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Traumatic life events biggest cause of anxiety, depression A study by psychologists has found that traumatic life events are the biggest cause of anxiety and depression, but how a person thinks about these events determines the level of stress they experience.
Children born to teen mothers have delayed development, likely due to social factors Babies born to teen mothers have less developed speaking skills at age five than children of older mothers, a new study has found.
Finding Alzheimer's disease before symptoms start Researchers say that by measuring levels of certain proteins in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), they can predict when people will develop the cognitive impairment associated with Alzheimer's disease years before the first symptoms of memory loss appear.
In elderly, hardening of arteries linked to plaques in brain Even for elderly people with no signs of dementia, those with hardening of the arteries are more likely to also have the beta-amyloid plaques in the brain that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.
The brain's neural thermostat Scientists observed in vivo that neocortical neurons, cells that control higher functions such as sight, language and spatial reasoning, have a set average firing rate and return to this set point even during prolonged periods of sensory deprivation. Furthermore, the average firing rate is so well ...
Babies know when you're faking, psychology researchers show Psychology researchers demonstrate that infants can detect whether a person's emotions are justifiable given a particular context.
What makes a data visualization memorable? "Chart junk" -- the noisy visual elements that attract criticism in design circles -- can help make a data visualization more memorable. And the chart types we learned about in school (bar graphs, pie charts, etc.) are not the easiest to recall.
Empathy? Surprising study shows that brains process the pain of villains more than the pain of people we like A counterintuitive findings from a new study show that the part of the brain that is associated with empathizing with the pain of others is activated more strongly by watching the suffering of hateful people as opposed to likable people.
Participation in cardiac rehab program improves recovery in stroke patients Stroke patients who participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program for six months make rapid gains in how far and fast they can walk, the use of weakened limbs and their ability to sit and stand.
Schizophrenia linked to abnormal brain waves: Neurological hyperactivity produces disordered thinking Schizophrenia patients usually suffer from a breakdown of organized thought, often accompanied by delusions or hallucinations. For the first time, neuroscientists have observed the neural activity that appears to produce this disordered thinking.
Working to the beat Scientists have contributed significantly towards a first explanation for the development of music. Contrary to what was previously suspected, music does not simply distract us when physically working hard by making the work seem a lot easier, but actually the music reduces the effort. This new ...
A security line with mood lighting A private company is working with airports to try to infuse calm and comfort into a very inhospitable place: the security checkpoint.
Iran brutality continues despite charm offensive Since August, Iran has clamped down even harder on human rights and stepped up public executions according to the International Campaign for Human Rights.
Mexico man with Asperger's wins case A 25-year-old Mexican with the autistic condition Asperger's wins the right to make key decisions about his life without parental consent.
Are Oreos as 'addictive' as cocaine? Research shows that certain foods may trigger the brain to signal for more of the foods, similar to the way addictive drugs prompt cravings.
The Genetic Predisposition to Focus on the Negative Around 50% of Caucasians have the ADRA2b gene variant.→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Tip-of-the-tongue moments may be benign Despite the common fear that those annoying tip-of-the-tongue moments are signals of age-related memory decline, the two phenomena appear to be independent.
Eye contact builds bedside trust Doctors who make a lot of eye contact are viewed as more likable and empathetic by patients, according to a new study.
Brain connections underlying accurate introspection revealed The human mind is not only capable of cognition and registering experiences but also of being introspectively aware of these processes. Until now, scientists have not known if such introspection was a single skill or dependent on the object of reflection. Also unclear was whether the brain housed a ...
I'm singing in the rainforest: Researchers find striking similarities between bird song and human music The musician wren is aptly-named, because these birds use the same intervals in their songs that are heard as consonant in many human cultures. This is a what composer and musicologist and a biologist found out in their zoomusicological study. Consonant intervals are perceived to fit well together. ...