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Your left hand knows what your right hand is doing The saying goes that ''your left hand doesn't know what your right hand is doing,' but actually, your left hand is paying more attention than you'd think. Researchers found that when people practiced finger movements with their right hand while watching their left hand on 3-D virtual reality headsets, they could use their left hand more efficiently after the exercise.
How to Come Out of the Abuse Fog It finally hit. After years of wondering what was wrong, who was crazy, and how did this happen, the reality of behavior as abusive hits like a ton of bricks. The insight is simultaneously overwhelming, shocking, frustrating, disgusting, and demeaning. But there it is: the … ...
Impatience and ADHD Parenting Impatience is a key factor in ADHD life especially when you toss in the needs of three kids. Some days I’m appriciate of all that I have and smile at … ...
New findings about stem cells in the brain of patients with epilepsy Neural stem cells have been found in epileptic brain tissue—outside the regions of the brain where they normally reside. In a group of patients who underwent surgery for epilepsy, over half had stem cells where healthy individuals do not have them, according to a study.
Infections during pregnancy have a negative impact upon maternal care, can trigger depression in child A viral infection in a pregnant woman not only affects her subsequent ability to provide maternal care but can also trigger depression in her offspring, which can then even extend into the next generation as a result of changes to genetic mechanisms in the brain.
How brain tissue recovers after injury: The role of astrocytes The mechanism underlying astrocyte-mediated restoration of brain tissue after an injury has now been pinpointed by a team of researchers. This could lead to new treatments that encourage regeneration by limiting damage to neurons incurred by reduced blood supply or trauma. 
Social Media, Loneliness, and Anxiety in Young People Even with a good-sized social network, users face added stressors and feelings of disconnectedness.
PODCAST: Aspirin, Yes; Psych Meds, No – Why the... In this week’s Psych Central Show, Gabe and Vincent discuss why so many people stop taking medication for psychiatric disorders or even refuse to start on them at all.  In a society that is always searching for a “magic pill,” why are so many people resistant … ...
Gaydar: Who Has It and What Cues Are They Using? Can you tell whether someone is gay if they don’t tell you? That’s a question about “gaydar,” the term people use for “the purported ability of people to judge others’ … ...
True Lies: People Who Lie Via Telling Truth Viewed Harshly, Study Finds "Paltering" seen as equivalent to intentional lying
Runners’ brains may be more connected, research shows If you’re thinking about taking up running as your New Year’s resolution and still need some convincing, consider this: MRI scans reveal that endurance runners’ brains have greater functional connectivity than the brains of more sedentary individuals. University of Arizona researchers compared brain scans of young adult cross country runners to young adults who don’t [...]
Research shows people can control a robotic arm with only their minds Researchers at the University of Minnesota have made a major breakthrough that allows people to control a robotic arm using only their minds. The research has the potential to help millions of people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases. The study is published online today in Scientific Reports, a Nature research journal. “This is [...]
Keeping a logbook tends to enhance dream recall Dream recall is underestimated by retrospective measures but enhanced by logbooks, according to research published in Consciousness and Cognition. Retrospective measures involve asking participants to estimate how often they can recall their dreams. Logbooks, on the other hand, require participants to keep a daily record of one’s dreams. The new study helps explain why past [...]
Infants show apparent awareness of ethnic differences, UCLA psychologists report Infants less than a year old, who have yet to learn language, appear to notice differences when looking at adult women of different ethnicities, a new study by UCLA psychologists shows. Researchers studied 40 Hispanic infants and 37 non-Hispanic white infants, all 11 months old. The researchers showed them the faces of 18 young women [...]
Early signs of Alzheimer’s detected in cerebrospinal fluid Little is known about the role of the brain’s immune system in Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the Munich site of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the hospital of the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) Munich have now found an early immune response in individuals with a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s: their brain’s showed [...]
Gesturing can boost children’s creative thinking Encouraging children to use gestures as they think can help them come up with more creative ideas, according to research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “Our findings show that children naturally gesture when they think of novel ways to use everyday items, and the more they gesture the more [...]
Weight and body image misperception associated with alcohol use among teen girls Among high school girls ages 14-18, those who report and act on body image misperceptions are more likely to have had at least one drink in their life, and more likely to have engaged in episodes of heavy drinking than girls of the same age without body image misperceptions, a new study has found. In [...]
Longer use of over-the-counter pain relievers associated with hearing loss in women As many as two-thirds of women in the United States over the age of 60 have some degree of hearing loss. Using data from the Nurses’ Health Study, a team led by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital has found evidence that the duration of use of over-the-counter medications for pain relief, including ibuprofen or [...]
Judges dole out longer sentences when they were sleep deprived Judges in the United States tend to give defendants longer sentences the day after switching to daylight saving time compared with other days of the year, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Previous research has shown that people tend to sacrifice, on average, about 40 minutes [...]
Lecturing likely not effective for developing problem-solving skills in students Traditional university lectures are likely not an effective way to help post-secondary students acquire problem-solving skills. In a recent study, researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus developed a testing system to measure the problem-solving abilities of students in various stages of their undergraduate degrees. Their data shows that while freshman students see their problem-solving skills increase [...]