A positive outlook can reduce memory decline, says study

With a second national lockdown looming, you’d be forgiven for finding it tricky to be upbeat at the moment. However, a new study suggests that keeping positive and enthusiastic could help to stave off memory decline as you age. According to the study, published in the journal Psychological Science, people…

Self-assured daughters reduce feminist moms’ psychological distress

Not only do feminist mothers have more self-assured feminist daughters, their young adult daughters’ voices have a significant, positive psychological influence on the moms, according to a new study. Alesia Woszidlo, University of Kansas associate professor of communication studies, and her University of Georgia co-authors, Analisa Arroyo and Anastacia Janovec,…

A furry social robot can reduce pain and increase happiness

Could furry social robots help bolster moods and reduce pain when human to human contact isn’t an option, for example, during a pandemic? According to a new study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers published in Scientific Reports, a one-time, hour-long session with a plush, seal-like social robot…

Taming chronic inflammation may reduce illness, save lives

Scientists from 22 institutions, including UCLA, are recommending early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of severe chronic inflammation to reduce the risk of chronic disease and death worldwide. The group of international experts, which also includes scientists from the National Institutes of Health, Stanford University, Harvard Medical School, Columbia University Medical…