Gut bacteria population, diversity linked to anorexia nervosa

Researchers have found that people with anorexia nervosa have very different microbial communities residing inside their guts compared to healthy individuals and that this bacterial imbalance is associated with some of the psychological symptoms related to the eating disorder.

Survey of 5,000 reveals people’s ‘happy habits’

Happiness is more than just a feeling; it is something we can all practise on a daily basis. But people are better at some ‘happy habits’ than others. In fact, the one habit that corresponds most closely with us being satisfied with our lives overall – self-acceptance – is often the one we practise least.

Women and men react differently to infidelity

A recent Norwegian study shows that men and women react differently to various types of infidelity. Whereas men are most jealous of sexual infidelity, so-called emotional infidelity is what makes women the most jealous. Evolutionary psychology may help explain why this may be.

Cellphones can damage romantic relationships, lead to depression

 Research from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business confirms that cellphones are damaging romantic relationships and leading to higher levels of depression.

James A. Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing, and Meredith David, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing, published their study – “My life has become a major distraction from my cell phone: Partner phubbing and relationship satisfaction among romantic partners” – in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.

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Background positive music increases people’s willingness to do others harm

We're all familiar with the use of music as a tool of persuasion in advertising, writes Dr Christian Jarrett in Research Digest for the British Psychological Society.. A new study published in the Psychology of Music takes this further by testing whether positive music increases people's willingness to do bad things to others.