5 Recent Research Findings in Health & Human Behavior
I’m something of a #researchNerd. I fell in love with my research and stats class in college. My undergrad study (on tipping behavior) was even published in a peer-reviewed international journal!
It was in grad school that I strayed from the research path to pursue a more clinical route (counseling).
Today, to satisfy my appetite for science, I subscribe to ScienceDaily, an amazing site that posts short summaries of the latest research findings in health, technology, and society.
Here are some of the more interesting research findings from ScienceDaily in 2019 (and it’s only April!):
Recipe for Distress
February 21, 2019
We already know there’s a link between junk food and certain medical conditions (i.e. obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes), but more and more researchers are finding a strong correlation between diet and mental well-being.
In this study, researchers found that people who ate more junk food (sugar-sweetened snacks/drinks, fried foods, etc.) had higher levels of psychological stress.
Original Study: Mental health status and dietary intake among California adults: A population-based survey
Why Is It So Difficult to Move on after a Breakup? Because Science
March 11, 2019
It turns out, there’s a reason it’s hard to forget about all the good times with your ex or get that cringe-worthy mishap at work out of your head; it takes more brain power to forget than to remember. According to a recent study, it takes a “moderate amount” of brain power to intentionally forget something. (#worthIt)
Original Study: More is less: Increased processing of unwanted memories facilitates forgetting
“Killer” Style: Men and Women Serial Killers Have Distinct Methods
March 20, 2019
Are you being “hunted”? Or “gathered”? It turns out, male and female serial killers have distinct approaches when it comes to killing. Evolutionary science may explain why men tend to stalk their victims while women’s victims tend to be people they know.
Original Study: Sex differences in serial killers
All about that Bass (Or Not…)
April 3, 2019
…obese persons were considered “less human.”
This unsettling study revealed that individuals with obesity are not only stigmatized, but dehumanized. Researchers found that obese persons were considered “less human.” This type of attitude can lead to ridicule or discrimination.
Original Study: Blatant dehumanization of people with obesity
A Million Reasons to Read to Your Young Child!
April 4, 2019
Researchers found a “million word gap” for children who weren’t read to at home. In fact, kids who grow up with books hear about 1.4 million more words than their counterparts by kindergarten.
Original Study: When children are not read to at home
Hungry for more research findings? Keep discovering!