cognitive psychology

A Positive Mood Boost Creative Thinking

A Positive Mood Boost Creative Thinking

Does your boss get mad that you keep watching those funny viral videos during office hours? New research can finally back up your case. According to new research released by the APS, watching comical videos and listening to upbeat music can allow you to think more creatively by generating a positive mood. Researchers discovered that people who were exposed to positive stimuli, such as videos of laughing babies, performed better in learning tasks and creative problem solving than those exposed to negative stimuli.

Binge Drinking Damages The Teenage Mind

Binge Drinking Damages The Teenage Mind

New research suggests heavy alcohol use in teens can detrimentally affect neural development. Researchers have concluded that binge drinking can negatively disrupt normal developmental processes, leading to problems with learning and social adjustment in the long term. The study also discovered that increased use of alcohol can result in a decrease in attention and executive function. Additionally, increased marijuana use was discovered to decrease memory performance.

Lingering Psychological Effects Of The Holocaust

Lingering Psychological Effects Of The Holocaust

New research shows Holocaust survivors are still psychologically affected by their experiences. Many survivors report PTSD symptoms and poor psychological well being.

Mental Aging – Cognitive Decline Not As Steep As Once Believed

Mental Aging – Cognitive Decline Not As Steep As Once Believed

New research regarding mental aging suggests that drops in mental ability are not as steep as once believed.

Cognitive Therapy To Alter Negative Perceptions May Help Loneliness

Cognitive Therapy To Alter Negative Perceptions May Help Loneliness

A new study by researchers at the University of Chicago has discovered that reducing a person’s negative perceptions of others is key to reducing loneliness. The study suggests that loneliness is a cognitive issue and can be changed by utilizing cognitive behavioral therapies.