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Image perception in the blink of an eye Neuroscientists find that the brain can identify images seen for as little as 13 milliseconds.
Mental health of Spanish men worsened with economic crisis Experts and social organizations have warned of the negative effects that the economic crisis could mean for the health of the population. But it was not easy to demonstrate with data what is happening. A new, comparative analysis of the last two National Health Surveys revealed a rise in mental health problems in men, which contrasts on the other hand with a decrease in women.   
Discovery of quantum vibrations in 'microtubules' inside brain neurons supports controversial theory of consciousness A review and update of a controversial 20-year-old theory of consciousness claims that consciousness derives from deeper level, finer scale activities inside brain neurons. The recent discovery of quantum vibrations in "microtubules" inside brain neurons corroborates this theory, according to review authors. They suggest that EEG rhythms (brain waves) also derive from deeper level microtubule vibrations, and that from a practical standpoint, treating brain microtubule vibrations could benefit a host of mental, neurological, and cognitive conditions.
How metabolism, brain activity are linked: Study sheds light on why diet may help control seizures in epilepsy patients A new study shows a direct link between metabolism in brain cells and their ability to signal information. The research may explain why the seizures of many epilepsy patients can be controlled by a
Brain regions 'tune' activity to enable attention The brain appears to synchronize the activity of different brain regions to make it possible for a person to pay attention or concentrate on a task, scientists have learned.
Spirituality, religion may protect against major depression by thickening brain cortex A thickening of parts of the brain cortex associated with regular meditation or other spiritual or religious practice could be the reason those activities guard against depression – particularly in people who are predisposed to the disease, according to new research. Researchers studied 130 subjects and found that those who highly valued spirituality showed thicker portions of brain cortices that may protect against depression -- especially in those at high risk for the disease.
So comedians are prone to psychosis? Comedy is more complex than that | Dean Burnett Dean Burnett: Saying that there is a link between comedy and psychosis risks oversimplifying both science and comedyDean Burnett
Why Is Narcissism Increasing Among Young Americans? Clinical assessment questionnaires indicate that narcissism has been rising and empathy has been declining in young people over the past 30 years or more. Why? Here are several reasonable explanations.read more
When doctor's visit is a guilt trip Some patients react to a shaming encounter with a health provider in a way that promotes health while others turn to lying or avoidance. Why? What makes the difference?
Head injuries triple long-term risk of early death Survivors of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are three times more likely to die prematurely than the general population, often from suicide or fatal injuries, finds a study. A TBI is a blow to the
Heavy drinking in middle age may speed memory loss by up to six years in men Middle-aged men who drink more than 36 grams of alcohol, or two and a half US drinks per day, may speed their memory loss by up to six years later on, according to a study published. On the other hand, the study found no differences in memory and executive function in men who do not drink, former drinkers and light or moderate drinkers. Executive function deals with attention and reasoning skills in achieving a goal.
Teachers stepping up when school violence erupts Whether teachers should be encouraged to confront gunmen is a policy question not yet decided.
Rats are nice to one another Study suggests rodents are influenced by social experience.
For kids with autism, sights and sounds are disjoined Research shows children with autism have trouble putting together what they see with what they hear, and that these deficits may underlie speech and communication problems.
Heavy drinking tied to faster mental decline in men Study shows having two and a half drinks per day speeds up memory loss in middle-aged men.
Morality Should Manage Human Competitiveness, Not Ignore It Many evolution-minded moral philosophers have implored us to maximize the happiness of others, and to suppress our own competitiveness. But is this approach to morality really the best way forward? read more
Narcissism -- to a point -- can make more effective leader, researchers find Although Narcissus himself might not have been able to step away from his reflection in the mirror to get to the office, when it comes to leadership, a moderate amount of narcissism can go a long way.
Speech means using both sides of brain We use both sides of our brain for speech, a finding by researchers that alters previous conceptions about neurological activity. The results also offer insights into addressing speech-related inhibitions caused by stroke or injury and lay the groundwork for better rehabilitation methods.
Self-control isn't in short supply (despite what it looks like) It might be true that people have a harder time controlling themselves when they are tired at the end of the day, but that doesn't mean that self-control is a limited resource, say authors of a new study. The trick to fighting that couch potato urge is for you (or your kids) to find pleasure in productive activities.
Parental leave policies best promote gender equity, well-being in women's health Government policies that allow both parents to take time off after a child is born provide positive benefits for the physical and mental health of women, according to a literature review that looked at the influence of public policies on women's overall health.