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Action Video Games Improve Sensorimotor Skills

October 20th, 2014
A new study discovered people who play action video games such as "Call of Duty" or "Assassin's Creed" were able to learn a new sensorimotor skill quicker than non-gamers. University of Toronto researchers believe the study shows that action video games strengthen sensorimotor ...

Walk This Way, And Change Your Mood

October 18th, 2014
It’s no surprise that our mood is often reflected in how we walk. Happy? Then we’re bouncing along, head up. Sad? Then we walk much slower with slumped shoulders. New research shows that the opposite is true as well. Imitating a happy or sad ...

Experts Debate Toddler Access to Digital Devices

October 14th, 2014
Times have changed when it comes to electronic media and the availability and use of digital devices by children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) basic policy statement, published in 1999, discouraged electronic media use by children under two. Given the proliferation of ...

For Some, Multitasking May Not Hinder Performance

October 13th, 2014
Although scientists and educators recommend focusing on a single task to aid retention and improve task proficiency, new research suggest some teen digital natives may be an exception. Presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition, researchers caution that ...

Is Sexting Normal?

October 7th, 2014
Provocative new research suggests sexting may be a new "normal" part of adolescent sexual development and is not strictly limited to at-risk teens. Researchers have published their findings on teenage sexting and future sexual activity in the journal Pediatrics. Sexting is sending sexually explicit ...

Most Experts, Parents, Pediatricians Agree Violent Media Fuel Aggression in Kids

October 7th, 2014
A national study finds that a sizable majority of media researchers and parents, and the vast majority of pediatricians, generally agree that exposure to violent media can increase aggression in children. Ohio State University researchers found a broad consensus in the belief that ...

Seeing Double: Brain Blends Faces to Reduce Visual Chaos

October 6th, 2014
New research helps explain why we accept Hollywood stunt doubles as the identified actor, even when they do not look alike. University of California, Berkeley researchers have identified a unique brain mechanism by which we latch on to a particular face even when it changes. Investigators say ...

Can Social Media Help You Out of a Bad Mood ?

October 3rd, 2014
A new study suggests that when people are in a bad mood they often turn to social networks sites to find friends who are in the same or even worse state of mind. Although use of social media is generally associated with ...

Weight Training Can Enhance Memory

October 2nd, 2014
A new study suggests resistance exercises can boost brain power. Georgia Tech researchers discovered that an intense workout of as little as 20 minutes can enhance episodic memory -- also known as long-term memory for events -- by about 10 percent in healthy ...

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 ...