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Familiar Faces Look Happier Than Unfamiliar Ones

People tend to perceive faces they are familiar with as looking happier than unfamiliar faces, even when the faces objectively express the same emotion to the same degree.

The research is in Psychological Science. (full access paywall)

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People Who Go To Bed Late Have Less Control Over OCD Symptoms

A late bedtime is associated with lower perceived control of obsessive thoughts, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

The research is in Sleep. (full access paywall)

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Findings Reverse Hypothesis of GABA Neurodevelopment in Schizophrenia

New research by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh provides an unprecedented level of resolution and insight into disturbances in cortical GABAergic microcircuits, which are thought to underlie cognitive impairments in schizophrenia.

The research is in Biological Psychiatry. (full open access)

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Unearned Fun Tastes Just as Sweet

We may be inclined to think that a fun experience – say, watching a movie or indulging in a tasty treat – will be all the more enjoyable if we save it until we’ve finished our work or chores, but new research shows that this intuition may be misguided.

The research is in Psychological Science. (full access paywall)

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Navigating the Tricky Waters of Being a Stepdad

The American family is evolving. Fifty years ago, a nuclear family of two biological parents and children was the norm. But divorce rates and growing numbers of single parents have opened up more opportunities for the formation of stepfamilies (one biological parent, one nonbiological parent plus children of the biological parent).

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Science Shows How Faces Guide, and Reflect, Our Social Lives

For most of us, faces provide untold amounts of information about the people in our world. We use faces to identify someone as a friend or stranger, as approachable or hostile, as a member of our group or an outsider. We make judgments about others’ personality traits, such as their trustworthiness, based on our perceptions of their faces. And we typically make all of these determinations without ever being consciously aware that we’re doing it. There is no question: How we perceive faces plays a central role in our social lives.

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Visual Retraining Program to Help People With Body Dysmorphic Disorder

A world-first study is aiming to alleviate symptoms of those with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) through a unique visual retraining program. BDD results in an exaggerated perception of aspects of personal appearance.

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Older Adults Are Good Samaritans to Strangers

Greater generosity in late life may be an avenue for emotional gratification and sense of purpose for the elderly.

The research is in Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. (full access paywall)

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Mother's Personality Can Affect Child's Mental Health

Scientists have looked at over 8,000 parents and children in Children of the 90s and found that the children of women with personality traits associated with emotional and relationship difficulties were at greater risk of depression, anxiety and self-harm in their late teens than their peers.

The research is in Psychological Medicine. (full open access)

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Are Friends Better For Us Than Family?

The power of friendship gets stronger with age and may even be more important than family relationships, indicates new research by a Michigan State University scholar.

The research is in Personal Relationships. (full access paywall)
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