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October 5, 2015

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October 5, 2015

Relationship Quality Affects Siblings' Mental Health, Risky Behaviors

Sep. 30, 2015 — The Latino culture, more than others, places a high value on the family unit; yet, little research has examined the dynamics of Latino family relationships and how those dynamics affect children’s ... read more

Math and Me: Children Who Identify With Math Get Higher Scores

Sep. 30, 2015 — How strongly children identify with math (their math 'self-concept') can be used to predict how high they will score on a standardized test of math achievement, according to a new ... read more

Understanding Self-Control: Eating and Spending Are Different Public Policy Issues

Sep. 23, 2015 — You can resist buying candy while you're waiting in the checkout line, but you'll buy any pair of shoes that are on sale. Your best friend, in contrast, wouldn't dream of buying a pair ... read more

Sep. 18, 2015 — Research has linked the abnormal behavior of two genes (BDNF and DTNBP1) to the underlying cause of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a devastating mental disorder that affects nearly 1 percent of the ... read more

Teens With Bulimia Recover Faster When Parents Are Included in Treatment

Sep. 18, 2015 — Involving parents in the treatment of adolescents with bulimia nervosa is more effective than treating the patient individually, according to a new ... read more

Physical Activity, Sadness, and Suicidality in Bullied U.S. Adolescents

Sep. 17, 2015 — Across the U.S., nearly 20% of students report being bullied on school property. Bullying is associated with academic struggle, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and self-harm. ... read more

Crime Ties Are Relative in Youth Offenders' Substance Abuse

Sep. 16, 2015 — Having family or friends involved in crime was the best predictor of whether a youth offender would become a long-term marijuana user or heavy drinker, a new study has ... read more

Rejection Increases Emotional Problems in Foster Children

Sep. 16, 2015 — A study carried out in Spain analyses the variables involved in behavioral problems of children in foster care. The study concludes that emotional relationships and educational style are key to ... read more

Learning Is Not a Spectator Sport

Sep. 14, 2015 — MOOC providers currently offer thousands of courses and have enticed millions of students to enroll. The emphasis in MOOCs is often on lecture videos that students watch and learn from. However, a ... read more

Sep. 14, 2015 — The next time someone accuses you of making an irrational decision, just explain that you're obeying the laws of quantum physics. A new trend taking shape in psychological science not only uses ... read more

Consumers Will Covet Control After Terrorism Strikes

Sep. 10, 2015 — If terror strikes increase in the United States, some consumers will keep buying as they always have, but others will withdraw from certain markets to minimize their risk. Researchers say the key ... read more

Sep. 8, 2015 — Body maps, which show how certain parts of the brain correspond to the body's topography, have been studied extensively in adult humans and other primates. But now American researchers are among ... read more

Sep. 8, 2015 — For the first time, researchers have shown that it's possible to reverse the behavior of an animal by flipping a switch in neuronal communication. The research provides a new approach for ... read more

Using Humor to Help Toddlers Learn

Sep. 7, 2015 — We all know that laughter is the best medicine, but a team of French scientists has discovered that using humor also appears to help toddlers learn new tasks, reports a new ... read more

Girls, Boys With Autism Differ in Behavior, Brain Structure

Sep. 3, 2015 — A study of about 800 children with autism found gender differences in a core feature of the disorder, as well as in the youngsters' brain structures. Girls with autism display less repetitive ... read more

New Model of Cognitive Flexibility Gives Insight Into Autism Spectrum Disorder

Sep. 3, 2015 — Researchers clarify many of the concepts surrounding cognitive flexibility and propose a model of its underlying neural mechanisms. The new model may be instrumental in understanding behavioral and ... read more

Emotional Behavior Altered After Multiple Exposures to Anesthesia During Infancy

Sep. 3, 2015 — Repeated exposure to anesthesia early in life causes alterations in emotional behavior that may persist long-term, according to a ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — New research may help explain why drug treatments for addiction and depression don't work for some patients. The conditions are linked to reward and aversion responses in the brain. And the ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Scientists have pinpointed a population of neurons in the brain that influences whether one drink leads to two, which could ultimately lead to a cure for alcoholism and other addictions. Their study ... read more

Bisexual and Questioning Women Have Higher Risk of Eating Disorders

Sep. 2, 2015 — Young women who are attracted to both sexes or who are unsure about who they are attracted to are more likely to develop an eating disorder than those attracted to only one sex, according to a new ... read more

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