Imagination might help memory when it comes to young kids. (Unsplash/Markus Spiske)
Imagination might help memory when it comes to young kids. (Unsplash/Markus Spiske)Elementary-aged children often have issues with memory tasks, since they are still developing their cognitive abilities. But new research has determined for the first time that children improved their prospective memory when they were encouraged to both imagine completing tasks ahead of time and predict their performance.

Last April's stimulus didn't alleviate economic stress among Latino families. (Unsplash/Omar Lopez)
Last April's stimulus didn't alleviate economic stress among Latino families. (Unsplash/Omar Lopez)The one-time, $1,200 stimulus checks the U.S. government distributed last April in an attempt to offset the economic burden of the rapidly spreading pandemic did not alleviate stress, anxiety or depressive symptoms related to the coronavirus, particularly among low-income Latina mothers and their families, new research shows.

Adult brushes with the law may stem more from teen issues than childhood troubles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Adult brushes with the law may stem more from teen issues than childhood troubles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Troubles in adulthood such as criminal offenses or mental health issues have stronger associations with negative psychological experiences endured in adolescence than in early childhood, new research found.

Staying busy might add to pandemic stress. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Staying busy might add to pandemic stress. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)Amid coronavirus lockdowns last spring, those who kept busy simply for the sake of doing so experienced heightened emotions — both negative and positive — versus those who pursued meaningful activities, according to new research.

New research throws more light on the link between self-esteem levels and depression. (Unsplash/Velizar Ivanov)
New research throws more light on the link between self-esteem levels and depression. (Unsplash/Velizar Ivanov)Self-esteem levels in early adolescents have a reciprocal relationship with depressive symptoms, particularly among girls rather than boys, according to new research that is the first to study that relationship within this age group.

Gay and bisexual women regarded COVID-19 as a greater threat at the start of the pandemic.
Gay and bisexual women regarded COVID-19 as a greater threat at the start of the pandemic.At the onset of pandemic shelter-in-place orders and safety precautions in the spring of 2020, American women who identify as lesbian or bisexual perceived COVID-19 to be a bigger threat to themselves, their families and their communities than heterosexual women did, according to a new study that offers the first evidence of perceptions of and exposure to the coronavirus among sexual minority women.

Genetics may outweigh the age at which a musician starts playing when it comes to success. (AP Photo/Barry Brecheisen)
Genetics may outweigh the age at which a musician starts playing when it comes to success. (AP Photo/Barry Brecheisen)A genetic predisposition for music, along with practice time and family environmental influences, may have a larger impact on the success of professional musicians than the age at which they began studying music, new research found through a study of professional musicians and twins.

Dogmatic thinkers tend to seek out those who agree with them. (Unsplash/NeONBRAND)
Dogmatic thinkers tend to seek out those who agree with them. (Unsplash/NeONBRAND)People whose political, scientific or religious principles are dogmatic remain reluctant to seek out new information that could refine their beliefs even though the internet now makes it easily available, a dynamic that may be driven by fundamental cognitive processes, according to recent research involving American adults.

Supervisors who feel appreciated by their workers do better jobs. (Unsplash/Ryan Clark)
Supervisors who feel appreciated by their workers do better jobs. (Unsplash/Ryan Clark)Supervisors reported higher levels of energy, optimism and job satisfaction when their employees showed regular appreciation and gratitude, according to a recent study focused on managers at an American university.

Sleep quality is more important than you might know. (Unsplash/Shane)
Sleep quality is more important than you might know. (Unsplash/Shane)Sleep quality is the strongest predictor of depressive symptoms and well-being in young people, more so than other commonly cited health factors such as a good diet, physical activity and sleep quantity, new research determined. 

Traditional gender roles have held sway during the pandemic when it comes to parenting. (Unsplash/Sai De Silva)
Traditional gender roles have held sway during the pandemic when it comes to parenting. (Unsplash/Sai De Silva)During the COVID-19 pandemic, heterosexual dual-earner American couples have fallen back onto traditional gender roles that see women taking on more child care responsibilities, despite both parents working full-time, a large study found.

Indian municipal workers in personal protective equipment (PPE) guide passengers arriving from United Kingdom, at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.  (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Indian municipal workers in personal protective equipment (PPE) guide passengers arriving from United Kingdom, at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.  (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)Essential non-health care workers in workplaces with robust COVID-19 infection control programs report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression than those who are working from home, new research found.

In a new study, researchers analyzed associations between sexual identity, sexual behavior and alcohol use outcomes, including age at first drink, binge drinking and current drinking. (Photo by Moritz Mentges on Unsplash)
In a new study, researchers analyzed associations between sexual identity, sexual behavior and alcohol use outcomes, including age at first drink, binge drinking and current drinking. (Photo by Moritz Mentges on Unsplash)American youth who identify as gay or bisexual have been more likely to engage in underage alcohol use and binge drinking in the past decade compared to their heterosexual peers, partially as a result of stress from stigma, prejudice and discrimination, a new study found.

A recent study found that that the strong connections between mothers and their nonverbal autistic children are a result of the mothers expanding their understood categories of socially oriented behavior beyond the typical, conventional examples. (Photo by Mathilde Langevin on Unsplash)
A recent study found that that the strong connections between mothers and their nonverbal autistic children are a result of the mothers expanding their understood categories of socially oriented behavior beyond the typical, conventional examples. (Photo by Mathilde Langevin on Unsplash)Nonspeaking children with autism and their mothers are able to form a strong connection beyond language-based communication and traditional social cues as a result of the mothers expanding their view of what constitutes social behavior from their children.

“There are many demographic factors that relate to subjective well-being, including income and gender, but age is one that’s particularly interesting,” a professor of psychology said. (Photo by Matthew Bennett on Unsplash)
“There are many demographic factors that relate to subjective well-being, including income and gender, but age is one that’s particularly interesting,” a professor of psychology said. (Photo by Matthew Bennett on Unsplash)American adults’ sense of well-being as they age resembles a U-curve, decreasing during their 20s and 30s to the lowest point in their late 40s before sharply increasing in their 50s onward, notwithstanding the effects of aging on health, according to a recent study.

A recently published study examined the motivations of people who partake in risky activities such as rock climbing. (Photo by Hu Chen on Unsplash)
A recently published study examined the motivations of people who partake in risky activities such as rock climbing. (Photo by Hu Chen on Unsplash)As outdoor adventure-based activities that feature personal danger, such as rock climbing, mountain biking and whitewater rafting, grow in popularity, researchers who set out to understand what drives people to take part found that it depends on experience level, with the most seasoned participants seeking personal growth rather than an adrenaline rush.

A new study analyzed the perspectives and experiences of American college students in defining racial microaggression. (Photo by Charles DeLoye on Unsplash)
A new study analyzed the perspectives and experiences of American college students in defining racial microaggression. (Photo by Charles DeLoye on Unsplash)American college students consider racial microaggressions to be a form of racism that now occurs more frequently than major discrimination, according to new research involving people of color who attend a predominantly white university in the U.S.

A sign in a Houston park reminds people to practice social distancing, March 25, 2020. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
A sign in a Houston park reminds people to practice social distancing, March 25, 2020. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)In the two-week period after the Trump administration set public guidelines to slow the growth of coronavirus infections in March, a researcher determined that “conscientious” U.S. adults were most likely to follow the rules.