Technology News

Placebo Treatment Activates Brain in Parkinson’s

November 27th, 2014
Researchers have learned that simply the expectation of learning stimulates brain activity among individuals with Parkinson’s. For individuals with Parkinson's disease, the placebo effect activates the brain, providing a response similar to that experienced after the administration of actual medications. Researchers say the study ...

Teens Report Less Loneliness, More Isolation

November 25th, 2014
New research suggests self-esteem and confidence among American high school and college students is growing. But the new report is mixed as researchers learn that while that subjective isolation has declined, social network isolation has increased. Researchers posit that modernization is fueling the emotional ...

Rat Study Suggests Schizophrenia May Stem from Surplus Brain Protein

November 25th, 2014
New research discovers a gene associated with schizophrenia also plays a role in brain development. The finding may help to explain the way the disease originates. Bonnie Firestein, Ph.D., a Rutgers professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, says too much ...

Action Video Games Can Increase General Learning Skills

November 25th, 2014
Playing action video games improves not only the skills needed for the game, but also learning skills in general, according to a new study by the University of Rochester. “Prior research by our group and others has shown that action gamers excel at ...

Guidelines for Media Use in Toddlers

November 23rd, 2014
Two experts on child development have released their research-based guidelines to help parents understand the impact of media use on very young children. The research includes tips about how much screen time is OK, parent participation, the effects of parental screen use, ...

Additional Education Brings Potential for Stress

November 21st, 2014
Obtaining a degree is usually associated with a better salary and improved control over one’s life. However, gaining prestige and moving up the financial ladder comes with a price. In a new study, professor Scott Schieman, Canada Research Chair in the Social Contexts ...

Weight Changes Common with Parkinson’s

November 21st, 2014
New research discovers that it is normal for patients with Parkinson’s disease to have significant weight fluctuations. People may gain or lose weight depending on the stage of the disease. They may also gain up to 25 pounds after a course of deep ...

Mental & Physical Pain May Be Different After All

November 19th, 2014
New research may rewrite how we believe pain is processed by the brain. For the last decade, neuroscientists have believed that the brain processes physical and social pain in a similar manner. Now, a new study from the University of Colorado shows that the ...

Social Network Games Can Enhance Family Ties

November 19th, 2014
Playing games on a social media site may actually improve communication among family members of all ages. In a new study, researchers discovered online games like CityVille are being played multi-generationally within families. "These interactions prove social networks are tools that break down ...

Musical Expertise Linked to Robust Long-Term Memory

November 19th, 2014
A study of professional musicians suggests musical expertise improves long-term memory and cognitive performance. In the research, scientists from the University of Texas at Arlington measured electrical activity of neurons in the brains of 14 musicians and 15 non-musicians. Dr. Heekyeong Park, assistant professor ...