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28 May

As many as 20,745 participants in a study were followed from the 7th grade into their mid 20s. It was found that those who reported better relationships with their teachers had better physical and mental health. (In brief, Bond with teacher affects health. Monitor on Psychology, 2021, 52(3), 13)


26 Mar

Participants in 7 studies liked and respected those who empathized with those about whom they felt the same. However, if they disliked the object of empathy, they also disliked the empathizers. (In brief. Empathy in eye of beholder. Monitor on Psychology, 2021, 52(3), p. 13.)


12 Nov

Jealousy aroused by third party threats to a friendship can lead to efforts to guard it. (In brief. Jealousy may strengthen friendships. Monitor on Psychology, 2021, 52(1), p. 12.)


6 Nov

Research on subjects ages 18 to 62 had lower levels of oxytocin when their parents had divorced in their childhoods than those who had not. They reported less security around parenting and relationships. (In brief. Parents’ divorce lowers oxytocin. Monitor on Psychology, 2021, 52(1), p.12)

Relationship Preferences

1 Jul

A research study in England showed that women overestimated men’s preference for thinness and men overestimated women’s bias toward muscularity. (In brief. The ideal partner. Monitor on Psychology, 2020, 51(7), p. 18)


26 Jul

Research has shown that, on the average, marrieds have lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, than singles. (In brief. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, 48(5), p. 11)


13 Apr

People who don’t want to depend on others or be depended upon value gifts or favors from others less than those who self-report less independence. (In brief, Monitor on Psychology, 2017, 48(3), p. 10)


8 Mar

A recent study of about 1800 parents of kids ages 8 to 18 found parents to be spending an average of 9 hours 22 minutes everyday in front of various screens. Of this time, nearly 8 hours are for personal, not business, use. (Sheibk, K. Digital hypocrisy. Scientific American Mind, 2017, 28 (2), 10-11)


4 Mar

A Harvard University study of adult development, spanning almost 80 years, showed that, no matter their socioeconomic status, men raised in warmer families used more adaptive methods to handle their negative emotions in midlife and had stronger attachments to their partners in later life. Here is more data to support the conclusion that early family relationships have life-long effects. (Caruso, C. Good relationships are all in the family. Scientific American Mind, 2017, 28(2), 10-11)

Work Relationships

11 Jan

Incivility at work can be a slippery slope with rudeness inviting more of the same. (In brief. Rudeness at work. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, January, 13-14.)