Brain and Behavior News

Positive Emotions Affect Baby Memories

November 27th, 2014
While developmental experts strongly recommend for parents to play and talk to their five-month old baby, many wonder if the child remembers any of it a day later. Now, a new Brigham Young University study suggests the infant remembers the good times, if ...

Placebo Treatment Activates Brain in Parkinson’s

November 27th, 2014
Researchers have learned that simply the expectation of learning stimulates brain activity among individuals with Parkinson’s. For individuals with Parkinson's disease, the placebo effect activates the brain, providing a response similar to that experienced after the administration of actual medications. Researchers say the study ...

Arterial Plaque Can Lead to Cognitive Impairment

November 27th, 2014
While it is well known that plaque buildup in the arteries can increase the risk of heart disease, new research discovers the condition can also compromise mental acuity. In a study of nearly 2,000 adults, researchers found that a buildup of plaque in ...

Perception of Wealth Influences Political Stance

November 26th, 2014
Emerging research suggests alignment with political policies may have more to do with how wealthy a person feels they are, rather than how much money they have in the bank. In a new study, investigators found people’s views on income inequality and ...

Sound of Voice Linked to Position of Power

November 26th, 2014
New research finds that being in a position of power can fundamentally change the way a person sounds when they speak. San Diego State University researchers discovered that being in power is associated with the alteration of basic acoustic properties of the voice. ...

Rat Study Suggests Schizophrenia May Stem from Surplus Brain Protein

November 25th, 2014
New research discovers a gene associated with schizophrenia also plays a role in brain development. The finding may help to explain the way the disease originates. Bonnie Firestein, Ph.D., a Rutgers professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, says too much ...

Anti-Anxiety, Sleep Drugs to Teens Comes with Abuse Risk

November 25th, 2014
New research discovers prescription of an anti-anxiety or sleeping medication to a teen comes with a risk of illegal abuse of medications by the teen. Experts say the findings suggest substance abuse assessments should be performed before the drugs are prescribed. University of Michigan ...

Early Exposure to Verbal Conflict Can Aid in Coping with Adult Stress

November 25th, 2014
While the holiday season is a time to reconnect with family and friends, it can also be a time of stress. Although the opportunity to be in close contact with family and friends is welcomed, the environment may result in heated debates, or ...

Can Training to See Words in Colors Boost IQ?

November 24th, 2014
A new UK study has shown for the first time that people can be trained to "see" letters of the alphabet as colors in a way that simulates how those with synesthesia experience their world. Synesthesia is a neurological condition in which some ...

PreSchool Sleep Deficits Up Risk of Obesity

November 21st, 2014
A new study suggests the majority of preschoolers may not be getting the amount of sleep they need each night. Researchers believe the sleep deficits place the children at higher risk of being overweight or obese within a year. Investigators also suggest ...