Brain and Behavior News

Children Feel Most Positive About Mothers Who Respect Their Autonomy

January 31st, 2015
New research shows that mothers who support their children's need for autonomy tend to be viewed more positively by their children. "When mothers are highly controlling of small children's play, those children are less likely to want to engage with them," said Jean ...

Severe Depression Tied to Brain Inflammation

January 31st, 2015
People who suffer from severe clinical depression tend to have brains that are 30 percent more inflamed than healthy brains, according to a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Canada. The findings may lead to new ...

New Study Shows Men to Blame for Political Gridlock

January 31st, 2015
A new study suggests that political gridlock -- like that which led to the 2013 federal government shutdown -- can largely be blamed on men, who researchers found are less likely to compromise. "One implication is that female legislators might talk about politics and ...

Is the Misinterpretation of Gender Intentions Hardwired?

January 30th, 2015
Misguided relationships with the opposing gender are common and appear to follow a similar pattern around the world. Imagine the following scenario: a woman and a man are having a conversation. She is interested in the conversation, and is friendly, smiling and warm. ...

Depression and Loneliness = Extreme Television Viewing

January 30th, 2015
New research suggests the lonelier and depressed you are, the more likely you are to binge-watch television marathons or Netflix episodes. Although settling in to watch a series of shows may seem harmless, University of Texas researchers found that younger people use this ...

Mouse Study: Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase Risk of ADHD

January 30th, 2015
A new lab study by scientists from several prominent universities suggests a commonly used pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. Researchers believe the pesticide alters the development of the brain's dopamine system, the part of the brain ...

Quitting Smoking Gradually May Be Best Option

January 30th, 2015
Quitting Smoking Gradually May Be Best OptionResearchers have discovered yet another reason why it is so difficult to quit smoking: just 12 hours after a person’s last cigarette, the oxygen uptake and blood flow ...

Texts Rather than Apps for Mental Health Care

January 30th, 2015
Emerging research suggests that while cell phones are an emerging channel to communicate mental health information to a provider, texting is the preferred method for communication, rather than an app. This is the key finding of a new study led by researchers ...

Specific Games Enhance Child’s Spatial Reasoning

January 29th, 2015
New research shows that some games can help a child develop important cognitive skills. Using data from a nationally representative study, researchers from Rhodes College determined that children who play frequently with puzzles, blocks, and board games tend to have better spatial reasoning ability. The ...

Teen Body Image Perceptions Influence Adult Body Type

January 29th, 2015
New research discovers that teens who mistakenly perceive themselves as overweight are at greater risk of obesity as adults. The finding confirms the belief that an inappropriate body image can lead to a variety of issues during adolescence and adulthood. “Our research shows that ...