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Cognitive therapy study hope for hypochondria patients Research shows cognitive behavioral therapy is more effective than standard care for people with hypochondria or health anxiety.
Deep voiced men make bad mates Men with deeper voices have an advantage in attracting women, but mostly if they're looking for a fling, new research suggests.
Sons of older fathers have normal brainpower Study shows sons born to older fathers and those who were born to younger men score about the same on intelligence tests.
The Peanut Butter Test for Alzheimer's Disease New test for Alzheimer's requires only a dollop of peanut butter and a ruler.→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Video could transform how schools serve teens with autism Video-based teaching helps teens with autism learn important social skills, and the method eventually could be used widely by schools with limited resources.
Brain scans show unusual activity in retired American football players A new study has discovered profound abnormalities in brain activity in a group of retired American football players. Although the former players in the study were not diagnosed with any neurological condition, brain imaging tests revealed unusual activity that correlated with how many times they ...
Activating proteins in brain by shining LED light on them With the flick of a light switch, researchers can change the shape of a protein in the brain of a mouse, turning on the protein at the precise moment they want. This allows the scientists to observe the exact effect of the protein's activation. The new method relies on specially engineered amino ...
U.S. regions exhibit distinct personalities, research reveals Americans with similar temperaments are so likely to live in the same areas that a map of the country can be divided into regions with distinct personalities, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.
Can Jogging Relieve Depression? A recent review tested whether exercise decreased depression. When including all 35 potential studies comparing exercise to no treatment, exercise provided a modest benefit. However, when only the 6 studies that made every effort to minimize bias were included, exercise's benefits were small and ...
Genetic mutation linked to Alzheimer's disease doubles rate of brain tissue loss Carriers of a specific genetic mutation linked to Alzheimer's disease lose 1.4 percent to 3.3 percent more of their brain tissue than non-carriers, and twice as fast, which indicates more rapid onset of the disease. For the first time, researchers show how the TREM2 genetic mutation physically ...
Blood pressure drugs decrease risk of Alzheimer's disease An analysis of data previously gathered on more than 3,000 elderly Americans strongly suggests that taking certain blood pressure medications to control blood pressure may reduce the risk of dementia due to Alzheimer's disease.
As chimpanzees grow, so does yawn contagion As sanctuary-kept chimpanzees grow from infant to juvenile, they develop increased susceptibility to human yawn contagion, possibility due to their increasing ability to empathize.
Traumatic life events biggest cause of anxiety, depression A study by psychologists has found that traumatic life events are the biggest cause of anxiety and depression, but how a person thinks about these events determines the level of stress they experience.
Children born to teen mothers have delayed development, likely due to social factors Babies born to teen mothers have less developed speaking skills at age five than children of older mothers, a new study has found.
Finding Alzheimer's disease before symptoms start Researchers say that by measuring levels of certain proteins in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), they can predict when people will develop the cognitive impairment associated with Alzheimer's disease years before the first symptoms of memory loss appear.
In elderly, hardening of arteries linked to plaques in brain Even for elderly people with no signs of dementia, those with hardening of the arteries are more likely to also have the beta-amyloid plaques in the brain that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.
The brain's neural thermostat Scientists observed in vivo that neocortical neurons, cells that control higher functions such as sight, language and spatial reasoning, have a set average firing rate and return to this set point even during prolonged periods of sensory deprivation. Furthermore, the average firing rate is so well ...
Babies know when you're faking, psychology researchers show Psychology researchers demonstrate that infants can detect whether a person's emotions are justifiable given a particular context.
What makes a data visualization memorable? "Chart junk" -- the noisy visual elements that attract criticism in design circles -- can help make a data visualization more memorable. And the chart types we learned about in school (bar graphs, pie charts, etc.) are not the easiest to recall.
Empathy? Surprising study shows that brains process the pain of villains more than the pain of people we like A counterintuitive findings from a new study show that the part of the brain that is associated with empathizing with the pain of others is activated more strongly by watching the suffering of hateful people as opposed to likable people.