Psychology

  1. Psychology

    Smartphones may serve as digital security blankets

    In a new study, students in awkward social situations experienced less stress if they had — but didn’t use — their smartphones.

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    Psychology

    Phones in the classroom hurt everyone’s grades

    When students use electronic devices in the classroom, their school performance may suffer. And so might their classmates’ grades, a new study finds.

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  3. Psychology

    Are you scared of heights? Virtual reality could help

    Virtual reality may help people battle a real-world fear of heights.

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  4. Psychology

    Your window to learn new languages may still be open

    Results from an online grammar quiz suggest that people who start learning a second language at age 10 or 12 can still learn it well.

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  5. Psychology

    Teen fights fake news, one newsfeed at a time

    How do we get rid of misleading news? One teen found that warning signs might help, but the most effective option, to him, looks too much like censorship.

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  6. Psychology

    2016 election stressed out some teens and young adults

    Some teens and young adults felt stress, anxiety and fear during the 2016 election — no matter what political candidates they tended to prefer.

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  7. Psychology

    Analyze This: The power in being understanding of your flaws

    Expecting nothing but perfection from yourself can lead to depression. Forgiving yourself after mistakes can lower your risk of feeling bad, a new study finds.

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  8. Psychology

    Bullying alters ‘bugs’ in the gut, hamster data show

    A new study found that the microbes in a hamster’s gut changed in response to social stress.

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  9. Psychology

    Finding and helping teens for whom sadness is a disease

    Adolescents should soon be screened for depression at their yearly check-up with their doctor.

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  10. Brain

    Analyze This: Does moderate screen time boost teen happiness?

    Computers, smartphones and TVs are everywhere. And scientists are trying to discover whether that’s a good thing for our well-being.

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  11. Health & Medicine

    The power of ‘like’

    A single “like” on a social-media post can make it much more popular, which can influence how teens behave.

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  12. Health & Medicine

    Social media: What’s not to like?

    Social media can help teens connect with friends and family. Sometimes, however, it may leave them feeling depressed or isolated.

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