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The Greatest Lie You’ve Ever Been Told “I’m all alone” I hear whispered in my ear. The lie is like an old friend that I’ve long shut out of my life that keeps rapping at the door … ...
Early weight loss in Parkinson’s disease patients may signify more serious form of disease A study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigator finds evidence of an association between weight loss in patients with early Parkinson disease and more rapid disease progression. While weight loss is common in Parkinson’s patients, results of the study – which is being released online prior to publication in the March issue of [...]
Brain scans during communication game pinpoint site for ‘meeting of minds’ From Apple’s Siri to Honda’s robot Asimo, machines seem to be getting better and better at communicating with humans. But some neuroscientists caution that today’s computers will never truly understand what we’re saying because they do not take into account the context of a conversation the way people do. Specifically, say University of California, Berkeley, [...]
Researchers alter people’s mood by modifying the emotional tone of their voice Researchers have created a digital audio platform that can modify the emotional tone of people’s voices while they are talking, to make them sound happier, sadder or more fearful. New results show that while listening to their altered voices, participants’ emotional state change in accordance with the new emotion. “Very little is known about the [...]
Could cholesterol-lowering drug Simvastatin be a potential treatment for Parkinson’s? A clinical trial using cholesterol-lowering treatment Simvastatin in people living with Parkinson’s is getting underway in centres across the country — with the hope that it could become one of a number of effective treatments available to treat Parkinson’s. Spearheaded by Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, the double-blinded placebo controlled study will [...]
Government instability prompts support for lighter-skinned candidates Government instability prompts both Black and White Americans to show a preference for lighter-skinned over darker-skinned political candidates, researchers at New York University, the University of Chicago, and Rutgers University have found. In addition, their findings, which appear in the latest issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, show that Whites express a [...]
Meditation may reduce PTSD symptoms and medication use in active-duty personnel Regular practice of Transcendental Meditation enables some active duty service members battling post-traumatic stress disorder to reduce or even eliminate their psychotropic medication and get better control of their often-debilitating symptoms, researchers report in the journal Military Medicine. The study looked at 74 active-duty service members with PTSD or anxiety disorder, often resulting from multiple deployments [...]
Consumer perception of organic foods affected by food type and where they’re sold The organic food industry has grown from fresh produce and grains to snack foods and condiments–from farmers markets to supercenters. Has this new variety in organic products, and the availability of them, affected consumers’ perceptions? A University of Illinois researcher and her team designed an experiment to provide insight on some of the variables that [...]
People seeking treatment for depression may not be getting all the information they want More than 15 million American adults seek treatment for depression each year. However, a first-of-its-kind study by researchers at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice reveals an eye-opening disconnect between the priorities of patients and clinicians when it comes to the information needed to make decisions about treatment options. “The good news is that [...]
How to Write a Daily Journal in Two Minutes or Less Keeping a journal is often recommended to recovering addicts as a powerful tool to help on their road to recovery. Journals not only help patients to reflect on and express their feelings, but also to examine ways to avoid relapse. However, many patients don’t follow … ...
Study: Children in larger families face greater risk of educational, behavioral problems Large families often capture the public’s attention, from “The Brady Bunch” to “19 Kids and Counting.” But new research from economists at the University of Houston offers strong evidence that children in larger families are more likely to fall behind in cognitive achievement and have behavioral and other problems. The findings were published as a [...]
Relationships are Learning Environments Using the past to predict the future can be an effective strategy. But sometimes our past experiences seduce us into thinking we have a handle on the present when in fact we don’t.
New research suggests brain prepares multiple actions before acting The brain prepares multiple available movements before deciding between them, according to findings from Queen’s researchers Jason Gallivan and Randy Flanagan. The research helps explain how the brain initially represents and decides between competing action options. “Although there is an increasing appreciation among neuroscientists and psychologists of how processes involved in movement planning and control [...]
Brain's immune cells key to maintaining blood-brain barrier New research shows that the cells responsible for protecting the brain from infection and inflammation are also responsible for repairing the system of defenses that separates the brain from the rest of the body. These findings have significant clinical implications because certain cardiovascular drugs could possibly impede the brain's ability to repair itself after a stroke or other injury.
Fables and Facts in Educational Neuroscience Numerous critics have pointed out that neuroscience has not had much impact on education, and worse yet has spawned a series of harmful myths.
Writing Screenplays With A Partner (2 of 2) Agents and managers love to represent writing partners. As I’ve explained, they have many selling points over an individual writer. Be careful, though, agents have been known to discreetly find … ...
Why is Yawning Contagious? Are you a victim of contagious yawning? It might reflect good attributes.
Decision making in action The brain prepares multiple available movements before deciding between them, according to new findings. The research helps explain how the brain initially represents and decides between competing action options.
Neglectful Parents and Eldest Siblings When parents neglect a large brood of children and leave child care duties to the oldest among them, dysfunctional patterns of relationships between the siblings as adults emerge.
Will computers ever truly understand what we're saying? If you think computers are quickly approaching true human communication, think again. Computers like Siri often get confused because they judge meaning by looking at a word's statistical regularity. This is unlike humans, for whom context is more important than the word or signal, according to a researcher who invented a communication game allowing only nonverbal cues, and used it to pinpoint regions of the brain where mutual understanding takes place.