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High blood pressure in middle age vs old age may predict memory loss People in middle age who have a high blood pressure measure called pulse pressure are more likely to have biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease in their spinal fluid than those with lower pulse pressure, according to research published.
Sobriety, spirituality linked for teens in treatment Increased spirituality in teens undergoing substance abuse treatment is associated with greater likelihood of abstinence (as measured by toxicology screens), increased positive social behaviors, and reduced narcissism, according to a study.
Literacy depends on nurture, not nature, education professor says An education professor has sided with the environment in the "nurture vs. nature" debate after his research found that a child's ability to read depends mostly on where that child is born, rather than on individual qualities.
Singing show tunes may help people with dementia New research shows that singing show tunes may be able to help dementia patients regain some cognitive skills.
Can changes in the eyes help diagnose Alzheimer's disease? Researchers have found that it may be possible to diagnose Alzheimer's simply by screening for changes in two very important organs: the eyes.
Intranasal insulin improves cognitive function in patients with type 2 diabetes As the link between type 2 diabetes and dementia becomes more widely recognized, new findings offer promise of a new treatment for this growing problem.
Compound inhibits cognitive impairment in animal models of Alzheimer's disease The novel compound IRL-1620 may be useful in treating Alzheimer's disease, as it has been shown to prevent cognitive impairment and oxidative stress in animal models.
The Origins of Words Where do words come from? What is special about human's capacity to develop symbol systems? read more
Social networks make us smarter The secret to why some cultures thrive and others disappear may lie in our social networks and our ability to imitate, rather than our individual smarts, according to a new study.
Soda Consumption Connected to Behavioural Problems in Children A new study of 2,929 5-year-old children has found a link between consuming sodas and bad behaviour.→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
New links between social status, brain activity New studies released today reveal links between social status and specific brain structures and activity, particularly in the context of social stress.
Back to the future: Nostalgia increases optimism New research shows that feeling nostalgic about the past will increase optimism about the future. The research examined the idea that nostalgia is not simply a past-orientated emotion but its scope extends into the future, with a positive outlook.
Context is key in helping us to recognize a face Why does it take longer to recognize a familiar face when seen in an unfamiliar setting, like seeing a work colleague when on holiday? A new study published today has found that part of the reason comes down to the processes that our brain performs when learning and recognizing faces.
Needle in a haystack: New research shows how brain prepares to start searching Many of us have steeled ourselves for those 'needle in a haystack' tasks of finding our vehicle in an airport car park, or scouring the supermarket shelves for a favorite brand. A new scientific study has revealed that our understanding of how the human brain prepares to perform visual search tasks of varying difficulty may now need to be revised. When people search for a specific object, they tend to hold in mind a visual representation of it, based on key attributes like shape, size or color. Scientists call this 'advanced specification.'
The Preventable Death of Ethan Saylor A 26-year-old man with Down Syndrome made a scene at a movie theater when he attempted to see a film for a second time without paying. Police initiated a struggle in which the man died. A commission has been established in the state of Maryland to train officers to avoid such a tragedy in the future, but their task is more complicated than one might think. read more
APA Urges End to Sequestration Decries eroding investments in scientific research, public health, education
Mindfulness inhibits implicit learning -- the wellspring of bad habits Being mindful appears to help prevent the formation of bad habits, but perhaps good ones too. Behavioral and neuroimaging studies suggest that mindfulness can undercut the automatic learning processes, such as implicit learning.
Our relationship with food: What drives us to eat, suffer eating disorders? A growing body of evidence shows the impact of diet on brain function, and identifies patterns of brain activity associated with eating disorders such as binge eating and purging.
How gullible are we when it comes to robots? | Nathalia Gjersoe Humans readily anthropomorphise inanimate objects but current research suggests that even babies are surprisingly sensitive to the differences between robots and humans when it comes to social interaction.Nathalia Gjersoe
Musical training shapes brain anatomy, affects function New findings show that extensive musical training affects the structure and function of different brain regions, how those regions communicate during the creation of music, and how the brain interprets and integrates sensory information.