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People who spend a lot of time on the internet are more likely to be depressed, lonely and mentally unstable, a study found.

By | 2017-05-31T01:18:45+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Categories: Healthy|Tags: , , |

A study has shown that the more someone uses Facebook, the less satisfied he is with life.

 

Kross E, Verduyn P, Demiralp E, Park J, Lee DS, Lin N, et al. (2013) Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults. PLoS ONE 8(8): e69841. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0069841

A study shows a new way to get patient information.

By | 2017-05-19T15:27:50+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Categories: Healthy|Tags: |

For many diseases, early detection is key to healing. Many patients are nervous about revealing the symptoms of their conditions. This study shows that they are okay with drawing pictures of their problem.

Instead of asking a patient to talk about a problem, ask them to draw whatever their issue is. This worked with melanoma patients. This kind of indirect questioning could save lives.

Scott, S., Birt, L., Cavers, D., Shah, N., Campbell, C., & Walter, F. (2015). Patient drawings of their melanoma: A novel approach to understanding symptom perception and appraisal prior to health care Psychology & Health, 30 (9), 1035-1048 DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2015.1016943

Link: https://digest.bps.org.uk/2015/07/16/psychologists-asked-these-skin-cancer-patients-to-draw-their-melanomas/

Running, even 5 to 10 min/day, reduces risks of death from all causes.

By | 2017-05-14T03:59:34+00:00 May 14th, 2017|Categories: Healthy|Tags: , |

Although running is a popular physical activity, we don’t know about the long-term effects of running on mortality.
 
We examined this associations in 55,137 adults, 18 to 100 years of age.
 
Compared with nonrunners, runners had 30% and 45% lower adjusted risks of mortality. It gave them a 3-year life expectancy benefit.
 
Weekly running even <51 min, <6 miles, 1 to 2 times, was enough to reduce risk of mortality.
 
Running, even 5 to 10 min/day and at slow speeds <6 miles/h, reduces risks of death from all causes and cardiovascular disease.

Mixed-sex interactions may harm thinking.

By | 2017-04-28T07:36:07+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Categories: Productivity, Relationships|Tags: , , |

Researchers performed two studies. In the first, participants interacted either with a same-sex or opposite-sex partner. Results showed that men’s cognitive performance declined from a mixed-sex encounter, but this wasn’t true for women.

Interacting with women can impair men’s cognitive functioning; Johan C. Karremans; Journal of Experimental Social Psychology; Volume 45, Issue 4, July 2009, Pages 1041–1044

The meta-analysis of research suggests that faster relocation to higher class helps high-ability students…

By | 2017-04-17T15:24:02+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Categories: Personal Success|Tags: , , |

especially with academic achievement.

The Effects of Acceleration on High-Ability Learners: A Meta-Analysis, Saiying Steenbergen-HuSidney M.Moon, Gifted Child Quarterly, Vol 55, Issue 1, pp. 39 – 53, First published date: October-20-2010, 10.1177/0016986210383155

Children who are touched and hugged by their mothers are more relaxed and have calmer minds.

By | 2017-04-13T13:13:34+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Categories: Healthy|Tags: , , , |

The research has some serious limitations. The possible unknown factors are driving differences in amounts of touch and in the children’s brain development like genes.

Bigelow, A. E., Power, M., MacLellan-Peters, J., Alex, M., & McDonald, C. (2012). Effect of mother-infant skin-to-skin contact on postpartum depression and maternal physiological stress.  Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 41, 369-382.

Uncompleted goals are particularly likely to stay on your mind.

By | 2017-04-12T13:48:22+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Categories: Personal Success|Tags: |

Smit surveyed 103 employed people. He asked them to report which goals they completed and which goals they left unfinished at the close of each day. Before bed they reported on how much these goals had occupied their thoughts.

The incomplete goals intruded their minds more. If participants rated a goal as somewhat unimportant it wasn’t a problem.

This effect applied only to participants who were involved more in their job. Those who were less invested in their jobs were immune to the late night thought intrusions.

Researchers recorded a fragment of speech from middle-aged women with rheumatoid arthritis and breast cancer.

By | 2017-04-11T13:23:08+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Categories: Healthy, Relationships|Tags: , |

They found that those who swore in the company of other people had increased depression. What more, those same people also lost social support.

The study has its limitations, as the sample. Swearing by women has an adverse effect on their social support. Particularly, societal norms dictate that women shouldn’t swear. The same study performed with young men may produce another result.

Robbins, M., Focella, E., Kasle, S., López, A., Weihs, K., and Mehl, M. (2011). Naturalistically observed swearing, emotional support, and depressive symptoms in women coping with illness. Health Psychology DOI: 10.1037/a0023431