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Falling Down

Older adults with depressive symptoms are more likely to injure themselves in falls–and those who fall are more likely to develop depression, finds a study in The Gerontologist. Researchers analyzed data on nearly 6,300 U.S. Medicare beneficiaries, age 65 and...

Chimpanzee Culture

Human encroachment appears to be threatening chimpanzees’ behavioral diversity, finds a study in Science. Previous research has found that chimpanzees pass on some behavioral traditions–such as using sticks to fish for algae or cracking nuts with stones–that differ from...

I Can Do It

Setting attainable goals now may set you up for happiness later, suggests a longitudinal study in the European Journal of Personality. Researchers interviewed 973 people, ages 18 to 92, living in Switzerland, and followed up with 637 of them two years later...

Prison Health Effects

People who have spent time in prison are more likely to suffer from chronic medical conditions, finds a study in Health Psychology. Researchers analyzed a nationally representative U.S. sample of more than 36,000 adults, 12.4 percent of whom reported a...

Sleepless Nights

Children disrupt their parents’ sleep for up to six years after birth, finds a study in Sleep. Researchers surveyed 2,541 women and 2,118 men in Germany around the time of the birth of their first, second or third child,...

The Magnetic Brain

Many species, such as migratory birds, have a geomagnetic sense that helps them navigate the world, but the same sense has never been reliably demonstrated in humans. Now, as study in eNeuro suggests that the human brain is also...

See A Show, Visit A Gallery

Older adults who regularly partake in cultural activities such as seeing films, plays and art exhibits are less likely to develop depression, finds a study in the British Journal of Psychiatry. Researchers analyzed data from more than 2,000 British older adults in...