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End prejudice by watching a sitcom Science has shown that exposure to certain programs can make a huge impression, especially if you've had limited exposure to a particular group in the past.
Higher levels of mercury in brain not linked with increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease In a study of deceased individuals, moderate seafood consumption was correlated with lesser Alzheimer disease neuropathology, and although seafood consumption was associated with higher brain levels of mercury, the higher mercury levels were not correlated with more Alzheimer disease neuropathology, according to a study in the February 2 issue of JAMA. Numerous studies have found [...]
Parkinson’s disease diagnosis may be preceded by increased risk of injury-causing falls Years before Parkinson’s disease (PD) is diagnosed, patients may be at higher risk for injurious falls or hip fractures, according to research published this week in PLOS Medicine. Peter Nordström and colleagues at Umeå University, Sweden, found that patients with PD were more likely to have had a hip fracture or injurious fall in the [...]
MRI study finds inflammation attacks brain’s reward center A new study by Neil Harrison and colleagues published in Biological Psychiatry suggests that a brain reward center, the striatum, may be directly affected by inflammation and that striatal change is related to the emergence of illness behaviors. Inflammation increases the risk for depression. More specifically, inflammation induces behavioral changes similar to depression that are often [...]
Humans evolved by sharing technology and culture Blombos Cave in South Africa has given us vast knowledge about our early ancestors. In 2015, four open access articles, with research finds from Blombos as a starting point, have been published in the journal PLOS ONE. “We are looking mainly at the part of South Africa where Blombos Cave is situated. We sought to [...]
Brain volume changes after cognitive behavioral therapy After just nine weeks of internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy, the brain of patients suffering from social anxiety disorder changes in volume. Anxiety is reduced, and parts of the patients' brains decrease in both volume and activity. This study could help us develop more effective therapies for one of the most common problems in mental health.
What goes wrong in the brain when someone can't spell By studying stroke victims who have lost the ability to spell, researchers have pinpointed the parts of the brain that control how we write words.
Women tend to be more sensitive to irksome behavior than men Women may be friendlier than men, but that doesn’t mean they like putting up with jerks. A new study led by a Michigan State University psychology professor suggests women are more likely than men to get irked at irritating or boorish behavior exhibited by acquaintances, friends or partners. “Women generally are more sensitive to other [...]
Study determines saliva gland test can spot early Parkinson’s disease Researchers from Mayo Clinic in Arizona and Banner Sun Health Research Institute have determined that testing a portion of a person’s submandibular gland may be a way to diagnose early Parkinson’s disease. The study was published this month in Movement Disorders, the official journal of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society. Currently, there is [...]
Seeing exemplary peer work can undermine performance From academic honors to “employee of the month” awards, we are regularly exposed to and made aware of the exemplary performance of others. Many believe such recognition not only acknowledges the individual but also motivates others to strive toward greater achievement. But new research suggests that exposure to exceptional performance can sometimes have the opposite [...]
Research links prenatal stress to babies’ health in war zones Children from war-torn areas of the globe are affected by trauma even before they are born, according to a new University of Florida study. To gather their results, researchers went to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a region routinely called “the worst place in the world” to be a woman, said Darlene A. Kertes, [...]
7 Tips to Help Someone Else Change a Habit In my book Better Than Before, I write about the many strategies that we can use to make or break our habits. There’s a big menu of choices, which is great, because it means that we all have a variety from which to pull. Some strategies … ...
Here is what goes wrong in the brain when someone can’t spell By studying stroke victims who have lost the ability to spell, researchers have pinpointed the parts of the brain that control how we write words. In the latest issue of the journal Brain, Johns Hopkins University neuroscientists link basic spelling difficulties for the first time with damage to seemingly unrelated regions of the brain, shedding [...]
First-semester GPA a better predictor of college success than ACT score Underrepresented students’ first-semester GPA may be a better predictor of whether they’ll graduate college than their ACT score or their family’s socioeconomic status, a new study found. Researchers at the University of Illinois tracked the academic achievement and degree status of more than 1,900 U. of I. freshmen across a six-year period, beginning when the [...]
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The Mind Overrides Medical Treatment This is a case study of a woman treated for intractable asthma with what both the doctor and the patient believed was a powerful new, experimental drug. The doctor, in … ...
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When your friend calls you and is depressed Everyone’s experiences, and symptoms of depression, are different. People have unique coping mechanisms, and hopefully manage their episode as best they can. When I am depressed, I do not want … ...
Fishing for answers about mercury consumption A new study has provided the first report on the relationship of brain concentrations of mercury to brain neuropathology and diseases associated with dementia.