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New approaches for Parkinson’s treatment? Researchers study metabolic changes Researchers at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg and partners in Constance, Munich and Bochum are studying the causes of premature ageing of neurons in Parkinson’s patients with a defective DJ1 (PARK7) gene. The genetic defect causes changes in the cellular metabolism meaning that neurons are subjected to oxidative [...]
Researchers publish first empirical study on evolution of musical aptitude Geneticists at the University of Helsinki and the National University of Singapore have teamed up to explore the evolution of musical aptitude in the first-ever empirical study of the evolution of music. The Finnish scientists in the project were supported by funding from the Academy of Finland. The study was published in Scientific Reports, a [...]
Genetics and brain regions linked to sex differences in anxiety-related behavior in chimpanzees Genetics and specific brain regions are linked to sex differences in chimpanzees’ scratching behavior, a common indicator of anxiety in humans and others primates, according to a research study led by Georgia State University that shows chimpanzees can be models of human mental illness. The researchers investigated genetic and neuroanatomical links to individual variation in [...]
Study links mobile device addiction to depression and anxiety Is cellphone use detrimental to mental health? A new study from the University of Illinois finds that addiction to, and not simply use of, mobile technology is linked to anxiety and depression in college-age students. The study was published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior. “There’s a long history of the public fearing new technologies [...]
Brief educational program can help curb dating violence among teens A study by researchers at Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center confirmed that teens who attend classes about relationships have lower tolerance for aggression and dating violence. Healthier dating attitudes can be acquired after even brief involvement in an anti-violence curriculum. Co-authored by Meredith C. Joppa, Ph.D., and Christie J. Rizzo, Ph.D., researchers and colleagues on [...]
Targeted online ads can actually change how you view yourself Online advertisements targeted specifically at you because of your behavior can actually change how you feel about yourself, a new study suggests. In a series of experiments, researchers found that young Internet users tended to embrace the identity labels – such as “environmentally conscious” or “sophisticated” — implied by the online ads they received. The [...]
Whoa – Can a Machine Learn to Spot Depression? You Won’t Believe This! Meet Ellie. Ellie is a computer program that has been developed and designed to spot depression by analysing the speech and facial expressions of a person … ...
Happiness can break your heart too Happy events can trigger a heart condition known as takotsubo syndrome, according to new research. Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) is known as 'broken heart syndrome.' Now, for the first time, researchers have systematically analyzed data from the largest group of patients diagnosed with TTS worldwide, and found that some patients have developed the condition after a happy or joyful event; they have named it 'happy heart syndrome.'
Tell Me What You Want, What You Really Really Want Relationships are about interfacing with another being. As much as many of us, myself included prefer to be independent entities at times, the truth is, other people offer some of … ...
Study Shows That Flattering Targeted Ads Would Be a Great Method of Social Control Everyone reading this has stared at a targeted ad wondering why anyone thought it applied to them. A new study shows that making people guess why a targeted ad applies to them, and feel flattered by it, gets them to open their wallets—and just maybe become a better person....
Perform Now, Fizzle Later — Why Mastery Matters   It’s common rhetoric among educators, coaches, and fitness professionals that to get anywhere we have to have goals. If we want a to run a 10K race in six … ...
Compound stems damage from brain bleeding A compound that blocks iron-containing enzymes in the brain improves recovery following brain hemorrhage, a new study in rodents shows, and it works in an unexpected way.
Next-generation immunotherapy offers new hope for beating brain cancer High-grade glioma is the most aggressive form of brain cancer. Despite improvements in surgical procedures, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy, this type of brain tumor is still notoriously hard to treat: less than 10 percent of patients survive beyond five years. Researchers have now shown that next-generation cell-based immunotherapy may offer new hope in the fight against brain cancer.
New weapon in the fight against children's brain tumors Children with brain cancer may soon get some help from mice with the same disease, thanks to a new brain tumor model in mice that should make it easier to test treatments.
The Surprising, Deeper Reason Introverts Avoid Small Talk... It ALL makes sense now. I’m definitely an introvert. It’s not that I constantly sit by myself in a corner and never talk to people. I can be social, but I also get overwhelmed in social situations. I’m famous for leaving parties early. I enjoy … ...
3 salvoes in the reproducibility crisis The reproducibility crisis in Psychology rumbles on. For the uninitiated, this is the general brouhaha we’re having over how reliable published psychological research is. I wrote a piece on this in 2013, which now sounds a little complacent, and unnecessarily focussed on just one area of psychology, given the extent of the problems since uncovered […]
What’s Up with American Boys? An article in a recent issue of Psychology Today (1) asks, “Why Are Young Men Falling Behind?” It cites a number of statistics that show men taking second place to … ...
What Infertility Feels Like for Men Men often feel like their emotions need to take a backseat, and this can lead to a powder keg of emotions, waiting to explode.
Lessons Learned from Jumping Out of a Plane at... Ten years ago, our 8 year old son watched a movie about skydiving and immediately wanted to do it. A quick internet search revealed he needed to be 18 years old before he could jump, providing me with much relief. Thinking there was a lot … ...
PET scans reveal key details of Alzheimer's protein growth in aging brains Neuroscientists show for the first time that PET scans can track the progression of Alzheimer's disease. In doing so, they also shed light on tau and beta amyloid, two key proteins associated with the neurodegenerative disorder.