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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.
Vision and multitasking: Brain can perform more than one function without sacrificing time or accuracy Most of the time your brain doesn't perform as well as it could when it has to multitask. But when it comes to visual sampling, researchers have found that multitasking is no problem.
Copycats pave the way to problem-solving success It often is better to be surrounded by copycats than innovators, according to a new study. Imitators, say researchers, "often make their own improvements to the original solution, and these can, in turn, be adopted and improved upon by the originator and others." In such fields as medicine, software development or art, where there are a "huge number of ideas with unknown potential," having copycats around you can provide an edge.
Some families would consider terminal sedation for brain injured relatives in permanent vegetative state, study shows The families of some very severely brain injured patients believe that once all treatment options are exhausted, allowing their relatives to die with the help of terminal sedation would be a humane and compassionate option, research has revealed.
Falling in Love Takes One-Fifth of a Second Love a hit of cocaine.
The Myth of Age-related Cognitive Decline The evidence is mounting that older people are just plain smarter. read more
Virtual reality moral dilemmas show just how utilitarian we really are "Moral" psychology has traditionally been studied by subjecting individuals to moral dilemmas, that is, hypothetical choices regarding typically dangerous scenarios, but it has rarely been validated "in the field". This limitation may have led to systematic bias in hypotheses regarding the cognitive bases of moral judgements. A study relying on virtual reality has demonstrated that, in real situations, we might be far more "utilitarian" than believed so far.
Women with a high economic status claim to have better sex, Spanish study shows A higher socioeconomic status has been associated with a more satisfying sex life. An analysis based on the first Spanish National Sexual Health Survey, carried out in 2009, confirms that socioeconomic factors affect sexual satisfaction. People with a lower economic status claim to be less sexually satisfied, particularly women.
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Does having children make people happier? Findings suggest that people who choose one lifestyle over another will be fairly satisfied with their decision.