A psychological scientist reviewing the body of research concerning the effects of nutrition on depression found evidence that omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins may help bolster and regulate brain functions affected by depression. She suggests that such “nutritional therapies” could be used in conjunction with more traditional treatment methods. More>>

Matching an Interviewer’s Behavior Can Backfire

Mimicking a person’s behavior can increase likability, which is why job candidates are often advised to mirror their interviewers’ body language. But researchers found that in simulated interviews, students also unconsciously mimicked the negative tone of interviewers, leaving a bad impressionMore>>

 

Through a grant from the APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science, Mary V. Spiers is creating a website to increase awareness about the facts and fiction behind the portrayal of neurological disorders in movies. More>>

Behavioral researchers who presented study participants with hypothetical situations about romantic betrayal found it was easier for participants to be clear-eyed about others’ problems than about their own. To remedy this bias, they suggest using a self-distancing strategy such as considering personal issues from a third-person perspective. More>>

In a series of studies, psychology researchers found that people are more supportive of policy proposals couched in ethical justifications than of those presented in practical terms. Furthermore, they generally prefer leaders who show high moral character, regardless of how their policies are presented. More>>

 

Male teens who had recently earned their driver’s licenses ran more red lights in a driving simulator when they had a companion than they did when they drove alone, according to a study by psychological scientists. But the level of risk also fluctuated depending on whether the drivers perceived their companions as risk-accepting or risk-averse. More>>



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