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Tracking Eye Movements Can Diagnose ADHD

August 14th, 2014
A novel method to diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be in plain sight. In a new study from Tel Aviv University published in Vision Research, involuntary eye movements accurately reflect the presence of ADHD, as well as the benefits of stimulants used to treat the ...

Can Reading Fiction Improve Empathy?

August 12th, 2014
An emerging theory suggests exposure to narrative fiction can improve an individual’s ability to understand what other people are thinking or feeling. Dr. Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, said, "we understand stories using basic cognitive functions, and there is ...

Student Mindset Can Enhance Learning

August 11th, 2014
Emerging research suggests a student’s mental framework influences their recall of material. Investigators discovered material was better retained if a student understood that they would be expected to teach the material. "When compared to learners expecting a test, learners expecting to teach recalled more ...

Frequent Marijuana Use Bad for Teens’ Brains

August 10th, 2014
Smoking marijuana just once a week can have a “significant” negative effect on the brains of teenagers and young adults, including cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ, according to psychologists discussing the health implications of legalizing marijuana at the ...

Music Training Can Strengthen Kids’ Learning Ability

August 10th, 2014
New research shows that musical training can help offset some academic achievement gaps for disadvantaged kids. The study, which involved hundreds of disadvantaged kids in musical training programs in public schools in Los Angeles and Chicago, spotlights how learning to play a musical ...

‘Just-Enough’ Gaming Linked to Well-Adjusted Kids

August 9th, 2014
Could a video game a day keep the doctor away? New research from Oxford University shows that kids who engage in less than an hour of video game playing each day are better adjusted and have fewer conduct problems than those who ...

Fitness Helps Middle-School Girls Avoid Depression

August 8th, 2014
A new study suggests that physically fit sixth-graders -- especially girls -- are less likely to report feeling depressed when they reach seventh grade. The research was presented at the American Psychological Association's Annual Convention. Investigators discovered that sixth-grade girls who performed better on ...

Teen Aggression Linked to Drinking

August 7th, 2014
A new Finnish study discovers that aggressive adolescents are more likely to drink, and drink more, than their peers. Researchers also found, surprisingly, that depression and anxiety were not linked to increased alcohol use. Investigators explored the relationship between psychosocial problems and alcohol use ...

Marital Strife Interferes with Parent-Child Bond

August 6th, 2014
New research finds that marital tension between mom and dad can harm each parent’s bond with their children. Southern Methodist University (SMU) researchers discovered dads, in particular, let conflict adversely impact relationships with children, while moms compartmentalize marital conflict after first day. Investigators found ...

Crank the Subwoofers to Feel Powerful

August 6th, 2014
New research substantiates a common behavior displayed by many athletics, teens, and younger adults. The action is the blasting of music through headphones or in cars in preparation for an event, or as a statement of dominance or confidence -- with bass ...
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