Kids in poor, urban schools learn just as much as others

Schools serving the less advantaged and minority children teach as much to their students as those serving more advantaged kids, according to a new nationwide study. Researchers found that looking at how much students learn during the school year, ...

Oct 12


Children bullied by friends and siblings are more likely to think ...

Mental illnesses like depression and suicide ideations are more likely to occur in young adults if they were bullied as a child.

Oct 11

Categories: Bullying, Suicide Prevention


People eat more when dining with friends and family

Compared to dining alone, eating with others causes us to eat more, whether we are doing so consciously or not. This can be explained by a social process known as social facilitation, which is governed by a mechanism which we have inherited from our ...

Oct 10

Categories: Other


Dog ownership associated with longer life, especially among heart ...

Dog ownership may be associated with longer life and better cardiovascular outcomes, especially for heart attack and stroke survivors who live alone.

Oct 9


Better sleep habits lead to better college grades

MIT professors have found a strong relationship between students' grades and how much sleep they are getting. What time students go to bed and the consistency of their sleep habits also make a big difference.

Oct 7

Categories: Child Development


Positive relationships boost self-esteem, and vice versa

Positive relationships with parents will improve self-esteem of children, hence enabling them to build healthy relationships with their peers in the future, especially during adolescence.

Oct 4

Categories: Self-Esteem


Monthly phone check-in may mean less depression for families of ...

A 40-minute call every month from a non-clinical professional may help to improve depressive symptoms for individuals who are caring for their loved ones who are dementia patients.

Oct 3

Categories: Dementia, Depression


Emphasizing social play in kindergarten improves academic, reduces ...

Schools that emphasizes more play, hands-on learning and students helping each other in kindergarten improves academic outcomes, self-control and attention regulation. This curriculum further enhances a child’s joy in learning and teachers’ ...

Sep 28


1-2 caffeinated drinks not linked with higher risk of migraines; 3 ...

Migraines can be a real headache, disrupting the lives of more than a billion adults globally. Studies looking into triggers for migraines have found that the amount of caffeine ingested has a complicated relationship with the experience of migraine ...

Sep 26

Categories: Other


Preterm babies are less likely to form romantic relationships in ...

Meta-analysis conducted by researchers found that adults who were born pre-term are less likely to form romantic relationships than full-term peers

Sep 25

Categories: Child Development


Popular mobile games can be used to detect signs of cognitive decline

A new study from the University of Kent seeks to make use of mobile games to detect signs of cognitive decline so as to identify the onset of cognitive disorders at an early stage.

Sep 24

Categories: Cognitive Problems Amnesia / Dementia


High Social Support associated with less violence among male teens in ...

The presence of adult social support is linked to significantly fewer occurrences of sexual violence, youth violence and bullying, and to more positive behaviours, including school engagement and future aspirations. This study suggests that ...

Sep 23


Predictability of parent interaction positively influences child’s ...

A child’s attachment and ability to regulate emotions are built on a reasonably good interaction with their parents. The importance of the quality of interaction is emphasized during the first few years, when the child’s brain is still ...

Sep 21

Categories: Child Development


Feeling depressed? Mahjong might be the answer

Playing Mahjong, a popular game amongst Chinese, is likely to help reduce symptoms of depression as it serves as a form of social participation for many older adults.

Sep 20

Categories: Depression


How happy couples argue: Focus on solvable issues first

Conflicts often arise between couples, regardless of how happy they are in the relationship. However, the difference between couples who are happy in their relationship and those who are unsatisfied is the way they resolve these conflicts. Happy ...

Sep 19

Categories: Couple Counseling