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Study uncovers the right way to learn a foreign language in your sleep You can swot up on vocabulary in your sleep – but only if you don’t confuse your brain in the process. Researchers funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation have invited people to their sleep lab for a Dutch language course. You can’t learn new things in your sleep. Nevertheless, if you’ve been learning vocabulary [...]
Singing calms baby longer than talking In a new study from the University of Montreal, infants remained calm twice as long when listening to a song, which they didn’t even know, as they did when listening to speech. “Many studies have looked at how singing and speech affect infants’ attention, but we wanted to know how they affect a baby’s emotional [...]
Can we unconsciously ‘hear’ distance? Because sound travels much more slowly than light, we can often see distant events before we hear them. That is why we can count the seconds between a lightning flash and its thunder to estimate their distance. But new research from the University of Rochester reveals that our brains can also detect and process sound [...]
Twitter offers valuable insights into the experience of MRI patients Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can be a stressful experience for many people, but clinicians have few ways to track the thoughts and feelings of their patients regarding this procedure. While the social networking site Twitter is known for breaking news and celebrity tweets, it may also prove to be a valuable feedback tool for medical [...]
If you want your child to bring home better grades, stop yelling and try this The end of the year is speeding towards us, and for teachers, kids and parents alike, that means one thing – report card time. Right now, teachers across Australia are busy marking reports for nearly 4 million school students. Each report is filled out according to different guidelines and curricula, as well as differing degrees [...]
Adults with schizophrenia more than 3.5 times more likely to die Adults with schizophrenia were more than 3.5 times as likely to die as adults in the general U.S. population, particularly from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and that implicates tobacco as a modifiable risk factor, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. Many factors, including economic disadvantage, negative health behaviors, and difficulty accessing and [...]
Choir singing improves health, happiness – and is the perfect icebreaker A decade ago, any mention of a choir would probably have brought Sunday morning hymns to mind. But there’s been a revolution in attitudes towards joining the local choir. Adding well-known, mainstream music to the repertoire, the small screen appeal of television choirmaster Gareth Malone, and the increased visibility of choirs such as Rock Choir [...]
7 Incredible Ways Music Helps You Process Emotions Music is medicine. Scientists call it “anecdotal evidence,” but you hear the stories all the time: Classical music makes you smarter; distance runners use music for enhanced endurance; some songs boost your happiness. Other just put you in the mood. We know music is powerful, … ...
Are We All Becoming More Narcissistic?   Tracy Alloway and her research team recently asked more than 400 individuals a question many of us probably ask ourselves every time we check us Facebook profile: Does this … ...
What Is An Emotional Affair And What To Do About It Research shows that heterosexual men are much less likely to get upset about emotional affairs versus affairs where physical/sexual contact has occurred. Women are more likely to be upset about … ...
BCBA Exam Study Topics: Some Basic Terminology If you are going to sit to take the BCBA exam (or BCaBA exam), this blog post series, “BCBA Exam Study Topics,” is for you. I am also currently in this position. I will be taking my BCBA exam soon. Therefore, I need to study, … ...
Bipolar patients’ brain cells predict response to lithium The brain cells of patients with bipolar disorder, characterized by severe swings between depression and elation, are more sensitive to stimuli than other people’s brain cells, researchers have discovered. The finding, published October 28, 2015 in the journal Nature, is among the first to show at a cellular level how the disorder affects the brain. [...]
‘Virtual Week’ brain game has potential to help older adults remain independent longer An international team of scientists has demonstrated that just one month of training on a “Virtual Week” computer brain game helps older adults significantly strengthen prospective memory – a type of memory that is crucial for planning, everyday functioning and independent living. Seniors who played the cognitive-training game “more than doubled” the number of prospective [...]
Brain imaging can predict the success of large public health campaigns It’s a frustrating fact that most people would live longer if only they could make small changes: stop smoking, eat better, exercise more, practice safe sex. Health messaging is one important way to change behavior on a large scale, but while a successful campaign can improve millions of lives, a failed one can be an [...]
Scientists identify main component of brain repair after stroke Looking at brain tissue from mice, monkeys and humans, scientists have found that a molecule known as growth and differentiation factor 10 (GDF10) is a key player in repair mechanisms following stroke. The findings suggest that GDF10 may be a potential therapy for recovery after stroke. The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, was supported by [...]
New study compares mothers and fathers who kill their children “How could this have been prevented?” That was the first thought for University of Guelph sociology professor Myrna Dawson upon learning last month about a Winnipeg woman charged with killing her two-month-old daughter. Dawson asked herself the same question this past summer after a Montreal man killed his 10-month-old-son and then himself. And she pondered [...]
Older beats younger when it comes to correcting mistakes Findings from a new study challenge the notion that older adults always lag behind their younger counterparts when it comes to learning new things. The study, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, shows that older adults were actually better than young adults at correcting their mistakes on a general information [...]
Study finds jet lag-like sleep disruptions spur Alzheimer’s memory, learning loss Chemical changes in brain cells caused by disturbances in the body’s day-night cycle may be a key underlying cause of the learning and memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a University of California, Irvine study. The research on mice, led by UCI biomedical engineering professor Gregory Brewer, provides the first evidence that circadian [...]
Researchers examine how a face comes to represent a whole person in the brain The sight of a face offers the brain something special. More than a set of features, it conveys the emotions, intent, and identity of the whole individual. The same is not true for the body; cues such as posture convey some social information, but the image of a body does not substitute for a face. [...]
Our Love Affair with Thrillers and Suspense Thrillers and Psychological Suspense are two of the most popular fiction and film genres. Why are so many of us addicted to them, and what’s wrong with everyone else who isn’t!