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Machines have nothing on mum when it comes to listening More than 99% of the time, two words are enough for people with normal hearing to distinguish the voice of a close friend or relative amongst other voices, says the University of Montreal’s Julien Plante-Hébert. His study, presented at the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, involved playing recordings to Canadian French speakers, who were [...]
Protecting newborn brains using therapeutic hypothermia A unique study at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles of newborns treated with hypothermia for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) – a condition that occurs when the brain is deprived of an adequate oxygen supply – confirms its neuroprotective effects on the brain. Therapeutic hypothermia or targeted cooling of the brain is the first therapy for neuroprotection in [...]
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Boy Meets Depression   What does it mean to meet depression? What does it look like, to have it take you by the hand and slowly infiltrate your life, until you forget what your existence was like before it was present? This World Mental Health Day, we want to explore what it means to meet depression. Few people […]
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Opposites don't attract when learning how to use a prosthesis Upper limb amputees, who typically struggle to learn how to use a new prosthesis, would be more successful if fellow amputees taught them, new research suggests. Most usually learn by watching a non-amputee demonstrate the device during physical therapy and rehabilitation sessions. A study that measured arm movements and analyzed brain patterns found that people do better when they learn from someone who looks like them.
A Road Map for Stepfamilies: Middle Stages Making your way through the developmental stages of a stepfamily and out of the Early Stages isn’t easy and it can take longer than one would hope. By moving into the … ...
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Get 48% More In Your Tip Jar! + Why I Made It All Free What are the real roots of human compassion? Emerging research on charitable giving, good deeds, and prosocial behavior has shown some stunning results. In the past 5 years, this area … ...
Rounding Up Three More Usual Math Suspects We tutors get an interesting perspective into students’ math struggles. We find ourselves reteaching the same concepts over and over, to students from 5th through 12th grade. The human brain … ...
Protecting newborn brains using hypothermia A unique study of newborns treated with hypothermia for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) – a condition that occurs when the brain is deprived of an adequate oxygen supply – confirms its neuroprotective effects on the brain.
Scientists build a digital piece of a rat's brain If you want to learn how something works, one strategy is to take it apart and put it back together again. For 10 years, a global initiative called the Blue Brain Project has been attempting to do this digitally with a section of juvenile rat brain. The project presents a first draft of this reconstruction, which contains over 31,000 neurons, 55 layers of cells, and 207 different neuron subtypes.
Helmeted bicycle riders have significantly reduced severity of injury after an accident Helmeted bicycle riders have a 58 percent reduced odds of severe traumatic brain injury after an accident compared to their non-helmeted counterparts, according to researchers.
Fighting OCD Online Researchers at Curtin University in Australia have created a new online program aimed at teens with OCD, and they’re finding that it helps. This is pretty cool. As a kid, … ...
New reaction to GOP proposal for school bathroom restrictions Legislation would require school boards to designate bathrooms and locker rooms as exclusive to one gender.
Researchers learn how to grow old brain cells A new technique allows scientists to study diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's using cells from human patients. Historically, animal models -- from fruit flies to mice -- have been the go-to technique to study the biological consequences of aging, especially in tissues that can't be easily sampled from living humans, like the brain. Over the past few years, researchers have increasingly turned to stem cells to study various diseases in humans.
Difficulty processing speech may be an effect of dyslexia, not a cause The cognitive skills used to learn how to ride a bike may be the key to a more accurate understanding of developmental dyslexia. And, they may lead to improved interventions. Scientists investigated how procedural learning how individuals with dyslexia learn speech sound categories. They found that learning complex auditory categories through procedural learning is impaired in dyslexia.
How to Talk about Emotions: Use Your Words Not... Below are some validating ways to acknowledge another’s emotions: “You must be very ….(angry, sad, worried, etc.)” They may reply, “I am not angry.”  This is called denial. They may … ...
Seven Quick Ways to Stop Being Irritable Irritability is the carbon monoxide of emotional pollutants, but here's what you can do about it.
5 Tools and Tips for Navigating Stress When You’re... Not surprisingly, stress can have damaging effects on depression. That is, “stress hormones like cortisol can exacerbate the effects of an existing depression. Or if we’re not currently depressed, we can become more vulnerable to a future episode,” said Lee Coleman, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist … ...