social disorder

Peer Pressure’s Influence Calculated by Mathematician

A mathematician has calculated how peer pressure influences society. Professor Ernesto Estrada, of the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, examined the effect of direct and indirect social influences — otherwise known as peer pressure — on how decisions are reached on important issues. Using mathematical models, he…

So-Called Cougars, Sugar Daddies More Myth Than Reality

Despite the popular image of the rich older man or woman supporting an attractive younger spouse, a new study shows those married to younger or older mates have on average lower earnings, lower cognitive abilities, are less educated and less attractive than couples of similar ages. “Hugh Hefner is an…

Peer Pressure to Smoke Greater in Middle School Than High School: Study

Parents’ smoking behavior influences their teens’ decisions about cigarette use throughout high school, a new study suggests. Peer pressure to smoke is greater during middle school than high school, according to researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. The findings indicate smoking intervention programs…

ADHD reaches beyond childhood

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is often considered something children outgrow. But researchers say the disorder can carry over into adulthood. A new study published in this week’s Pediatrics journal finds that about a third of those diagnosed as children continue to have ADHD as adults, and more than half of…

Should Grandma Join Facebook? It May Give Her a Cognitive Boost, Study Finds

For older adults looking to sharpen their mental abilities, it might be time to log on to Facebook. Preliminary research findings from the University of Arizona suggest that men and women older than 65 who learn to use Facebook could see a boost in cognitive function. Janelle Wohltmann, a graduate…