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New study sheds light on how people calibrate their feelings of sexual nostalgia

New study sheds light on how people calibrate their feelings of sexual nostalgia

New research published in provides new insight into nostalgia for past sexual experiences. The study indicates people who shun intimacy and dislike depending upon their partner are less likely to “calibrate” their sexual nostalgia based on their current needs.“In general, I am interested in how people maintain sexual desire and satisfaction over time,” said study author , an assistant professor at York University and the York Research Chair in Relationships and Sexuality.“We know that high-quality romantic relationships are important for overall well-being and one of the aspects of...

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Social identity threat predicts the concealment of nonreligious identity, study finds

Social identity threat predicts the concealment of nonreligious identity, study finds

New research published in provides insight into what motivates some nonreligious individuals to conceal their lack of belief. The findings suggest that awareness of anti-atheist stigma is an important predictor of public identification as an atheist.“This work is based on my Master’s thesis. I had noticed throughout the initial research process that there was a growing number of articles about how people felt toward the nonreligious in America, but not that many articles talked about how the nonreligious felt about being disliked by a majority of Americans,” said study author Cameron...

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Repeating the “F” word can improve threshold for pain during an ice water challenge

Repeating the “F” word can improve threshold for pain during an ice water challenge

A recent study found that repeating the “F” word during an ice water experiment increased subjects’ tolerance and threshold for pain. However, reciting made-up swear words showed no such pain-reducing effects. The study was published in .Numerous studies have shown that the use of swear words can strengthen pain tolerance during an ice water experiment. UK researchers Stephens and Robertson set out to explore the mechanism behind this pain-relieving effect in a unique way. A team of specialists invented two new “swear” words with properties similar to known curse words. They then tested the...

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New study finds authoritarian personality traits are associated with belief in determinism

New study finds authoritarian personality traits are associated with belief in determinism

New research published in the provides evidence that belief in determinism plays an important role in right-wing authoritarianism.A link between determinism and authoritarianism was proposed by the German psychologist Erich Fromm in 1941 and several other political thinkers have made the connection as well. The authors of the new study were interested in empirically testing the idea.“I’ve been interested in whether and to what extent individual differences in psychological features are related to philosophical beliefs since my undergraduate years at Binghamton University, where I ended up...

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Lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals have less contact with and live geographically farther from their siblings

Lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals have less contact with and live geographically farther from their siblings

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people tend to have less frequent contact with and live geographically farther away from their brothers and sisters, according to new research from Australia. The findings, which appear in the , suggest that sexual stigma can harm family relationships.“We know that people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) tend to experience poorer outcomes across life domains than heterosexual people,” said study author Francisco (Paco) Perales, an associate professor at The University of Queensland.“The dominant explanation for this is that these individuals receive...

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Men incorrectly believe their female partners would be okay with them having a futuristic sex robot

Men incorrectly believe their female partners would be okay with them having a futuristic sex robot

Men tend to have more positive attitudes towards futuristic sex robots and wrongly assume their female partners share their views. Women, on the other hand, are less fond of such robots. But like their male counterparts, women also wrongly assume that their partners share their views.That’s the finding from a new study that has been published in . The results suggest that “people project their own feelings about robots onto their partner.”The research was inspired in part thanks to science fiction series like Westworld. “These works of art are great at demonstrating the ethical dilemmas...

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U.S. population trusts scientific leaders over President Trump when it comes to COVID-19, study suggests

U.S. population trusts scientific leaders over President Trump when it comes to COVID-19, study suggests

U.S. adults look to scientific organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rather than their president, to lead the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. This finding comes from a recent survey targeting perceptions about COVID-19 that was published in .In a global health crisis, communication with the public is essential and ongoing. Researchers McFadden and colleagues explain that in order for messaging to be most effective, it is important to consider public attitudes and identify trust issues when it comes to sources of information. In their recent...

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Personality traits related to approach and avoidance influence one's likelihood of self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic

Personality traits related to approach and avoidance influence one's likelihood of self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic

A recent UK survey suggests that individual differences in approach and avoidance tendencies are linked to concerns about COVID-19. Specifically, a higher fight-flight-freeze system score was associated with a higher likelihood of self-isolating during the pandemic. The study was published in the British Journal of Health Psychology. By March of 2020, the new coronavirus had infected thousands in the United Kingdom, prompting the government to release a public health communication campaign. A study by Bacon and Corr explores how the reinforcement sensitivity theory (RST) of personality...

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White individuals on average react positively to a Black person referring to them with the n-word

White individuals on average react positively to a Black person referring to them with the n-word

Racial slurs such as the n-word are sometimes adopted by the group they were once meant to insult — a phenomenon known as reappropriation. But what happens when a reappropriated slur is used by a Black person towards a White person? New research published in the provides insight into the intragroup uses of reappropriated slurs.Previous studies investigated the use of racial slurs by White individuals toward Black individuals and the reclaiming of disparaging words among racial minorities. But no research had yet examined the reappropriated use of racial slurs by Black individuals toward...

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New psychology research finds meat eaters tend to have better mental health than vegetarians

New psychology research finds meat eaters tend to have better mental health than vegetarians

People who avoid meat consumption tend to have worse psychological health than those who eat meat, according to new research published in . The study, which did not draw any conclusions about causation, found that vegetarians/vegans were at a greater risk of depression, anxiety, and self-harm.“Dietary choices have been a powerful indicator of social class and subsequent mate selection (e.g., whom we marry) since antiquity. Consequently, ‘what we eat’ and ‘how we eat’ are integral parts of our identity and directly influence our health via physiological, social, and psychological pathways,”...

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Women viewed as more trustworthy when wearing makeup -- and receive larger money transfers in an economic game

Women viewed as more trustworthy when wearing makeup -- and receive larger money transfers in an economic game

People who are physically attractive tend to viewed as more competent and earn higher salaries than their less attractive counterparts — a phenomenon known as the “beauty premium.” New research published in the provides evidence that the use of makeup can be used by women to gain access to the payoffs that are associated with this premium.“Most of the discussion about the beauty premium has been based on the notion that physical attractiveness and its potential benefits are relatively fixed in magnitude,” explained study author Angela Cristiane Santos Póvoa of the Pontifical Catholic...

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The presence of a girlfriend diminishes young men's tendency to take risks

The presence of a girlfriend diminishes young men's tendency to take risks

New research provides evidence that men tend to mellow out when they are with their girlfriend. The study, published in , found that the presence of a romantic partner reduces risk-taking propensity in young men who are in relationships with women.“I think it is important to understand the social functions of risk-taking. Oftentimes we focus on people’s relative maturity to explain age differences in risk-taking but young people aren’t wired for risk-taking just for the thrill of it,” said study author Karol Silva, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Children’s Hospital of...

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When it comes to telecommuting, a multi-faceted approach is key, report suggests

When it comes to telecommuting, a multi-faceted approach is key, report suggests

A scientific review of past research suggests that telecommuting involves a trade-off between certain benefits and drawbacks. While remote work may increase employee productivity, it can also harm workplace relationships and lead to social isolation. The review was published by the Association for Psychological Science.Since the concept was first named in the 1970s, telecommuting has only been on the rise and continues to offer key advantages for society. Virtual work offers parents the opportunity to care for children at home and allows vital services to continue in emergency situations...

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Trump perceived as abnormally sadistic and narcissistic by both conservatives and liberals, study finds

Trump perceived as abnormally sadistic and narcissistic by both conservatives and liberals, study finds

American voters view Donald Trump has having traits associated with sadistic personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder, according to new research published in . The study found that even those who personally voted for Trump perceived him as having a highly disordered personality.“The 2016 presidential election was widely described as one of the most polarizing elections in American history. My co-authors— Salwa Mansour, Shannon Matlock, Fred Coolidge— and I were interested in exploring how deeply this polarization extended,” explained study author Jacob A. Fiala, a...

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New study finds greater sexual satisfaction among those with heightened sensuality, curiosity and imagination

New study finds greater sexual satisfaction among those with heightened sensuality, curiosity and imagination

New research provides evidence that the awareness of physical sensations, willingness to engage with novel stimuli, and ability to general mental imagery all play an important role in having a sexually satisfying relationship. The findings appear in the journal .“I became interested in this topic 5 years ago when I began to learn more about positive psychology,” explained study author , a certified sex therapist and the clinical director of .“Until that point, my work focused on treating relationship issues, sexual dysfunction, and trauma. I often had a client who, despite meeting their...

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New psychology research links social media exposure during the coronavirus pandemic to increased anxiety

New psychology research links social media exposure during the coronavirus pandemic to increased anxiety

Exposure to information about COVID-19 through social media is associated with increased symptoms of anxiety, according to a recent Chinese study. The report was published in PLOS One. The rapid spread of new virus COVID-19 throughout China, and its quick transmission to many other countries was unprecedented and extraordinary. Numerous studies have reported that the mental health implications of the pandemic are real and at times severe, both on medical workers and the public. As the study authors point out, past research provides compelling evidence that exposure to media during a...

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Big data study indicates that America did not get more depressed because of Trump

Big data study indicates that America did not get more depressed because of Trump

New research suggests that the election of Donald Trump in 2016 was not associated with a subsequent large-scale increase in depression among Democrats in the United States. The study, which was published in the , used several big data measures to investigate Americans’ emotional response to the Trump presidency.“The main question we wanted to address is, can a political loss, a symbolic loss, result in psychopathology. We figured that if any political loss could cause that, it would be the devastating Democratic loss in 2016,” explained study author (), a PhD student at Ben-Gurion...

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Google searches for “wash hands” predicts a country’s outbreak of COVID-19, study finds

Google searches for “wash hands” predicts a country’s outbreak of COVID-19, study finds

A report that examined Google search trends in 21 countries found that searches for “wash hands” predicted the spread of COVID-19. The report was published in On January 20, the person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 was officially declared by Chinese officials. In the following month, the coronavirus rapidly spread to parts of Europe and was soon a global concern. As public knowledge of the disease grew, people began to search for information on how to best protect themselves. This rampant desire for information is evident in Google search trends.Previous research has found Google...

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New study links celebrity worship to addictive and problematic social media use

New study links celebrity worship to addictive and problematic social media use

People who are obsessed with celebrities are more likely to engage in addictive use of social media, according to new research from Eötvös Loránd University and Pázmány Péter Catholic University. The findings have been published in the journal .“In the past few decades, a celebrity-fan relationship has been considered a one-sided, delusional emotional bond. Recently, social networking sites opened an avenue for a more direct, reciprocal communication between celebrities and their fans,” the authors of the study told PsyPost.“Previous research suggests that individuals who admire celebrities...

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Study provides new insight into the neural circuitry underlying irritability and anxiety in youths

Study provides new insight into the neural circuitry underlying irritability and anxiety in youths

New neuroimaging research published in helps to untangle the links between irritability, anxiety, and brain functioning in youths. The findings suggest that irritability and anxiety have interactive, rather than additive, effects when processing negative social information.“I am a practicing child and adolescent psychiatrist. Over the years, I have met with families struggling with all types of anxiety and irritability,” explained study author Joel Stoddard of the University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital Colorado.“When I was early in my career, I began to appreciate that even though...

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Job stressors more likely to cause declines in mental health and death when workers have less control

Job stressors more likely to cause declines in mental health and death when workers have less control

Individuals in highly demanding jobs who have little control over their workflow tend to have worse mental health and are at increased risk of death compared to those with more autonomy, according to new research in the .“This study was a follow-up to , where we examined how job demands, or the amount of stressors — like concentration demands, time pressure, and workload — relate to death,” explained study author , an assistant professor at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.“In that study, we found that job control, or the autonomy you have to choose how to do your work, when...

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Huge international study sheds light on the prevalence and outcome of breast size dissatisfaction in women

Huge international study sheds light on the prevalence and outcome of breast size dissatisfaction in women

An international study published in the scientific journal indicates that a majority of women are dissatisfied with their breast size. The research, which is the largest to date to examine breast size satisfaction, indicates that being unhappy with one’s breast size is associated with detrimental psychological outcomes.“One of my research interests is on the way people in different cultural and national settings experience and think or feel about their bodies,” said lead researcher Viren Swami, a professor of social psychology at Anglia Ruskin University and Perdana University.“My...

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New study finds ego strength predicts nightmare frequency

New study finds ego strength predicts nightmare frequency

People with a healthy ego are less likely to experience nightmares, according to new research published in the journal . The findings suggest that the strength of one’s ego could help explain the relationship between psychological distress and frightening dreams.“This research reflects the convergence of two related interests of mine: why people have nightmares and psychoanalytic theory,” said study author William E. Kelly, an associate professor at California State University, Bakersfield.“I have been concerned that contemporary nightmare research, and perhaps psychological research in...

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New study shows frequent pornography use may not always be problematic

New study shows frequent pornography use may not always be problematic

New research suggests that people who frequently use pornography might not necessarily be problematic users. In fact, the number of people with non-problematic high-frequency pornography use was 3-6 times higher than the number of people with problematic high-frequency use. This study appeared in .Pornography use is prevalent in adult populations; approximately 70 to 90% of people have viewed pornography in their lifetime1–3. For most people, pornography use is not problematic and does not result in negative consequences in their life4. However, for others, it may become problematic and may...

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Study finds cocaine enhances creativity, but not as much as drug users believe

Study finds cocaine enhances creativity, but not as much as drug users believe

New evidence suggests that cocaine enhances creativity, but only in certain instances. Specifically, cocaine was found to enhance divergent thinking, the type of creativity associated with brainstorming, but only on figural tasks and not on verbal tasks. This finding comes from a study published in .While popular belief suggests that cocaine can be used to enhance creative thinking and defeat mental blocks, these claims have yet to be confirmed by science. Previous findings are mixed and researchers suggest this may have to do with the fact that there is more than one type of creative...

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