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USC: The brain co-opts the body to promote pro-social behavior
The human brain may simulate physical sensations to prompt introspection, capitalizing on moments of high emotion to promote moral behavior, according to a USC researcher. (2011-07-06)

Leaving anger on the field
Keren Shahar of Tel Aviv University completed a study of 649 children from low socioeconomic backgrounds that proved that sports training lowers aggression through alleviating negative emotions. Her results indicate that children who exhibit higher levels of self-control through sports competition have a corresponding decline in aggressive behavior. (2011-07-06)

Distract yourself or think it over? 2 ways to deal with negative emotions
A big part of coping with life is having a flexible reaction to the ups and downs. Now, a study which will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that people choose to respond differently depending on how intense an emotion is. (2011-07-05)

Voting in elections is stressful -- emotionally and physiologically
A new study, conducted has found that the level of cortisol -- the (2011-07-04)

Why do we share stories, news and information with others?
People often share stories, news and information with the people around them. We forward online articles to our friends, share stories with our co-workers at the water cooler and pass along rumors to our neighbors. Such social transmission has been going on for thousands of years, and the advent of social technologies like texting, Facebook and other social media sites has only made it faster and easier to share content with others. (2011-06-30)

Fear boosts activation of young, immature brain cells
Scientists have long known that fear and highly emotional experiences lead to incredibly strong memories. A new study by UC Berkeley's Daniela Kaufer and colleagues describes one way by which emotions can affect memory: The brain's emotional center, the amygdala, induces the hippocampus, a relay hub for memory, to generate new neurons. In a fearful situation, these newborn neurons are activated by the amygdala, providing a (2011-06-14)

Kinder, gentler video games may actually be good for players
While violent video games may lead to more aggression and anger in players, a new study shows that the opposite is also true: relaxing video games can make people happier and more kind. (2011-06-06)

Fear of dying during a heart attack is linked to increased inflammation
Intense distress and fear of dying, which many people experience when suffering the symptoms of a heart attack, are not only fairly common emotional responses but are also linked to biological changes that occur during the event, according to new research published online today in the European Heart Journal. These changes, in turn, are associated with other biological processes during the following weeks that can predict a worse outcome for patients. (2011-06-01)

Drug may help overwrite bad memories
Recalling painful memories while under the influence of the drug metyrapone reduces the brain's ability to re-record the negative emotions associated with them, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The study by a team of University of Montreal researchers at the Centre for Studies on Human Stress of Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital challenges the theory that memories cannot be modified once they are stored in the brain. (2011-05-27)

Inability to cry in patients with Sjogrens syndrome affect emotional and mental well-being
Patients with Sjogren‟s syndrome, a systemic immune disease which affects the production of tears and saliva, reported worse mental well-being and more difficulty in identifying feelings than the healthy population, according to results presented today at the EULAR 2011 Annual Congress. (2011-05-26)

Drug may help overwrite bad memories
Recalling painful memories while under the influence of the drug metyrapone reduces the brain's ability to re-record the negative emotions associated with them. (2011-05-25)

Happy guys finish last, says new study on sexual attractiveness
Women find happy guys significantly less sexually attractive than swaggering or brooding men, according to a new University of British Columbia study that helps to explain the enduring allure of (2011-05-24)

Happiness has a dark side
It seems like everyone wants to be happier and the pursuit of happiness is one of the foundations of American life. But even happiness can have a dark side, according to the authors of a new review article published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. (2011-05-16)

When words get hot, mental multitaskers collect cool
How useful would it be to anticipate how well someone will control their emotions? To predict how well they might be able to stay calm during stress? To accept critical feedback stoically? Heath A. Demaree, professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University, finds clues in what psychologists call (2011-05-11)

More knowledge not always helpful for women dealing with heart disease
Women with congestive heart failure who repress their emotions, especially anger, are more likely than emotionally expressive women to experience symptoms of depression associated with knowledge about their disease, according to new research. Coping styles of women in the study influenced how depressed or anxious they felt. The less they talked about or expressed their emotions, the more likely they were to have symptoms of depression and anxiety. (2011-05-04)

Psychologists warn that therapies based on positive emotions may not work for Asians
Thinking happy thoughts, focusing on the good and downplaying the bad is believed to accelerate recovery from depression, bolster resilience during a crisis and improve overall mental health. But pursuing happiness may not be beneficial across all cultures. (2011-04-25)

Why do hopeful consumers make healthier choices than happy ones?
Happy people are more likely to eat candy bars, whereas hopeful people choose fruit, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. That's because when people feel hope, they're thinking about the future. (2011-04-19)

Patients appear to adjust and learn to cope with loss or reduced sense of smell
Most patients who have a reduced ability to smell or detect odors seem to attach less importance to the sense of smell in their daily lives than people with a normal olfactory function, according to a report in the April issue of Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2011-04-18)

UCSF team describes neurological basis for embarrassment
Recording people belting out an old Motown tune and then asking them to listen to their own singing without the accompanying music seems like an unusually cruel form of punishment. But for a team of scientists at the University of California, San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley, this exact Karaoke experiment has revealed what part of the brain is essential for embarrassment. (2011-04-14)

Women have more intense emotions than men when conflict arises within the couple
A research conducted at the University of Granada has analyzed the interpersonal emotions that men and women feel when a conflict occurs within the couple, and the relation between such emotions and the frequency of conflicts. For the purpose of this study, 142 students -- 75 women and 67 men -- were placed in five different conflictive situations. (2011-04-13)

Having trouble sharing or understanding emotions? MU researcher believes affection could help
One University of Missouri researcher's latest study indicates that affectionate communication, such as hugging, could help those who have high levels of alexithymia lead more fulfilling lives. (2011-04-06)

Psychologists find the meaning of aggression
Bottling up emotions can make people more aggressive, according to new research from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Minnesota that was funded, in part, by a grant from the US Army. (2011-03-23)

Feeling angry? Say a prayer and the wrath fades away
Saying a prayer may help many people feel less angry and behave less aggressively after someone has left them fuming, new research suggests. A series of studies showed that people who were provoked by insulting comments from a stranger showed less anger and aggression soon afterwards if they prayed for another person in the meantime. (2011-03-21)

A new look at the adolescent brain: It's not all emotional chaos
Adolescence is often described as a tumultuous time, where heightened reactivity and impulsivity lead to negative behaviors like substance abuse and unsafe sexual activity. Previous research has pointed to the immature adolescent brain as a major liability, but now, a unique study reveals that some brain changes associated with adolescence may not be driving teens towards risky behavior but may actually reflect a decrease in susceptibility to peer pressure. (2011-03-09)

Boy toddlers need extra help dealing with negative emotions
The way you react to your two-year-old's temper tantrums or clinginess may lead to anxiety, withdrawal and behavior problems down the road, and the effect is more pronounced if the child is a boy who often displays such negative emotions as anger and social fearfulness, reports a new University of Illinois study. (2011-03-08)

What you see is what you do: Risky behaviors linked to risk-glorifying media exposure
Exposure via the media to activities such as street racing, binge drinking and unprotected sex is linked to risk-taking behaviors and attitudes, according to a new analysis of more than 25 years of research. (2011-03-07)

Depression and anxiety differentially influence physical symptom reporting
Researchers have for decades hypothesized that negative emotions lead to inflated reports of common physical symptoms, like headaches or an upset stomach. But a new University of Iowa study suggests that two negative emotions -- depression and anxiety -- influence symptom reporting in different ways. (2011-03-04)

Researchers use human cues to improve computer user-friendliness
Lijun Yin wants computers to understand inputs from humans that go beyond the traditional keyboard and mouse. (2011-03-04)

Dude, you throw like a crybaby!
A UCLA-University of Glasgow study of baseball tosses has found that body language is more likely to be judged as masculine when it seems to convey anger and as feminine when is seems to convey sadness. (2011-03-02)

Freedom to choose leisure activities benefits people with autism
Free time is not always a fun time for people with autism. Giving them the power to choose their own leisure activities during free time, however, can boost their enjoyment, as well as improve communication and social skills, according to an international team of researchers. (2011-03-01)

Storytelling program improves lives of people with Alzheimer's
Participation in TimeSlips, a creative storytelling intervention, improves communication and facilitates positive emotions in persons with dementia, researchers find. In the study, Lorraine Phillips, nursing researcher at the University of Missouri, found that TimeSlips participants had increased expressions of pleasure and initiation of social communication. (2011-02-25)

Meditation beats dance for harmonizing body and mind
The body is a dancer's instrument, but is it attuned to the mind? A new study from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that professional ballet and modern dancers are not as emotionally in sync with their bodies as are people who regularly practice meditation. (2011-02-23)

Air pollution can trigger heart attacks to same extent as known risks like physical exertion, alcohol and coffee
Air pollution triggers around the same amount of heart attacks as individual risk factors such as physical exertion, alcohol, and coffee. Anger, positive emotions, sexual activity, cocaine or marijuana use and respiratory infections can also trigger heart attacks to different extents. (2011-02-23)

Are we more -- or less -- moral than we think?
A study by Rimma Teper, Michael Inzlicht, and Elizabeth Page-Gould of the University of Toronto Scarborough on human morality has just been published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association of Psychological Science. (2011-02-23)

Are we more -- or less -- moral than we think?
If asked whether we'd steal, most of us would say no. Would we try to save a drowning person? That depends -- perhaps on our fear of big waves. Much research has explored the ways we make moral decisions. But in the clinch, when the opportunity arises to do good or bad, how well do our predictions match up with the actions we actually take? (2011-02-22)

Study: For a better workday, smile like you mean it
A new study led by a Michigan State University business scholar suggests customer-service workers who fake smile throughout the day worsen their mood and withdraw from work, affecting productivity. (2011-02-22)

How couples recover after an argument stems from their infant relationships
When studying relationships, psychological scientists have often focused on how couples fight. But how they recover from a fight is important, too. According to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, couples' abilities to bounce back from conflict may depend on what both partners were like as infants. (2011-02-18)

You benefit if your romantic partner recovers well from spats, U of M study finds
People searching for fulfilling and stable romantic relationships should look for a romantic partner who recovers from conflict well. Yes, it turns out that if your romantic partner recoups well after the two of you have a spat, you reap the benefits, according to results of a new study by the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development's Institute of Child Development. (2011-02-11)

Crocodile tears don't fool us all
How easy is it to fake remorse? Not so easy if your audience knows what to look for. In the first investigation of the nature of true and false remorse, researchers show that those who fake remorse show a greater range of emotional expressions and swing from one emotion to another very quickly as well as speak with more hesitation. The study has just been published in Springer's journal Law and Human Behavior. (2011-02-09)

Drug-abusers have difficulty to recognize negative emotions as wrath, fear and sadness
University of Granada scientists have been the first to analyze the relation between drug abuse and recognition of basic emotions (happiness, surprise, wrath, fear, sadness and disgust). This study was carried out with a sample including 123 poly-substance abusers and 67 no-drug users (2011-02-03)

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