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Monkeys use minds to move two virtual arms Monkeys have learned to control the movement of both arms on an avatar using just their brain activity.
Earliest marker for autism found in young infants Eye contact during early infancy may be a key to early identification of autism, according to a new study. The study reveals the earliest sign of developing autism ever observed -- a steady decline in attention to others' eyes within the first two to six months of life.
New study identifies signs of autism in the first months of life Researchers have identified signs of autism present in the first months of life. The researchers followed babies from birth until 3 years of age, using eye-tracking technology, to measure the way infants look at and respond to social cues. Infants later diagnosed with autism showed declining attention to the eyes of other people, from the age of 2 months onwards.
School violence lowers test scores, not grades A new study finds that while violent crime has a negative impact on standardized test scores, it doesn't have the same effect on grades.
Educational video games can boost motivation to learn Math video games can enhance students' motivation to learn, but it may depend on how students play, researchers have found in a study of middle-schoolers.
Postoperative pain may increase risk of temporary problems with learning, memory The pain caused by a surgical incision may contribute to the risk of postoperative cognitive dysfunction, a sometimes transient impairment in learning and memory that affects a small but significant number of patients in the days following a surgical procedure.
Touch may alleviate existential fears for people with low self-esteem As human beings, we all know that we are going to die some day. Most of us deal with this knowledge by trying to live meaningful lives, but people with low self-esteem tend not to see their lives as particularly meaningful. Now, research suggests that touch may help people with low self-esteem in confronting their own mortality.
Prognostic value of baseline survival determined for 11 types of cancer Results of a study point out the prognostic value of baseline recorded health-related quality of life for survival for eleven types of cancer: brain, breast, colorectal, esophageal, head and neck, lung, melanoma, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, and testicular cancer. For each cancer site, at least one health-related quality of life parameter provided additional prognostic information over and above the clinical and sociodemographic variables.
Cyber bullying more difficult for teenagers to process psychologically than in-person bullying Expert adolescent psychologist discusses the psychological ways in which teens experience online bullying versus face-to-face conflict.
Rewiring the Brain to Eliminate Fear Brain cells routinely change their connections to other brain cells. The patterns of these connections influence all aspects of mental function including learning, memory, and emotions. Behavioral treatments for phobias and anxiety disorders may work better when they are administered together with a pulse of medication that influences the molding of cell connections.read more
Personal reflection triggers increased brain activity during depressive episodes Research has found that people experiencing depressive episodes display increased brain activity when they think about themselves.
Comprehending comprehension What makes a good reader? First, you have to know how to read the words on a page and understand them -- but there's a higher-level step to reading comprehension. You have to tie together the words over time, maintaining their order and meaning in your memory, so that you can understand phrases, sentences, paragraphs and extended texts.
Gesturing While Talking Influences Thoughts When people gesture with their hands while talking, it helps change their thoughts.→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Anticipation and navigation: Do your legs know what your tongue is doing? Scientists built a virtual world to manipulate a rat's environment. They found that, depending on the environmental cue, different areas of the brain can work together, or be in disarray.
A Link Between DNA and Marital Bliss The search for the recipe that produces a happy marriage has long occupied scientists, therapists, and laypeople alike. In a new study, we present the first evidence that a gene involved in the regulation of serotonin plays an important role in determining how powerfully negative and positive emotions will influence marital satisfaction over time. read more
American Psychological Association Elects University of Puget Sound Professor Barry S. Anton as 2015 President
Calculating the Risk: Child Sexual Assault Affluent girls residing in two-parent homes are much less likely to be sexually assaulted than other female youth, according to a new study.
Just a few years of early musical training benefits the brain later in life Older adults who took music lessons as children but haven't actively played an instrument in decades have a faster brain response to a speech sound than individuals who never played an instrument. The finding suggests early musical training has a lasting, positive effect on how the brain processes sound. 
Effects of chronic stress can be traced to your genes New research suggests that if you're working for a really bad boss over a long period of time, that experience may play out at the level of gene expression in your immune system.
Report shows extent to which social background matters for academic success Children of similar intelligence have very different levels of educational attainment depending on their social backgrounds, says a large-scale study. The research team studied cohorts of children born in Britain and Sweden from the 1940s to the 1970s. They found that bright children from advantaged social backgrounds were twice as likely to achieve A-levels as similarly able children from the least advantaged social backgrounds.