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Countries with more stringent lockdowns ‘had less mental-related illness’

By Emily Manis Many people feel their well-being and mental state suffered as a result of being locked inside during the early waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, but could stricter and longer lockdowns actually have positive effects on people’s mental health? A study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research suggests that countries with more …

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Laughter with friends differs from laughter with romantic partners, study finds

By Mane Kara-Yakoubian In humans, the ability to laugh emerges as early as four months of age, with laughter being the most recognizable expression of positive emotion across cultures. Laughter, a means of communicating social information (e.g., harmless intentions), is not unique to humans however, suggesting it dates back to a shared ancestor. But along …

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Self-control during adolescence predicts the tendency to forgive others in adulthood, study finds

By Eric Dolan “I am interested in the predictive power of personality change. Research has consistently demonstrated that personality traits such as conscientiousness or trait self-control predict important life outcomes including education, work and relationship success, well-being, health, and longevity,” explained study author Mathias Allemand, an assistant professor at the University of Zurich. “Moreover, there …

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Creativity in the workplace surged due to ‘an awareness of death’ during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Beth Ellwood Pondering about death amid the COVID-19 crisis may have helped employees come up with creative responses to the pandemic, according to findings published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. U.S. employees who reported increased reflection about death and the meaning of life during the pandemic also reported subsequent increases in creativity at work. The …

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Bedtime TV associated with bad sleep quality in kids, and affects future behavior

By Beth Ellwood  A recent study has found that children who watch TV as part of their bedtime routine get less sleep, experience more sleep problems, and exhibit more attention problems and aggressive behavior six months later. The study, published in the journal Infant Behavior and Development, was conducted among a sample of mainly low-income …

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Listening to happy or sad music before bed could be beneficial to sleep quality

By Emily Manis Do you ever listen to music before bed? That might be helping to keep you well rested. A new study published in Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain suggests that listening to music, whether it be happy or sad, can improve sleep quality and well-being. Poor sleep is something many adults struggle with, …

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Shedding light on key factor influencing perceptions of workplace harassment against atheists

New research suggests that a person’s own religious beliefs play an important role in how they perceive harassment of atheist employees. The study, published in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, found that Evangelical Christians are less likely to perceive a supervisor deriding and proselytizing to an atheist employee as discrimination Despite the growing presence of …

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Economic hardship can take a heavy toll on fathers’ mental health, leading to family conflict

by Joyce Y. Lee For families on low incomes, difficulty paying utility bills, rent, mortgage or health care costs set the stage for parental mental health problems, especially for fathers, that then lead to potentially violent family conflict. These are the key findings of a study I led that was recently published in the journal Family …

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