Brain

The fat suit study

The fat suit study

Have you ever ordered more food at a restaurant than you intended? There are elements of dining rooms that actually prime you to eat more food. One such element is the weight of those dining with or near you. This new Cornell University study found that the body type of your dining partner, or that of those dining nearby, may actually influence how much you serve yourself and how much you eat!

New study finds link between depression and abnormal brain response to visceral pain in patients with IBS

New study finds link between depression and abnormal brain response to visceral pain in patients with IBS

Horizon Report urges schools to tackle 'wicked' digital skills challenge

Horizon Report urges schools to tackle 'wicked' digital skills challenge

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To help solve slums, innovators build jobs, food security into affordable housing blueprints

Building on the poverty relief success achieved through self-sustaining high-tech "smart villages," Malaysian innovators have created blueprints for an urban counterpart that combines affordable homes, food security and sustainable jobs, aiming to solve the growing global problem of squalid city slums.

Judgment and decision-making: Brain activity indicates there is more than meets the eye

Published today in PLOS ONE, the study is the first in the world to show that it is possible to predict abstract judgments from brain waves, even though people were not conscious of making such judgments.

The study also increases our understanding of impulsive behaviours and how to regulate it.

It found that researchers could predict from participants' brain activity how exciting they found a particular image to be, and whether a particular image made them think more about the future or the present.

Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder associated with dendritic spine loss in brain

Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder both appear to be associated with dendritic spine loss in the brain, suggesting the two distinct disorders may share common pathophysiological features, write author Glenn T. Konopaske, M.D., and colleagues at McLean Hospital, Belmont, Mass., and Harvard Medical School, Boston.

People prone to delusions make rushed decisions, research shows

People who are prone to delusions gather insufficient information before making decisions, according to research published in the journal Psychological Medicine.

Researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London, led by PhD student Leslie van der Leer, assigned participants a computer task in which they observed the colour of a black or white fish caught from one of two lakes and were then asked to choose to see further fish or decide on one of the lakes as the source of that sequence of fish.

Delayed introduction to gluten appears not to prevent celiac disease in at-risk infants

Researchers find promise in new treatments for GBM

(Boston) — Glioblastma multiforme (GBM) is one of the most lethal primary brain tumors, with median survival for these patients only slightly over one year. Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), in collaboration with researchers from the City of Hope, are looking toward novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment of GBM in the form of targeted therapies against a unique receptor, the interleukin-13 receptor α chain variant 2 (IL13Rα2).

Intervention helps decrease 'mean girl' behaviors, MU researchers find