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When the brain knows no fear
The finding offers a powerful take on the connection between the brain and behavior, specifically in the context of situations that would normally evoke fear, the researchers say. (2010-12-16)
Researchers suggest diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder are lacking
Current diagnostic procedures for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) fail to adequately reflect research into the broad nature of a traumatic event, according to a study that will appear in the January print issue of Psychological Bulletin. (2010-12-16)
Study finds prayer can help handle harmful emotions
Those who choose to pray find personalized comfort during hard times, according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison sociologist. (2010-12-14)
Study finds prayer can help handle harmful emotions
Those who choose to pray find personalized comfort during hard times, according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison sociologist. (2010-12-14)
New ground broken on aggression research
Questionnaire results and DNA samples volunteered by a group of University of Alberta students has broken new ground in the study of aggression. (2010-12-07)
Study: Avoidance, poor coping challenge prisoners returning to society
A new study finds former prisoners resort to avoidance when dealing with barriers to reentry into society. (2010-11-29)
Why do people behave badly? Maybe it's just too easy
Many people say they wouldn't cheat on a test, lie on a job application or refuse to help a person in need. (2010-11-23)
Upper-class people have trouble recognizing others' emotions
Upper-class people have more educational opportunities, greater financial security, and better job prospects than people from lower social classes, but that doesn't mean they're more skilled at everything. (2010-11-22)
New approach finds success in teaching youth with autism
Researchers at the University of Missouri are developing an effective social competence curriculum to help autistic children. (2010-11-18)
GUMC: fMRI predicts outcome to talk therapy in children with an anxiety disorder
A brain scan with functional MRI is enough to predict which patients with pediatric anxiety disorder will respond to (2010-11-14)
Changing family behavior helps schizophrenic patients avoid relapse
Working to change the behaviour of family members may be an effective treatment for people with schizophrenia, according to a new Cochrane systematic review. (2010-11-09)
Fearless children show less empathy, more aggression
Preschool-aged children who demonstrate fearless behavior also reveal less empathy and more aggression towards their peers. (2010-11-08)
Anger makes people want things more
Anger is an interesting emotion for psychologists. On the one hand, it's negative, but then it also has some of the features of positive emotions. (2010-11-01)
Stanford study shows getting older leads to emotional stability, happiness
The study was an effort to answer questions asked by social scientists: Are American seniors who say they're happy simply part of an era that predisposed them to good cheer? (2010-10-27)
UI study investigates variability in men's recall of sexual cues
Even if a woman is perfectly clear in expressing sexual interest or rejection, young men vary in their ability to remember the cues, a new University of Iowa study shows. (2010-10-25)
Future offenses cause more intense feelings than past actions, Chicago Booth study finds
People feel worse about a transgression that will take place in the future than an identical one that occurred in the past, according to new research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. (2010-10-21)
Watching violent TV or video games desensitizes teenagers and may promote more aggressive behavior
Watching violent films, TV programs or video games desensitizes teenagers, blunts their emotional responses to aggression and potentially promotes aggressive attitudes and behavior, according to new research published online in the Oxford journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Oct. (2010-10-18)
Dogs may be pessimistic too
A study by academics at the University of Bristol, and funded by the RSPCA, has gained new insight into the minds of dogs, discovering that those that are anxious when left alone also tend to show (2010-10-11)
A picture worth a thousand words: New research links visual cues to male sexual memory
A new study published in Applied Cognitive Psychology finds that college-aged men are very likely to remember a woman's initial sexual interest (attraction or rejection), especially when the woman in question is thought to be attractive, is dressed more provocatively and expresses positive sexual interest. (2010-10-11)
Why we fight: Men check out in stressful situations
Turns out the silent and stoic response to stress might be a guy thing after all. (2010-09-28)
Anger amplifies clinical pain in women with and without fibromyalgia
Researchers from Utrecht University who studied the effect of negative emotions on pain perception in women with and without fibromyalgia found that anger and sadness amplified pain equally in both groups. (2010-09-23)
Building language skills more critical for boys than girls
Developing language skills appears to be more important for boys than girls in helping them to develop self-control and, ultimately, succeed in school, according to a study led by a Michigan State University researcher. (2010-09-22)
Antonio Damasio wins Honda Prize
The Honda Foundation of Japan has announced that its annual Honda Prize, one of the most important international awards for scientific achievement, will go to Antonio Damasio, the David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience and director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC. (2010-09-21)
Leaders of the pack display high EQ, Rotman study finds
The ability to understand emotions is a key ingredient in people who become leaders in groups with no formal authority, a new paper has found. (2010-09-21)
Perception of emotion is culture-specific
Want to know how a Japanese person is feeling? Pay attention to the tone of his voice, not his face. (2010-09-15)
Verbal snippets offer insights on well-being amid separation, divorce
UA psychology doctoral student Ashley Mason's study of romantically separated people shows they offer clues to their emotional status in just a few seconds of conversation. (2010-09-02)
Secrets of scents: Designing the smells that sell household products
Crafting a fragrance for detergents that leaves laundry smelling clean and fresh. (2010-08-24)
Childhood adversity worsens effects of stress, adding to current hardships, says new research
Children who experience trauma may enter a cycle of negative emotions -- anxiety and depression -- that could contribute to health problems later and precipitate an early death, a leading health psychologist said Saturday. (2010-08-14)
People who are angry pay more attention to rewards than threats
Anger is a negative emotion. But, like being happy or excited, feeling angry makes people want to seek rewards, according to a new study of emotion and visual attention. (2010-08-11)
For infant sleep, receptiveness more important than routine
Parents understand the challenge of getting infants to sleep through the night, and now Penn State researchers show that being emotionally receptive can reduce sleep disruptions and help infants and toddlers sleep better. (2010-08-10)
Emotions help animals to make choices
A new review of animal emotion suggests that, as in humans, emotions may tell animals about how dangerous or opportunity-laden their world is, and guide the choices that they make. (2010-08-03)
Family feud: US parents more likely to have conflict with adult children than European parents
Tolstoy wrote that every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, and a new study in the August 2010 issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family finds significant national differences in the degree of conflict between older parents and their adult children. (2010-07-23)
Cultural reactions to anger expression can affect negotiation outcomes
Getting angry might help you get your way if you're negotiating with European-Americans, but watch out -- in negotiations with East Asians, getting angry may actually hurt your cause. (2010-07-20)
Can blocking a frown keep bad feelings at bay?
Your facial expression may tell the world what you are thinking or feeling. (2010-07-19)
The essential ingredients of supportive sibling relationships
Many moms and dads say the toughest part of parenting is keeping the peace when their kids squabble and bicker. (2010-07-19)
Gulf oil spill: NSF awards rapid response grant to study emotional response to disaster
Political scientists at Louisiana State University want to know how your close friends and family influence you during times of crisis. (2010-07-15)
A healthy mind makes a healthy body in teens
Happier youths are also healthier youths, according to Emily Shaffer-Hudkins and her team, from the University of South Florida in the US. (2010-07-08)
Muted emotions misleading in Alzheimer's disease
A University of Florida study suggests that when Alzheimer's patients are asked to place an emotional value on pictures, they measure the pleasant images as less pleasant and the negative scenes as less negative compared with a control group of normal elderly people. (2010-07-06)
Adolescent cyberbullies and their victims may have physical, mental health problems
Adolescent victims and perpetrators of electronic bullying appear more likely to report having psychiatric and physical symptoms and problems, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2010-07-05)
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