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Subcortical brain regions play key role in memorization process during sleep

Subcortical brain regions play key role in memorization process during sleep

According to researchers at the University of Montreal, the regions of the brain below the cortex play an important role as we train our bodies' movements and, critically, they interact more effectively after a night of sleep. [More]
Cognitive therapy combined with antidepressant drug effective for severe nonchronic depression

Cognitive therapy combined with antidepressant drug effective for severe nonchronic depression

The odds that a person who suffers from severe, nonchronic depression will recover are improved by as much as 30 percent if they are treated with a combination of cognitive therapy and antidepressant medicine rather than by antidepressants alone. [More]
Nurses who are motivated primarily by desire to help others are more likely to burn out on job

Nurses who are motivated primarily by desire to help others are more likely to burn out on job

Nurses who are motivated primarily by the desire to help others, rather than by enjoyment of the work itself or the lifestyle it makes possible, are more likely to burn out on the job, University of Akron researchers say. [More]

Springer launches new book series, Healthy Aging and Longevity

As the longevity of the world's population continues to increase, the challenges accompanying this become more complex and touch nearly every aspect of society. Springer has therefore launched a new book series, Healthy Aging and Longevity, to address issues related to this achievement. [More]
Higher-fit children have more compact white-matter tracts in the brain than lower-fit peers

Higher-fit children have more compact white-matter tracts in the brain than lower-fit peers

A new study of 9- and 10-year-olds finds that those who are more aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white-matter tracts in the brain than their peers who are less fit. "White matter" describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve signals from one brain region to another. More compact white matter is associated with faster and more efficient nerve activity. [More]
Researchers develop new technique to map pulse pressure and elasticity of arteries in the brain

Researchers develop new technique to map pulse pressure and elasticity of arteries in the brain

Researchers at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new technique that can noninvasively image the pulse pressure and elasticity of the arteries of the brain, revealing correlations between arterial health and aging. [More]

Exposure to visual experience outside womb may matter most for early gaze following

Following another person's gaze can reveal a wealth of information critical to social interactions and also to safety. Gaze following typically emerges in infancy, and new research looking at preterm infants suggests that it's visual experience, not maturational age, that underlies this critical ability. [More]
Microbes influence human eating behavior, dietary choices

Microbes influence human eating behavior, dietary choices

It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within us — which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold — may very well be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity. [More]
York U study: Adults with autism more likely to be sexually victimized

York U study: Adults with autism more likely to be sexually victimized

Adults with autism are at a higher risk of sexual victimization than adults without, due to lack of sex education, but with improved interventions that focus on sexual knowledge and skill building, the risk could be reduced, according to a recent study by York University researchers. [More]
Study shows that 8.3% of Norwegians are addicted to work

Study shows that 8.3% of Norwegians are addicted to work

In spite of the many positive aspects of work, some people are unable to detach from it - working excessively and compulsively. These are called workaholics. [More]

Fielding Graduate University acquires PhD program in infant and early childhood development

Fielding Graduate University, based in Santa Barbara, California, has recently acquired a nationally recognized doctoral program in infant and early childhood development from The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning). [More]
Sound of actual ticking clock can speed up women's attitudes on reproductive timing

Sound of actual ticking clock can speed up women's attitudes on reproductive timing

The metaphor of a ticking clock is often used to refer to a woman's growing urge - from puberty onwards to menopause - to conceive before her childbearing years are over. [More]
Vajrayana meditation linked with Tibetan Buddhism can enhance cognitive performance

Vajrayana meditation linked with Tibetan Buddhism can enhance cognitive performance

Contrary to popular belief, not all meditation techniques produce similar effects of body and mind. Indeed, a recent study by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has demonstrated for the first time that different types of Buddhist meditation - namely the Vajrayana and Theravada styles of meditation - elicit qualitatively different influences on human physiology and behaviour, producing arousal and relaxation responses respectively. [More]
Researchers look at impact of stigma on relationship quality of transgender women

Researchers look at impact of stigma on relationship quality of transgender women

Researchers who looked at the impact of discrimination, poverty and stigma on the mental health and relationship quality of transgender women and their male romantic partners found that social and economic marginalization not only takes a psychological toll on each person individually but also appears to undermine them as a couple. [More]
Study examines the influence of unexpected task constraint on voluntary task switching

Study examines the influence of unexpected task constraint on voluntary task switching

Kessler Foundation scientists have published results of cognitive research that show the negative effects that unexpected task constraint, following self-generated task choice, has on task-switching performance. [More]

Study demonstrates relationship between lucid dreaming and insight

People who are aware they are asleep when they are dreaming have better than average problem-solving abilities, new research has discovered. [More]
Research: New ways to help visually impaired better navigate everyday life

Research: New ways to help visually impaired better navigate everyday life

Visual impairment comes in many forms, and it's on the rise in America. A University of Cincinnati experiment aimed at this diverse and growing population could spark development of advanced tools to help all the aging baby boomers, injured veterans, diabetics and white-cane-wielding pedestrians navigate the blurred edges of everyday life. [More]
Study of quality of life provides answers to what really brings happiness to consumers

Study of quality of life provides answers to what really brings happiness to consumers

The pursuit of true happiness can lead people to lifestyles that will not only be satisfying but will be better for the environment, according to an overview of psychological research presented at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention. [More]
Frequent marijuana use can have negative effect on brains of teenagers

Frequent marijuana use can have negative effect on brains of teenagers

Frequent marijuana use can have a significant negative effect on the brains of teenagers and young adults, including cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ, according to psychologists discussing public health implications of marijuana legalization at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention. [More]

Nearly 40% of women who earn engineering degrees quit profession or never enter the field

Nearly 40 percent of women who earn engineering degrees quit the profession or never enter the field, and for those who leave, poor workplace climates and mistreatment by managers and co-workers are common reasons, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention. [More]