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Psychology News in 2010

Psychology news Headlines for 2010


Could your pet really be a better listener than your spouse? Can too much stress cause an intestinal disorder. Recent psychology headlines explore these subjects as well as many other topics. Learn more about some of the psychology news and research that happened in 2010.

Teens Are Not Getting Enough Sleep, New Survey Suggests

Teens and Sleep
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February 1, 2010 - A survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked more than 12,000 U.S. high school students how much sleep they were getting each night. Past research suggests that teenagers need to get at least nine hours of sleep each night. Of the 12,000 students surveyed, only 900 reported getting the recommended amount and another 2,8000 indicated that they got an average of eight hours of sleep each night.

Does Multitasking Hurt Productivity?

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April 7, 2010 - Multitasking is often seen as a way to increase productivity. After all, if you're working on several different tasks at once, you're bound to accomplish more, right? The research suggests, however, that doing several things at once actually make people less productive. Multitaskers have more trouble tuning out distractions than people who focus on one task at a time and trying to do so many different things at once can actually impair cognitive ability.

Study Suggests That Smokers Are More Likely to Gain Weight

Smoking and Weight
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April 30, 2010 - The idea that smoking was linked to weight loss has long been a popular myth, but new research suggests that people who have never smoked are actually less likely to gain weight than those who have.

Survivors of Childhood Cancer More Likely to Develop PTSD

Childhood Cancer and PTSD
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May 7, 2010 - A new study published in the May issue of Pediatrics, young adults who survived a childhood cancer were four times more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than their siblings. The study looked at more than 6,500 people over the age of 18 who were diagnosed with cancer between 1970 and 1986.

Poll: One-Third Say Pets Listen Better Than Spouses

Pets Listen Better
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May 17, 2010 - A recent poll by the Associated Press found that more than 30-percent of pet-owning women reported that their pets were better listeners than their husbands. Nearly 20-percent of men polled also said that their pets were better listeners than their wives. Learn more about this poll as well as other therapeutic benefits of pets.

Influential Perception Researcher Richard Gregory Dies

Richard Gregory
May 18, 2010 - British psychologist Richard Gregory, a hugely influential figure in the science of perception, passed away May 17, 2010 at the Bristol Royal Infirmary after suffering a stroke a few days earlier.

Surprising Symptoms of Stress

Surprising Symptoms of Stress
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May 19, 2010 - You've probably heard that stress can weaken immunity and leave you more susceptible to illness, but did you know that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is another major physical ailment caused by stress? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), approximately 20 percent of U.S. adults experience symptoms of IBS and the disorder is far more likely to affect women than men. Stress can not only worsen cases of existing IBS, it can also cause people to develop this intestinal disorder.

Study Suggests That Caffeine Does Not Really Increase Alertness

Caffeine and alertness
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June 7, 2010 - In a study published in the online journal Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers tested 379 people who abstained from drinking coffee for 16 hours and then were given either caffeine or a placebo. The participants were then tested for a variety different responses to measure levels of alertness. Researchers found that caffeine does not increase alertness in habitual caffeine consumers, it simply offsets the negative symptoms of withdrawal.

Study Suggests Risky Decisions Linked to Cognition, Not Age

Cognition and aging
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June 14, 2010 - According to a new study by researchers at Duke University, advanced age does not necessarily predict diminished decision-making. In the study published in the American Psychological Association's journal Psychology and Aging, researchers found that risky decisions were linked to cognition and not age.

Poor Problem-Solving Skills Increase Risk of Bullying

Problem-solving skills and bullying
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July 12, 2010 - According to research published in the American Psychological Association journal School Psychology Quarterly, children who have poor problem-solving skills are more likely to become bullies, victims of bullies or both. When academic problems are also present, children become even more likely to bully.

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