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NYU scientists find that emotional brain states can persist for long periods of time

NYU scientists find that emotional brain states can persist for long periods of time

Emotional experiences can induce physiological and internal brain states that persist for long periods of time after the emotional events have ended, a team of New York University scientists has found. [More]
Caregiving can have positive effect on mortality of carers, study shows

Caregiving can have positive effect on mortality of carers, study shows

Older people who help and support others are also doing themselves a favor. An international research team has found that grandparents who care for their grandchildren on average live longer than grandparents who do not. [More]
Discrimination in daily life linked to high rates of sleep problems

Discrimination in daily life linked to high rates of sleep problems

People who perceive more discrimination in daily life have higher rates of sleep problems, based on both subjective and objective measures, reports a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. [More]
Study highlights importance of treating mental-health problems to reduce community violence

Study highlights importance of treating mental-health problems to reduce community violence

New research from North Carolina State University, RTI International, Arizona State University and Duke University Medical Center finds a host of factors that are associated with subsequent risk of adults with mental illness becoming victims or perpetrators of violence [More]
New research shows how interacting with the world can benefit people's performance

New research shows how interacting with the world can benefit people's performance

New research by two cognitive psychology experts from Kingston University London is demonstrating how our decision making is heavily influenced by the world around us. [More]
Simple listening tactic could benefit cochlear implant users in noisy social settings

Simple listening tactic could benefit cochlear implant users in noisy social settings

Listeners in a noisy situation benefit from facing slightly away from the person they are listening to, turning one ear towards the speech, concludes a study by Cardiff University, funded by UK charity Action on Hearing Loss (RNID). [More]
Partners of cancer patients greatly appreciate web-based self-help intervention

Partners of cancer patients greatly appreciate web-based self-help intervention

Twenty to thirty percent of the partners of cancer patients suffer from psychological problems. This percentage is even higher if the patients in question are terminally ill. [More]
Study finds chances for recovery of women with anorexia or bulimia nervosa

Study finds chances for recovery of women with anorexia or bulimia nervosa

A study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators finds that, contrary to what is often believed, around two thirds of women with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa will eventually recover from their eating disorders. [More]
Neuroscientists uncover how the brain retunes to pull meaning out of noisy environment

Neuroscientists uncover how the brain retunes to pull meaning out of noisy environment

When you're suddenly able to understand someone despite their thick accent, or finally make out the lyrics of a song, your brain appears to be re-tuning to recognize speech that was previously incomprehensible. [More]
People at increased risk of schizophrenia more likely to use cannabis, research finds

People at increased risk of schizophrenia more likely to use cannabis, research finds

People who have a greater risk of developing schizophrenia are more likely to try cannabis, according to new research, which also found a causal link between trying the drug and an increased risk of the condition. [More]
Researchers seek clarity on how chronic cannabis use affects neurological activity

Researchers seek clarity on how chronic cannabis use affects neurological activity

For those suffering depression or anxiety, using cannabis for relief may not be the long-term answer. [More]
Psychology researcher explores barriers deterring MSM from seeking information on STIs

Psychology researcher explores barriers deterring MSM from seeking information on STIs

A researcher at Birmingham City University is undertaking research into the social and cognitive barriers hindering men who have sex with other men (MSM) from finding out more information about sexually transmitted infections (STIs). [More]
New approach to analyzing brain patterns appears to help reduce people’s fear, build confidence

New approach to analyzing brain patterns appears to help reduce people’s fear, build confidence

A new technique of analyzing brain patterns appears to help people overcome fear and build self-confidence. [More]
Endurance runners' brains have greater functional connectivity, research shows

Endurance runners' brains have greater functional connectivity, research shows

If you're thinking about taking up running as your New Year's resolution and still need some convincing, consider this: MRI scans reveal that endurance runners' brains have greater functional connectivity than the brains of more sedentary individuals. [More]
Infants appear to notice differences in ethnicities, new UCLA study shows

Infants appear to notice differences in ethnicities, new UCLA study shows

Infants less than a year old, who have yet to learn language, appear to notice differences when looking at adult women of different ethnicities, a new study by UCLA psychologists shows. [More]
Sexual harassment prevalent among adolescent students, study finds

Sexual harassment prevalent among adolescent students, study finds

The recent suicide of Brandy Vela, a teen in Texas City, Texas, was a potent reminder of the sometimes tragic consequences of bullying. [More]

Simple redesign of medication packages can help decrease patient errors and accidental overdoses

Medication errors are a common patient safety issue in the United States, with 1.5 million adverse drug events reported annually, often occurring in a home or other outpatient setting. [More]

Research shows how brain fills in peripheral vision to create illusory experiences

What we see in the periphery, just outside the direct focus of the eye, may sometimes be a visual illusion, according to new findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. [More]
IBM and Rice University create prototype of Watson-enabled robot for assisting elderly people

IBM and Rice University create prototype of Watson-enabled robot for assisting elderly people

IBM Research today announced the creation of the prototype IBM Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant (IBM MERA) done in collaboration with Rice University. IBM MERA is a first of a kind Watson-enabled application designed to help assist the elderly and their caregivers. [More]
Study shows effectiveness of new method to diagnose anxiety in children with autism

Study shows effectiveness of new method to diagnose anxiety in children with autism

A new method devised by a Drexel University professor to diagnose children on the spectrum for anxiety symptoms -- which tend to be masked by symptoms of autism -- was proven effective in a recent study. [More]
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