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Even when test scores go up, some cognitive abilities don't In new research, neuroscientists find that even high-performing schools don't influence their students' abstract reasoning.
Do Kids Still Care About Professional Sports? Between video games, Pokémon cards, and $200 ticket prices, the attraction of kids to professional sports may be starting to wane. Should we welcome this change as an opportunity to engage children elsewhere or grieve the fading of one of the classic parts of growing up? read more
Researchers uncover mechanism controlling Tourette Syndrome tics A mechanism in the brain that controls tics in children with Tourette Syndrome has been discovered by scientists.
Spanking children slows cognitive development and increases risk of criminal behavior, expert says A scientist makes a definitive case against spanking, including how it slows cognitive development and increases antisocial and criminal behavior.
Music and Memory: 5 Awesome New Psychology Studies Music aids language learning, helps injured brains remember, causes widespread brain activation and more...→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Education: Learning with 'stronger peers' yields no boost A new study contradicts the popular theory that students perform better when surrounded by higher achieving classmates.
How horses can teach humans communication skills, kindness One social work student spent the last 18 months at Spirit of Leadership at the Pebble Ledge Ranch in Novelty, Ohio, learning to communicate with horses (and a zebra), becoming "one with the herd" and teaching others how to do the same in an experiential learning with horses program that inspires self-discovery.
Incarceration has no effect on nonresident fathers' parenting A prison sentence may not always have negative consequences for children of the incarcerated, says one sociologist. In a new study, she finds that when an uninvolved dad spends time behind bars, there are no negative effects on his parenting.
From weight loss to fundraising, 'ironic effects' can sabotage our best laid plans Growing body of research shows how efforts backfire in sneaky ways: we fail in our best efforts because of our best effortsOliver Burkeman
The Upside of Starting Your Career in a Recession In at least one sense, people who graduate in a tough economy are better offread more
Are overweight children less able to handle advertising? Weight, body shape perception, self-esteem and dietary habits all contribute to how children handle food advertising. A new study suggests that overweight children, in particular, could benefit from special training, in order to increase their media skills in relation to the exposure to advertising.
New test facilitates diagnosis of autism in adults Researchers have developed a new screening tool to facilitate the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in adults. The test is unique in that researchers have, as part of their evaluation, compared the group diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder with psychiatric patients.
Establishing the basis of humor The act of laughing at a joke is the result of a two-stage process in the brain, first detecting an incongruity before then resolving it with an expression of mirth. Interestingly, the brain actions involved in understanding humour differ between young boys and girls.
Vice President announces more mental health funding Joe Biden annouces a new push to increase access to mental health services with $100 million in new government funding.
Same-sex UK weddings to begin in March The first same-sex weddings can take place England and Wales this Spring.
You can't blame hormones for your bad mood A new study from Stanford University finds that declining estrogen levels have no influence on women's mood.
Teachers give better grades to more attractive students A new study suggests that people rated as more attractive are more likely to get higher grades and to go to college.
Evolution of 'third party punishment' The stronger a community's social ties and the longer most people stay within the community, the more likely it is that bystanders will step forward to punish a neighbor for perceived wrongdoing. A psychologist teamed with campus computer scientists, using evolutionary game theory to predict the emergence of this complex human behavior.
Combat-related injuries: Brain imaging differences in veterans with TBI A recent study used diffusion tensor imaging, a type of highly sensitive magnetic resonance image (MRI), to examine the way water moves throughout the brain's white matter.
Motivating women to forget the message: When do breast cancer ads backfire? After a traumatic experience, the details we remember surrounding the event are sometimes foggy. According to a new study, consumers remember the least when they feel the most threatened.