Archive for December, 2010

Love for Sale

December 24th, 2010
Love for SaleA story befitting this gift-giving time of the year finds that the way people treat their possessions sometimes looks like love. "Is it possible for consumers to be in love with their ...

Genetic Variation May Influence Impulsiveness

December 23rd, 2010
Genetic Variation May Influence ImpulsivenessA multinational research team has discovered a genetic variation that may be a predisposing factor for violent impulsive behavior. Backed by the National Institutes of Health, the team found that a genetic ...

Brain Region Lit Up By Inhibiting Behavior

December 23rd, 2010
Brain Activity Tied to Instinct Suppression Researchers are learning which areas of the brain are activated when we suppress an automatic behavior, such as the urge to look at other people in an elevator. York University (Toronto) ...

Postponing Sex May Strengthen Marriage

December 23rd, 2010
Postponing Sex May Strengthen MarriageAlthough today’s norm is for individuals to explore their sexual compatibility before making long-term plans together, a new study suggests waiting until after the vows may lead to a better ...

Fatigue Measured by Speech Variations

December 23rd, 2010
Voice Measurement of Fatigue As the pace of modern life accelerates, fatigue as a result of staying awake for extended hours may become more common. A study in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of ...

Lab Study Suggests Stress Can Enhance Memories

December 22nd, 2010
Lab Study Suggests Stress Can Enhance Memories  A laboratory study on rats has discovered stress can enhance ordinary, unrelated memories. A team of neuroscientists performed the research with the objective of bolstering the understanding ...

Ability to Recognize Faces Peaks in Our 30s

December 22nd, 2010
Ability to Recognize Faces Peaks in Our 30s A surprising discovery suggests our mental faculties have not yet been fully tapped by the age of 30. Scientists have determined that our ability to recognize and ...

First Impressions of Attractive People More Accurate

December 22nd, 2010
First Impressions of Attractive People are Accurate   A new study has found that people identify the personality traits of people who are physically attractive more accurately than others during short encounters. The University ...

Evolutionary Gender Differences Expressed in Shopping

December 22nd, 2010
Evolutionary Gender Differences Expressed in ShoppingUnderstanding why your partner shops in a particular way can help relieve stress at the store -- not a bad idea during the holiday season. Now a University of Michigan social ...

Brain’s Volume Control System Helps Us Hear Ourselves Talk

December 21st, 2010
Brains Volume Control System Helps Us Hear Ourselves TalkIn order to follow our own speech, our brains feature a system of volume settings that help us dim and amplify the sounds we both ...