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Scientists show fMRI memory detectors can be easily fooled For the past several years, Anthony Wagner has been developing a computer program that can read a person’s brain scan data and surmise, with a high degree of certainty, whether that person is experiencing a memory. The technology has great promise to influence a number of fields, including marketing, medicine and evaluation of eyewitness testimony. [...] The post Scientists show fMRI memory detectors can be easily fooled appeared first on PsyPost.
Been there? Done that? If you are sure, thank your ‘memory cells’ The witness on the stand says he saw the accused at the scene of the crime. Is he sure? How sure? The jury’s verdict could hinge on that level of certainty. Many decisions we make every day are influenced by our memories and the confidence we have in them. But very little is known about [...] The post Been there? Done that? If you are sure, thank your ‘memory cells’ appeared first on PsyPost.
Low glycemic index diet reduces symptoms of autism in mice Bread, cereal and other sugary processed foods cause rapid spikes and subsequent crashes in blood sugar. In contrast, diets made up of vegetables, fruits and whole grains are healthier, in part because they take longer to digest and keep us more even-keeled. New research in a mouse model of autism showed that such low glycemic [...] The post Low glycemic index diet reduces symptoms of autism in mice appeared first on PsyPost.
Impact of insecticides on the cognitive development of 6-year-old children In an article published in the journal Environment International, researchers from Inserm (Inserm Unit 1085 – IRSET, the Institute of Research in Environmental and Occupational Health, Rennes), in association with the Laboratory for Developmental and Educational Psychology, LPDE (Rennes 2 University), provide new evidence of neurotoxicity in humans from pyrethroid insecticides, which are found in [...] The post Impact of insecticides on the cognitive development of 6-year-old children appeared first on PsyPost.
Study: Pedophiles more likely to have physical irregularities and be left-handed New research suggests pedophiles are more likely to have superficial facial flaws, known as Minor Physical Anomalies (MPAs). They are also more likely to be left-handed, says Fiona Dyshniku of the University of Windsor in Canada. She led an investigation into the prevalence and distribution of physical anomalies among men who are sent for sexological [...] The post Study: Pedophiles more likely to have physical irregularities and be left-handed appeared first on PsyPost.
Research shows that kids as young as 18 months understand stoicism When you’re one and a half years old, having your favourite ball taken away is likely to result in a temper tantrum. But while babies wear their feelings on the sleeves of their onesies, adults often mask their emotions, responding to life’s disappointments with stoic reserve. While you might think that witnessing such reactions would [...] The post Research shows that kids as young as 18 months understand stoicism appeared first on PsyPost.
Study discovers how interneurons find their way to the striatum Researchers from the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology (MRC CDN) at King´s College London, led by Prof. Oscar Marín, have identified the mechanisms guiding interneurons to the striatum, a major brain centre involved in the coordination of body movement and motivation. These results, published in Journal of Neuroscience in collaboration with investigators from the Instituto de [...] The post Study discovers how interneurons find their way to the striatum appeared first on PsyPost.
Many older adults going online to discuss and learn about sex Forget those ageist stereotypes that senior citizens have little interest in sex and are befuddled by technology. Many older adults are going online to dish about the joys of sex and swap advice about keeping their mojos working well into their twilight years, a new study found. “Many older people preserve both a high interest [...] The post Many older adults going online to discuss and learn about sex appeared first on PsyPost.
Risk for sleep disorders among college freshmen may predict retention, success A new study suggests that the risk for sleep disorders among college freshmen may be a predictor of retention and academic success. Results show that students at risk for a sleep disorder were more likely to leave the institution over the three-year period, although this association was weakened when covariates were included. Risk for sleep [...] The post Risk for sleep disorders among college freshmen may predict retention, success appeared first on PsyPost.
Clinical trial launched to assess safety and efficacy of autism drug treatment Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have launched a clinical trial to investigate the safety and efficacy of an unprecedented drug therapy for autism. The phase 1 clinical trial, which is recruiting 20 qualifying participants, will evaluate suramin — a century-old drug still used for African sleeping sickness — as [...] The post Clinical trial launched to assess safety and efficacy of autism drug treatment appeared first on PsyPost.
Fragile X proteins involved in proper neuron development Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited intellectual disability and the greatest single genetic contributor to autism. Unlocking the mechanisms behind fragile X could make important revelations about the brain. In a new study published June 4 in the journal Cell Reports, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center and Department of Neuroscience [...] The post Fragile X proteins involved in proper neuron development appeared first on PsyPost.
Sleep problems and energy product use associated with increased alcohol use in teens A new study suggest sleep problems and energy product use are associated with increased alcohol use in teens, even after controlling for sociodemographics and mental health. Results show that both sleeping problems and use of energy products are associated with greater risk of alcohol use in teenagers, according to a study conducted by the RAND [...] The post Sleep problems and energy product use associated with increased alcohol use in teens appeared first on PsyPost.
More frequent overnight hot flashes linked with brain scan changes Women who experience more hot flashes, particularly while sleeping, during the menopause transition are more likely to have brain changes reflecting a higher risk for cerebrovascular disease, such as stroke and other brain blood flow problems, according to a pilot study led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine published online today [...] The post More frequent overnight hot flashes linked with brain scan changes appeared first on PsyPost.
Keeping mind, body active may not protect against underlying signs of Alzheimer's While participating in physical activities such as bike riding, dancing, walking and gardening and mentally stimulating activities such as crosswords and reading may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, they may not do so by affecting the underlying markers for the disease, according to a study.
How Having a Good Cry Can Help “This is the best day ever,” said my daughter Sweet P, tears running down her cheek. She cried and smiled as she looked around her room. We had updated it. New shelving, new comforter, a few other big-kid things — as part of a birthday … ...
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The Suicide Rate Among Female Veterans Is "Obscenely High" Male suicides outnumber female in every country on Earth, usually by a lot. In the U.S., men kill themselves around four times as often as women. But results of a newly published study reveal America’s female veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women—a rate that approaches that of male veterans. The question is: Why?...
Specialized proteins may be detected in blood of people with Alzheimer's disease Specialized brain proteins that are involved in the removal of damaged nerve cell materials may be detected in the blood of people who were diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease. In a select group of people who later developed dementia, the levels of the lysosomal proteins were abnormal while the people still had no problems with memory or thinking skills, according to a new study.
Creativity and Writing: 3 Ways to Play with Perspective... Currently, I’m working on a piece about guilt and productivity (or lack thereof) for Psych Central’s blog World of Psychology. Like many of the articles I write, this is something … ...
How to Raise a Narcissist We have all heard about narcissism. The word has been tossed about in psychology circles for years and through a ripple effect it is now common to most people’s vocabulary. … ...