Technology News

Caffeine Beats Music for Driving Alertness

September 30th, 2014
For many, drowsiness or fatigue when behind the wheel is combated by drinking caffeinated beverages or by listening to music. New research evaluates which method, if either, can successfully combat driver fatigue. Human factors/ergonomics researchers ShiXu Liu, Shengji Yao, Ph.D., and Allan Spence, Ph.D., designed a ...

Does Looking for Love Online Stand Test of Time?

September 26th, 2014
Online dating sites, social media and specific apps have significantly changed the way singles meet, date, develop relationships, and even marry. A new study looks at this practice and compares online and offline meeting venues and if the setting of the initial meeting ...

The Future of Epilepsy Medication

September 23rd, 2014
Researchers are making progress on a new "on demand" epilepsy pill which can be taken when people feel a seizure starting. The pill has been developed by a team at University College London, UK, led by Professor Dimitri Kullmann. They explain that about ...

Blood Test Targets Psychosis Risk

September 23rd, 2014
Researchers have developed a blood test that predicts if a person with risk factors for psychosis will go on to develop psychosis. Investigators from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill believe the discovery is an important step forward in the accurate ...

Deep Brain Stimulation for Some OCD Patients OK’d in New Guidelines

September 23rd, 2014
New clinical practice guidelines recommend two specific deep brain stimulation (DBS) techniques for some patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who fail to respond to other treatments. The guidelines for bilateral DBS, which were found to reduce symptoms by nearly one-third, are endorsed by the American Association of ...

Down Syndrome Study Sheds Light on Alzheimer’s

September 22nd, 2014
New research suggests the quest to understand the mechanism by which Alzheimer’s disease impacts memory and cognition may be more complicated than previously understood. University of Wisconsin researchers, including lead study author Sigan Hartley, Ph.D., and Brad Christian, Ph.D., looked at the role of ...

Brain Scan Study Aims to One Day Personalize PTSD Treatment

September 21st, 2014
Researchers have linked a certain opioid receptor (associated with emotions) to specific trauma symptoms, including sadness, emotional detachment and listlessness. The brain imaging study, conducted by researchers at New York University Langone Medical Center, could one day aid in the development of targeted, ...

Habitual Facebook Users More Likely to Be Scammed

September 20th, 2014
A new study has found that people who habitually use Facebook are more susceptible to being victims of online scams. For his study, Arun Vishwanath, Ph.D., an associate professor of communication at the University at Buffalo–State University of New York, subjected 150 college ...

Telecommuting Can Aid Employee Moral without Productivity Loss

September 19th, 2014
Despite the fact that we live in a hyperconnected world, employers are still concerned that productivity will be negatively impacted by telecommuting, A new study may quell concerns as University of Illinois researchers discovered telecommuting yields positive effects for two important measures of ...

New App Monitors Students’ Mental Health

September 19th, 2014
Researchers have developed a smartphone application that passively monitors a student’s mental health and compares their mental status to academic performance and recent behavior. Dartmouth researchers say the StudentLife app, compares students' happiness, stress, depression, and loneliness to their academic performance. They say the ...