Research Spotlights

Our research spotlights focus on behavioral and social sciences funded by the National Institutes of Health. These articles are for informational purposes only. They do not signify endorsement of specific studies or offer medical or treatment advice.

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Sustained Effects of Mindfulness Interventions During Pregnancy in a Diverse Pool of Women

Adolescent substance use: Improving detection, prevention, and interventions

Cash incentives can help boost weight-loss programs in individuals living in low-income neighborhoods

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Telehealth lifestyle intervention reduces blood pressure, with dietitian support leading to greater improvements in secondary cardiometabolic outcomes

Family caregivers face unique challenges caring for discharged COVID-19 ICU patients

Changing state policy contexts are associated with increasing mortality rates among working-age adults in the U.S. ages 25-64 over the past two decades

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Time-restricted eating feasible and beneficial for cardiometabolic health among shift workers

Anxiety in pregnancy and the association with shorter gestational length

New research shows how the brain differentially stores positive and negative memories

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Risk of “long COVID” and connection with psychological distress prior to SARS-CoV-2 infection

New frontier in music-based interventions: Measuring music exposure dosage to decrease delirium in older, mechanically ventilated patients in intensive care units

Study finds that machine learning models of brain function are not one-size-fits-all

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Teaching patients to advocate and ask questions about their medical care can reduce the effects of implicit bias on doctor–patient interactions

Informing youth about their hereditary breast and ovarian cancer risk does not adversely affect long-term lifestyle or quality of life

Research reveals the neural signatures underlying the effects of mindfulness training on pain regulation

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High levels of optimism is linked with longevity in women across racial and ethnic groups

Working memory training: recent research shows that 'near transfer' predicts 'far transfer' of training effects

A recent study in college men indicates that aggressive behaviors towards rival groups may be associated with increased activity in the brain's reward network

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A novel weight-loss intervention that targets appetite cues may help with weight loss among adults with overweight and obesity

Exposure to new objects primes people to learn

Adult health and well-being is negatively influenced by income disparities experienced in childhood

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Addressing insomnia among Black women using cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia delivered via a tailored, internet-based intervention

Social connections influence the brain structure of nonhuman primates

Socioeconomic factors affect patient outcomes for those being treated with pharmacotherapy for depression despite receiving equal access to care

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The neurons that drive competition and social behavior within groups have been identified in mice

A parent questionnaire may help doctors track mood symptom trajectories in youth at high-risk for bipolar disorder

Sleep truncation associated with increased obesity risk and abdominal fat storage

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Mental health emergency room visits and extreme heat among US adults

Your spouse’s education can positively affect your overall health

Anxiety-like behaviors linked to molecules produced by gut bacteria in mice