Brain and Behavior News

Neural Markers May Predict Childhood Generosity

December 21st, 2014
Researchers have discovered certain neural markers that can predict childhood generosity. These neural markers appear to be linked to the child’s observation of another’s prosocial (or antisocial) behaviors. Their findings are published online in the journal Current Biology. For the study, neuroscientists at the ...

Expectant Fathers May Face Prenatal Hormone Changes

December 21st, 2014
A new study has found that impending fatherhood can lower two hormones -- testosterone and estradiol -- in men, even before their babies are born. According to researchers at the University of Michigan, previous studies have shown that men’s hormones change once they ...

Brain Uses Decision-Making Time to Create Confidence Rating

December 21st, 2014
When you need to make a choice but lack sufficient evidence for a solid decision, your brain calculates how much time has elapsed to give you a confidence rating of sorts, says a team of neuroscientists at New York University (NYU). Their ...

Brain Imaging Shows Overactive Habit System in OCD

December 20th, 2014
A new study has found that misfiring of the brain’s habit control system may be behind the compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The study, led by Dr. Claire Gillan and Professor Trevor Robbins of the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, ...

Women Criticized for Weight Tend to Gain More

December 20th, 2014
When a woman is criticized by a loved one for her weight, she is likely to gain even more, according to a new study by the University of Waterloo in Canada. On the other hand, those who feel unconditionally accepted are more likely ...

Many Have No Clue About Their Math Ability

December 20th, 2014
There is more than one way to be good (or bad) at math, and many people tend to mislabel their abilities, say psychologists at Ohio State University. In a new study, they found that one-third of people who say they are “good at ...

Women Have More Empathy to Partner

December 19th, 2014
Although it has long been suspected that women are more empathetic toward their partner, a new study has come to the same conclusion using scientific inquiry and empirical research. Australian researchers, Dr Cindy Mervin and Professor Paul Frijters, found ...

Early Sensitive Caregiving Has Lasting Influence on Child’s Development

December 19th, 2014
Emerging research discovers sensitive caregiving in the first three years of life is a strong predictor of an individual’s future social competence and academic success. A new study -- designed to replicate an earlier study that showed early maternal sensitivity has lasting ...

Innocent Parenting Style May Harm Kids in Adulthood

December 19th, 2014
As the Holidays are upon us, new research reminds parents that using gifts or presents to reward certain behaviors, may not be the correct approach. A recent study from the University of Missouri and the University of Illinois at Chicago found that ...

Fine Particle Air Pollutants Linked to Autism

December 19th, 2014
New research suggests that women exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter air pollution during pregnancy may experience double the risk of having a child with autism. Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) says the risk is greatest when the exposure occurs ...