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Archive for January, 2012

Early Intervention Key to Shaping College Drinking Habits

January 31st, 2012
Early Intervention Key to Shaping College Drinking HabitsThe first few weeks of college are a critical time in shaping students' drinking habits, according to researchers at Penn State, ...

Cocaine Addiction May Be Different For Men and Women

January 31st, 2012
Cocaine Addiction May Be Different For Men and Women A provocative new brain imaging study has lead researchers to ...

Early Nurturing Aids in Brain Development

January 31st, 2012
Early Nurturing Aids in Brain Development A mother’s affection during the early stages of a child’s life appears to help the development of an area of the brain involved in ...

Music Training May Delay Hearing and Memory Loss

January 31st, 2012
Music Training May Delay Hearing and Memory LossA new study suggests lifelong musical experiences can retard certain aspects of the aging process. Specifically, Northwestern University scientists discovered a ...

Divorce More Apt to Harm Health When Young

January 31st, 2012
Divorce More Apt to Harm Health When YoungApparently, having some mileage on the body and soul buffers one from the pain of a breakup, as a new Michigan State University ...

Hard Drugs Even More Risky for Middle-Aged

January 30th, 2012
Hard Drugs Even More Risky for Middle-AgedA popular country and western song laments middle age, although the narrator is "glad he quit the hard drugs." Now a new study ...

Using Pupil Size to Probe Interest, Memory, Attention

January 30th, 2012
Using Pupil Size to Probe Interest, Memory, AttentionThe eyes tell the story – or more precisely, the size of a person’s pupils may be a way to measure someone’s interest in ...

Perception of Illness Influences Outcome

January 30th, 2012
Perception of Illness Influences OutcomeIt is not just in marketing and politics that perception is deemed more important than reality. Our perception of an illness when sick may well play ...

Emotional Forecasting May Not Be Far Off the Mark

January 30th, 2012
Emotional Forecasting May Not Be Far Off the MarkAlthough the literature suggests people have a hard time predicting emotions, a new study finds that maybe we are not as bad as previously ...

In Autistic Kids, ‘Thinking in Words’ Improves Mental Flexibility

January 29th, 2012
In Autistic Kids, Thinking in Words Improves Mental FlexibilityWhen children with autism 'mentally talk things through,' they have an easier time unraveling complex everyday tasks, which may lead to more flexible thinking ...