Sexual Advances and Objectification Linked to Shame for Women, and Other News

Man turns to look at woman in grocery storeWomen are frequently objectified in the media and in person, and many women are subjected to unwanted sexual advances from men in the form of stares, cat calls, and physical advances. Researchers at the University of Tennessee conducted a survey of 270 young women and found that women who are being sexually objectified experience psychological distress and feelings of shame, often attributing the unwanted sexual attention to their own inferiority.

Results of their study lead researchers to believe that resilient women experience fewer negative emotions in response to sexual objectification. They suggest that this information could help mental health professionals prepare women to more effectively deal with sexual objectification by learning to assign meaning to adversity and view the objectification as a cultural norm, however flawed, rather than internalizing the experience.

Depression Can Start as Young as Preschool, Study Finds

A study of 246 preschoolers has found that depression can begin early, with 74 study participants showing symptoms of depression. Having a mother with depression or being diagnosed with a conduct disorder increased children’s likelihood of having depression. Researchers also found that early childhood depression increases the likelihood of recurring episodes of depression in adulthood.

Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build a Better Brain

It’s not flashcards and endless drilling that lead to rapid brain development in children, researchers have found. Instead, researchers are increasingly finding that play changes neurons in a way other activities don’t, spurring brain growth, improving basic skills, and potentially helping children earn better grades. Researchers emphasize the countries with schools that still have recess time show higher academic achievement than countries that have abolished recess.

Timing Is Everything: Age Differences in the Cognitive Control Network Are Modulated by Time of Day

Popular stereotypes hold that seniors get up earlier and sleep fewer hours than younger people. A new study has found that this may be because seniors’ brains simply work better in the morning. Researchers gave memory tests to sixteen 19- to 30-year-olds and sixteen seniors aged 60 to 82. The tests were given between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and researchers scanned participants’ brains during the test using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Older adults had more difficulty with the memory test, and were 10% more likely to pay attention to distracting information than younger adults were, suggesting that distraction can play a role in memory challenges among seniors. Researchers then changed the study, testing 18 seniors between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Seniors performed better during the morning, and paid less attention to distracting information.

Computer Games Better Than Medication in Treating Elderly Depression

In a study of 11 older adults who regularly played computer games, researchers found that the games were as effective as treating depression as an antidepressant. Video games can help improve executive functioning skills, the deterioration of which has been linked to depression in seniors. 

What Drives Cybersex Addiction Among Female Internet Pornography Users?

Popular wisdom holds that men are more likely to view online pornography regularly and develop cybersex addictions than women, but researchers have found that women who regularly view online pornography are just as likely to develop an addiction as men who look at online pornography. The study only looked at Internet users under 30, but researchers state that understanding consumers’ relationships with pornography can help shed light on the phenomenon of online pornography addiction. 

Aggressive Behavior Increases Adolescent Drinking, Depression Doesn’t

A study investigating alcohol use among more than 4,000 Finnish teens has found that aggressive behavior is a strong predictor of alcohol use, but depression is not. The study also found that 60% of all participants—who ranged in age from 13 to 18—used alcohol.

California Revises Policy on Inmates with Mental Health Issues

After videos surfaced of correctional officers abusing inmates with severe mental health conditions, a federal judge ordered California to revise its policies for working with inmates who have mental health challenges. The new policy requires, among other things, that a mental health professional conduct an evaluation before correctional officers can use force against an inmate. The policy also prohibits the use of pepper spray in mental health units without the prison warden’s approval. It does not ban the use of solitary confinement, but does recommend moving inmates with mental health challenges out of solitary confinement more quickly.

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  • Carrie


    August 8th, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Of course if you are a resilient and strong willed woman this kind of behavior will have less of an impact on you than it would on other women, but that still does not make the behavior enticing or acceptable. It is far from it and any woman who has to go through this should have the right to stand up for herself and not be made to feel like an object. We are so much more than that so I am alwats surprised to encounter those who have not quite gotten that message yet.

  • cam


    August 8th, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    It is terrible that so many kids who need it are being deprived of play time and recess!
    Many children cann’t learn by having to be stuck inside and sitting at a desk all day.They need to move, they need to feel, they need to learn by doing.
    It is a horrible system that teaches to only one learning type and expect everyone to still succeed.

  • William C

    William C

    August 9th, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Good to see that those with meantal health concerns and who are a part of the criminal rehab system are at least being considered a little more thoughtfully than they have been in years past. I think that this sort of attention to this issue shows that they have not been forgotten and that maybe the general population is beginning to see that this does not have to be a lost cause demographic.

  • Junie


    August 9th, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Depresson at 3?!?
    Why? How can they even articulate what they are feeling at that age?

  • Larry


    August 12th, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    I am not quite a senior yet but am definitely an early bird and always have been, even when I was much younger. I just feel more refreshed and energetic in the morning than I ever do in the afternoon and evening, so I usually hit the floor running to get everything strenuous done early in the day.

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