Should We Throw Out the GRE?

Should We Throw Out the GRE?

There’s another, subtler form of bias here: where you went to school, and how much time you had to cultivate relationships with faculty (as opposed to, say, work to support yourself), can play into how much help you get in writing your letter.

Is Social Media Toxic to Your Teen's Mental Health?

Is Social Media Toxic to Your Teen's Mental Health?

The new study in JAMA Psychiatry has concluded that time spent on social media is bad for teenagers ' mental health, echoing a growing body of research.

The Scandal of College Admissions

The Scandal of College Admissions

The U.S. News ranking is worse than useless, but fortunately, there’s an excellent source of information about where students have the best learning experiences: The Princeton Review’s annual report on the best 385 colleges.

Study: September kids have advantage over August-born babies

Study: September kids have advantage over August-born babies

A study suggests that the month in which you're born may help you out in school .Research into the age of children as they start kindergarten found that students who are older than most of their classmates had an academic edge over their younger peers.

Predicting the Ideal Future for Ourselves and for Others

Predicting the Ideal Future for Ourselves and for Others

Granulo, Fuchs, and Puntoni (2019)* found that research participants tended to endorse the belief that a firm seeking to replace its employees should choose human replacements over robots.Yet it is clear that people cannot divorce their own preferences and beliefs from their predictions for the future.

Why People Get Tattoos

Why People Get Tattoos

Other reasons for forgoing a tattoo included disapproval from family and friends and incurring negative views at work.Some participants (10%) shared concerns about the permanency of tattoos and their sense that it looks unattractive on older people.

As Vaping Lung Injuries Grow, Doctors Seek Answers

As Vaping Lung Injuries Grow, Doctors Seek Answers

In many of the cases, patients said they had recently vaped marijuana or other products that contain THC, the chemical in marijuana that causes its high.

Eat to the Beat: How Music Impacts What You Order

Eat to the Beat: How Music Impacts What You Order

Noting that research has established that loud music creates stress, excitement, and arousal, and low volume music promotes relaxation, Biswas et al.They note that increased levels of stress and excitement cause people to choose foods that are high in fat and energy, and promote unhealthy snack choices.

Check Your Baggage: How to Start Fresh in a New Romance

Check Your Baggage: How to Start Fresh in a New Romance

note that prior research shows that past relational difficulties or breakups can negatively impact future romantic relationships.They also suggest that multiple past relational difficulties may cause prospective partners to take a more cautious approach to future relationships.

Peer-Pressure Can Encourage Patience and Healthy Eating

Peer-Pressure Can Encourage Patience and Healthy Eating

As a review, the classic marshmallow study has shown that children who wait for a larger reward, as opposed to those who settle for immediate gratification, have very positive outcomes later in life.

Loneliness and Media Usage: A Study of 8 Million Americans

Loneliness and Media Usage: A Study of 8 Million Americans

Such a large sample allowed researchers to compare social interactions in four generations of teenagers: iGen, Millennials, GenX, and Boomers.Comparisons between individuals going through adolescence in different time periods showed that in more recent decades teenagers are less likely to spend time with their friends (be it going to the mall, the movies, parties, etc).

I will never regret being a mum, but it can be lonely and isolating

I will never regret being a mum, but it can be lonely and isolating

That’s such a phenomenal thing to achieve and you deserve nothing but happiness and positive friendships with the right people.

How Strong Is the Evidence For Evidence-Based Therapies?

How Strong Is the Evidence For Evidence-Based Therapies?

The evidence for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in the treatment of borderline personality disorder , which the APA's Division 12 has called "strong," received low grades from Sakaluk and colleagues on nearly every metric.

People Who Use More Emojis Have More Sex and Get More Dates

People Who Use More Emojis Have More Sex and Get More Dates

In fact, the frequent use of emojis with potential dates is linked to not only having sex more often but also to a more active and successful dating life.Like the first study, frequent emoji use was linked to having more frequent sex.

Researchers Weigh Benefits, Risks of PPIs

Researchers Weigh Benefits, Risks of PPIs

“There is a very significant body of evidence that suggests that these drugs (PPIs), when used for a long period of time, especially when they are not medically indicated, are associated with serious side effects and also associated with increased dying from specific causes -- namely dying from heart disease, kidney disease, and stomach cancer.”.

There's a New Diet App for Kids, and That Scares Me

There's a New Diet App for Kids, and That Scares Me

In 2016, The AAP released guidelines warning parents and healthcare providers about the risks of focusing on weight loss and dieting with children and adolescents.Instead, the AAP recommends helping kids develop a healthy body image , avoiding weight talk, and eating family meals together.

Indulge Yourself or Serve Others? It Depends

Indulge Yourself or Serve Others? It Depends

The researchers also found that engaging in either moral deeds or moral thoughts boosts reported levels of sense of virtuousness and social closeness, and they also reduce feelings of social isolation.

Is Your Therapy Missing This Essential Factor?

Is Your Therapy Missing This Essential Factor?

Specific measures in the study included pre-treatment Self-Compassion Scale (SCS); self-compassion changes session-to-session (Self-Compassion Index, SCI); the Outcome Rating Scale (ORS), which estimates four factors of individual symptoms/function, social and work performance, relationships, and overall function; the Working Alliance Inventory (WAI-SR), a measure of the therapeutic bond and working alliance, including agreement on therapeutic goals; and the Multitheoretical List of Interventions-30 (MULTI-30), estimating to what extent therapists used different techniques, including psychodynamic, process-experiential , interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, and common factors.1.

What's Your Theory About How To Parent Your Diagnosed Child?

What's Your Theory About How To Parent Your Diagnosed Child?

Once we’re acting based on a theory, it’s easier to be consistent , to explain to others why a stance makes sense, and it’s easier to avoid what I call Parental Self-Doubt Syndrome .

Sexting May Be Less Common Among Teens Than You Think

Sexting May Be Less Common Among Teens Than You Think

"Sexting is perceived as an epidemic because the news highlights extreme cases that involve tragic outcomes, and because it goes against standards of morality and decency that are historically entrenched," said study author Sameer Hinduja, a professor of criminology at Florida Atlantic University.

Does Solitude “Count” if You’re on Your Phone?

Does Solitude “Count” if You’re on Your Phone?

Now, to be fair, there are plenty of benefits that come with owning a smartphone, especially when it comes to maintaining close ties with far-flung friends and family, but if you are choosing to head into solitude in order to recharge, you would be better off making a date with yourself… without your phone.

Media Characters Who Use Guns May Encourage Kids to Use Guns

Media Characters Who Use Guns May Encourage Kids to Use Guns

As controls, we measured a number of variables that could influence how interested children were in firearms, including their gender , age, attitudes about guns (e.g., “Carrying a gun makes people feel safe”), their consumption of violent media (TV, films, video games), their level of aggressiveness (i.e., how often they engaged in aggressive behaviors such as yelling, arguing, kicking, shoving, hitting).

Invulnerables: The Origins of Resilience

Invulnerables: The Origins of Resilience

To explore how competency develops, Garmezy studied other children who showed competence despite living in stressful situations and poverty.

Too Much Social Media a Depression Risk for Teens

Too Much Social Media a Depression Risk for Teens

"Our research reveals that increased time spent using some forms of digital media in a given year predicts depressive symptoms within that same year," said senior study author Patricia Conrod, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Montreal.

A Different Kind of Identity

A Different Kind of Identity

In the same way, people whose identities include characteristics that they share with everyone else seem to regard all other people as members of a giant in-group.

Making Health Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty

Making Health Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty

Indeed, for people who had lower vitamin D levels before starting the trial, 85% of those who took the supplement did not have a recurrence or die, compared to 71% of those who took the placebo. Overall, no clear evidence from these trials that vitamin D supplementation protects against recurrence of colorectal cancer, on average.

Leaning on Others to Become More Independent

Leaning on Others to Become More Independent

Thus, leaning first more on parents for help, then on friends, and then on romantic partners as teens get older makes sense when considering that these relationships are likely characterized by greater trust and intimacy at different points of adolescence.

'Secret Shopper' Study Shows How Easily Teens Can Buy E-Cigs

'Secret Shopper' Study Shows How Easily Teens Can Buy E-Cigs

MONDAY, June 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Despite federal and state age restrictions on the sale of tobacco and vaping products, a new "secret shopper" study found that IDs were checked only about half the time.

Study: Tough State Gun Laws Help Keep Kids Safe

Study: Tough State Gun Laws Help Keep Kids Safe

States that had laws in effect for five years or longer requiring universal background checks for firearm purchase had 35% lower rates of gun-related deaths among young people, according to the study published online July 15 in the journal Pediatrics .

What Psilocybin Could Mean for End-of-Life Care

What Psilocybin Could Mean for End-of-Life Care

“There’s really a paucity of measures to help those people who are suffering with the emotional distress that comes at the end of life,” says Bossis, a clinical psychologist and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine.