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Screen Time Perils

Teens who spend more than five hours a day on electronic devices are at greater risk for depression and suicidal thoughts, finds research in Clinical Psychological Science. Researchers analyzed data from two nationally representative surveys of U.S. teens in...

Sizing Things Up

Children begin to seek evidence that enables them to test fishy-sounding claims in early elementary school, suggests a study in Developmental Psychology. Researchers showed 191 Chinese preschool – and elementary-school-age children (ages 3 to 8) several different-size Russian nesting...

Vocalizing Emotion

Listeners can recognize emotions such as sadness and joy in singers’ voices, even absent linguistic and melodic cues, finds research in Psychomusicology:Music, Mind, and Brain. Researchers asked eight opera singers to sing the standard musical scale with the meaningless...

No Laughing Matter

Boys at risk of developing psychopathy don’t have the same urge to join in group laughter than most people do, finds a study in Current Biology. Researchers tested 62 11- to 16-year-old boys diagnosed with disruptive behaviors, along with...

Screen Type

Children who have televisions or video game systems in their bedrooms spend more time watching screens and less time reading and sleeping, which in turn leads to poorer school performance, finds a study in Development Psychology. Researchers analyzed data...

Flu Shot

Being in a good mood on the day that you get your flu shot could make the shot more effective, suggests research in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. Researchers followed 138 adults older than 65 for two weeks before they...

Does Happy=Healthy?

Feeling happy is linked to good physical health among Americans but not among Japanese, finds a study in Psychological Science. Researchers analyzed data from almost 1,400 participants in two studies of midlife adults, one in the United States and...