psychology

Helping Your Fellow Rat

December 9, 2011

If you called someone a rat, they probably wouldn’t take it as a compliment. But in a clever new study published today in Science, a team of University of Chicago neurobiologists show that rodents could serve as role models for how humans [Read more]

Lonely Hearts, Disrupted Sleep

November 8, 2011

Loneliness has had a tough run of late, with a growing body of research blaming it for everything from high blood pressure to heart disease to depression and cognitive decline. The research group of John Cacioppo, director of the Center for [Read more]

Breast Cancer in Isolation

September 12, 2011

Loneliness can be deadly. In humans, there is a statistical relationship between social interaction and mortality – the more isolated you are, the lower your chances of living a long life. Rats kept in social isolation their entire life die at [Read more]

The Genetics of Normal

April 11, 2011

In the 11 years since the blueprint of human life was decoded by the Human Genome Project, much of the focus has been on when those instructions fail. Scientists have used our newfound genetic knowledge to look for the roots of common and rare [Read more]

An Eating Disorder Iceberg, Revealed

March 14, 2011

For some diseases, taking a census is easy. Most people who have cancer are diagnosed with the disease before they die and seek treatment, allowing for the collection of detailed national cancer statistics. But other diseases tend to hide in the [Read more]

How To Fight Loneliness

September 2, 2010

Loneliness is bad for your health. The work of John Cacioppo and others has proven this connection repeatedly over the last decade, finding links between loneliness and blood pressure, sleep quality, dementia, gene expression, and many other medical [Read more]