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Musical Training May Improve Attention Span, Anxiety Levels in Children

Music Training May Improve Attention, Cut Kids’ Anxiety

December 26th, 2014
Musical training may help children focus their attention, control their emotions, and lower their anxiety, according to a new study by psychiatrists at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Academy of ...

Police Body Cameras Change Behavior by Creating ‘Self-Awareness’

Police Body Cams Can Change Behavior With Self-Awareness

December 26th, 2014
New research from a landmark crime experiment using police body cameras shows that the technology is most effective at preventing escalation of violence, both by the police and towards the police. Researchers from the University of Cambridge's Institute of Criminology (IoC) ...
Eating Fast Food Linked to Slower Academic Growth

Fast Food Tied to Slower Academic Growth

December 26th, 2014
The amount of fast food children eat may be linked to how well they do in school, according to a new study. Researchers from Ohio State University discovered that the more frequently children reported eating fast food in fifth grade, the ...
Financial Burden of Cancer Care Lowers Patients' Quality of Life

Cost of Cancer Care Can Impact Quality of Life

December 26th, 2014
The heavy burden of financial stress from accumulating medical bills can lower the quality of life for cancer patients, even for those who have completed treatments and are cancer-free, according to a new study by Duke Medicine. The study, published in ...
Cardiorespiratory Fitness Improves Memory in Older Adults

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Improves Memory in Older Adults

December 25th, 2014
A new study has found that older adults who have greater heart and lung health also have better memory recall and cognitive capabilities. For the new study, researchers at Boston University Medical Center compared 33 young adults between the ages of ...
Smartphone Use Can Alter The Brain

Smartphone Use Can Alter The Brain

December 25th, 2014
The finger movements we use to control our smartphones can actually change brain activity, according to a new Swiss study. Researchers at the University of Zurich teamed with colleagues at the University of Fribourg to research the day-to-day plasticity of the human ...
Targeted Brain Stimulation Helps Anxious People Control Their Thoughts

Targeted Brain Stimulation Helps Anxious People Control Their Thoughts

December 24th, 2014
When a certain type of brain stimulation, known as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), targets the brain’s dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (involved in the control of attention), it allows a person to more easily adjust his attention to threat, according to ...
Physical Violence Tied to Disruption of Stress Hormone in Women

Physical Violence Tied to Disruption of Stress Hormone in Women

December 24th, 2014
A new study links physical violence against women by their male partners to disruption of a key stress hormone, which could lead to a variety of negative health effects. The study by the University of Oregon and the Oregon Social Learning ...
Light-Emitting e-Readers Harm Quality of Sleep

Light-Emitting e-Readers Harm Quality of Sleep

December 24th, 2014
A new study has found that e-readers can detrimentally shift our circadian clock, making it harder to fall asleep at bedtime. "Electronic devices emit light that is short-wavelength-enriched light, which has a higher concentration of blue light -- with a peak ...
Stress Increases Desire for Reward, But Pleasure Remains the Same

Stress Increases Desire for Reward, But Pleasure Remains the Same

December 24th, 2014
Stress often drives us to pursue a reward (dessert, drink, new ‘toy’) more intensely, but new Swiss research has found that we’re no more likely to enjoy the indulgence than an unstressed person with the same treat. The findings are published ...
Service Dogs Can Reduce PTSD Symptoms in Veterans

Service Dogs Can Reduce PTSD Symptoms in Veterans

December 23rd, 2014
Service dogs can significantly reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression in veterans, according to the preliminary findings of a Kaiser Permanente study. The dogs were also found to improve veterans' relationships and lower their substance abuse. Researcher Carla Green ...
Seniors' Ability to Make Financial Decisions Bolstered by Knowledge, Experience

Seniors’ Ability to Make Financial Decisions Bolstered by Knowledge, Experience

December 23rd, 2014
New research has found that a lifetime of acquired financial expertise and knowledge offsets older people’s declining ability to efficiently process information when making financial decisions. Using credit scores and cognitive ability tests, researchers at the University of California, Riverside, and ...
Brain's Reward System Begins Normalizing a Few Months Into Opioid Remission

Brain’s Reward System Begins Normalizing a Few Months Into Opioid Remission

December 23rd, 2014
A few months into recovery, patients who have successfully stopped taking prescription opioids show signs that their brains’ natural reward systems are starting to normalize, according to a new study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine. The researchers assessed changes ...
Those Prone to Guilt May Be Hardest Workers

Those Prone to Guilt May Be Hardest Workers

December 23rd, 2014
New research shows that employees who are highly prone to feel guilty for disappointing their co-workers are among the most ethical and hard-working partners. However, the study from researchers at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business also suggests ...
The Psychology of Gift Giving

The Psychology of Gift Giving

December 22nd, 2014
Giving gifts can reveal how people think about others, what they value and enjoy and how they build and maintain relationships. Researchers are exploring several different aspects of gift-giving and receiving, such as how givers choose gifts, how gifts are used ...
Type I Diabetes Linked to Slower Brain Growth in Children

Type I Diabetes Linked to Slower Brain Growth in Kids

December 22nd, 2014
New research has found that young children with type I diabetes (T1D) have slower brain growth compared to children without diabetes. The new study, published in Diabetes, suggests that continued exposure to hyperglycemia, or high blood sugars, may be detrimental to a ...
Recognizing Alzheimer's Cousin: Lewy Body Dementia

Recognizing Alzheimer’s Cousin: Lewy Body Dementia

December 22nd, 2014
A new symptom comparison chart has just been issued by the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) that helps people recognize the differences between Lewy body dementia (LBD) and Alzheimer’s disease. LBD is a complex, challenging, and surprisingly common brain disease that ...
Worrying Linked to High Verbal IQ

Worrying Linked to High Verbal IQ

December 22nd, 2014
Chronic worriers tend to have a higher-than-average verbal IQ (intelligence quotient), according to new research published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. However, those who specifically tend to ruminate on past negative social events are also more likely to ...
High Socioeconomic Status Ups Discrimination, Depression in Young Black Adults

Young Blacks from Better Homes May See More Discrimination, Higher Depression Risk

December 21st, 2014
A new study has found that higher parental education, which has a protective effect for white youth, actually increases the risk of depression for black youth. The study, from researchers at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), also found that, among ...
Neural Markers May Predict Childhood Generosity

Neural Markers May Predict Childhood Generosity

December 21st, 2014
Researchers have discovered certain neural markers that can predict childhood generosity. These neural markers appear to be linked to the child’s observation of another’s prosocial (or antisocial) behaviors. Their findings are published online in the journal Current Biology. For the study, neuroscientists ...

 
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