Posted By News On January 4, 2017 - 8:19pm
The mere presence of a cell phone or smartphone can adversely affect our cognitive performance, particularly among infrequent internet users, according to a new experiment using undergraduate college students in Japan.
Where did they find infrequent mobile device users among young people in Japan? That's relative.
Posted By News On January 3, 2017 - 3:56pm
According to a new paper in Animal Cognition, chickens, who are typically thought of as possessing a low level of intelligence compared with other animals, actually demonstrate self-control and self-assessment —capacities which may indicate self-awareness, and are behaviorally sophisticated, discriminating amongst individuals, and exhibiting Machiavellian-like social interactions.
Posted By News On December 20, 2016 - 5:28pm
"Act your age" says one group, while "you are only as young as you feel" assures another. Those are two conflicting messages about aging and maturity. How can anyone know when maturity is "just right"?
Posted By News On December 7, 2016 - 8:27pm
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of areas in the brain known to be involved in making memories does not improve memory performance, according to a new study.
Deep brain stimulation is an invasive technique that involves the implantation of electrodes deep into the brain and then running current through them to electrically stimulate nearby neurons.
Posted By News On December 6, 2016 - 8:43pm
Smoking during pregnancy is a well-known risk factor for many health problems in children, including low birth weight, heart defects and asthma. In our latest study, we show that smoking in pregnancy also increases the risk for children’s later tobacco smoking, as well as alcohol and cannabis use. This effect may be partly explained by so-called epigenetic changes at birth, in genes important for brain function and development.
Posted By News On December 2, 2016 - 1:26am
Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music, according to a psychology paper based on interpretations of brain scans.
Posted By News On November 28, 2016 - 11:52pm
Over a year ago, trade reps for the kratom supplement business began calling everyone in media hoping to get scientific and political coverage for protesting a DEA ban they suspected was coming. Sure enough, it did, but much of the work that went into progress at that time is now bearing fruit for the kratom sales industry.
Posted By News On November 21, 2016 - 2:22pm
In most psychology papers, either women are better than men at identifying faces or there is no gender difference.
Posted By News On November 21, 2016 - 1:52pm
Taking music lessons increases brain fiber connections in children, according to a recent small study. The researchers studied 23 healthy children between the ages of five and six years old. All of the children were right handed and had no history of sensory, perception or neurological disorders. None of the children had been trained in any artistic discipline in the past.
Posted By News On November 14, 2016 - 1:29pm
The combination of augmented reality technology, geocaching, and other novel techniques to create innovative active video games (AVGs) has potential personal and public health implications, as discussed in the Editorial "Pokémon Go, Go, Go, Gone?" published in Games for Health.