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Study: Emotional brain states can linger and influence your subsequent memory Emotional states can linger in the brain and enhance the memory formation of events many minutes later, suggests research published in Nature Neuroscience, even when the subsequent events are unrelated to the evoked emotion. The study found that inducing an emotional state enhanced participants’ ability to recall neutral images 9 to 33 minutes later. The [...]
Air pollution exposure may increase risk of dementia Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that eventually strips sufferers of their ability to remember, communicate and live independently. By 2050, it is projected to affect nearly 14 million Americans and their families, with an economic cost of one trillion dollars – more than the estimated combined total for treating heart disease and cancer. [...]
Claim of link between intelligence and cannabis use in adolescence provides fresh headache for researchers Children with high and medium academic ability at age 11 are more likely to use cannabis in late adolescence compared to children with low academic ability, according to a new study published in BMJ Open. The researchers, from University College London, examined the school records of more than 6,000 children. Their analysis showed that children [...]
Study: Don’t assume a MMORPG gamer’s avatar reflects his or her offline personality New research suggests that a gamer’s offline personality isn’t always the starting point for their avatar customization. The study in Computers in Human Behavior examined a specific genre of computer games known as massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), in which a large number of players interact with one another in a virtual online world. [...]
On shared false memories: what lies behind the Mandela effect Would you trust a memory that felt as real as all your other memories, and if other people confirmed that they remembered it too? What if the memory turned out to be false? This scenario was named the ‘Mandela effect’ by the self-described ‘paranormal consultant’ Fiona Broome after she discovered that other people shared her (false) [...]
The making of music: Study proposes new theory for evolution of infant-directed song These days, it’s a territory mostly dominated by the likes of Raffi and the Wiggles, but there’s new evidence that lullabies, play songs, and other music for babies and toddlers may have some deep evolutionary roots. A new theory paper, co-authored by Graduate School of Education doctoral student Samuel Mehr and Assistant Professor of Psychology [...]
The human brain makes fructose, researchers discover – here’s why that might be a big deal Researchers at Yale University have discovered that the brain is capable of making fructose – a simple sugar, usually found in fruit, vegetables and honey. Not all sugars are equal. Glucose is a simple sugar that provides energy for the cells in your body. Fructose has a less important physiological role and has been repeatedly [...]
Writing to Finally Express and Stand Up for Yourself There is a line in Natalie Goldberg’s book Writing Down the Bones that is especially meaningful to me: “I write because I kept my mouth shut all my life….” It is meaningful because there … ...
How genetics can uncover links in chronic pain and other conditions In the recent Global Burden of Disease study, four of the top ten causes of disability worldwide were chronic pain conditions. Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts beyond normal healing time – usually three months – and is one of the most common global causes of incapacity. It rarely occurs by itself, however, [...]
Living with children may mean less sleep for women, but not for men New research backs up what many women already know: They’re sleep deprived. Unlike men, a good night’s sleep for women is affected by having children in the house, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 69th Annual Meeting in Boston, April 22 to 28, 2017. [...]
Life Skills for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder... Children with autism spectrum disorder may struggle with developing life skills. Here are some strategies and tips on how to help youth with autism develop these important skills. Start early Whether your child is delayed in the area of developing life skills or whether he … ...
Study provides clues to relationship between schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis An in-depth computational analysis of genetic variants implicated in both schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh points to eight genes that may explain why susceptibility to one of the disorders could place individuals at lower risk for the other, according to the results of a study published today in the [...]
Can staying active help to prevent chronic pain? Physical activity affects pain modulation in older adults Older adults with higher levels of physical activity have pain modulation patterns that might help lower their risk of developing chronic pain, reports a study in PAIN®, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. In tests of pain processing by the central [...]
Public may be more accepting of advocacy by climate scientists than previously thought Research published today in Environmental Communication suggests that scientists may have more freedom than previously thought to engage in certain forms of climate change advocacy without risking harm to their credibility. The experiment, conducted by researchers at George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication, showed that on five out of six occasions when a [...]
“The End Is Nigh,” Want to Know Why? We’re a month into a new presidency, and the partisan rhetoric is blazing hot. Why do we put up with this?
If You Go to the Hospital, Get Ready To Yell… Studies show that healthcare in the U.S. is far poorer than most people realize, and sadly, sometimes you need to yell to protect yourself or a loved one. But how do you know?
5 Step Time Management Action Plan for Mothers of... Are you a parent of a toddler? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Or would you simply like to know how to use time more effectively and not feel so scattered? Follow … ...
The 5 Things I’d Wish I’d Know Before Being... I am going to be honest, slap your in your face, the 5 things no one tells you about being beautifully bipolar before you are diagnosed. Nothing can prepare you for … ...
7 Simple & Unique Time Management Strategies for Parents... Being a parent requires lots of work, time, and energy. It’s a balancing act for sure! Parenting toddlers involves a whole different challenge when it comes to balancing everything compared … ...
Why Parents Shouldn’t Ignore These 6 Behavior Problems... Little often turns to big. Everyone always says, “It’s no big deal just ignore it.” That strategy is alright some of the time, but not all of the time. Ignoring mild misbehavior is a legitimate parenting strategy. It shows your little one that their antics … ...