Behind the news

Connecting you to the psychological science behind the news:

1. Marital strife ‘linked to rise in blood pressure’ (The Scotsman).
A happy marriage is good for your blood pressure … but a stressful one is worse than being single (Daily Mail).

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2. Snakes and ladders can help a child’s maths (Daily Telegraph).
Board games “boost early maths skills” (The Guardian).

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3. ‘Stop smoking in pregnancy for more relaxed babies’ (The Independent).
Pregnant mothers who quit smoking ‘likeliest to have easy-going child’(The Times).

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4. Face values applied to love game (BBC News online).
Face gives away sexual intentions, new study says (The Times).

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Post written by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

One thought on “Behind the news”

  1. I would imagine they test these things, but for the blood pressure marriage study, couldn’t the causality be reversed? If I’m a more calm and happy person, with lower blood pressure, I’m going to have better relationships. No good?

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