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Stressed teens benefit from spending time online in moderation
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Stressed teens benefit from spending time online in moderation

Washington [US], August 29 (ANI): The findings of recent research have revealed that teenagers (ages 13-17) from low socioeconomic settings who spend a moderate amount of time online after a stressful experience deal with adversity far better than those who avoid digital technology altogether or spend several hours online.The research was published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science."Adolescents are smart, and they make use of technology to their own advantage. Because adolescents in disadvantaged settings tend to have fewer local supports, the study sought to find out whether online engagement helped reduce their stress,'' said lead author Kathryn Modecki with Griffith University's Menzies Health Institute and School of Applied Psychology.Modecki added, "There has been a tenden...
Levels of stress, depression are increased by feelings like leisure
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Levels of stress, depression are increased by feelings like leisure

Washington [US], August 29 (ANI): New research led by Ohio State University suggests that feeling like leisure is wasteful and unproductive may lead to less happiness and higher levels of stress and depression.The study was published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.In a series of studies, researchers examined the effects of a common belief in modern society: that productivity is the ultimate goal and time's a-wasting if you're just having fun.People who most strongly agreed with this belief not only enjoyed leisure less but also reported poorer mental health outcomes, said Selin Malkoc, co-author of the study and associate professor of marketing at Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business."There is plenty of research which suggests that leisure has mental health ...
Study shows maternal voice reduces pain in premature babies
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Study shows maternal voice reduces pain in premature babies

Geneva [Switzerland], August 30 (ANI): A new study has shown that the mother's voice at the time of painful medical intervention for her prematurely born baby, decreased the baby's expression of pain.The findings of the study were published in the journal 'Scientific Reports'.A baby born prematurely often has to be separated from its parents and placed in an incubator in intensive care.For several weeks, he or she will undergo routine medical procedures that can be painful, without being relieved by too many pharmaceutical painkillers, which are risky for his or her development.So how can we act for the good of the baby? A team from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), in collaboration with the Parini Hospital in Italy and the University of Valle d'Aosta, observed that when the mother spoke t...
Study finds our perception of supernatural beings is influenced by perception of real world
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Study finds our perception of supernatural beings is influenced by perception of real world

Waterloo [Canada], August 30 (ANI): A new study has found that people's beliefs about supernatural beings, such as good and evil characters, are influenced by their views of ordinary humans.The findings of the study were published in the 'Journal of Experimental Social Psychology'.The study from the University of Waterloo has found that what transpires in comedies and cartoons when a character has a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other is not far off from people's perceptions of the real world.Intended to illustrate the characters' decision-making dilemma with comedic results, the moral character and motives of the supernatural beings are obvious. And people have similar expectations when it comes to individuals they see as good or bad.The researchers explored expectations about...
Study finds turning cameras off during virtual meetings can reduce fatigue
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Study finds turning cameras off during virtual meetings can reduce fatigue

Washington [US], August 31 (ANI): According to a new study, having your camera on during a virtual meeting increases "Zoom fatigue" -- a feeling of being drained and lacking energy following a day of virtual meetings.The findings of the study were published in the 'Journal of Applied Psychology'.More than a year after the pandemic resulted in many employees shifting to remote work, virtual meetings have become a familiar part of daily life.New research conducted by Allison Gabriel, McClelland Professor of Management and Organisations and University Distinguished Scholar in the University of Arizona Eller College of Management, suggests that the camera may be partially to blame for the "Zoom fatigue".Gabriel's research looked at the role of cameras in employee fatigue and explored whether t...
Eating walnuts daily lowers ‘bad’ cholesterol, may reduce cardiovascular disease risk: Study
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Eating walnuts daily lowers ‘bad’ cholesterol, may reduce cardiovascular disease risk: Study

Washington [US], August 31 (ANI): According to a new research, healthy older adults who ate a handful of walnuts (about 1/2 cup) a day for two years modestly lowered their level of low-density lipoprotein or LDL cholesterol levels.Consuming walnuts daily also reduced the number of LDL particles, a predictor of cardiovascular disease risk.The findings of the study were published in the American Heart Association's flagship journal 'Circulation'.Walnuts are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid), which have been shown to have a beneficial effect on cardiovascular health."Prior studies have shown that nuts in general, and walnuts in particular, are associated with lower rates of heart disease and stroke. One of the reasons is that they lower LDL-cholesterol levels, and no...
Physical activity in kids can be improved through ‘exergames’, study finds
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Physical activity in kids can be improved through ‘exergames’, study finds

London [UK], August 28 (ANI): Physical activity among children can be improved by well-designed and delivered online interventions such as 'exergames' and smartphone apps, according to the review study carried out at the University of Birmingham.The findings of the study were published in the journal 'Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy'.According to the study, children and young people reacted positively in PE lessons to the use of exergames, which deliver physical activity lessons via games or personalised activities.Changes included increases in physical activity levels, but also improved emotions, attitudes and motivations towards physical activity.The study is one of the first to examine not only the impact of online interventions on physical behaviours in non-clinical groups of you...
Smell regulates what we eat, and vice versa: Study
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Smell regulates what we eat, and vice versa: Study

Washington [US], August 28 (ANI): Scientists at Northwestern University found that people became less sensitive to food odours based on the meal they had eaten just before. So, if you were snacking on baked goods from a coworker before your walk, for example, you may be less likely to stop into that sweet-smelling bakery.The findings of the study were published in the journal 'PLOS Biology'.Walking past a corner bakery, you may find yourself drawn in by the fresh smell of sweets wafting from the front door.You're not alone: The knowledge that humans make decisions based on their noses has led major brands like Cinnabon and Panera Bread to pump the scents of baked goods into their restaurants, leading to big spikes in sales.But according to the new study, the food you ate just before your w...
Study shows physical activity in children can be improved through ‘exergames’
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Study shows physical activity in children can be improved through ‘exergames’

London [UK], August 27 (ANI): A new research has shown that physical activity among children can be improved by well-designed and delivered online interventions such as 'exergames' and smartphone apps.The findings of the study were published in the journal ' Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy'.According to the review study carried out at the University of Birmingham, children and young people reacted positively in PE lessons to the use of exergames, which deliver physical activity lessons via games or personalised activities.Changes included increases in physical activity levels, but also improved emotions, attitudes and motivations towards physical activity.The study is one of the first to examine not only the impact of online interventions on physical behaviours in non-clinical groups...
Study finds we are less likely to perceive smells of food that relate to recent meal
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Study finds we are less likely to perceive smells of food that relate to recent meal

Washington [US], August 27 (ANI): A new study has shown that just as smell regulates what we eat, what we eat, in turn, regulates our sense of smell.The findings of the study were published in the journal 'PLOS Biology'.Walking past a corner bakery, you may find yourself drawn in by the fresh smell of sweets wafting from the front door.You're not alone: The knowledge that humans make decisions based on their nose has led major brands like Cinnabon and Panera Bread to pump the scents of baked goods into their restaurants, leading to big spikes in sales.But according to the new study, the food you ate just before your walk past the bakery may impact your likelihood of stopping in for a sweet treat - and not just because you're full.Scientists at Northwestern University found that people beca...