Women are more likely to experience depression in midlife if they have a family history of depression, especially if they had depression earlier in life.
People who use their smartphones during real-world social interactions, such as meals with friends and family, might enjoy the experience less.
For retirees, being part of a social group like a book club, church, or sports group after retirement was linked to increased longevity and a higher quality of life.
People laugh differently with friends than they do with strangers, and listeners can hear the difference. This was true for listeners from 24 societies around the world, suggesting that laughter is a cross-cultural indicator of closeness.
Eating more raw fruits and vegetables was associated with higher positive mood and life satisfaction and lower depressive symptoms in young adults (aged 18-25) compared to eating processed fruits and vegetables. Raw carrots, bananas, and apples were among the best predictors of good mental health.
When participants in a study were asked to write letters of gratitude to people they knew, they underestimated how positive and overestimated how awkward the recipient would feel.
In an analysis of 33 NBA playoff series, teams facing elimination were more likely to lose than expected, suggesting that adding extreme pressure does not improve performance.
Without training, people can tell apart high resolution audio recordings (24 bit, >48kHz) from standard ones (16 bit, 41.1 or 48kHz) at a rate slightly better than chance; however, training can significantly improve this ability.
When women received mundane texts ("It's cold in here.") from their partner before a stressful situation, their blood pressure was lower than if they received supportive texts ("Don't worry. It's just a psych study. You'll be fine. :)").