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Humans and monkeys of one mind when it comes to changing it Covert changes of mind can be discovered by tracking neural activity when subjects make decisions, researchers from New York University and Stanford University have found. Their results, which appear in the journal Current Biology, offer new insights into how we make decisions and point to innovative ways to study this process in the future. “The methods [...]
Neurons get their neighbors to take out their trash Biologists have long considered cells to function like self-cleaning ovens, chewing up and recycling their own worn out parts as needed. But a new study challenges that basic principle, showing that some nerve cells found in the eye pass off their old energy-producing factories to neighboring support cells to be “eaten.” The find, which may [...]
Kids with strong bonds to parents make better friends, can adapt in relationships What social skills does a three-year-old bring to interactions with a new peer partner? If he has strong bonds to his parents, the child is likely to be a positive, responsive playmate, and he’ll be able to adapt to a difficult peer by asserting his needs, according to a new University of Illinois study published [...]
The secret formula to successful online dating By Peng Xia, University of Massachusetts Lowell and Benyuan Liu, University of Massachusetts Lowell If it seems as if everyone you know is online dating, you’re not alone. According to recent surveys, more than 40m single people out of 54m singles in the US have signed up to an online dating site such as [...]
Mindfulness: Sugar Free, Zero Calories, and Hours of Energy You’ve heard it before, we’re a sleep deprived nation. If you took a poll, you’d likely find most of your friends feel more tiredness than they would like. That is why 5-Hour Energy Drink and other products like that are so popular. They perk us up, make us more engaged...
The Difference Between Stable and Unstable Relationships Does it bug you when your partner can't see the forest for the trees? Or can't focus on crucial details? If so, what do you do about it? Your answer matters, because it turns out that how you handle disagreements about the right level of analysis is crucial to a relationship's sustainability.
Mind games: The psychiatrist hoping to help England stay in the World Cup By Simon Rea, The Open University England play Uruguay tonight in a crucial match that, if lost, could leave the team with one foot already on the flight home. It’s for situations like these that Steve Peters, England’s sport psychiatrist, was invited to accompany the team to the World Cup. It’s worth considering why England’s [...]
Thinking about breaking up? You may as well flip a coin By Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., Monmouth University In their latest book, Think Like a Freak, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner urge readers to think about the world differently by training readers’ brains to approach problems in unique ways. In the final chapter, the Upside of Quitting, Levitt and Dubner suggest that, contrary to what many [...]
Managing Anger in the Workplace Recently, Duncan featured on a podcast for In this enlightening interview hosted by Ken Burgin, Duncan discusses the topic ‘Managing Anger in the Workplace’ addressing how it is caused and strategies we can use to best deal with it. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here.
Reflected Selfies Selfies are obnoxious and self-serving. Reflected selfies achieve the same goal but with style, class, and finesse.
Neurostimulator for epilepsy seizure control implanted in patients Neurosurgeons have implanted a new type of electrical stimulator to control seizures in patients with difficult-to-control epilepsy called a responsive neurostimulator. It marked the first time in the Southeast United States that the RNS system by NeuroPace had been implanted since the device gained FDA approval in November 2013.
Social-Emotional Learning is a Must to Reduce Bullying I’ve heard it said too many times: Social and emotional learning shouldn’t be taught at school because that’s a job for parents. Good in theory, but in reality, there are many children who lack supportive, loving and safe home environments that promote good values. Instead, these children often experience an...
Baby Rituals The earliest interactions between moms and infants are ritualized interactions. Ritual is the means by which we draw infants and children deeper and deeper into the adult social world.
Parents of children with autism less likely to have more kids Parents of children with autism may be concerned about having another child with autism, or may not have the resources to care for more children.
Would you want to know if you’re likely to get Alzheimer’s disease? Researchers struggle to recruit volunteers for promising drug to treat widely-feared disease.
Study: Less-structured time correlates to kids' success Research found that young children who spend more time engaging in more open-ended, free-flowing activities display higher levels of executive functioning.
Passive Aggressive vs. Assertive Behavior in Relationships One of the most common reactions people have when I talk about my work in addressing passive aggressive behavior is an impassioned, “Passive aggression is so frustrating! I can’t stand passive aggressive people!” followed up by a quick and more sheepish, “Wait, what exactly is passive aggression again?”
Seeing the inner workings of brain made easier by new technique Scientists have improved on their original technique for peering into the intact brain, making it more reliable and safer, researchers report. The results could help scientists unravel the inner connections of how thoughts, memories or diseases arise. When you look at the brain, what you see is the fatty outer covering of the nerve cells within, which blocks microscopes from taking images of the intricate connections between deep brain cells. The idea behind this study was to eliminate that fatty covering while keeping the brain intact, complete with all its intricate inner wiring.
Tiny molecule could help diagnose, treat mental disorders According to the World Health Organization, such mood disorders as depression affect some 10% of the world's population and are associated with a heavy burden of disease. Now, scientists report that they have 'fingerprinted' a culprit in depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.
Stem cell-based transplantation approach improves recovery from stroke Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in developed countries, and there is an urgent need for more clinically effective treatments. A study reveals that simultaneous transplantation of neural and vascular progenitor cells can reduce stroke-related brain damage and improve behavioral recovery in rodents. The stem cell-based approach could represent a promising strategy for the treatment of stroke in humans.