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Scientists work with artists to learn more about the brain Researchers have analyzed brain activity data collected from more than 400 people who viewed an exhibit at the Menil Collection, offering evidence that useable brain data can be collected outside of a controlled laboratory setting. They also reported the first real-world demonstration of what happens in the brain as people observe artwork.
Brain structure may be root of apathy Scientists have found evidence of a biological basis for apathy in healthy people. Research could shed light on the way some people become pathologically apathetic, for example after a stroke or with Alzheimer's disease.
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Listening To Music While Working Can Be Distracting I’ve heard college students and even business professionals claim that listening to music while working made them more productive. While it’s true that music can lift your mood and give you a relaxed focus, it can also decrease your performance on cognitively demanding tasks. So when can music improve performance? Annie Murphy Paul, in an … Continue reading Listening To Music While Working Can Be Distracting →
Voters unlikely to support atheists because religiousness seen as sign of trustworthiness American politicians who openly express religious views may be more successful because even voters who think that religion should not play a role in politics view them as more trustworthy compared with non-religious candidates, according to a study published in American Political Research. The central role of religion in American politics has long been a [...]
Here’s what happens to your brain when you’re pregnant My friend recently asked me: “Why have I become so forgetful since I became pregnant?” I told her I didn’t know, but that I’d look into it. She then followed with: “I was going to ask you to explain something else to me, but I totally forgot what it was.” It’s a common claim that [...]
Does psychotherapy research with trauma survivors underestimate the patient-therapist relationship? When I first arrived at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center to practice psychology in 2001, my patients – mainly male Vietnam veterans – were leery. I had a PhD and could be viewed as an authority figure, a likely trigger for distress for those who felt mistreated by the military or the Department of Veterans [...]
Eating sweets forms memories that may control eating habits, study finds Eating sweet foods causes the brain to form a memory of a meal, according to researchers at Georgia State University, Georgia Regents University and Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. The findings, published online in the journal Hippocampus, show that neurons in the dorsal hippocampus, the part of the brain that is critical for episodic memory, are [...]
Norwegians using ‘Texas’ to mean ‘crazy’ actually isn’t so crazy If you haven’t heard by now, the American press recently picked up on an interesting linguistic phenomenon in Norway, where the word “Texas” is slang for “crazy.” Indeed, it turns out that for several years Norwegians have used the word to describe a situation that is chaotic, out of control or excitingly unpredictable (The crowd [...]
Smart but shy: What women want in a sperm donor A QUT study into how women choose sperm donors online has revealed men who are intellectual, shy, calm and methodical are selected to produce more children than those who are extroverted. The study, Determinants of online sperm donor success: how women choose by Stephen Whyte and Professor Benno Torgler from QUT’s Queensland Behavioural Economics Group, [...]
Study: Preschoolers need more outdoor time at child care centers A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds child care centers play a pivotal role when it comes to the physical activity levels of preschoolers. Yet few children get to experience outdoor recess time as it is scheduled. Only 3 in 10 children had at least 60 minutes of a full [...]
Psychiatric assessments for predicting violence are ineffective In a study published in PLOS One the team have proposed an entirely new approach to risk assessment for future violence. Previous approaches have relied on looking at risk factors that happen to be linked to, but may not cause, violence, for example, being young, male, of lower social class, with previous violent convictions. The [...]
Imaging study finds premotor brain systems may be the root of apathy When brain scientists at Oxford University studied apathy, they didn’t expect to see less motivated people making more effort. Their results suggest that for some people traditionally perceived as lazy, it’s biology – not attitude – that might be the cause. A team of neuroscientists at Oxford, funded by The Wellcome Trust, decided to study [...]
Lead exposure impacts children’s sleep A new research study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) shows that lead exposure in early childhood are associated with increased risk for sleep problems and excessive daytime sleepiness in later childhood. This is the first longitudinal, population-based study that investigated early lead exposure to sleep problems. The findings are set [...]
Scientists analyze the brain activity of people viewing an art exhibit Researchers from the University of Houston have analyzed brain activity data collected from more than 400 people who viewed an exhibit at the Menil Collection, offering evidence that useable brain data can be collected outside of a controlled laboratory setting. They also reported the first real-world demonstration of what happens in the brain as people [...]
Experimental drug targeting Alzheimer’s disease shows anti-aging effects Salk Institute researchers have found that an experimental drug candidate aimed at combating Alzheimer’s disease has a host of unexpected anti-aging effects in animals. The Salk team expanded upon their previous development of a drug candidate, called J147, which takes a different tack by targeting Alzheimer’s major risk factor–old age. In the new work, the [...]
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It’s All in the Family: Involving Family in Effective... Confidentiality is a frequent issue in clinical practice; should or shouldn’t a clinician involve significant others, especially family, in an identified patient’s psychiatric care? And, assuming the answer is yes, … ...
Mental Health Hygiene Habits Parents, teachers, and doctors regularly encourage young people to establish good physical hygiene habits. Here are just a few: Bathe daily. Eat healthy meals. Brush your teeth at least once a day. Wash your hands after you use the bathroom. Clip your toenails before they … ...