Upending conventional wisdom, researchers say cannabis use doesn’t hinder PTSD therapy Despite the risks associated with self-medicating for mental health issues, cannabis use may not be as disruptive to typical posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) therapy as once assumed, a Rutgers study has found. Read More
Study links chronic pain to quality of family relationships Strong family relationships have long been associated with a better sense of well-being and connection. Now a team led by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers has linked the quality of those relationships with how successfully people—particularly aging African Americans—manage pain. The findings, published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences suggest factors tied to chronic pain that could improve treatment options. Read More
First trial of new suicide prevention intervention designed for autistic people A new suicide prevention intervention developed specifically for autistic adults has been trialed as part of a program of research to identify ways to reduce suicide and self-harm among autistic people. Read More
Music to our ears: How playing an instrument affects the adolescent brain What impact does growing up in a musical environment or during the COVID-19 pandemic have on the brain development of teenagers? This was the focus of psychologist Lina van Drunen's Ph.D. research, which studied hundreds of twins. Her findings reveal that practicing music slows brain development, presenting unique opportunities. Read More
‘Malevolent’ traits can be important for athletic success—but could hinder athlete-coach relationships Being self-centered, ruthless and manipulative is believed to help elite athletes achieve glory—but could be negatively impacting relationships with coaches, a new study suggests. Read More
Optimism wards off procrastination: Believing the future will not be more stressful could help procrastinators People with an optimistic outlook on the future are less likely to be severe procrastinators, according to new research at the University of Tokyo. Read More
Alcohol use tied to mood instability in patients with bipolar disorder Alcohol use is associated with mood instability (depression and manic symptoms) in people with bipolar disorder (BD), according to a study published online June 7 in JAMA Network Open. Read More
Researchers assess rates of cannabis-associated psychotic episodes A team of computational biologists and psychologists from University College London, working with a colleague from the University of Lausanne, has attempted to estimate how often and what types of marijuana users experience a psychotic episode due to their smoking habits. Read More
New study reveals links between social anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts in adolescents Adolescents who experience higher levels of social anxiety symptoms are more likely to report increased suicidal thoughts and other depressive symptoms two years later, according to new research. Read More
Optimism is just what the doctor ordered. But what if I’m already too negative? Prince Bhojwani never thought of himself as a negative person, until three trips to the hospital in one month forced him to reconsider. Read More