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Brain Tissue Thickness, Inflammation Tied to Psychosis

January 15th, 2015
A new neuroimaging study finds that as an individual develops psychosis the thickness of brain tissue lessens. The finding comes from a study of a large group of high risk young adults living at multiple sites. Psychosis typically develops during the transition from adolescence ...

Computers Better Than Humans for Assessment of Personality?

January 14th, 2015
Provocative new research suggest a computer is a better judge of a person’s personality than the person’s family or friends. People's judgments were based on their familiarity with the judged individual, while computer models used a specific digital signal: Facebook Likes. The results show that ...

Smart Phone Fitness Apps Need to Support Behavioral Change

January 14th, 2015
A new study of mobile phone fitness applications finds that while most apps provide an opportunity for social networking and feedback, few incorporate behavioral change techniques (BCTs) such as active self-monitoring. Behavioral change techniques help users modify their physical activity. As presented in the ...

Virtual Reality Games Help ID Mild Cognitive Impairment

January 13th, 2015
Researchers have developed a virtual supermarket of cognitive training games that help to detect mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Greek investigators say that although the concept of a virtual supermarket has been used in the past to help detect cognitive functions, prior iterations could ...

What Does Your Avatar Say About You?

January 11th, 2015
Do the avatars you create for online communication reflect who you truly are? Researchers from York University conducted a study to find out which physical and personality traits we express, or suppress, through our choice of avatars. An avatar is an image you ...

iPhone Separation Linked to Anxiety, Poor Cognitive Performance

January 10th, 2015
New research has found that cell phone separation can have serious psychological and physiological effects on iPhone users, including poor performance on cognitive tests. Researchers at the University of Missouri say their findings suggest that iPhone users should avoid parting with their phones ...

Watching Television Associated with Unhealthy Behavior

January 9th, 2015
For many, the winter months and the holiday season are associated with increased hours in front of the television set and in many cases, the binge watching of TV shows, movies, or sports may lead to increased snacking. A recent University of ...

‘Machine-Learning’ Scans Genomic Database for Autism Clues

January 7th, 2015
In an effort to better analyze a huge genomic database for autism-related genes, a team of engineers have teamed up with autism researchers to develop a “machine learning” program. So far, the method has identified several genes that help scientists better understand ...

Posting of Selfies May Suggest Personality Issues

January 7th, 2015
A new study does not paint a pretty picture for guys who post a lot of selfies on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. Ohio State University researchers found that men who posted more online photos of themselves than others scored higher ...

Behavior Theory Can Predict Driving Patterns

January 5th, 2015
As technology is aiding the development of "smart cars," new research proposes behavioral theory can help systems correct dangerous steering movements before they occur. Researchers at Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology believe the theory explains the inexplicable jerkiness that occurs when we steer ...