Beth Newhart

Beth Newhart

Reporter, Technology and Mind & Behavior

@bethbylines

Beth Newhart, based in Chicago, covers Mind & Behavior and Technology for The Academics Times. Beth is a journalist with experience covering culture, business, tech, finance, food, beverage and more. Her work has been featured in international publications, including BeverageDaily, DairyReporter, Crain Communications and Time Out Group. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Loyola University Chicago.

VR lessons might be as effective as real-life ones, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
VR lessons might be as effective as real-life ones, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Education tools based on virtual reality and mixed reality technology produce higher student engagement than traditional learning methods and are just as effective, according to new research.

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.

We're starting to count the economic cost of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Emilio Espejel)
We're starting to count the economic cost of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Emilio Espejel)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.