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Study examines potential evolutionary role of 'sexual regret' in human survival, reproduction A study finds men regret missing opportunities to have sex, while women feel remorse for having casual, meaningless sex.
The good news in bad news Psychology shows that it doesn't take much to put you in a bad mood. And being in a bad mood slows your reaction time and affects your basic cognitive abilities like speech, writing, and counting. But new research now reveals that repeated exposure to a negative event neutralizes its effect on your mood and your thinking. The study has broad implications for understanding our emotions.
ADHD study: Expensive training programs don't help grades, behavior A two-year study found that computer-based training programs that claim to help children with ADHD succeed in the classroom and in peer relationships while reducing hyperactivity and inattentiveness do not produce significant or meaningful long-term improvements. Parents are better off saving their money, the lead researcher says.
Postmenopausal estrogen decline unrelated to changes in cognition, mood A new study shows that decreased estrogen levels after menopause are largely unrelated to changes in cognitive ability and mood. It did find, however, a possible link between levels of another hormone -- progesterone -- and cognition among younger postmenopausal women.
Brain imaging differences in infants at genetic risk for Alzheimer's Researchers have found that infants who carry a gene associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease tend to have differences in brain development compared to infants who do not carry the gene. The findings do not mean that these infants will get Alzheimer's, but they may be a step toward understanding how this gene confers risk much later in life.
Oxytocin leads to monogamy How is the bond between people in love maintained? Scientists have discovered a biological mechanism that could explain the attraction between loving couples: If oxytocin is administered to men and if they are shown pictures of their partner, the bonding hormone stimulates the reward center in the brain, increasing the attractiveness of the partner, and strengthening monogamy.
Study finds students tweet about ADHD drug Twitter has become a platform for studying the abuse of pharmaceutical drugs among college students.
Brain chemical may drive monogamy in relationships Study suggests oxytocin, a hormone from the pituitary gland, could explain why it is beneficial for males to stay in a romantic relationship.
Men and women have different regrets after sex Study shows men most often regret not having sex with more people while women regret having sex with the wrong partner.
Screen time again linked to kids' extra weight Children and teenagers who spend lots of time in front of screens - especially TVs - tend to gain more weight as they age, according to a new study.
Scientists discover brain part that drives decision-making One of the smallest parts of the brain may be responsible for big decisions like buying a new house.
Screening children for mental health issues may not guarantee care Researchers try to determine if better screening actually leads to better behavioral health care.
Alzheimer's, vascular changes in the neck An international research team studying Alzheimer's and mild cognitive impairment is reporting potentially significant findings on a vascular abnormality outside the brain.
Turning autism upside down: When symptoms are strengths A novel approach to treating children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder could help them navigate their world by teaching them to turn their symptoms into strengths. A researcher has developed a treatment method that teaches affected children how to control their psychophysiology and behavior using computerized biofeedback and clinical hypnosis.
Improvement of mood associated with improved brain injury outcomes Researchers found that improvement of mood over the course of post-acute brain rehabilitation is associated with increased participation in day-to-day activities, independent living, and ability to work after rehabilitation is complete.
Common brain cell plays key role in shaping neural circuits Neuroscientists have discovered a new role played by a common but mysterious class of brain cells.
New kind of genetic switch can target activities of just one type of brain cell Mysterious brain cells called microglia are starting to reveal their secrets thanks to research conducted at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Emotional intelligence: a clincher in Lady Ashton's diplomatic triumph The EU foreign policy chief was credited with using great 'emotional intelligence' in the Iran nuclear talks. But what do we know of this relatively new psychological concept? And do women have higher EI than men?Much of the credit for this weekend's historic defusing of the Iranian nuclear issue, hailed as one of the great diplomatic triumphs of the new century, has rightly gone to Lady Ashton, the European Union's high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, and to the high degree of "emotional intelligence" she is said to have brought to the task of patiently brokering a deal as important as it was considered impossible.At its most basic, emotional intelligence could be said to boil down to "getting on with people". A relatively recent psychological concept whose precise meaning is still disputed, EI is defined rather more scientifically as the ability to perceive, identify, evaluate and control emotions in oneself and, critically, others. Some experts claim it is at least as important as a person's intelligence quotient; others argue that the key abilities attributed to it are actually skills and should not be referred to as intelligence at all. It follows that there is also dispute about whether emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, or whether people are born with it.The term's first scientific appearance seems to have been in a doctoral thesis in 1985, but the man who really popularised it, in a string of highly successful self-help books starting with the 1995 bestseller Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ, was the New York Times science writer Daniel Goleman.Goleman defines the five core components of emotional intelligence as self-awareness (recognising and understanding personal moods and emotions and drives, as well as their effect on others); self-regulation (controling or redirecting disruptive impulses and moods, and thinking before acting); motivation (harnessing emotions to achieve goals and persevere); empathy (sensing the emotions of others) and social skills (managing relationships, inspiring others and getting them to respond as you would like). The leading academic researchers in the field, Peter Salovey of Yale and John D Mayer of the University of New Hampshire, use different terminology, defining the four key elements of EI as perceiving, using, understanding and managing emotions.And do women have higher EI than men? According to Goleman, they do, but not across the board. "There are many tests of emotional intelligence," he says, "and most seem to show that women tend to have an edge over men when it comes to these basic skills." But there is a nuance: the tests show women tend to excel at sensing emotion (empathising), while men tend to be good at managing emotion (ie compartmentalising or, sometimes, ignoring it). Although, Goleman diplomatically adds, that is not true of all men and all women: "There's a lot of overlap." An observation with which Ashton would surely agree.PsychologyGenderLady AshtonEuropean UnionJon Henleytheguardian.com © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
Navigational ability visible in brain The brains of people who immediately know their way after traveling along as a passenger are different from the brains of people who always need a GPS system or a map to get from one place to another.
Video game play may provide learning, health, social benefits Playing video games, including violent shooter games, may boost children's learning, health and social skills, according to a review of research on the positive effects of video game play.