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Heart Fitness Improves Brain Health

August 26th, 2014
A new Canadian study suggests exercising to improve cardiovascular fitness may protect individuals from cognitive impairment associated with aging. "Our body's arteries stiffen with age, and the vessel hardening is believed to begin in the aorta, the main vessel coming out of the ...

Media Screens Seem to Hinder Ability to Read Emotions

August 23rd, 2014
A new study found that sixth-grade students who went five days without looking at a smartphone, television, or other digital screen did substantially better at reading human emotions than students from the same school who continued to spend hours each day looking ...

Coping Strategies for Cell Phone Loss Anxiety

August 22nd, 2014
For many, a day without a smartphone a day without sunshine. The issue becomes much more complicated if we believe we have lost our phones compounding anxiety and stress. A new study outlines potential coping mechanisms. Surprisingly, few smart-phone users have a plan to ...

Social Media Becoming Go-To Info Source for Moms

August 21st, 2014
Social media may now rival girlfriends and playground parents as a source of trusted advice for mothers. A new Australian study finds that Facebook and other web communities are now the preferred information conduit, a distinction that some believe offers a largely untapped ...

Stuck in Limbo: How Schizophrenia Gets In the Way of Goals

August 18th, 2014
A new study may explain why people with schizophrenia have difficulty achieving real-world goals, such as making friends, completing their education, and finding a job. The study, from researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia, found that people with schizophrenia struggle to ...

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 ...

Jet’s Near-Disaster Sparks Study on Who Is Vulnerable to PTSD

August 14th, 2014
A first of its kind study explored how a life-threatening traumatic event, and the memory of the event, influences the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers studied a group of Air Transat (AT) passengers who experienced 30 minutes of unimaginable terror over ...

Computer Literacy May Support Cognition in Elders

August 13th, 2014
Emerging research suggests minimal levels of digital competency can help to reduce cognitive decline in older adults. The new study is the first to show the ability to engage, plan, and execute digital actions, such as web browsing and exchanging emails, can improve ...

Journalists at Risk for PTSD

August 12th, 2014
Emerging research finds that working with images of extreme violence increases the risk of psychological trauma to journalists -- including post-traumatic stress disorder. A study, published by JRSM Open, shows that frequent, repetitive viewing of traumatic images by journalists working with ...

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 ...
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