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Brain regions can be specifically trained with video games Video gaming causes increases in the brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning as well as fine motor skills. This has been shown in a new study. The positive effects of video gaming may also prove relevant in therapeutic interventions targeting psychiatric disorders.
Understanding the difference between 'human smart' and 'computer smart' Considering 798 to be an odd number is endemic to human cognition, reveals a new study. A common assumption in the cognitive sciences is that thinking consists of following sets of rules (as it does in a computer). A recent research argues that unlike digital computers, which are designed to follow rules, the computations performed by the neural networks that make up our brain are inherently context dependent. People sometimes make seemingly strange mistakes like thinking that 798 is an odd number despite knowing how to identify odd and even numbers.
What makes creativity tick? Neuroscientists have created a quick but reliable test that can measure a person's creativity from single spoken words.
What happens when the lightbulb turns on? Measuring a person's creativity from single spoken words Neuroscientists have created a quick but reliable test that can measure a person's creativity from single spoken words. The "noun-verb" test is so simple it can be done by virtually anyone anywhere -- even in an MRI machine, setting the stage for scientists to pinpoint how the brain comes up with unusually creative ideas. While some believe ingenuity is spontaneous, the researchers suspect there's a lot of hard work going on in the brain even when the proverbial light bulb turning on feels effortless.
Teenagers, young adults diagnosed with cancer at increased risk of suicide Teenagers and young adults are at increased risk of suicide after being diagnosed with cancer according to a study published. A study of nearly eight million Swedes aged 15 and over found that among the 12,669 young people diagnosed with cancer between the age of 15 and 30, there was a 60 percent increased risk of suicide or attempted suicide. The risk was highest (150 percent) in the first year after diagnosis.
The Tower of Psychobabble We sure could use more names for the common patterns of everyday psychological behavior, but such names are dangerous to have floating around. No sooner do they become established than we start abusing them. Hence, our wariness about psychobabble, which has a long and venerable history.read more
How poverty molds the brain Groundbreaking research nearly two decades ago linking a mother's educational background to her children's literacy and cognitive abilities stands out among decades of social science studies demonstrating the adverse effects of poverty. Now new research has taken that finding in a neuroscientific direction: linking poor processing of auditory information in the adolescent brain to a lower maternal educational background.
News that is better or worse than expected influences health decisions Patients who are unrealistically optimistic about their personal health risks are more likely to take preventive action when confronted with news that is worse than expected, while unrealistic pessimists are less likely to change their behavior after receiving feedback that is better than expected.
Eyetrack study captures men's -- and women's -- objectifying gazes A new study used eye-tracking technology to map the visual behavior of men and women as they looked at images of women with different body types.
How cancer affects relationships Dealing with the illness as a team was associated with greater intimacy, according to a recent study.
Study shows men really do ogle women's bodies Men do look at women's bodies more than their faces, according to a new study that used eye-tracking technology to prove what many women have long observed.
Hurricane Sandy: Dealing with the psychological scars one year later October 29 marks the one-year anniversary of the superstorm, and some people will be reliving the trauma they experienced when the hurricane first hit.
When friends become bullies Bullying among friends can lead to difficulty forming new personal relationships.
Lying: False Denials Are Harder to Remember Than False Descriptions "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." "•Mark Twain→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Switched brain: Unravelling the true identity of the brain of Carl Friedrich Gauss Researchers reveal the true identity of the brains of mathematicians Carl Friedrich Gauss and Conrad Heinrich Fuchs.
How to Build the Family of Your Dreams How far would you go to become a parent?read more
Scientists reduce behaviors associated with problem gambling in rats With the help of a rat casino, researchers have successfully reduced behaviors in rats that are commonly associated with compulsive gambling.
People seem more attractive in a group than they do apart People tend to be rated as more attractive when they're part of a group than when they're alone, according to new research. This phenomenon -- first dubbed the "cheerleader effect" by ladykiller Barney Stinson on the popular TV show "How I Met Your Mother" -- suggests that having a few friends around might be one way to boost perceived attractiveness.
Eye tracking technology suggests people 'check out' women at first glance Eye tracking technology has reconfirmed what women have known all along: that people look at their sexual body parts more and faces less when evaluating their appearance. A new study found that especially women with typical hour glass figures or larger breasts, narrower waists, and bigger hips frequently prompted such gazes.
Child sexual abuse via the Internet on the rise Sexual abuse of children and adolescents can have serious health consequences for victims. Early studies have revealed that child sexual abuse is associated with an increased risk of later mental and physical health problems and risk-taking behavior. Studies have discovered that sexual abuse is alarmingly widespread in a representative sample of more than 6,000 9th grade students in Switzerland.