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Sexually transmitted infections, peer pressure may have turned humans into monogamists Prehistoric humans may have developed social norms that favour monogamy and punish polygamy thanks to the presence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and peer pressure, according to new research from the University of Waterloo in Canada. As hunter-gatherers began living in larger populations of early settled agriculturalists, the spread of STIs could explain a shift [...]
How the brain produces consciousness in ‘time slices’ EPFL scientists propose a new way of understanding of how the brain processes unconscious information into our consciousness. According to the model, consciousness arises only in time intervals of up to 400 milliseconds, with gaps of unconsciousness in between. The driver ahead suddenly stops, and you find yourself stomping on your breaks before you even [...]
Study reveals the 6 elements of an effective apology There are six components to an apology – and the more of them you include when you say you’re sorry, the more effective your apology will be, according to new research. But if you’re pressed for time or space, there are two elements that are the most critical to having your apology accepted. “Apologies really [...]
For kids raised in stable families, no difference in well-being with same-sex versus different-sex parents Children raised by same-sex female parents with a stable family life show no difference in general health, emotional difficulties, coping and learning behavior, compared to children of different-sex parents in similarly stable relationships, concludes a study in the April Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral [...]
Early treatment for post-traumatic stress accelerates recovery but does not sustain it The majority of people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recover after early treatment — but a substantial number still suffer for years after a traumatic event even with early clinical interventions, according to a study publishing online April 12, 2016 in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Over a 12-week period, researchers looked at several groups of [...]
Prevalence of homosexuality in men is stable throughout time since many carry the genes Around half of all heterosexual men and women potentially carry so-called homosexuality genes that are passed on from one generation to the next. This has helped homosexuality to be present among humans throughout history and in all cultures, even though homosexual men normally do not have many descendants who can directly inherit their genes. This [...]
Sorry kids, seniors want to connect and communicate on Facebook, too Older adults, who are Facebook’s fastest growing demographic, are joining the social network to stay connected and make new connections, just like college kids who joined the site decades ago, according to Penn State researchers. “Earlier studies suggest a positive relationship between bonding and bridging social capital and Facebook use among college students,” said Eun [...]
Understanding genes linked to autism-relevant behavior in high-risk siblings University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences psychology researchers are searching for early markers of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Previously, UM researchers published a study predicting ASD symptoms from children’s behavior in the first year of life. Infants who demonstrated less initiating joint attention, using eye contact to share an experience with another person, [...]
Researchers discover pathway between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease In a new paper published by The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Professor Melissa Schilling, a strategy and innovation expert at the NYU Stern School of Business, uncovers a surprising new connection between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease: hyperinsulinemia, which is most often caused by prediabetes, early or undiagnosed diabetes, or obesity, is responsible for almost half [...]
Over-the-counter drug may reverse chronic vision damage caused by multiple sclerosis A common antihistamine used to treat symptoms of allergies and the common cold, called clemastine fumarate, partially reversed damage to the visual system in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in a preliminary study.
How depression may compound risk of type 2 diabetes Depression may compound the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in people with such early warning signs of metabolic disease as obesity, high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels, according to researchers from McGill University, l’Université de Montréal, the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal and the University of Calgary. While previous studies have pointed [...]
The trouble with drinking guidelines: What, in the world, is a standard drink? It’s a widely accepted fact that excessive drinking of alcohol is bad for one’s health. But what constitutes excessive drinking? According to a new report published today by the scientific journal Addiction, the answer to that question varies widely by country, and many countries don’t provide an answer. Researchers looked at 75 countries that might [...]
Paying Attention to Triggers Depression can hit at any time when you have bipolar disorder. Last night, I couldn’t sleep. Even with all the medications I take at night, my brain would not shut off. I lay awake in bed until probably close to 2 a.m. I didn’t think … ...
When you Lack Motivation, Remember This! There are different kinds of motivation, but one particular kind of motivation keeps working for you when all others fail – even when you’re discouraged. I was reminded by this … ...
How the brain produces consciousness in 'time slices' Scientists propose a new way of understanding of how the brain processes unconscious information into our consciousness. According to the model, consciousness arises only in time intervals of up to 400 milliseconds, with gaps of unconsciousness in between.
Asperger’s, NLD and Social Teaching For students with Asperger’s and NLD, coaching in social understanding and skills must be embedded throughout their day in real time, and not relegated to a social skills group and … ...
How Can I Be More Popular? Do you wonder why it so easy for some people to be well-liked? Learn if your characteristics and behaviors push people away or draw them closer. Quiz included!
Psychiatric disorders and the self What the temporal structure of our brain tells us about psychiatry, and disorders of the self
Scientists discover how the brain repurposes itself to learn scientific concepts The human brain was initially used for basic survival tasks, such as staying safe and hunting and gathering. Yet, 200,000 years later, the same human brain is able to learn abstract concepts, like momentum, energy and gravity, which have only been formally defined in the last few centuries. New research has now uncovered how the brain is able to acquire brand new types of ideas.
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