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Gratitude gobbles: How acknowledging God and people can make your Thanksgiving meaningful

November 17, 2023
Gratitude isn't just about listing things you're thankful for; a BYU study suggests expressing thanks to others and to God enhances empathy and indebtedness, fostering a spirit of giving and love.
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Snooze or lose: BYU study says nighttime routines impact teen sleep duration

June 20, 2023
With summer in full swing and daily schedules changing, teenagers may be rolling out of bed closer to lunchtime than breakfast. And while the occasional late night is fun, research suggests that poor sleep habits are linked to a host of health problems such as obesity, depression, anxiety, and learning disorders. A new study from BYU found that the activities teens do before bed significantly impact the quantity of their sleep.
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Cultivating feelings of indebtedness to God results in increased happiness, desire to serve others

March 15, 2022
BYU research found that beyond increasing overall happiness and well-being, indebtedness to God was also related to increased religious involvement, spirituality, attachment to God and pro-social behavior, or how much service and kindness people show to others.
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Teens not getting enough sleep may consume 4.5 extra pounds of sugar during a school year says BYU research

December 27, 2021
Sleep is vital for all people but is particularly important for teenagers as their bodies undergo significant development during their formative years. Unfortunately, most teens aren't getting enough sleep. Data from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that 73% of high school students are getting less than the recommended eight to ten hours of sleep each night.
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Financial insecurity, mental health conditions predict severe loneliness during pandemic

November 08, 2021
Surveying over 20,000 people in 101 countries from June to November 2020, the research found more than a three-fold spike in severe loneliness overall, with six percent of the sample reporting feeling lonely before the pandemic compared to 21% during.
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BYU research finds social support key to increasing medical patient survival rates

May 18, 2021
Support interventions such as group meetings and family sessions that promoted healthy behaviors resulted in a 29% increased probability of survival over time.
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Is Night Shift really helping you sleep better?

April 25, 2021
New BYU study finds that night shift functions don’t actually improve sleep.
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Online therapy just as effective as in-person therapy for many patients

November 12, 2020
Online therapy boasts a number of benefits, including eliminated wait times, increased accessibility, lower cost, anonymity and the ability to self-pace.
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Women “camouflaging” autistic traits suffer severe mental health challenges, BYU study finds

June 26, 2020
A new study shows a strong correlation between how much women with autistic traits camouflage—hide or compensate for autistic qualities to fit in—and the severity of their mental health concerns.
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Physical distancing, social distancing and what they're doing to our health

March 31, 2020
BYU professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad is a world-renowned expert on the current loneliness epidemic and is lending her voice to address some crucial health issues in the age of coronavirus
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Relationship benefits can be seen in your eyes

April 07, 2019
The presence of a spouse provides immediate stress protection, BYU study finds
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‘A way cool way to be’: BYU team gains insights into understudied group of children with autism

January 01, 2019
It’s a challenging proposition for anyone: Lie flat on your back, helmet covering half of your face, in a tight-quartered MRI capsule that would make even the non-claustrophobe jittery. Then try not to move for 45 minutes. For children and adolescents with autism and low verbal and cognitive performance (LVCP), that proposition has been nearly impossible without sedation — until now.
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BYU researchers look to acupuncture for treating addiction

April 17, 2018
Research led by BYU psychology professor Scott Steffensen is showing that acupuncture can have a very real impact at the neurological level, better helping those recovering from addiction.

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BYU study: Why people with insomnia don't know they're asleep

March 27, 2018
A recent study by BYU psychology professor Daniel Kay suggests a dysfunction in the inhibition process could be what causes those with insomnia to have a hard time fully falling asleep.

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BYU professor is spearheading big changes in how the world views social relationships and loneliness

September 06, 2017
A robust body of research from psychology professor Julianne Holt-Lunsdat shows meaningful social relationships have lasting, positive effects on your health. On the flip side, loneliness should be treated as a public health issue.

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New study links brain stem volume and aggression in autism

February 08, 2017
New research from BYU’s autism experts is providing clues into the link between aggression and autism — clues the team hopes will eventually lead to more effective intervention.

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BYU psychologist, physicist and statistician collaborate on unique study

November 02, 2016
Sunshine matters. A lot. The idea isn’t exactly new, but according to a recent BYU study, when it comes to your mental and emotional health, the amount of time between sunrise and sunset is the weather variable that matters most.

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Smartphones alone not the smart choice for teen weight control, study finds

October 12, 2016
Teens use smartphones successfully to do almost anything: learn new skills, communicate with friends, do research and catch Pokémon. But a new study finds smartphones aren’t as useful for helping teens maintain weight loss.

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