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How Does Sharing Your Story Over Social Media Influence Your Emotions

How Does Sharing Your Story Over Social Media Influence Your Emotions

July 25th, 2014
Humans enjoy sharing life stories with others. And the ability to share personal news -- both good and bad -- has exploded over the last decade, particularly via social media and texting. However, existing research on "social sharing" -- or ...

Babies’ Inability to Make Eye-Contact/Smile Used to Trigger Autistic Interventions

Babies’ Inability to Make Eye-Contact/Smile Used to Trigger Autistic Interventions

July 25th, 2014
Emerging research from the University of Miami suggests babies at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be identified before year one. Early detection of a high risk child could allow interventions to mitigate autistic behaviors. In the study, researchers studied ...
Soulmates Have Worst Relationships

Soulmates Have Worst Relationships

July 25th, 2014
Provocative new research looks into the way that people think and talk about love. Social psychologists observed that people talk and think about love in an incessant variety of ways but underlying such diversity are some common themes that frame how ...
Highly Educated Wives, No Longer at Increased Risk of Divorce

Highly Educated Wives, No Longer at Increased Risk of Divorce

July 25th, 2014
For decades, sociologists have known that when a wife possessed a higher degree of educational obtainment than that her husband, her risk of divorce was higher than average. Now, a new study finds this is no longer the case. "We also ...
Childbirth Pain May Influence Depression

Childbirth Pain May Influence Depression

July 24th, 2014
A provocative new editorial suggests controlling pain during childbirth and after delivery may reduce the risk of postpartum depression. Katherine Wisner, M.D., a perinatal psychiatrist, bases her hypothesis on a new Chinese study that found women who had pain control with ...
New Brain Stimulation Technique May Provide Rapid Depression Relief

New Brain Stimulation Technique May Provide Rapid Depression Relief

July 24th, 2014
Brain stimulation treatments are often used to treat depression. However, protocols of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), often have a delayed onset -- similar to depressant medications. For example, a patient may receive several weeks of regular ...
Mice Study Suggests Cancer Drug May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

Mice Study Suggests Cancer Drug May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

July 24th, 2014
A new study suggests a new set of compounds initially developed for cancer treatments, show potential as a pharmacological treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, more than five million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and officials worry that as baby ...
Likelihood of False Memories Increase after Poor Sleep

Likelihood of False Memories Increase after Poor Sleep

July 24th, 2014
New research may have strong implications for the criminal justice system as researchers discover not getting enough sleep may increase the likelihood of forming false memories. Researchers from University of California, Irvine discovered sleep-deprived people who viewed photographs of a crime ...
Depression Ups Smoking Cessation Challenge – Exercise Helpful

Depression Ups Smoking Cessation Challenge – Exercise Helpful

July 23rd, 2014
Smoking is often associated with depression with the mood disorder making it much more difficult to kick the habit. Often those that have the hardest time shaking off the habit may have more mental health issues than they are actually aware ...
Combat Metaphors in Business Often Backfire

Combat Metaphors in Business Often Backfire

July 23rd, 2014
A new study discovers bosses who try to motivate their employees with violent rhetoric -- think of Steve Jobs declaring "thermonuclear war" on Samsung -- may begin a ‘battle’ they often lose. "Business executives use violent language all the time," said ...
Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Schizophrenia

Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Schizophrenia

July 23rd, 2014
A new study finds that vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin. Vitamin D, produced by the skin after exposure to sunlight, helps the body absorb calcium ...
Blend Nature into School Playgrounds to Reduce Stress, Improve Attention

Blend Nature into School Playgrounds to Reduce Stress, Improve Attention

July 23rd, 2014
School playgrounds that feature natural habitats and trees do more than just provide a unique outdoor adventure as researchers discover the environment can reduce children's stress and inattention. University of Colorado Boulder researchers also found that working on class assignments ...
Trying too Hard Can Slow New Language Development

Trying too Hard Can Slow New Language Development

July 22nd, 2014
Neuroscientists have long observed that learning a language presents a different set of opportunities and challenges for adults and children. Adults easily grasp the vocabulary needed to navigate a grocery store or order food in a restaurant, but children have an ...
Alzheimer's Delayed by Caffeine?

Alzheimer’s Delayed by Caffeine?

July 22nd, 2014
Caffeine appears to have a positive effect on so-called "tau deposits" in Alzheimer's disease, scientists have found. Tau deposits are proteins that, together with beta-amyloid plaques, are some of the characteristic features of Alzheimer's disease. These deposits interfere with the communication ...
Reading Skill Development Can Continue to Middle School

Reading Skill Development Can Continue to Middle School

July 22nd, 2014
Traditional educational theory holds that fourth grade is when students stop learning to read and start reading to learn. A new study suggests to the contrary as Dartmouth researchers analyzed brain waves and found fourth-graders do not experience a change ...
Overreaction Can Lead to Near Misses

Overreaction Can Lead to Near Misses

July 22nd, 2014
A new study looks at how, in our hypercompetitive world, it is easy to not see the forest because of the trees when we experience a close loss or fail to achieve a company goal -- even though we ...
Sleep Deficits = Memory Problems

Sleep Deficits = Memory Problems

July 22nd, 2014
Americans are not receiving adequate amounts of sleep with experts stating that sleep insufficiencies are now a public health epidemic. New research adds to the list of symptoms that a lack of sleep triggers as scientist discover sleep voids can ...
Neuroscience to Explain Psychotherapy Modus Operandi

Neuroscience to Explain Psychotherapy Modus Operandi

July 21st, 2014
Despite tremendous advances in psychological care, researchers are still uncertain as to the mechanism by which psychotherapy influences the brain and improves a person’s condition. This knowledge gap may narrowing as a new study by University of California, ...
Personalized Approach and Computer Tablets Improve Autistic Care

Personalized Approach and Computer Tablets Improve Autistic Care

July 21st, 2014
Emerging research shows that the communication skills of minimally verbal children with autism can be greatly improved through personalized interventions that are combined with the use of computer tablets. A three-year study by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers examined ...
Common Genes Linked to Autism

Common Genes Linked to Autism

July 21st, 2014
New research sheds light on autism as scientists discover most of the genetic risk for the disorder comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous mutations. In the largest study of ...