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Researchers show power of mirror neuron system in learning, language understanding Anyone who has tried to learn a second language knows how difficult it is to absorb new words and use them to accurately express ideas in a completely new cultural format. Now, research into some of the fundamental ways the brain accepts information and tags it could lead to new, more effective ways for people to learn a second language.
When the Goal of Generosity Looms Larger Is giving $100 to your public radio station on the last day of their pledge drive different from giving $100 to the same station on the first day of the pledge drive? Logically speaking, it shouldn't make a difference; a dollar has the same value whether it's donated early or late. But psychologically speaking, people do seem to perceive a real difference. read more
Brain connections may explain why girls mature faster Scientists have discovered that as the brain re-organizes connections throughout our life, the process begins earlier in girls which may explain why they mature faster during the teenage years.
Suicide widely deemed immoral because it 'taints the soul,' study shows People -- even non-religious people -- make the moral judgment that suicide is wrong not because of any specific harm related to the act, but because they believe it taints the purity of a person's soul, according to a report.
MRI method for measuring MS progression validated New imaging research has demonstrated that a magnetic resonance imaging approach called quantitative susceptibility mapping can be an important tool for diagnosing and tracking the progression of Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological diseases.
Research linking autism symptoms to gut microbes called 'groundbreaking' A new study showing that feeding mice a beneficial type of bacteria can ameliorate autism-like symptoms is "groundbreaking," according to a commentary piece about the research.
Therapy dogs: 'Perfect medicine' to help students survive finals College campuses around the country are bringing in dogs to help stressed students.
Study reveals insight into how brain processes shape, color A new study by neuroscientists is the first to directly compare brain responses to faces and objects with responses to colors. The paper reveals new information about how the brain's inferior temporal (IT) cortex processes information.
High Emotional Intelligence Dramatically Improves Decision-Making High emotional intelligence is about knowing which emotions are relevant.→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Emotions in Parkinson's disease A study conducted investigates the origins of the difficulty recognizing certain emotions that affects patients with Parkinson's disease. Is this impairment caused by the disease itself or is it in part the consequence of a widely used treatment (deep brain stimulation)?
Language, Measures, and the US Handicap in Math Children in China, Japan, and Korea may have a head start in learning mathematics because they enter school already understanding the base-ten number system. Here's why.read more
Heart disease linked with dementia in older postmenopausal women Heart disease is linked with decreased brain function in older postmenopausal women. Women who have high blood pressure or diabetes may also be at higher risk for decreasing brain function over time.
Fatigue, a common side effect of breast cancer treatment, evaluated in novel patient study Although the prevalence and impact of cancer-related fatigue has been well established, very little is known about its predictors, mechanisms for development, and persistence post-treatment. A new research study is aimed at identifying breast cancer patients most susceptible to post-treatment fatigue by measuring biological, behavioral and social risk factors.
Deep brain stimulation may help with driving for people with Parkinson's Deep brain stimulation may have a beneficial effect on driving ability for people with Parkinson's disease, according to a new study. Deep brain stimulation uses a surgical implant similar to a pacemaker to send electrical impulses to the brain.
Markers of inflammation in blood linked to aggressive behaviors People with intermittent explosive disorder "” a psychiatric illness characterized by impulsivity, hostility and recurrent aggressive outbursts "” have elevated levels of two markers of systemic inflammation in their blood, signs of inflammation not seen in people in good mental health or with other psychiatric disorders.
Small talk skills improve with practice Small talk is far from "small" or trivial, says one expert. It is the "cornerstone of civility." "Small talk is really, really important. It helps us connect with people, and not just at holiday gatherings. If you make connections with people, it makes it much more difficult for you to treat them in an uncivil way. If you think about being kind to and connecting with people, people you engage in conversation, you're going to open a door for them, you'll let them step in front of you in line. You'll engage in more acts of kindness and fewer acts of rudeness."
Harnessing Mobile Media for Good The very technology that has increased our sense of urgency and pace of life is the same that can help us to slow down and enjoy it"”and others.read more
Brain area attacked by Alzheimer's links learning, rewards One of the first areas of the brain to be attacked by Alzheimer's disease, the posterior cingulate cortex, or PCC, has been found to step in during a cognitive challenge to improve the brain's performance. This small study in monkeys establishes a role for the PCC in learning and its connection to the brain's reward system.
Kids grasp large numbers remarkably young Children as young as 3 understand multi-digit numbers more than previously believed and may be ready for more direct math instruction when they enter school, according to new research.
Study supports eliminating restrictions on hospital visiting hours Removing restrictions on hospital visiting hours not only allows patients to spend more time with family and friends, it can enhance outcomes by lowering patient anxiety levels and feelings of social isolation, according to a study.