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April 07, 2019
The presence of a spouse provides immediate stress protection, BYU study finds
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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May 11, 2016
We know dogs are sensitive to human emotion, but a BYU professor set out to discover how they use that emotion.

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October 12, 2015
A new study from BYU finds that couples in ambivalent, frenemy-like relationships experience higher blood pressure than their supportive-couple counterparts.

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November 23, 2014
Parents who spend their time playing with and talking to their five-month-old baby may wonder whether their child remembers any of it a day later.

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November 28, 2012
Most people know when to be afraid and when it’s ok to calm down. But research shows that autistic children struggle to let go of old fears. The BYU study found that this fearfulness is linked to the severity of symptoms of autism.

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