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How hallucinations emerge from trying to make sense of an ambiguous world Take a look at the black and white image. It probably looks like a meaningless pattern of black and white blotches. But now take a look at the image below and then return to the picture: it’s likely that you can now make sense of the black and white image. It is this ability that [...]
Children born in the summer more likely to be healthy adults Women who were born in the summer are more likely to be healthy adults, suggests new research published in the journal Heliyon. The authors of the study, which involved almost half a million people in the UK, say more sunlight – and therefore higher vitamin D exposure – in the second trimester of pregnancy could [...]
New study reveals key differences in brain activity in people with anorexia nervosa When people with anorexia nervosa decide what to eat, they engage a part of the brain associated with habitual behavior. This finding by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute, the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, and New York University was published today in Nature Neuroscience. Anorexia nervosa is a [...]
Are some kids really smarter just because they know more words? Why do rich kids end up doing better than poor kids in school? Of late, one common explanation for this has been the “word gap,” or the idea that poor children are exposed to significantly fewer words by age three than their wealthier peers. As a former elementary school teacher and now educational psychologist, I [...]
Study examines concussion-like symptom reporting in uninjured athletes Uninjured athletes reported concussion-like symptoms in a new study that suggests symptom reporting in the absence of recent concussion is related to male or female sex and preexisting conditions, which can include prior treatment for a psychiatric condition or substance abuse, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. Every state in the U.S. [...]
Lithium safe, effective for children with bipolar disorder A multicenter study of young patients with bipolar disorder provides what may be the most scientifically rigorous demonstration to date that lithium — a drug used successfully for decades to treat adults with the condition — can also be safe and effective for children suffering from it. The study, led by a researcher at the [...]
Babies need free tongue movement to decipher speech sounds Inhibiting infants’ tongue movements impedes their ability to distinguish between speech sounds, researchers with the University of British Columbia have found. The study is the first to discover a direct link between infants’ oral-motor movements and auditory speech perception. In the study, published October 12 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, teething toys [...]
New optoelectronic probe enables communication with neural microcircuits Brown University researchers have created a new type of optoelectronic implantable device to access brain microcircuits, synergizing a technique that enables scientists to control the activity of brains cells using pulses of light. The invention, described in the journal Nature Methods, is a cortical microprobe that can stimulate multiple neuronal targets optically by specific patterns [...]
How to Design a Conference for Smart, Anxious Misfits Have you thought about how to design a conference event for Smart, Anxious Misfits (SAM)? First, it would need to be intellectually stimulating and not the same humdrum that you … ...
In females, childhood head injury could lead to alcohol abuse later in life Girls who suffer a concussive bump on the head in childhood could be at increased risk for abusing alcohol as adults, a new study suggests. The research in mice found that females with a mild closed-head brain injury were more likely to misuse alcohol later in life and associate drinking with reward and pleasure. This effect was not seen in males.
Learning Resilience from Elite Athletes Did you ever see young athletes who had great potential? They seemed to have all the gifts. You knew they were going to excel, maybe turn professional — they were that good. But later, to your surprise, you learned they never realized their potential. They … ...
Computerized cognitive training improves childhood cancer survivors' attention and memory Computer-based cognitive training is as effective as medication for improving working memory and attention in childhood cancer survivors with cognitive deficits, suggests a new study.
5 Myths About Burnout It’s Sunday night and you’re dreading the thought of going to work in the morning. You used to be able to juggle all of the demands of the job as you leaned into success, but now something is missing. You don’t feel as “plugged into” the projects you’re working on, but you know it’s not the right time to change jobs. Is this burnout? Are you just stressed out?
I Want To Make a Decision….But What If???? I used to be that person; that person who couldn’t make a decision about anything without completely analyzing all of the pros and cons of the situation before eventually talking … ...
New computer program predicts cochlear implant success in hearing-impaired children A new computer program that analyzes functional brain MRIs of hearing impaired children can predict whether they will develop effective language skills within two years of cochlear implant surgery, according to a study.
41 Ways to Use a Notebook for Meaningful Ideas... Months ago I wrote about the importance of keeping a notebook. Today, I’m sharing all sorts of ways we can use our notebooks to spark ideas, get to know ourselves … ...
No, Taking Your Coffee Black Does Not Mean You’re More Likely to be a Psychopath Is that friend who always very politely turns down your offers for cream or sugar very possibly hiding a dark secret, as haters around the internet have been insisting recently? Nah, probably not—but here’s why some people are saying taking your coffee black means you’re more likely to be a psychopath....
What birth month reveals about your risk of disease Study shows babies born in the latter part of the year might experience a higher incidence of neurological illness.
Many kids with mental health issues see only pediatricians One in three children who were diagnosed and treated for mental health conditions on an outpatient basis saw their primary-care doctors for this care.
BMS-The New Teen Perfect “10” These days, texting and posting on some form of social media are the ways in which teenagers communicate with each other. As adults, many of us have also started to … ...