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Psychology - Health - 14.02.2024
Hostile environment policies linked to prolonged distress in people with Black Caribbean ancestry
Hostile environment policies linked to prolonged distress in people with Black Caribbean ancestry
Psychological distress increased among people with Black Caribbean heritage in the UK, relative to the White population, following the 2014 Immigration Act and the Windrush scandal, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. The researchers say their findings, published in The Lancet Psychiatry , suggest a causal link between government policies and a subsequent decline in mental health.

Psychology - 14.02.2024
Are internet images turning back the clock on gender bias?
A paper published today in the journal Nature finds that online images show stronger gender biases than online texts. Researchers also found that bias is more psychologically potent in visual form than in writing. A picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes, and research has shown that the human brain does indeed better retain information from images than from text.

Health - Psychology - 14.02.2024
Burnout rate high among Michigan nurses
Ninety-four percent of Michigan nurses report emotional exhaustion, with younger nurses significantly more likely to report burnout than colleagues over 45, according to a University of Michigan School of Nursing survey. "I've been studying nurse burnout for 20 years and these are among the highest numbers I've seen,- said principal investigator Christopher Friese , U-M professor of nursing and public health.

Health - Psychology - 13.02.2024
Childhood bullying linked to distrust and mental health problems in adolescence
Study finds childhood bullying linked to distrust and mental health problems in adolescence Teens who experience bullying and develop distrust of others are 3.5 times more likely to experience clinically significant mental health issues by age 17. A new study, co-led by UCLA Health and the University of Glasgow, found that young teenagers who develop a strong distrust of other people as a result of childhood bullying are substantially more likely to have significant mental health problems as they enter adulthood compared to those who do not develop interpersonal trust issues.

Health - Psychology - 12.02.2024
Dancing may be better than other exercise for improving mental health
New research finds that undertaking structured dance of any genre is generally equal and occasionally more effective than other types of physical activity interventions for improving a range of psychological and cognitive outcomes. A structured dance program of at least six weeks' duration can significantly improve psychological and cognitive health outcomes equivalent to other forms of structured exercise interventions, finds new research from Australian researchers.

Health - Psychology - 08.02.2024
Group physical and mental health rehabilitation improves life quality for people with long covid
A new study has found that an on-line rehabilitation programme improves quality of life for adults with long covid. This is the first randomised trial to show a benefit from rehabilitation for people with long covid, and the first high quality evidence confirming the sustained clinical benefit and lack of harm with rehabilitation programmes for long covid.

Health - Psychology - 07.02.2024
Nature is particularly beneficial for people on lower income
Nature is particularly beneficial for people on lower income
Regular time spent in nature is more beneficial to the well-being of poorer than richer people Data from a representative sample of the Austrian population suggests that the relationship between nature contact and well-being is consistently stronger for people on lower than higher incomes. However, this pattern was only found when people actively visited nature and not when they merely lived near greenspaces.

Health - Psychology - 30.01.2024
New data shows prevalence of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
Around 1.6% of women and girls have symptomatic Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), according to a new review of global studies published in the Journal of Affective Disorders . Researchers led by Dr Thomas Reilly at the University of Oxford's Department of Psychiatry looked at studies from across the world to work out how many women and girls met the strict diagnostic criteria for the condition.

Health - Psychology - 29.01.2024
When a stressful situation is perceived as a threat, health and wellbeing suffer
When a stressful situation is perceived as a threat, health and wellbeing suffer
People experience more health and wellbeing issues when they feel overwhelmed by stressful situations rather than seeing them as a challenge, study finds. Published on Monday 29 January 2024 Last updated on Monday 29 January 2024 People who tend to view stressful situations as a threat are more likely to experience health and wellbeing problems, both mental and physical, than those who see them as a challenge, according to new research from the University of Bath.

Music - Psychology - 26.01.2024
Listening to music after stress: ’Genre doesn’t matter’
Feeling stressed? "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Nothing Else Matters" or "Baby One More Time" might calm you down again. Psychologist and music scientist Krisna Adiasto discovered that music genre doesn't seem to play a role in the songs we choose to recover from stress, but the songs that work do have shared characteristics.

Health - Psychology - 21.01.2024
Measuring Stress
In the latest of a series of innovative designs for wearable sensors that use sweat to identify and measure physiological conditions, Caltech's Wei Gao, assistant professor of medical engineering, has devised an "electronic skin" that continuously monitors nine different markers that characterize a stress response.

Social Sciences - Psychology - 19.01.2024
How Does Materialism in Social Media Trigger Stress and Unhappiness?
How Does Materialism in Social Media Trigger Stress and Unhappiness?
You won't find another place that makes it as easy to compare yourself with others as social media. That's not good for you. Clothes, cars, travel, followers: People with a materialistic mindset always want more and, above all, more than others. Social media provides them with ideal opportunities to compare themselves with others, which makes them susceptible to passive and addictive user behavior.

Health - Psychology - 19.01.2024
Expert insight: Excessive social media use worsened adolescent mental health during COVID-19
Expert insight: Excessive social media use worsened adolescent mental health during COVID-19
Lockdowns and lack of support networks left youth more vulnerable to the negative effects of social media How does time spent online, and especially social media, affect the brains and behaviours of children and youth? Social media platforms are seemingly designed to capture the attention of users and produce habitual checking of apps and notifications.

Pharmacology - Psychology - 16.01.2024
Coming off antidepressants can trigger emotional and social difficulties alongside physical symptoms
Coming off antidepressants can trigger emotional and social difficulties alongside physical symptoms
New research from the Dept of Psychology looked at physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms experienced by people taking antidepressants. Published on Tuesday 16 January 2024 Last updated on Tuesday 16 January 2024 Coming off antidepressants is known to trigger physical symptoms, such as restlessness, fatigue and excessive sweating, but new research suggests people can also experience emotional and social difficulties, and changes in their thinking patterns when they stop taking antidepressants like Prozac.

Psychology - Pharmacology - 12.01.2024
Psychotherapy effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder following multiple traumatic events: International meta-study
Psychotherapy effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder following multiple traumatic events International meta-study: Team led by researchers from the University of Münster reports encouraging results for patients and therapists Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for adults with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following exposure to multiple traumatic events.

Psychology - Health - 11.01.2024
Early childhood irritability and tantrums linked to future depression and self-harm
Children whose irritability does not reduce between three and seven years are at higher risk of depression and self-harm as teenagers, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. The new findings, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ( JAACAP ), suggest that interventions helping parents and caregivers to support children with high irritability could help to reduce the future risk of mental illness.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 11.01.2024
Newly identified genes for depression may lead to new treatments
More than 200 genes linked to depression have been newly identified in a worldwide study led by UCL researchers. The research, published in Nature Genetics , found more than 50 new genetic loci (a locus is a specific position on a chromosome) and 205 novel genes that are associated with depression, in the first large-scale global study of the genetics of major depression in participants of diverse ancestry groups.

Psychology - 11.01.2024
New model creates understanding of birth control pills on risk, resilience to depression
Study: A mouse model of oral contraceptive exposure: Depression, motivation, and the stress response While birth control hormones given to mice result in lower stress levels, the mice showed normal corticosterone responses to stress when given newer formulations of the pill, according to a new University of Michigan study.

Health - Psychology - 11.01.2024
Prevalence of mental health conditions in young male offenders revealed
A new study looking at the mental health of young male prisoners has found that more than 85% had a current mental health condition, however less than 3% had received a clinical assessment (i.e. a comprehensive assessment of mental health and neurodevelopment) while in prison A new study looking at the mental health of young male prisoners has found that more than 85% had a current mental health condition, however less than 3% had received a clinical assessment (i.e.

Health - Psychology - 10.01.2024
Feeling depressed linked to short-term increase in bodyweight among people with overweight or obesity
Feeling depressed linked to short-term increase in bodyweight among people with overweight or obesity
Increases in symptoms of depression are associated with a subsequent increase in bodyweight when measured one month later, new research from the University of Cambridge has found. The study, published today in PLOS ONE , found that the increase was only seen among people with overweight or obesity, but found no link between generally having greater symptoms of depression and higher bodyweight.