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The brain perceives motion the same way through both vision and touch The brain uses similar computations to calculate the direction and speed of objects in motion whether they are perceived visually or through the sense of touch. The notion that the brain uses shared calculations to interpret information from fundamentally different physical inputs has important implications for both basic and applied neuroscience, and suggests a powerful [...]
Sleep may strengthen long-term memories in the immune system More than a century ago, scientists demonstrated that sleep supports the retention of memories of facts and events. Later studies have shown that slow-wave sleep, often referred to as deep sleep, is important for transforming fragile, recently formed memories into stable, long-term memories. Now, in an Opinion article published September 29 in Trends in Neurosciences, [...]
The Wrong Crowd The jocks, the cheerleaders, the pom squad, the nerds, and the “others”. The others who don’t quite fit into any of the typical high school stereotypes and thus are coined … ...
Are you addicted to shopping? A new and unique method to measure shopping addiction The new method is based on core addiction elements recognised as diagnostic criteria for other addictions, and is the first of its kind worldwide. When shopping goes into overdrive “Modern technology has made shopping extremely accessible and convenient, with the potential of sending problematic shopping into overdrive – especially along with sociocultural factors such as [...]
Kids allowed to be kids make better parents, study finds Mothers who took on burdensome caregiving roles as children — and weren’t allowed to just “be kids” — tend to be less sensitive to their own children’s needs, finds new research led by a Michigan State University scholar. The findings suggest these parents do not understand appropriate child development and end up parenting in a [...]
Study: Reducing our own pain reduces our empathy for pain in others In a study with more than 100 participants, Claus Lamm and his interdisciplinary team used an innovative experimental trick, the so-called placebo analgesia effect, to close an explanatory gap in the understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms of empathy. Experimentally manipulating self-experienced pain, they tested whether this manipulation also leads to an equivalent change in empathy [...]
Neuropsin study: The retina sets its own biological rhythm using a novel light-sensitive pigment Researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Washington report new research that sheds light on how the retina sets its own biological rhythm using a novel light-sensitive pigment, called neuropsin, found in nerve cells at the back of the eye. “No one knew what neuropsin actually did,” says King-Wai Yau, Ph.D., a professor of [...]
Study finds marijuana is safe to use for the treatment of chronic pain A Canadian research team led by Dr. Mark Ware from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montréal has completed a national multicentre study looking at the safety of medical cannabis use among patients suffering from chronic pain. They found that patients with chronic pain who used cannabis daily for one [...]
How players bend the rules in social media games, and judge others for doing the same What does it mean to cheat in a Facebook game like FarmVille? Is it any different from breaking the rules in a traditional videogame like World of Warcraft? New research shows that players often dismiss the seriousness of social network games — meaning cheating isn’t so serious when it’s done on Facebook. In a paper [...]
Player’s performance in video games can steer attitudes about brands A company’s brand may crash and burn if video game players perform poorly when they use branded products as part of the game, according to a team of researchers. In a study, the performance of players in a racecar video game influenced their attitude about the actual brand of the car they used in the [...]
Strengthen Your Marriage: Kindness Yesterday was focused on communication in marriage and how even small changes can improve the health of a relationship. Communication is often a joint effort, but there are also many way that we … ...
Scientists control rats' senses of familiarity, novelty Brain scientists didn't just study how recognition of familiarity and novelty arise in the mammalian brain, they actually took control, inducing rats to behave as if images they'd seen before were new, and images they had never seen were old.
Responding to Humanitarian Crises According to World Vision, more than 12 million are affected by the crisis in Syria. That is far more than those affected by Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, and the Indian Ocean tsunami combined. Recent events remind us of a dark time in Europe when … ...
Post Vacation Depression I’ve never had it before. I got off the plane after a weeklong trip abroad and felt a sick feelings in my stomach when I stepped out off the plane. … ...
Cellphone use can undermine our relationships with our romantic partners Research from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business confirms that cellphones are damaging romantic relationships and leading to higher levels of depression. James A. Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing, and Meredith David, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing, published their study – “My life has become a major distraction from my cell [...]
Study: Underweight women have fewer sex partners than other women Chapman University has published research on how many sex partners people have relative to their height and body mass. The study, published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, focused on 60,058 heterosexual men and women asking each to indicate their height, weight, and how many sex partners they have had. The median number of “sex partners” reported for [...]
Relationship between sympathy, helping others could provide clues to development of altruism Developmental psychologists long have debated whether individuals volunteer and help others because they are sympathetic or whether they are sympathetic because they are prosocial. Now, new research from the University of Missouri helps clarify some of the confusion, which could lead to better interventions to promote positive behaviors in adolescents and clues as to what [...]
The genetics of intelligence: Ethics and the conduct of trustworthy research With the advent of new genomic sequencing technologies, researchers around the world are working to identify genetic variants that help explain differences in intelligence. Can such findings be used to improve education for all, as some scientists believe? Or are they likely to have a chilling effect on programs meant to improve educational outcomes among [...]
Scientists can predict your income level based on the words you use on Twitter, new research shows The words people use on social media can reveal hidden meaning to those who know where to look. Linguists have long been fascinated by this notion, connecting a person’s words to age, gender, even socioeconomic status. Now computer scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and elsewhere have gone a step further, linking the online behavior [...]
6 Things You’re Saying To Yourself That Are Holding You Back What are the things you say to yourself when no one’s listening? Recognize any of these?