Technology News

For Safe and Secure Passwords, Facing the Familiar

June 25th, 2014
Forgotten passwords are a big problem for both IT managers and users. Effective passwords must blend memorability and security: Simple passwords are easy to remember but easy to crack, while complex passwords are hard to crack but hard to remember. While biometric solutions including ...

Puzzle Video Games Can Improve Aspects of Cognition

June 25th, 2014
The ability of video games to improve mental fitness has been the subject of considerable debate. A new study suggests playing a specific puzzle-oriented game can improve mental flexibility. Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore discovered that adults who played the ...

One-Third of Suicides Involve Heavy Alcohol Consumption

June 21st, 2014
One-third of all completed suicides involve heavy use of alcohol before the attempt, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The research is the first to compare alcohol use among victims of suicide with a ...

Brain Activity of Bipolar Kids May Suggest Treatment Approaches

June 20th, 2014
New research suggests children diagnosed with bipolar disorder have greater activation in the right amygdala -- a brain region very important for emotional reaction -- than bipolar adults when viewing emotional faces. This finding suggests to the authors that bipolar children might benefit ...

Brain Imaging Shows How Musical Training May Affect Cognition

June 20th, 2014
A new study suggests a possible biological link between youth musical training and improved executive functioning in both children and adults. Researchers from Boston Children's Hospital used functional MRI brain imaging to show that musically trained individuals demonstrated enhanced activation of specific areas ...

Exposure to TV Violence Tied to Brain, Cognitive Abnormalities

June 19th, 2014
Emerging research discovers young adult men who watched more violence on television showed indications of less mature brain development and poorer executive functioning. The Indiana University School of Medicine study is published online in the journal Brain and Cognition. For the investigation, researchers used ...

Surfing the Web in Class Hurts Even Smart Kids

June 18th, 2014
Researchers have discovered that even the smartest college students suffer academically when they use the Internet in class for non-academic purposes. The study speaks to the contemporary college culture where professors compete for students’ attention as they are engaged with laptops and smartphones. “Students ...

Iron Levels May Help Fine-Tune ADHD Diagnosis

June 18th, 2014
A new radiology study finds that brain iron levels may serve as a biomarker in the diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and help to fine-tune diagnosis. Psychostimulant medications such as Ritalin are among the drugs commonly used to reduce ADHD symptoms. Psychostimulants affect levels ...

Technology Can Help Manage Work-Home Boundaries

June 17th, 2014
As most appreciate, technology enables a 24/7/365 connection to friends, news, sports, and yes, work. But rather than being a perpetual work appendage, new research suggests emerging mobile technology can be used to help us better manage home-work boundaries. The University of Cincinnati study shows ...

Fear Center in Brain Larger Among Anxious Kids

June 17th, 2014
Emerging research suggests altered childhood development of the small brain structure called the amygdala, or “fear center,” may influence adult anxiety problems. As reported in the journal Biological Psychiatry, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine recruited 76 children, seven to nine years ...