What Makes Sports Fun for Kids? Winning Isn’t Everything

While many kids love organized sports, there are probably just as many who would rather play video games. So what exactly makes youth sports fun? New research on this topic reveals some surprising results.
The study found that “trying your best” and “working hard” were two of the top-rated fun factors. In fact, the research dispels the popular myth that, for girls, the most enjoyable aspect of organized sports is the socializing, and for boys, it is the competition.

Does Parkinson’s Start in the Brain or the Gut?

Where does Parkinson’s disease (PD) begin? In the brain or in the gut? According to new findings, both are possibilities.
In a new Danish study, scientists hypothesize that PD can be divided into two subtypes: gut-first, meaning it originates in the peripheral nervous system (PNS) of the gut and spreads to the brain; and brain-first, originating in the brain, or entering the brain via the olfactory system, and spreading to the brainstem and peripheral nervous system.

CBT to Treat OCD May Not Be Enough for Some Patients

Teens with the contamination variant of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) are not generally more ill than young people with other forms of disabling obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior.
But a new Danish study finds that if teens with contamination OCD have poor insight into their condition, they may find it more difficult to recover and become healthy again with 14-week cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the standard form of treatment in Denmark for OCD.

Financial Therapy Can Help Save Marriages

Financial therapy, which combines the emotional support of a marriage counselor with the money mindset of a financial planner, could help couples navigate disagreements, money concerns, and financial conflicts before these issues tear relationships apart.
“Money is a big thing and ignoring it is impeding satisfaction in relationships,” said Megan Ford, a couples and financial therapist at the University of Georgia. “Therapists need to work together to solve problems that occur around financial behaviors of couples and learn how to connect to all of their emotions.”

Brain Stimulation Can Aid Practice of Mindfulness Meditation

Many believe our contemporary society is a haven for burnout. Perhaps as an offshoot of the information age or just an expansion of cultural change in the 21st century, many individuals live in a world of hyperconnectivity. This constant stimulation can cause stress — a risk factor for a host of diseases, including diabetes, depression and heart disease.

New Study: Mental Illness Not Predictive of Crime or Incarceration

A new study challenges the belief that those diagnosed with mental illness are of greater danger to the public-at-large. This issue has become prominent as policy makers seek to develop interventions to address mass shootings.
Israeli researchers believe this approach, which focuses on the relationship between crime and mental illness, is often based on incorrect information. They point out that for a vast majority of psychiatric diagnoses, there is no predictive association with incarceration.

Sleep Deprivation Can Have Significant Impact on Cognition

Sleep deprivation appears to affect cognition far more than previously thought, according to a large study by Michigan State University’s (MSU) Sleep and Learning Lab.
The study is the first to assess how sleep deprivation impacts placekeeping, the ability to complete a series of steps without losing one’s place despite potential interruptions. The study builds on prior research from MSU’s sleep scientists to determine the effects that lack of sleep has on a person’s ability to follow a procedure and maintain attention.

Make A Plan to Avoid Temptations and Reach Your Goals

People who make plans to avoid or handle temptation are more likely to achieve their goals, according to a new study.
Proactively planning to manage temptations may be more effective than simply responding to temptation when it arises, notes University of Wyoming Associate Professor Ben Wilkowski and recent UW psychology master’s degree recipient Zach Williamson.

Teen Girls Increasingly Report Feeling Bored

“I’m bored,” is a typical complaint by teens in every era, one that’s growing more common for U.S. adolescents, especially girls. Washington State University researchers have found complaints of boredom are rising year after year for teens in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades, with greater increases for girls than boys.
“We were surprised to see that boredom is increasing at a more rapid pace for girls than boys across all grades,” said Elizabeth Weybright, Ph.D., WSU researcher on adolescent development.