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‘Mirror game’ test could secure early detection of schizophrenia, study shows Virtual reality could hold the key to unlocking an affordable, reliable and effective device to provide early diagnosis and management of schizophrenia. A pioneering new study, led by experts from the University of Exeter in collaboration with partners from the Alterego FP7 EU project, has developed a new, ‘mirror game’ test using computer avatars to [...]
Hand-grip test can indicate decline in physical function of Parkinson’s patients UBC researchers Jenn Jakobi and Gareth Jones, both Health and Exercise Sciences professors at UBC’s Okanagan campus, recently completed a study that examined the methods used to monitor the progressive advancement of Parkinson’s disease (PD)–a degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system. The study compared results from electromyography assessments of leg and arm muscles [...]
Study: Social biases contribute to challenges for those with autism A new study by a UT Dallas professor found that negative first impressions formed by potential social partners may reduce the quality of social experiences for people with autism. The study was co-authored by Dr. Noah Sasson and doctoral student Daniel Faso in collaboration with researchers at Indiana University and Emerson College. In the study, [...]
An impulsive cognitive style comes with implications, researchers say Know anyone who would rather have $40 right now than $80 next month? Psychology researchers have just published a sprawling study about such folks. It shows them to have a mild but consistent set of tendencies — the scientists call it a “surprisingly broad cognitive phenotype” — to take the quicker and simpler path when [...]
Targeting Parkinson’s-linked protein could neutralize 2 of the disease’s causes Researchers report they have discovered how two problem proteins known to cause Parkinson’s disease are chemically linked, suggesting that someday, both could be neutralized by a single drug designed to target the link. A report on their discovery appears in the Jan. 24 issue of Cell Reports. The investigators’ new experiments build on evidence reported [...]
Research says teens and young adults explore differently The adolescent and college years are often regarded as periods of exploration — when teens and young adults begin to make decisions on their own for the first time. Yet, strategies for exploration may change significantly during the transition from adolescence to young adulthood, according to a recently published study in the Journal of Experimental [...]
Scientists show deep brain stimulation blocks heroin relapse in rats Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found that deep brain stimulation (DBS) can greatly reduce the compulsion to use heroin in standard rat models of addiction. Rats that were used to taking heroin, and normally would have self-administered more and more of the drug, did not escalate their intake when treated with DBS. [...]
Drug shows promise for treating alcoholism UCLA researchers have found that an anti-inflammatory drug primarily used in Japan to treat asthma could help people overcome alcoholism. Their study is the first to evaluate the drug, ibudilast, as a treatment for alcoholism. Study participants were given either the drug (20 milligrams for two days and 50 milligrams for the next four) or [...]
Here’s the Unique Scale that Measures Emotional Weight. Try... I’m pleased to present this guest post by Laura Coe. We all know what physical weight is, but emotional weight isn’t about your waistline. It’s the emotional burden you carry … ...
Punxsutawney Phil: Winter Is Coming or Is it? Will that hedgehog cast a shadow? If Prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil does, then “Winter is coming.”  Or to be more precise, the prediction of six more weeks of bad weather. The Prognosticator … ...
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Parents of children with serious heart defects may be at risk of PTSD Many parents -- particularly mothers -- of children born with serious heart defects have symptoms of post-traumatic stress, anxiety or depression. Since compromised parental mental health can lead to long-term health and behavioral problems in children, a new study calls for additional research on the severity and persistence of parental mental health problems and to develop screening and training for parents as part of pediatric cardiac care.
How to Find out Who you Are – Three-Point Breakdown Topic: How to find out who you are How to find out who you are by discovering your life values… Life Values and Who you Are If you’re wondering how … ...
Social biases contribute to challenges for those with autism Negative first impressions formed by potential social partners may reduce the quality of social experiences for people with autism, new research concludes. In the study, non-autistic participants reported their first impressions of individuals with autism from videos of them during social interaction.
3 Ways to Interpret an Inattentive Mistake When you have ADHD, sometimes your actions get misinterpreted. Sometimes people without ADHD misinterpret your actions because they don’t understand why your brain works the way it does. Sometimes you … ...
Age of Consent: How Old Is Old Enough for Sex? In most states, the "age of consent," the age when adolescents can legally have sex, is 16. It used to be considerably younger.
Mindfulness: Kindness and Curiosity (Part 5 of 6) Welcome to part 5 of my series on the definition of mindfulness: setting an intention to pay attention in the present moment, with kindness and curiosity, so we can then choose … ...
The New Science of Consciousness Emergence: How can a brain be more that just a bunch of interacting nerve cells?