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Insight into children's race and gender identities Children aged 7 to 12 rate gender as more important than race, research shows. It also reveals that their perceptions of both are a complex mix of personal and societal influences.
Researchers develop way to ‘fingerprint’ the brain Using a new imaging technique, researchers have confirmed what scientists have always thought to be true: the structural connections in the brain are unique to each individual person. The Carnegie Mellon University-led team used diffusion MRI to map the brain’s structural connections and found each person’s connections are so unique they could identify a person [...]
Bisexual men and women face pay gap, study finds Bisexual men and women are paid less for doing the same jobs than similarly qualified heterosexual men and women, according to Indiana University research that breaks new ground by treating bisexual individuals as distinct from gay men and lesbians in the workplace. The study, “Sexual Orientation in the Labor Market,” was published online today by [...]
Study: Too much fatty food could set children up for mental problems in adulthood Chances are that children who eat excessive amounts of fatty foods will not only become obese, but will develop cognitive and psychiatric problems when they are older. This is because, according to a recent study, diets rich in fat deplete the levels of a key protein known to help synapses in the brain to work [...]
Depression rates growing among US adolescents — particularly girls The rate of adolescents reporting a recent bout of clinical depression grew by 37 percent over the decade ending in 2014, with one in six girls reporting an episode in the past year, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests. The findings, published online Nov. 14 in the journal Pediatrics, highlight a [...]
Did emergence of collaborative morality open an evolutionary niche for autism? A subtle change occurred in our evolutionary history 100,000 years ago which allowed people who thought and behaved differently – such as individuals with autism – to be integrated into society, academics from the University of York have concluded. The change happened with the emergence of collaborative morality – an investment in the well-being of [...]
Three brain chemicals affect how we handle uncertainty New research has revealed how three important brain signaling chemicals affect the way that we handle uncertainty. It turns out that noradrenaline regulates our estimates of how unstable the environment is, acetylcholine helps us adapt to changing environments, and dopamine pushes us to act on our beliefs about uncertainty. The research, publishing 15 November in [...]
More GABA in one brain region linked to better working memory, Stanford scientist says The amount of a particular chemical in a particular part of your brain predicts your ability to simultaneously hang onto several bits of information in your working memory, a Stanford University School of Medicine scientist and his University of California-Davis collaborators have learned. The discovery helps to clarify at least one aspect of the brain’s [...]
A Letter to My Borderline Brain Dear Borderline brain, I know you want to go to the hospital. I know. But you are okay, you are not in crisis, and you do NOT need to be there. There will be times that you do. You remember the boy who cried wolf? … ...
Are parents willing to have their children receive placebos? Placebos are essential in any controlled clinical trial, providing a yardstick against which the test drug is measured. Placebos are even starting to be used as a treatment in their own right, as studies show that they make people feel better via a “mind-body” healing effect. But do parents find placebos acceptable for their children? [...]
Consuming violent media linked to 13x surge in violent dreams The violent and sexual media you consume during the day may infiltrate your dreams at night, new research suggests. People who reported consuming violent media within 90 minutes of bedtime were 13 times more likely to have a violent dream that night, the study found. Those viewing sexual media were six times more likely to [...]
‘Princess Leia’ brainwaves help sleeping brain store memories Every night while you sleep, electrical waves of brain activity circle around each side of your brain, tracing a pattern that, were it on the surface of your head, might look like the twin hair buns of Star Wars’ Princess Leia. The Salk Institute scientists who discovered these circular “Princess Leia” oscillations, which are described [...]
Preventing adolescent substance use may need to start in early childhood Research from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions suggests the approach to preventing alcohol and drug use by some adolescents should begin in early childhood. “The children of parents with alcohol problems are at much greater risk for underage drinking and developing a substance use disorder,” says the study’s author, Rina Das Eiden, [...]
Study provides insight into children’s race and gender identities Children’s knowledge and use of race and gender labels have been well-explored by researchers, but how kids think about their own identities in those contexts, especially before adolescence, is less clear. A new study from the University of Washington provides a rare glimpse into how children perceive their social identities in middle childhood. The research [...]
#221: What Do We Tell Our Daughters?   It is time to speak frankly about the rape culture in which we live. The current political climate has brought into the open a level of discourse that has … ...
Now I Want God? I have a therapist, psychiatrist, friends and family but now I think it is time to look into getting a spiritual advisor. I haven’t been religious since my childhood, and … ...
Antibiotic restores cell communication in brain areas damaged by Alzheimer's-like disease in mice New research has found a way to partially restore brain cell communication around areas damaged by plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease.
Researchers develop way to 'fingerprint' the brain Using a new imaging technique, researchers have confirmed what scientists have always thought to be true: the structural connections in the brain are unique to each individual person.
'Princess Leia' brainwaves help sleeping brain store memories Every night while you sleep, electrical waves of brain activity circle around each side of your brain, tracing a pattern that, were it on the surface of your head, might look like the twin hair buns of Star Wars' Princess Leia. The scientists who discovered these circular "Princess Leia" oscillations think the waves are responsible each night for forming associations between different aspects of a day's memories.
Fake News: Facebook Helps You Feel Well-Informed, Regardless of... After the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook faces the spotlight for spreading fake news stories. There are now hundreds (perhaps thousands) of fake news web sites — sites that publish news articles that look and seem to be real, but are complete fiction. And unlike … ...