Research finds people more likely to follow Covid rules when friends and family do

New research has shown that people are more likely to follow Covid-19 restrictions based on what their friends do, rather than their own principles. Research led by the University of Nottingham carried out in partnership with experts in collective behaviour from British, French, German and American universities shows how social influence affects people’s adherance to […]

Special interests can be assets for youth with autism

IMAGE: Dr. Kerri Nowell is an assistant clinical professor in the MU School of Health Professions. view more  Credit: MU School of Health Professions COLUMBIA, Mo. – When he was in middle school, teachers would give Sam Curran a list of words to type in a computer to practice his vocabulary. But Sam, who has autism, […]

Study: Religion, psychology share methods for reducing distress

IMAGE: Psychology professors Sanda Dolcos, left, and Florin Dolcos led a study of religiosity and emotion-regulation strategies among healthy adults. view more  Credit: Photo by L. Brian Stauffer CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Religious people facing life crises rely on emotion-regulation strategies that psychologists also use, a new study finds. They look for positive ways of thinking about […]

New studies suggest vaping could cloud your thoughts

Two new studies from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) have uncovered an association between vaping and mental fog. Both adults and kids who vape were more likely to report difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions than their non-vaping, non-smoking peers. It also appeared that kids were more likely to experience mental fog if […]

A pursuit of better testing to sort out the complexities of ADHD

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The introduction of computer simulation to the identification of symptoms in children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has potential to provide an additional objective tool to gauge the presence and severity of behavioral problems, Ohio State University researchers suggest in a new publication. Most mental health disorders are diagnosed and treated based […]

Voluntary or compulsory? New evidence on motivation for anti-COVID-19 policies

Policies to contain the Covid-19 pandemic require widespread cooperation in order to be successful. Is the German population more likely to follow these measures when they are voluntary or when they are enforced? Dr Katrin Schmelz, a behavioural economist and psychologist at the University of Konstanz and the Thurgau Institute of Economics, investigated this question. […]

Doctors should change the way that they ask patients about self-harm and suicide

Doctors can better help patients with mental health concerns by adopting a different questioning style around self-harm and suicide, experts have said. New research warns patients may find it difficult to disclose thoughts of self-harm because of the way in which GPs ask about them. Academics who examined consultations found that GPs were prone […]

Do I know you? Researchers evaluate how masks disrupt facial perception

IMAGE: The identification of people wearing masks has often presented a unique challenge during the pandemic. A new study by researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel and… view more  Credit: Chicago Face Database (Ma et al., 2015) BEER-SHEVA, Israel…December 21, 2020 – The identification of people wearing masks has often presented a […]

The smell of cooperation | EurekAlert! Science News

Despite their reputation, rats are surprisingly sociable and actually regularly help each other out with tasks. Researchers at the Universities of Göttingen, Bern and St Andrews have now shown that a rat just has to smell the scent of another rat that is engaged in helpful behaviour to increase his or her own helpfulness. This […]

The future’s uncertain – but noradrenaline can help us adapt

A brain chemical called noradrenaline is responsible for our responses to uncertain situations – helping us to learn quickly and adapt our behaviour, a new study has found. The COVID-19 pandemic has plunged us all into a state of uncertainty. In a rapidly changing situation where it is hard to know what will happen next, […]