symptoms and reported that they felt better able to cope with their kidney disease by the end of the five-week pilot study, led by University of Illinois social work professor Rosalba Hernandez. (2018-10-10)

Why popcorn tastes better when you eat it with chopsticks
If you are not enjoying your favorite things as much as you used to, new research suggests a way to break through the boredom: Try the same old things in new ways. Researchers found that people found new enjoyment in popcorn, videos -- even water -- when they consumed them in unconventional ways. (2018-06-26)

Not enjoying your dinner out? Try putting the phone away
Researchers looking at the effect of smartphones on face-to-face social interactions found that people who used their devices while out for dinner with friends and family enjoyed themselves less than those who did not. (2018-02-26)

Action video games to fight dyslexia
A study conducted by BCBL, the Basque research center, reveals that action video games improve visual attention and reading ability, two of the deficits suffered by people with dyslexia. The objective is to use the most useful elements of videogames in new software without violent connotations that help to treat this cognitive disorder. (2017-12-14)

Study finds driving speed affected when a driver's mind 'wanders'
Research finds that driving speed fluctuates more when a driver's mind wanders from focusing on the act of driving - and that the outside environment influences how often a driver's mind wanders. (2017-09-28)

ADHD kids can be still -- If they're not straining their brains
Lack of motivation or boredom with school isn't to blame for squirming by children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Symptoms such as fidgeting, foot-tapping and chair-swiveling are triggered by cognitively demanding tasks - like school and homework. But movies and video games don't typically require brain strain, so the excessive movement doesn't manifest. (2017-09-18)

Emoji fans take heart: Scientists pinpoint 27 states of emotion
The Emoji Movie, in which the protagonist can't help but express a wide variety of emotions instead of the one assigned to him, may have gotten something right. A new study from the University of California, Berkeley, challenges a long-held assumption in psychology that most human emotions fall within the universal categories of happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear and disgust. (2017-09-06)

New technology aims to provide peace and positive stimulation to dementia patients
To alleviate boredom and increase engagement, elderly patients in long-term care facilities can engage with the Ambient Activity Technology device any time to view family photos, hear their favorite music, and play games. (2017-06-28)

Pay $8 for a Buddha-shaped pear foolish or fun? Your age may predict your answer
Square watermelons, star- and heart-shaped cucumbers, and even Buddha-shaped pears can be found in some grocery store produce bins. Who buys them? And why? A recent University of Illinois study found younger consumers with an eye for adventure are more likely to purchase these avant-garde fruits. (2017-05-31)

Can parents' tech obsessions contribute to a child's bad behavior?
About half of parents reported that technology interrupted time with their children three or more times on a typical day. (2017-05-24)

Study: Street gangs, crime serve as deviant leisure activities for youths
Street gang membership, criminal activities provide deviant leisure activities for at-risk youths, suggests a new study by University of Illinois researchers Liza Berdychevsky, Kim Shinew and Monika Stodolska. (2017-05-23)

Getting things done while you wait for WiFi
To help us make the most of idle moments, researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a series of apps called 'WaitSuite' that test you on vocabulary words during moments of waiting, like when you're waiting for an instant message or for your phone to connect to WiFi. (2017-04-17)

Smartphone addiction leads to personal, social, workplace problems
Excessive smartphone use leads to problems, and females are especially susceptible to addiction, according to new research from Binghamton University- State University of New York. (2017-04-12)

Scientists are gauging how mood influences eating habits
This week at the annual conference of the American Psychosomatic Society, USC researchers are presenting details of how specially-programmed smartwatches monitor family member's emotions and eating behaviors for a study on obesity. (2017-03-15)

Harnessing ADHD for business success
The symptoms of ADHD foster important traits associated with entrepreneurship. That conclusion was reached in a study conducted by an international team of economists, who found that entrepreneurs with ADHD embrace new experiences and demonstrate passion and persistence. Their intuitive decision making in situations involving uncertainty was seen by the researchers as a reason for reassessing existing economic models. (2017-03-09)

UBC study links slot-machine addiction to immersion in the game
Gamblers who feel like they enter into a trance while playing slot machines are more likely to have gambling problems, according to new research from the Centre for Gambling Research at UBC. (2017-02-20)

Students who enjoy or take pride in math have better long-term math achievement
A study of 3,425 German students from grades 5 through 9 has found that students who enjoyed and took pride in math had even better achievement than students with higher intelligence. (2017-02-08)

Educational psychology: Finding the fun in maths
New work by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich researchers on students' emotional attitudes to mathematics confirms that positive emotions and success at learning in math mutually reinforce each other. (2017-02-08)

CUNY researchers seek to improve welfare in captive birds of prey through olfactory enrichment
For the first time, researchers are exploring ways to improve welfare in captive birds of prey through olfactory enrichment -- or using scent cues to alleviate boredom and encourage species-appropriate behavior. A new study appearing in Zoo Biology found that birds of prey, which had learned to associate the presence of food with the scent of peppermint oil, interacted more with peppermint-scented 'sham' packages (i.e. without food) than unscented 'sham' packages. (2017-02-06)

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