|Adolescents more economically rational than young adults, researchers find
||Teenagers are irrational and make bad decisions. Or do they? A new Duke study finds that adolescents ages 10 to 16 can be more analytical in their economic choices than many slightly older young adults. Published online in the October-December issue of Cognitive Development, the study suggests not only that society should give adolescents more [...]
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|Changing behavior through synaptic engineering
||Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School are the first to show that it’s possible to reverse the behavior of an animal by flipping a switch in neuronal communication. The research, published in PLOS Biology, provides a new approach for studying the neural circuits that govern behavior and has important implications for how scientists [...]
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|Resin may provide medicine against epilepsy
||Sticky resin from conifers contains substances that could relieve or cure epilepsy. Researchers at Linköping University have synthesized and tested 71 substances known as resin acids, of which twelve are prime candidates for new medicines. “Our goal is to develop some of the most potent substances into medicines,” says Fredrik Elinder, professor of molecular neurobiology [...]
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|Researchers find that lure of winning prizes encourages saving
||People are more willing to save money when offered the chance to win a prize, according to a study from The University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Kyle Hyndman, associate professor of finance and managerial economics in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, examined the possibility of using lotteries to induce savings behavior. “Most Americans [...]
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|Spreading the Self-Care Message
||Spreading the Self-Care Message Here is my passion! Self-Care- it is underutilized and overly criticized in my opinion. We all know deep down that we need to take care of … ...
|Cat Got Your brain?
||Billions of human brains are infected with a bizarre cat parasite that seems to influence our personality and behavior. Could they be altering the course of human history as well?
|Therapist turned Entrepreneur: Maelisa Hall, Founder of QA Prep...
||A few months ago, the first post in our news series “Therapist Turned Entrepreneur” was published. Today, we continue this series with Dr. Maelisa Hall, a mental health professional who saw a need in the field for better strategies for clinical documentation. She created QA … ...
|Tutoring relieves math anxiety, changes fear circuits in children, study finds
||Anxiety about doing math problems can be relieved with a one-on-one math tutoring program, according to a new study. The study showed that tutoring fixed abnormal responses in the brain's fear circuits.
|The Nature Imperative
||Children as they grow are developing a moral code that expresses concern about and commitment to conservation, habitat protection, and animal welfare. We can learn a lot from children's thinking about nature and the environment.
|9 Simple Ways to Exercise Your Brain
||Research shows it’s possible for both our bodies and our minds to age well. Try incorporating a few of the tips below to keep your brain sharp and strong well into your golden years. Write a thank-you letter. Research shows that writing with a pen … ...
|What Is a Machiavellian?
||I am a master manipulator and a member of the dark triad. Pleased to meet you, won't you guess my name?
|Thinking people are born fat or born thin is bad for your health
||Though the belief that DNA determines weight is highly debated, it appears to be shaping people’s lives. A new study finds that those who believe that weight is outside of their control have less healthy BMIs, make poorer food choices, and report lower levels of personal wellbeing than those who don’t. This study was published [...]
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|Psychedelic therapy re-emerging for anxiety, PTSD and addiction
||Renewed medical interest in the use of psychedelic drugs for anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction has resulted in small research studies that show some success with the controlled use of these drugs, according to an analysis published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Psychedelic drugs are substances that have a strong effect on [...]
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|Stress Management: Practical Tips to Coping with Life
||Find someone you trust. Talk with a family member or close friend about your experience. Contact a friend and have someone stay with you for a few hours or a … ...
|Study links psychoticism and immature defense mechanisms to anti-gay views
||Recently published psychological research has found that certain traits are associated with negative attitudes towards homosexual people. “Homophobia is an extensively described phenomenon from various sociocultural point of views, but the intrapsychic or pathologic characteristics of personality have not been exhaustively explored,” Emmanuele A. Jannini and his colleagues wrote in the study, which was published [...]
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|Infant learning: Is more really better?
||Many parents and caregivers believe that multi-sensory stimulation during infancy promotes developmental growth and learning, but researchers who conducted eye movement experiments on preverbal infants show that this is not always true. The team discovered that 8 to 10 month old infants could learn basic abstract rules, such as sequences, but only when the audio [...]
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|Mean vs. Kind Humor
||Are “affiliative” and “self-enhancing” forms of humor healthier than “aggressive” and “self-defeating” forms?
|Married For the Wrong Reasons
||When I was a child I, like many of you, imagined what it would be like to be married. Who would I marry, what would he look like, would I … ...
|'Body maps' of babies' brains created
||Body maps, which show how certain parts of the brain correspond to the body's topography, have been studied extensively in adult humans and other primates. But now American researchers are among the first scientists worldwide to study body maps in infants, which can provide crucial information about how babies develop a sense of their physical selves and their earliest social relationships.
|Are You A Hopeless Romantic?
||“Incurable gadget collector”, “hopeless opera fan”. Even when it’s something appropriate like “incurable cancer” or “hopeless Alzheimer patient” a hopeless or incurable anything sounds depressing. Why then take pride in being a hopeless romantic?