Daily Stress Takes Toll on Long-Term Mental Health

Negative emotional responses to everyday annoyances have cumulative effect

Our emotional responses to the stresses of daily life may predict our long-term mental health, according to a new study led by Susan Charles. The research, which appears in Psychological Science, suggests that maintaining emotional balance is crucial to avoiding severe mental health problems down the road.

Working Moms: Are the Kids All Right?

Wendy GoldbergNumerous scientific studies have examined the effect of maternal work on children's behavior and academic performance; others have looked at its effect on their physical and emotional health. The results of these studies have been inconsistent. Searching for more definitive answers, researchers at UC Irvine combined the results of 69 different studies on the topic. Their findings, published by the American Psychological Assn.

Political Ideology

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Peter Ditto, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, will participate in a press briefing on January 27, 2012 at The Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Meeting in San Diego to discuss the latest findings on political ideology. Despite widespread beliefs to the contrary, Americans are no more polarized than in times past, and the left and right are similarly motivated when they go to the polls, according to recent research by social psychologists. Exploring the latest findings from 40 years of data about American political attitudes, as well as from the 2008 Presidential election, the press briefing will look at how people's moral convictions shape their beliefs about policy issues and what that could mean for the 2012 election.

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