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How to Build the Family of Your Dreams How far would you go to become a parent?read more
Scientists reduce behaviors associated with problem gambling in rats With the help of a rat casino, researchers have successfully reduced behaviors in rats that are commonly associated with compulsive gambling.
People seem more attractive in a group than they do apart People tend to be rated as more attractive when they're part of a group than when they're alone, according to new research. This phenomenon -- first dubbed the "cheerleader effect" by ladykiller Barney Stinson on the popular TV show "How I Met Your Mother" -- suggests that having a few friends around might be one way to boost perceived attractiveness.
Eye tracking technology suggests people 'check out' women at first glance Eye tracking technology has reconfirmed what women have known all along: that people look at their sexual body parts more and faces less when evaluating their appearance. A new study found that especially women with typical hour glass figures or larger breasts, narrower waists, and bigger hips frequently prompted such gazes.
Child sexual abuse via the Internet on the rise Sexual abuse of children and adolescents can have serious health consequences for victims. Early studies have revealed that child sexual abuse is associated with an increased risk of later mental and physical health problems and risk-taking behavior. Studies have discovered that sexual abuse is alarmingly widespread in a representative sample of more than 6,000 9th grade students in Switzerland.
Do antidepressants work? The prescription of antidepressants is growing faster than for almost any other drug - in the UK and around the world - but the debate over their effectiveness rages on. Have you ever taken or prescribed antidepressants? Share your experiences anonymously in our online survey
Unconscious Signals That Calm Research by Stephen Porges, Ph.D., has shown that unconsciously transmitted and received signals can slow the heart rate. This in turn activates the parasympathetic nervous system. Additionally, if the chemistry is right, a face can shut down the fear system down completely. By tapping into this discovery, we can establish automatic regulation of anxiety.read more
Common bias known as 'endowment effect' not present in hunter-gatherer societies Psychology and behavioral economics have experimentally identified a laundry list of common biases that cause people to act against their own apparent interests. One of these biases -- the mere fact of possessing something raises its value to its owner -- is known as the "endowment effect." A new interdisciplinary study has delved into whether this bias is truly universal, and whether it might have been present in humanity's evolutionary past.
Snakes on the brain: Are primates hard-wired to recognize snakes? Was the evolution of high-quality vision in our ancestors driven by the threat of snakes? New work supports this theory. In a new paper, researchers show that there are specific nerve cells in the brains of rhesus macaque monkeys that respond to images of snakes.
Poverty in early childhood appears associated with brain development Poverty in early childhood appears to be associated with smaller brain volumes measured through imaging at school age and early adolescence.
Nurturing may protect kids from brain changes linked to poverty Researchers have identified changes in the brains of children growing up in poverty. Those changes can lead to lifelong problems like depression, learning difficulties and limitations in the ability to cope with stress. But the study showed that the extent of those changes was influenced strongly by whether parents were attentive and nurturing.
One, two, buckle my shoe: Importance of language to learning math The language a child speaks affects the rate at which they learn number words, and hearing number words in natural conversation – not just in counting routines – is a critical part of learning the meaning of numbers.
Untangling Alzheimer's disease A team of researchers has identified a specific set of microRNA molecules that detrimentally regulate protein levels in the brains of mice with Alzheimer's disease. By targeting these molecules, they hope to move closer toward earlier detection and better treatment of the debilitating condition.
It's shocking: Ultra-focused electric current helps brain curb pain Imagine significantly reducing a persistent migraine or fibromyalgia by a visit to a doctor who delivers low doses of electricity to the brain
Researchers link poverty and parenting to child brain development Children who grow up in poor families may have smaller brains than their more well-off peers, but good parenting may help overcome that disadvantage.
Smokers most likely to think about quitting on Mondays Study finds tobacco addicts are far more likely to consider quitting smoking on Mondays than on any other day of the week.
Crying wolf: Who benefits and when? A crisis at work can bring out the best in colleagues, often inspiring more cooperation and self-sacrifice. A study has found that the benefits are not shared equally, however, with higher-ranking group members having the most to gain by perceived threats to the group.
Social science graduates more likely to get employment than science or arts graduates Social science graduates are more likely to be employed after their first degree than graduates in other areas such as science and the arts, and a higher proportion are in managerial and senior official roles, a new report says.
Poor motor performance linked to poor academic skills Children with poor motor performance at school entry were found to have poorer reading and arithmetic skills than their better performing peers during the first three years of school. However, no relationship was found between cardiovascular fitness and academic skills, according to a new study.
Regular cocaine, cannabis use may trigger addictive behaviors New cocaine and cannabis research reveals that regular cannabis users have increased levels of impulsive behavior. It had previously been argued that this increased impulsivity after cannabis administration was only experienced by occasional users, but that regular users were no longer affected in this way. The results provide evidence for how drug use may trigger addictive behaviors.