Brain and Behavior News

Focusing on Target Ahead Makes Exercise Seem Easier

October 18th, 2014
During your next walk, try focusing on a specific target ahead -- that can make the distance appear shorter and help you get there faster, according to psychology researchers at New York University. Their study, which compares the "target-focusing" technique to naturally looking ...

Breakfast Boosts Dopamine, Helps Regulate Overeating and Cravings

October 18th, 2014
A new study has found that eating breakfast, especially foods rich in protein, increases the levels of a brain chemical associated with feelings of reward, which can help reduce food cravings and overeating later in the day. “Our research showed that people experience ...

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 ...

Neuroscience Mythology Hampers Teaching

October 17th, 2014
Despite efforts to used fact-based approaches in education, teachers and the public may be incorrect on core assumptions that influence the way educational material is presented. In a new study, researchers from the University of Bristol wanted to show that educators often fail ...

Seeing ADHD On A Spectrum, Not A Disease Category

October 16th, 2014
A new study suggests that there is a natural spectrum of attention function in the general population, with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at one extreme. Accordingly, a genetic analysis may be able to predict children who will be a high risk for ADHD. If ...

Neglect Hinders Brain Development, Influences ADHD

October 15th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that when infants and children are raised in a sterile environment of psychosocial neglect, cortical development is slowed, increasing the risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Over the past decades, the world has observed tragic examples where the failure of ...

Teen Health Better If Parents Understand Daily Challenges

October 15th, 2014
New research suggests the better a parent understands the daily experiences of their teen, the better the mental health of the teen. Moreover, having a parent who “gets” a teen’s daily life may influence the way a teen’s body responds to stress on ...

Emotional Mindset Can Impact Consumer Decisions

October 15th, 2014
A new study suggests the emotions of guilt and shame make a difference in the way a person makes decisions. Researchers found that guilt is more associated with concrete actions while shame leads to a global or holistic view. For example, perhaps you splurged ...

Study Finds Chemical in Broccoli Sprouts Eases Autism Symptoms

October 14th, 2014
A small clinical trial provides tantalizing evidence that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts may mitigate behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, studied 40 teenage boys ...

Suicidal Thoughts 10 Times More Likely in Adults With Asperger’s

October 13th, 2014
Recent findings highlight a staggering rate of suicidal thoughts among adults with Asperger's syndrome. "Depression is an important potential risk factor for suicidal thoughts in people with this condition," said psychologist and study author Dr. Sarah Cassidy,  a researcher at the Autism ...