22 Monitor on Psychology • July/August 2015
n People tend to gain weight when
they relocate to poorer neighborhoods,
finds a study led by investigators at
the National Institutes of Health.
Researchers examined data collected
over seven years from more than 1,800
Dallas County, Texas, residents ages 18
to 65. Among participants who relocated
during the study, 263 moved to a more
disadvantaged neighborhood, 586 to
a more advantaged neighborhood,
47 moved but had no change in
their neighborhood’s socioeconomic
status, and 939 people remained
in the same neighborhood. Results
showed that those who moved to more
disadvantaged areas gained more
weight compared with those who
moved to more or equally advantaged
areas (American Journal of Preventive
Medicine, online May 7).
n More sex doesn’t always lead to
increased happiness, finds research by
Carnegie Mellon University scientists.
They randomly assigned half of the
study’s 64 couples to two groups: One
was asked to double their frequency of
weekly sexual intercourse over three
months and the other was given no
instructions on sexual frequency. The
couples who were instructed to increase
intercourse did have more sex, but
also experienced a small decrease in
Snapshots of some of the latest peer-reviewed
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People who moved to more disadvantaged areas gained more weight compared with those who moved to more or equally
advantaged areas, according to a study of more than 1,800 people in Dallas County, Texas.