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Do social factors affect children’s educational achievements more than cognitive ability? It could be perceived that social status can be correlated with better life chances and educational achievements for children. But is it all about the social background and income of the parents, or should children’s own cognitive abilities be taken into account? Robert Erikson’s recent research in European Societies studies 4 key areas of parental [...]
New study describes altered brain activity in response to desirable foods Understanding the motivations that drive humans to eat is an important consideration in the development of weight loss therapies. Now a study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) helps explain how the diabetes and weight loss drug liraglutide acts on brain receptors to make enticing foods seems less desirable. The findings [...]
Neuroscientist finds potential new source for pain inhibition A UT Dallas scientist has found a new neurological mechanism that appears to contribute to a reduction in pain. According to Dr. Ted Price, associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, the discovery of neuroligin-2 as a cause exacerbating chronic pain is significant for the research community. Although the findings likely won’t [...]
Study links disparities in pain management to racial bias Research has documented that black Americans are systematically undertreated for pain relative to white Americans, likely due to both the over-prescription and over-use of pain medications among white patients and the under-prescription of pain medications for black patients. Indeed, research has shown that black patients are undertreated for pain not only relative to white patients, [...]
Eye tracking study shows children with autism fixating more on the mouth than the eyes Where do your eyes focus during a conversation? An innovative study by University of Vermont researchers reveals that for children with autism spectrum disorder, the answer depends on how emotional the conversation is. The study, published in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, shows that children with the developmental disability fixate longer on a speaker’s mouth [...]
The Twittersphere does listen to the voice of reason — sometimes In the maelstrom of information, opinion and conjecture that is Twitter, the voice of truth and reason does occasionally prevail. University of Washington researchers have found that tweets from “official accounts” — the government agencies, emergency responders, media or companies at the center of a fast-moving story — can slow the spread of rumors on [...]
The Broken Self Too many of us fancy that we would be better, stronger people if only we were left alone to pursue our private life-visions. The opposite of this belief may be the truer one.
What is brain plasticity and why is it so important? Neuroplasticity – or brain plasticity – is the ability of the brain to modify its connections or re-wire itself. Without this ability, any brain, not just the human brain, would be unable to develop from infancy through to adulthood or recover from brain injury. What makes the brain special is that, unlike a computer, it [...]
6 Easy Ways to Add Excitement to Your Life If you’re not content to allow life to slip by, you likely already have a good list of things you want to do. Some are for work, others for the family and still more just for you. Many of these items aren’t all that exciting, … ...
Are Stepmoms and Stepdads Viewed Equally? Becoming a stepparent is not a role that is easy to grasp or navigate, especially in the beginning. Mixed messages, changing boundaries and conflict often engulf the new spouse with … ...
I’m Talking to You! Many teens and young adults come to therapy about “failed” relationships or ones in which the other partner “ghosted” (or disappeared) on them.  Through our little devices, we have lost … ...
The Handcuffs of Unhappiness Does happiness seem out of reach? Like a rare bird that every once in a while comes and perches outside your window yet never, ever, allows you to touch it, … ...
The Shortcut to Finding Your Purpose in Life Finding a purpose or direction in life has become a challenge for many people (young and not-so-young). One solution is simpler than it seems: Interview your future self.
One Phrase Men Shouldn’t Use on Women There is a “label” that is often applied by men to the significant other in their lives and sometimes to other women as well. It is one of the worst … ...
Brain marker of poor memory in schizophrenia patients identified A pattern of brain activity that may be a sign of memory problems in people with schizophrenia has been identified by researchers. The biomarker, which the researchers believe may be the first of its kind, is an important step toward understanding and treating one of the most devastating symptoms of schizophrenia.
Free Webinar: 9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious...   Discover the 9 Techniques Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try to Melt Away Anxiety and Return Peace Into Their Life. In this one-hour webinar, you will learn:   9 powerful techniques that can bring your child from chronic worry to inner peace. … ...
Outrage and Outrageousness: On Trump’s Popularity, Part 4 Although many people have described Trump's language as condescending, combative, or bullying, its aggressiveness doesn’t at all turn off his devoted followers. How come?
Why Early Intervention Matters Can screening for mental illness help prevent substance use disorders in some instances?
Bilingual baby brains show increased activity in executive function regions Babies raised in bilingual households show brain activity associated with executive functioning as early as 11 months of age, new research demonstrates. The study also gives evidence that the brains of babies from bilingual families remain more open to learning new language sounds, compared with babies from monolingual families.
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