Archive | January, 2016


31 Jan

Researchers found that those students who did their math homework on their own had higher scores on a standardized test than those who got frequent help. (In Brief, Monitor on Psychology, 2015, 46(6), pp. 17-18.)


29 Jan

A recent twin study of more than 13,000, ages 9 to 16, from 6 countries found that differences in motivation between twins was 50/50 genetics and environment. (In brief, Monitor on Psychology, 2015, 46(6), p. 17)


24 Jan

Jerry Seinfeld: A 2-year-old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.


22 Jan

According to research from MIT, various cognitive functions peak at different times. On average, people think the fastest at age 18, have the best short-term memory at age 25, can read the emotional states of others best in the 40s and 50s, and have the best grasp of accumulated knowledge in the late 60s and early 70s. (In brief, Monitor on Psychology, 2015, 46(5), p. 23)


17 Jan

In a study from the University of Southern California, mindfulness meditation has been shown to be more effective in improving sleep than sleep education.(In brief. Monitor on Psychology, 2015, 46(5), p. 22)


14 Jan

Men can show depression differently than women. A national survey (2013)found that men reported more anger,aggression, risk-taking, and substance abuse. About 9% of men reported daily feelings of anxiety or depression but a minority got treatment. (IPA PsychBytes, Jan. 12, 2016)


11 Jan

Researchers at Brigham Young University reported that a meta-analysis of 70 studies including more than 3.4 million people from 1980 to 2014 found that people who are socially isolated and living alone had a 30% higher mortality rate than those with regular social contact. The effect was larger for younger people than those over 65. (In brief. Monitor on Psychology, 2015, 46(5), p. 2)


3 Jan

Research from Ohio State University found that suicide rates for young people (ages 10 to 24) were higher in rural areas than urban areas. The authors speculated that less access to treatment, more stigma for getting help, and easier access to guns were important contributors. (In brief. Monitor on Psychology, 2015, 46(5) 20-21)

1 Jan

Happy 2016!!