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The Lancet Psychiatry: Around 60 percent of people who contemplate or attempt suicide do not receive treatment
In this review, published to coincide with the launch of The Lancet Psychiatry journal, professor Rory O'Connor from the University of Glasgow and professor Matthew K. Nock from Harvard University review the key psychological factors that may contribute to, or protect against, suicidal behavior including personality differences, cognitive factors, and negative life events such as serious physical illness, as well as current psychological treatments. (2014-05-01)

Parenting program does not prevent toddler behavior problems
A study of the first universal parenting program, designed to prevent early child behavior problems, shows that it has little impact on toddler behavior. (2008-01-31)

Problem behaviour in children influenced more by where they live than by family income
The neighbourhood a child grows up in may be more important than family income and education levels for influencing behaviour. (2001-03-12)

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Reduces Psychotic Symptoms
Professor Nicholas Tarrier from the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester and colleagues, report compared with supportive counselling and routine care, there was a greater reduction in psychotic symptoms in patients receiving cognitive behaviour therapy. (1998-07-31)

Addicted to the sun? Research shows it's in your genes
Sun-seeking behaviour is linked to genes involved in addiction, behavioural and personality traits and brain function, according to a study of more than 260,000 people led by King's College London researchers. (2020-09-10)

Heritable behavioral differences between cat breeds
Cat breeds differ from each other in behavior with regard to activity, aggressiveness, shyness, sociability and stereotypical behavior. A study conducted at the University of Helsinki discovered that behavioral traits are highly heritable. Heritability of behavior explains differences between breeds. (2019-06-14)

Antisocial children are a financial drain on society, but parental training can help
Children who display antisocial behaviour cost society 10 times more than those with no problems and are at high risk of lifelong social exclusion, concludes a study in this week's BMJ. However, a second study reports that parental training programmes can be a cost effective way to nip serious antisocial behaviour in children in the bud. (2001-07-26)

Communicating genetic disease risk has little or no impact on health related behavior
Communicating the results of DNA tests has little or no impact on behavior change, such as stopping smoking or increasing physical activity, finds a study published by The BMJ today. (2016-03-15)

Psychological support helps adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome
Psychological support, in the form of cognitive behaviour therapy, is an effective treatment for adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome. (2004-12-06)

Research finds crowdsourcing is vulnerable to malicious behavior
New research has found that malicious behavior is the norm in crowdsourcing competitions -- even when it is in everyone's interest to cooperate. (2014-09-03)

Possible cause of antisocial behavior identified
A link between reduced levels of the (2008-09-30)

Unwanted behaviour in dogs is common, with great variance between breeds
All dog breeds have unwanted behaviour, such as noise sensitivity, aggressiveness and separation anxiety, but differences in frequency between breeds are great. Various unwanted behaviour traits often occur simultaneously, as indicated by a study recently completed by Professor Hannes Lohi's research group from the University of Helsinki. (2020-03-06)

Concern over inappropriate use of psychotropic drugs in those with intellectual disability
The proportion of people with intellectual disability in the UK who have been treated with psychotropic drugs far exceeds the proportion with recorded mental illness, finds a study published by The BMJ today. (2015-09-01)

Culturally sensitive smoking cessation programmes needed
Culturally sensitive smoking cessation programmes for South Asian people are needed, say researchers in this week's BMJ. (2003-05-01)

Young drivers who take risks on the road have a greater risk of mental health problems
Young adults who take risks when driving are more likely to experience psychological distress, including mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, reveals research published ahead of print in Injury Prevention. (2011-05-16)

Excessive TV in childhood linked to long-term antisocial behaviour
Children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to manifest antisocial and criminal behavior when they become adults, according to a new University of Otago, New Zealand, study published online in the US journal Pediatrics. (2013-02-18)

New study challenges NICE guidelines on adolescent depression
Should adolescents with depression be prescribed antidepressants, and if so, should they be given only with a psychological therapy, as advocated by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)? (2007-07-19)

Huddersfield researcher publishes a study of psychopathy and criminal behavior
Dr Boduszek has published a critical review of psychopathy literature, with a particular focus on recent research examining the relationship between psychopathy and various forms of criminal behavior. (2013-06-18)

Less flocking behavior among microorganisms reduces the risk of being eaten
When algae and bacteria with different swimming gaits gather in large groups, their flocking behaviour diminishes, something that may reduce the risk of falling victim to aquatic predators. This finding is presented in an international study led from Lund University in Sweden. (2020-08-24)

Premature children 4 times more likely to have behavioral disorders
Children born prematurely are four times more likely to have emotional problems or behavioral disorders, according to research led by the University of Warwick. (2008-09-08)

Manipulative behavior could be link between EI and delinquency in young women
A Plymouth University academic has published a study showing that young women with high emotional intelligence are more likely to use manipulative behaviors, resulting in a greater engagement in delinquency. (2016-02-16)

Collective behavior 480 million years ago
Researchers studied fossilized Moroccan Ampyx trilobites, which lived 480 million years ago and showed that the trilobites had probably been buried in their positions -- all oriented in the same direction. Scientists deduced that these Ampyx processions may illustrate a kind of collective behavior adopted in response to cyclic environmental disturbances. (2019-10-17)

It takes 2 to tango: Beetles are equal partners in mating behavior
Beetles that copulate with the same mate as opposed to different partners will repeat the same behavior, debunking previous suggestions that one sex exerts control over the other in copulation, new research has found. (2017-02-21)

Cannabis consumption increases violent behaviour in young people in psychiatric care
A new study on cannabis use that involved 1,136 patients (from 18 to 40 years of age) with mental illnesses who had been seen five times during the year after discharge from a psychiatric hospital demonstrates that sustained used of cannabis is associated with an increase in violent behaviour in young people. Moreover, the association between persistent cannabis use and violence is stronger than that associated with alcohol or cocaine. (2017-10-06)

Noise pollution found to be disruptive for schooling fish
New research from scientists at the University of Bristol has found that noise from human construction projects can disrupt the schools that are so impressive in marine fish. (2017-09-26)

Factors affecting turbulence scaling
Fluids exhibiting scaling behavior can be found in diverse physical phenomena, observed when these fluids reach a critical point. In a recent study published in EPJ B, Michal Hnatič from Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia, and colleagues investigate the influence of ambient turbulent speed fluctuations in physical systems when they reach a critical point. (2018-11-08)

World-first studies reveal occurrence of 'chew and spit' eating behaviour
A landmark study into the prevalence of the disordered eating behaviour known as 'chew and spit' has revealed concerning levels of such episodes among teenagers. Phillip Aouad from the University of Sydney is calling for chew and spit to be recognised as a separate symptom to improve clinical screening. (2019-11-30)

Research suggests gorillas can develop food cleaning behavior spontaneously
Researchers have suggested that gorillas are capable of learning food cleaning behaviors without having to witness it in others first. (2017-12-04)

Voluntary groups can promote pro-environmental practice at small scale
New research by the University of Southampton has examined the role of voluntary organizations in promoting pro-environmental behavior change. It points to evidence of success around small-scale, local initiatives, but questions whether these can be scaled up to reach the wider public. (2012-05-30)

Dogs that bite children have often not bitten kids before
Dogs that bite children have often not bitten kids before, but they tend to have underlying behavioral or medical problems, indicates research in the journal Injury Prevention. The research team analysed the circumstances surrounding 111 cases of dog bite over a period of four years. All the 103 dogs involved had bitten children, and had been referred to the same veterinary behavior clinic. (2007-10-02)

Contact with 'rivals' changes male behavior
Males consistently change their mating behavior depending on whether they have spent time with other males before mating, according to new findings by scientists at the University of East Anglia. (2012-03-20)

Lengthy daily stints in front of the TV linked to doubled childhood asthma risk
Young children who spend more than two hours glued to the TV every day double their subsequent risk of developing asthma, indicates research published ahead of print in Thorax. (2009-03-02)

Great tits: birds with character
An important part of individual differences within species is due to variation in the underlying genes. One gene, the dopamine receptor D4 gene, however, is known to influence novelty seeking and exploration behaviour in a range of species, including humans and birds. Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen now show that the gene's influence on birds' behavior differs markedly between wild populations of great tits. (2010-02-09)

The Per Brinck Oikos Award 2010
The Per Brinck Oikos Award 2010 has been awarded to Professor Hanna Kokko, University of Helsinki, Finland. (2009-10-21)

Fish may use different behaviors to protect against parasites
New research indicates that fish may adapt their behavior to defend against parasite infection. The findings are published in the Journal of Zoology. (2017-09-20)

Math shows how human behavior spreads infectious diseases
Mathematics can help public health workers better understand and influence human behaviors that lead to the spread of infectious disease, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. (2018-08-16)

Sex in university may be better for mature audiences: study
New university students might be thinking about exploring another rite of passage when they get to campus: the joy of sex. However, depending on their level of maturity, some students may find less joy than others. (2009-12-17)

Why we fail to understand our smartphone use
Checking your phone dozens of times a day indicates unconscious behavior, which is 'extremely repetitive' say psychologists. Existing research is yet to conclude whether people really are 'addicted' to their smartphones due to over reliance on people's own estimates or beliefs. But new research into smartphone behavior has revealed that while people underestimate time spent on their smartphones, their behavior is remarkably consistent. (2018-05-23)

The Lancet Psychiatry: Promising biomarkers to predict suicide risk
In this review, published to coincide with the launch of The Lancet Psychiatry journal, professor Kees van Heeringen from Ghent University in Belgium and John Mann from Columbia University in the USA discuss the stress-diathesis theory of suicide, in which a predisposition or diathesis interacts with stressful life experiences and acute psychiatric illness to cause suicidal behavior. (2014-05-01)

Human gender roles influence research on animals
In a recent study published in Animal Behavior, biology researchers Kristina Karlsson Green and Josefin Madjidian at Lund University in Sweden have shown that animals' and plants' traits and behavior in sexual conflicts are colored by a human viewpoint. They want to raise awareness of the issue and provoke discussion among their colleagues in order to promote objectivity and broaden the research field. (2011-03-18)

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