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Teens who use alcohol and marijuana together are at higher risk for unsafe driving Teenagers who drink alcohol and smoke marijuana may be at increased risk for unsafe driving, according to a study in the May issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Researchers said the findings point to a need for education on the risks of “simultaneous use” of alcohol and marijuana. The study of U.S.
Oxytocin promotes social behavior in infant rhesus monkeys The hormone oxytocin appears to increase social behaviors in newborn rhesus monkeys, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the University of Parma in Italy, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The findings indicate that oxytocin is a promising candidate for new treatments for developmental disorders affecting social skills and
Treat homelessness first, everything else later: Study Providing safe, stable and affordable housing first is the best way to help homeless in Hamilton, Ont., according to new research. Researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital and McMaster University assessed the success of Hamilton’s Transitions to Home program – a program designed to quickly find permanent housing for men who are frequent users of the
Using a foreign language changes moral decisions Would you sacrifice one person to save five? Such moral choices could depend on whether you are using a foreign language or your native tongue. A new study from psychologists at the University of Chicago and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona finds that people using a foreign language take a relatively utilitarian approach to moral
Cyberspace scholarship nets higher grades and better critical thinking University students who used a Facebook group as part of a large sociology class did better on course assignments and felt a stronger sense of belonging, according to a Baylor University study. The study has implications for the challenge of teaching large classes, a matter of growing concern for higher education. Classes numbering hundreds of
Precise brain mapping can improve response to deep brain stimulation in depression Experimental studies have shown that deep brain stimulation (DBS) within the subcallosal cingulate (SCC) white matter of the brain is an effective treatment for many patients with treatment-resistant depression. Response rates are between 41 percent and 64 percent across published studies to date. One of the proposed mechanisms of action is through modulation of a
U.S. military suicides fall among active duty, rise in reserves Recent figures unveiled by the Pentagon show suicide still outpaces combat deaths among all U.S. military personnel.
Twitter selfies may reveal our moods Researchers plan to measure the "moods" of some American cities by analyzing one million photos tweeted over a period of a year.
How to be happier with your reflection Women, in particular, are constantly looking for what they can change to make themselves look prettier, thinner or more perfect.
Superheroes help kids soar Research shows superheroes can help build self-esteem and inner strength.
Walking may spark creative thinking Researchers say studies will eventually find the complex pathway from the physical act of walking to the cognitive changes in the brain.
The inner workings of the executive brain New research shows the best business minds make decisions very differently than we thought.
Back on the Blog, This Time with a Book! It’s been about a month since I’ve posted on this blog, and while some of the reasons are fairly banal (random viruses, strep, school vacations, etc.), the main reason I haven’t been writing as much here is because I’ve been putting the finishing touches on my book, Parenting in the...
Pocket Full of Feelings: An Interview with Dr. Ann Part of the core of Attachment Parenting is teaching our children about emotions—what they’re feeling and what to do about it, as well as how to empathize with others—a skill referred to as “emotional literacy” by parenting consultants like Ann Corwin, PhD, MEd, of Laguna Niguel, California, USA. We know...
Are You an Attachment Parent? By Jennifer Scoby, Reprinted with permission by Attachment Parenting International, Copyright 2014. All rights reserved. Attachment Parenting International is often contacted by confused parents like a mother who recently asked, “I no longer breastfeed my baby, but I try to babywear and I like the idea of having...
Scientists create circuit board modeled on the human brain Scientists have developed faster, more energy-efficient microchips based on the human brain -- 9,000 times faster and using significantly less power than a typical PC. This offers greater possibilities for advances in robotics and a new way of understanding the brain. For instance, a chip as fast and efficient as the human brain could drive prosthetic limbs with the speed and complexity of our own actions.
One Way To Find Out Whether Someone’s Got Your Back The Appalachian Trail is 2175 miles long and runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. The trail was finished in 1937 and in 1948 Earl Shaffer of York Pennsylvania completed the first documented thru-hike. Since then over 50,000 people have set out to hike the entire...
9 Ways to Boost Meaning in Your Job As you look at your job, what are some ways you can change your approach to tasks, relationships and your perception to boost purpose?
Abuse jeopardizes new mothers' mental health A research paper is calling for closer monitoring of new mothers for mental health problems in light of new findings. Researchers have advanced previous research that links intimate partner abuse to postpartum mental health problems. They discovered that 61 percent of all women who participated in the study experienced mental health symptoms.
Overlooked cells hold keys to brain organization, disease, study shows Brain disease scientists may need to look beyond nerve cells and start paying attention to the star-shaped cells known as 'astrocytes,' because they play specialized roles in the development and maintenance of nerve circuits, and may contribute to a wide range of disorders, according to a new study. The researchers discovered in mice that a particular form of astrocyte within the spinal cord secretes a protein needed for survival of the nerve circuitry that controls reflexive movements. This discovery is the first demonstration that different types of astrocytes exist to support development and survival of distinct nerve circuits at specific locations within the central nervous system.