|Interactive teaching methods help students master tricky calculus
||The key to helping students learn complicated math is to understand how to apply it to new ideas and make learning more interactive, according to a new study by UBC researchers. Pre-class assignments, small group discussions and clicker quizzes improve students’ ability to grasp tricky first-year calculus concepts. Students taught in such active-engagement classes were [...]
|Mayo Clinic researchers decode how the brain miswires, possibly causing ADHD
||Neuroscientists at Mayo Clinic in Florida and at Aarhus University in Denmark have shed light on why neurons in the brain’s reward system can be miswired, potentially contributing to disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They say findings from their study, published online today in Neuron, may increase the understanding of underlying causes of ADHD, potentially facilitating
|Poor health, lifestyle factors linked to memory complaints, even among younger adults
||If you’re depressed, don’t get enough exercise or have high blood pressure, you may find yourself complaining more about memory problems, even if you’re a young adult, according to a new UCLA study. UCLA researchers and the Gallup organization polled more than 18,000 people about their memory and a variety of lifestyle and health factors
|Five-question clinical tool the first to help screen risk of violence in military veterans
||A new brief, 5-question screening tool can help clinicians identify which veterans may be at greater risk of violence, according to a new study led by a UNC researcher. The study, published online by the American Journal of Psychiatry, is based on a national survey sample of veterans combined with a smaller, in-depth assessment sample. The
|Cutting edge methods reveal what makes Purkinje neurons unique
||In a collaboration between RIKEN’s Brain Science Institute and Center for Life Science Technologies in Japan, scientists combined cutting edge methods to obtain a comprehensive catalogue of proteins that are manufactured in specific parts of Purkinje neurons. The study, headed by Drs. Thomas Launey, Unit Leader at RIKEN BSI and Charles Plessy, Unit Leader at
|A new diagnostic tool for dementia diseases
||A new diagnostic tool helps clinicians to differentiate between Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia and mild cognitive impairment. Presented in the doctoral thesis of MD Miguel Ángel Muñoz Ruiz at the University of Eastern Finland, the new method consists of a Disease State Index combining data from multiple sources, and of a Disease State Fingerprint showing
|Gestures research suggests language instinct in young children
||Young children instinctively use a ‘language-like’ structure to communicate through gestures, according to psychologists. Research led by the University of Warwick suggests when young children are asked to use gestures to communicate, their gestures segment information and reorganise it into language-like sequences. This suggests that children are not just learning language from older generations, their
|Psychologists find that entitlement predicts sexism, in both men and women
||Entitled attitudes appear to be linked to sexism—even among women, according to a personality study by psychologists from Case Western Reserve University and San Diego State University. In general, entitled men are more likely to endorse hostile views of women and entitled women are more likely to endorse views of women as frail and needing
|Research shows compassion and euthanasia don’t always jibe
||New research from Case Western Reserve University found that compassion can produce counterintuitive results, challenging prevailing views of empathy’s effects on moral judgment. To understand how humans make moral choices, researchers asked subjects to respond to a variety of moral dilemmas, for instance: Whether to stay and defend a mortally wounded soldier until he dies
|Healthy tissue grafted to the brains of Huntington’s patients also develops the disease
||A recent study published in Annals of Neurology reports that healthy human tissue grafted to the brains of patients with Huntington’s disease in the hopes of treating the neurological disorder also developed signs of the illness, several years after the graft. This discovery will have profound implications on our understanding of the disease and how to treat
|The Other Person Behind a Chronic Illness
||My husband asked me this morning how I slept. I wasn’t sure if I should tell him the truth. Yesterday was a bad day in a string of good days, which feels like a blizzard the first week of April. Aren’t we done with this? By the time we connected...
|Rage and the Problem of Male Sexual Privilege
||The ancient warrior Odysseus and Elliot Rodger represent two different ways of managing male sexual desire. One sees male sexual desire, however overwhelming it may be at times, as ultimately the responsibility of men. The other approach, which has predominated throughout history, blames women and makes them responsible.
|Children With Autism Exposed to More Steroid Hormones in The Womb
||New study may help explain why autism is more common in males.Advertisement:→ Please participate in a PSYCHOMETRIC TEST on CIVIC BEAUTY at http://CitiesBeautiful.org
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|8 of Psychology’s Greatest Books from the Classics to Today
||If you’re looking for great reads in psychology, the possible list may seem almost endless. These selection of 8 great reads narrows it down for you, and may inspire you to form your own list of all-time psychology winners.
|Three Ways to Get Feedback on Our Moods
||A smartphone app that uses voice analysis to detect mood changes in patients with bipolar disorder is being tested by researchers. If testing goes well, the app could be used to measure subtle voice changes during a user’s routine smartphone calls. Until it’s usefulness is confirmed, and until better predictors...
|When to Seek Couples Therapy
||Most people treat couples therapy as a measure of last resort: Your relationship is completely on the rocks, one or both of you is considering calling it quits. It’s like dialing 911. But as I’ve said before, that’s the worst time to start therapy–when you’re feeling hopeless, when one...
|Psychology Around the Net: June 7, 2014
||Social media, college graduates, mental illness and guns — check out this week’s Psychology Around the Net. The Psychology of Sharing Infographic : How often do you check Facebook each day? Are you more likely to buy from a company you follow on Twitter? What about online sharing —...
|Look Who’s Laughing: Similarities and Differences in Men and
||Laughing is a wonderful human trait that we all share. It is something we do from earliest childhood and something that benefits us in many ways. Physically, laughter relaxes skeletal and cardiovascular muscles. The rapid breathing associated with laughter increases oxygen level and improves respiratory function. Psychologically, laughter has been associated...
|Neurons transplanted into Parkinson’s-affected brains appear healthy after 14 years
||When transplanted into the midbrains of adult patients with Parkinson’s disease, dopamine neurons derived from fetal tissue can remain healthy for many years. The findings reported in the Cell Press journal Cell Reports on June 5th suggest that transplanted neurons don’t degenerate over time as some had suggested and feared they would, which provides further rationale for
|Risk tolerance of investors decreases with the stock market
||As the U.S. economy slowly recovers many investors remain wary about investing in the stock market. Now, Michael Guillemette, an assistant professor of personal financial planning in the University of Missouri College of Human Environmental Sciences, analyzed investors’ “risk tolerance,” or willingness to take risks, and found that it decreased as the stock market faltered. Guillemette says this