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BPS Research Digest round up

26 July 2019

Our new weekly round up of news items from the BPS Research Digest. The digest blogs about psychological science while also casting a critical eye over its methods. With over 100,000 followers across social media the digest blog continues to grow in popularity and international prominence, attracting millions of readers every year.

This week the digest used Episode 17 of its popular podcast, PsychCrunch, to take a more in-depth look at the growing popularity of running.  The episode ‘Can psychology help make running more enjoyable?’ includes experts exploring the benefits of taking part in organised runs and how some of us are actually genetically disposed to not enjoy running. 

Research from the University of Rochester has found that teenagers who struggle to identify between different negative emotions are more susceptible to stress-induced depression.
The team studied 233 American boys and girls aged between 14 and 17. First they interviewed the teenagers about any stressful events and depression over the past 12 months. Over the following week the teenagers used a smartphone questionnaire to describe their current mood using a choice of twelve negative emotional words and five positive words. They were also allowed to mention any daily hassles. This was repeated after eighteen months. 

They found that teenagers who were poor at differentiating between negative emotions were more likely to feel depressed after a minor hassle.  After eighteen months they also had more signs of depression but only if they’d experienced lots stressful events. 

The researchers called this a “critical finding” and that it was “… unique to the literature”. 

Find out more by visiting the BPS Research Digest website. 

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