People who spend a lot of time on the internet are more likely to be depressed, lonely and mentally unstable, a study found.
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
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
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.
; Leisure-Time Running Reduces All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality Risk; Journal of the American College of Cardiology; Volume 64, Issue 5, August 2014;
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
It is connected with metaphors linking social and physical warmth.
Williams, L. E., & Bargh, J. A. (2008). Experiencing physical warmth promotes interpersonal warmth. Science, 322, 606-607.
The meta-analysis of research suggests that faster relocation to higher class helps high-ability students…
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 exposed to chronic loud noise also have higher blood pressure and stress hormones. They are less motivated to perform on challenging language tasks.
“The Effects of the Physical Environment on Children’s Development“; Kimberly Kopko, Ph.D, Outreach-extension
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.
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.