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Stories by Christie Nicholson

Bouncy Gait Improves Mood

Bouncy Gait Improves Mood

If you're in an up mood, you may walk more energetically. But a study finds that purposefully walking more energetically may improve your mood. Christie Nicholson reports

 

December 8, 2014 — Christie Nicholson
Lots or Little Sleep Linked to Sick Days

Lots or Little Sleep Linked to Sick Days

Absence from work due to illness increased dramatically for those who slept less than six hours or more than nine hours per night. Christie Nicholson reports

 

September 29, 2014 — Christie Nicholson
Can’t Take My Eyes off You—Your Face, That Is

Can’t Take My Eyes off You—Your Face, That Is

The direction of your gaze when looking at someone offers an unconscious, automatic giveaway of whether your initial reaction is romance or sex. Christie Nicholson reports

September 6, 2014 — Christie Nicholson
Talking to Strangers Makes You Happy

Talking to Strangers Makes You Happy

People who had to strike up conversations on a subway later reported feeling happier than those who didn’t. Christie Nicholson reports.

August 30, 2014 — Christie Nicholson
Childhood Stress Decreases Size of Brain Regions

Childhood Stress Decreases Size of Brain Regions

Children who experience neglect, abuse and/or poverty can have smaller amygdalas and hippocampuses, brain regions involved in emotion and memory, compared with kids raised in nurturing environments. Christie Nicholson reports

 

August 16, 2014 — Christie Nicholson
Vision Involves a Bit of Hearing, Too

Vision Involves a Bit of Hearing, Too

Researchers could tell what sounds blindfolded volunters were hearing by analyzing activity in their visual cortexes. Christie Nicholson reports

 

June 2, 2014 — Christie Nicholson
Parents Who Support Corporal Punishment Do It a Lot

Parents Who Support Corporal Punishment Do It a Lot

Thirty-three families allowed themselves to be recorded for up to six nights. Parents who said they supported corporal punishment did it often and with little provocation. Christie Nicholson reports

 

May 21, 2014 — Christie Nicholson
Extroversion Extends Benefits across Cultures

Extroversion Extends Benefits across Cultures

In a study covering five different countries, subjects reported feeling best on the days when they practiced what are considered extroverted actions. Christie Nicholson reports

 

May 14, 2014 — Christie Nicholson
Eaters Assume Crunchy Foods Have Fewer Calories

Eaters Assume Crunchy Foods Have Fewer Calories

Food’s texture in your mouth—also called “mouthfeel” or “oral haptics”—influences estimates of calorie counts. And people might eat more crunchy stuff assuming (often incorrectly) it has fewer calories than softer fare. Christie Nicholson reports

 

May 7, 2014 — Christie Nicholson
Stressed Teens May Be Better Drivers

Stressed Teens May Be Better Drivers

Teenage drivers who have a high sensitivity to stress actually have lower rates of car accidents than their more mellow friends. Christie Nicholson reports

 

April 28, 2014 — Christie Nicholson
Kids Books May Cause Confusion about Animals

Kids Books May Cause Confusion about Animals

Children who heard descriptions of animals behaving like humans were less likely to attribute to a real animal a newly learned biological fact than were kids who heard realistic information. Christie Nicholson reports

 

April 8, 2014 — Christie Nicholson
Danger Explainers Convince Kids Better Than Do Edict Issuers

Danger Explainers Convince Kids Better Than Do Edict Issuers

Moms were better able to sway a child's perception of risk when they explained the reasons an activity was dangerous and its possible consequences rather than just saying no. Christie Nicholson reports

 

March 24, 2014 — Christie Nicholson
Youth Gang Membership Affects Mental Health Later in Life

Youth Gang Membership Affects Mental Health Later in Life

Adults who had been members of gangs in their adolescence had poorer outcomes on a variety of measures, including physical and mental health, than those who'd never been in a gang. Christie Nicholson reports

 

March 19, 2014 — Christie Nicholson
Your Memory May Be Edited

Your Memory May Be Edited

Recent and easily retrievable information can overwrite the details of memories, thus altering them in your mind. Christie Nicholson reports

March 2, 2014 — Christie Nicholson
Movie-Watching Together Strengthens Marriages

Movie-Watching Together Strengthens Marriages

Psychologists found that encouraging newlywed couples to watch romance flicks, and then discuss them cut the three-year divorce rate in half. Christie Nicholson reports

February 8, 2014 — Christie Nicholson
The Humor Gap

The Humor Gap

Men and women may have different roles when it comes to comedy, but laughter is crucial from flirtation through long-term commitment

October 23, 2012 — Christie Nicholson