In May of 2009, First Monday, a peer-reviewed journal of Internet-related research, published a study that examined the relationship between Facebook use and student’s GPA score. The study was conducted in response to a “media sensation” concerning an unpublished study that found Facebook use might be related to lower GPA scores in college.
Author Eric W. Dolan
In 2008, Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace published a study that examined the relationship between players of MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games) and their characters in the game.
According to research published in Behavioral Neuroscience, cannabidiol (CBD) may act as a wake-inducing agent. Cannabidiol is a major constituent of cannabis, but unlike the more well-known chemicaldelta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it does not appear to have any psychoactive effects.
Negative moods early in the day are associated with beginning to drink alcohol sooner in the day than one normally would, according to a study published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors in 2009. This finding is contrary to previous research, which failed to find any association between the onset of alcohol consumption and negative moods earlier in the day.
A study published in 2009 found that stressful events that occurred during or immediately prior to the treatment of depression were associated with poor responses from antidepressant medication. Stressful events did not appear to cause this lack of responsiveness to treatment in psychotherapy, though.
After analyzing 20,221 smoking questionnaires, researchers were able to conclude that male adolescents who smoke cigarettes had lower cognitive test scores compared to non-smokers.
Women are less likely than men to report having experienced love at first sight, although they tend to report having the same number of loves.
Those with attachment anxiety tend to have sex with their partner in order to please them and express their love, whereas those with attachment avoidance tend to have sex in order to maintain their relationship, according to a study published in Personal Relationships in 2008.
The problematic use of mobile phones is associated with addictive personality traits, according to a study published in CyberPsychology & Behavior.
According to research published in the journal Human Communication Research in 2009, exposure to internet pornography reduces adolescents’ satisfaction with their sexual lives.
Although some may expect that as the proportion of young men in a society decreases, their likelihood to be married would increase, but according to an article published inEvolutionary Psychology , the opposite is true. In societies with a larger amount of women than men, young men are less likely to be married compared to young men from societies with more men than women.
According to research published in Evolutionary Psychology, although students believe that what they desire in a relationship changes as they mature, their actual preference in romantic and sexual partners varies little with age.
In romantic relationships, men are much more likely than women to overestimate the likelihood of their partner’s infidelity. According to an article published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, this overestimation may be a cognitive bias with an important evolutionary function.
Can the efficacy of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in research settings be translated into effectiveness in clinical practice? A recent article in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology tries to tackle this issue.
A study from the University of Albany found that the administration of the hormone estradiol to aged female mice decreased anxiety-like and depression-like behaviors. This finding may help explain the onset of depression during and after menopause.