Mind & Brain

  • Setting smartphone to silent can backfire, leads people to check device even more
    by John Anderer on July 2, 2022 at 1:38 am

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Excessive smartphone use is a distinctly 21st century issue, but that doesn’t make it any less problematic. Countless people spend their days endlessly scrolling from one social media feed or app to the next. Many argue there’s an easy solution: just turn the phone off or place it on silent mode.… The post Setting smartphone to silent can backfire, leads people to check device even more appeared first on Study Finds.

  • Don’t overdo it: Overenthusiastic pitches turn off investors, study warns
    by John Anderer on June 29, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    TAMPA, Fla. — There’s something to be said for subtlety when it comes to pitching new investors. Now, scientists at the University of South Florida have found that pitching with too much passion or enthusiasm may end up turning off many potential business partners. More specifically, the study finds energetic body movements and animated facial expressions… The post Don’t overdo it: Overenthusiastic pitches turn off investors, study warns appeared first on Study Finds.

  • Cyberbullying increases the risk of suicide among children more than ‘traditional’ bullying
    by Study Finds on June 28, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    PHILADELPHIA — Cyberbullying has a stronger impact on adolescent victims than “traditional,” in-person bullying, a new study reveals. A team from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) says victims of online bullying in early adolescence are more likely to report suicidal thoughts and attempts, going far beyond that of offline bullying. Researchers at Lifespan Brain… The post Cyberbullying increases the risk of suicide among children more than ‘traditional’ bullying appeared first on Study Finds.

  • Losing a grandmother can trigger long-lasting depression, especially for teen boys
    by John Anderer on June 26, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Losing a grandmother may trigger depression among her surviving family members, according to a new Penn State study. Any death in a family is a tragedy, but study authors report a significant correlation between a grandmother passing away and depression, This appears especially true among adolescent boys. The study states that for… The post Losing a grandmother can trigger long-lasting depression, especially for teen boys appeared first on Study Finds.

  • ‘Youthful mindset’ key to longer, healthier life? Simply feeling younger wards off disability, disease for older adults
    by John Anderer on June 23, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    RAMAT GAN, Israel — “You’re only as old as you feel” may be much more than just a saying. Scientists at Bar-Ilan University report that feeling young (even in old age) can lead to better odds of successfully completing rehabilitation from medical conditions. Similarly, study authors conclude that a youthful mindset can help older adults stave… The post ‘Youthful mindset’ key to longer, healthier life? Simply feeling younger wards off disability, disease for older adults appeared first on Study Finds.

  • How much you believe in yourself matters more than age when pursuing a new skill or hobby
    by Jocelyn Solis-Moreira on June 19, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    TRONDHEIM, Norway — What’s stopping you from learning a new language or a new sport? One common belief is that the older you get, the tougher it is to master something new. Research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, however, finds that it’s actually the level of motivation you have to push yourself… The post How much you believe in yourself matters more than age when pursuing a new skill or hobby appeared first on Study Finds.

  • Kind bud: Marijuana makes people nicer, more agreeable and empathetic
    by Study Finds on June 17, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Marijuana could be the key to kindness for all the curmudgeons out there. Scientists report that smoking cannabis makes people nicer, more empathetic, and even-tempered. The study by researchers at the University of New Mexico finds that people who recently used marijuana had higher levels of empathy than non-users and made decisions based… The post Kind bud: Marijuana makes people nicer, more agreeable and empathetic appeared first on Study Finds.