social psychology

Gender, Ethnicity May Shape How Emotional Neglect and Abuse Impact Teen Depression

Gender, Ethnicity May Shape How Emotional Neglect and Abuse Impact Teen Depression

Physical and sexual abuse are known risk factors for depression in adolescents. But less is known about the role of emotional abuse and neglect in teen depression. Now, a new...
Attachment Style May Affect Willingness to Share Food

Attachment Style May Affect Willingness to Share Food

In a new study, University of Kansas (KU) researchers examined the link between food-sharing and styles of attachment. They found that people with “attachment avoidance,” a psychological term for
Women More Likely to Feel Unsafe on Public Transport

Women More Likely to Feel Unsafe on Public Transport

A new international study shows that, on average, women are 10 percent more likely than men to feel unsafe on metro trains (trains that go underground) and 6 percent more...
COVID-19 Survey: How NYC Residents Are Holding Up

COVID-19 Survey: How NYC Residents Are Holding Up

Nearly 3 in 10 New York City residents (29%) report that either they or someone in their household has lost their job as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) over the...
Aging Associated with Emotional Stability

Aging Associated with Emotional Stability

New research suggests one benefit of growing older is improved emotional stability. Duke and Vanderbilt university investigators also found that older people are also better able to resist temptations
Study: Say ‘Thank You’ Instead of ‘Sorry’ to Unhappy Customers

Study: Say ‘Thank You’ Instead of ‘Sorry’ to Unhappy Customers

A new study suggests that showing appreciation (saying “thank you”) may be a more effective strategy than apologizing (saying “I’m sorry”) when it comes to restoring customer satisfaction. For the...
Fake Facebook Ads Adeptly Used Fear and Anger To Divide Americans

Fake Facebook Ads Adeptly Used Fear and Anger To Divide Americans

Facebook users scrolling through their feeds in fall 2016 faced a minefield of targeted advertisements pitting blacks against police, southern whites against immigrants, gun owners against Obama
Is a ‘Sense of Obligation’ Good or Bad for a Relationship?

Is a ‘Sense of Obligation’ Good or Bad for a Relationship?

We are in an unprecedented time as authorities ask individuals to practice social distancing. A timely new study looks at the obligations that may come along with staying connected, yet...
Ohio Study IDs Those at Highest Risk for Opioid Addiction

Ohio Study IDs Those at Highest Risk for Opioid Addiction

A research team, led by the University of Cincinnati, looked at Ohio Health Department records from 2010 to 2017 to help identify the populations at greatest risk of opioid overdose....
How Users Probe Fake News Online – Or Not

How Users Probe Fake News Online – Or Not

Facebook and Twitter provide us with a lot of information, but it’s getting harder and harder to tell what’s real and what’s not. Researchers at the University of Washington wanted...
Language of Online Health Forums Affect Credibility, Trust

Language of Online Health Forums Affect Credibility, Trust

Health forum articles that use more neutral language, rather than containing many positive adjectives, are deemed to be more trustworthy by the public, according to a new German study at...
Public Health Leadership Vital to Slowing Coronavirus Pandemic

Public Health Leadership Vital to Slowing Coronavirus Pandemic

In a new commentary, medical experts emphasize the urgent need for strong public health leadership in the wake of the emerging coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Appropriate concerns and not fear
Minorities, Poor People More Likely to See Racism, Poverty as Environmental Issues

Minorities, Poor People More Likely to See Racism, Poverty as Environmental Issues

In a new survey of more than 1,100 U.S. residents, Cornell researchers discovered that racial and ethnic minorities and lower-income people consider racism and poverty to be environmental issues.
Teens’ Chronic Negative Thinking Can Lead to Sleep Deprivation, Depression

Teens’ Chronic Negative Thinking Can Lead to Sleep Deprivation, Depression

New research suggests that rumination or persistent negative thinking associated with perfectionism can keep teenagers awake at night and increase their chance of becoming depressed and anxious.
Social Media Can Help Motivate Exercise

Social Media Can Help Motivate Exercise

New research suggests social media can provide a cue to help people overcome boredom with their existing exercise program and spark the desire to continue physical activity. As most of...
Insufficient Sleep in Childhood Can Up Risk of Mental Health Issues

Insufficient Sleep in Childhood Can Up Risk of Mental Health Issues

A new study suggests getting enough sleep in childhood can help kids avoid mental health issues. Conversely, insufficient sleep during childhood increases the risk of developing psychiatric issues
Strong Social Skills Enable ‘Toxic’ People to Succeed at Work

Strong Social Skills Enable ‘Toxic’ People to Succeed at Work

How do people with toxic personalities get ahead in their careers? Wouldn’t their bad character traits hold them back? Not necessarily, says a new German study. The findings show that...
Job Layoffs Linked to More Violence, Property Crime

Job Layoffs Linked to More Violence, Property Crime

Losing a job can be detrimental to the individual, but a new study shows that the negative effects are not just felt by the displaced worker and his or her...
The Payoff For Women Who Seek High Status

The Payoff For Women Who Seek High Status

What drives people to seek high social status? A common evolutionary theory suggests one reason for men is that they can leverage their social position into producing more children and...
Role Models Admired for Work Ethic More Motivating Than Geniuses

Role Models Admired for Work Ethic More Motivating Than Geniuses

New research finds that scientists who are known for their hard work, such as Thomas Edison, are more motivating than scientists who are viewed as naturally brilliant. Penn State researchers...