Archive | December, 2019


29 Dec

A meta-analysis of 14 studies found that readers of fiction have a better understanding of social information, including the perception and interpretation of social cues, than do those who read nonfiction or not at all. (In brief. Fiction’s real world benefits. Monitor on Psychology, 2019, 50(2), p. 11).


22 Dec

Often adoptees and donor offspring search and find their biological parents. The The relationships with their parents are variable but usually the process of search-and-discovery is positive. Biological siblings and half-siblings often form strong bonds. It was suggested that those who decide to search do so after thorough consideration of goals and possible outcomes. (Pappas, S. Genetic testing and family secrets. Monitor on Psychology, 2018, June, pp. 44-50).


19 Dec

People can say what they like about the eternal verities, love and truth and so on, but nothing’s as eternal as the dishes.

Fake News

15 Dec

A recent study in Science found that false news spreads faster than real news stories. The finding held in all news categories but especially for political stories. (In brief. Lies fly on line. Monitor on Psychology , 2018, June, P. 18)

Wit and Wisdom

13 Dec

H. L. Mencken: There is always a well-known solution to every human problem-neat, plausible, and wrong.


8 Dec

Partnered men and women who have a positive body image report more sexual and romantic relationships. (In brief. Body-confidence=relationship success. Monitor on Psychology, 2018, June, p. 17)


5 Dec

Patients with mild cognitive impairment were asked to self-rate their own cognitive abilities. These self-ratings were compared with ratings from their family members. Those patients with greater discrepancies between self and family ratings were three times more likely to develop full blown dementia over the next two years than those with more accurate assessment of their cognitive abilities. (In brief. Memory lapses. Monitor on Psychology, 2018, June, p. 16)


2 Dec

Social support in adulthood can mitigate the long-term results of having been physically and emotionally abused as a child. (In brief. Mitigating the effects of abuse. Monitor on Psychology, 2018, June, p. 15)