Brain and Behavior News

Overreaction Can Lead to Near Misses

July 22nd, 2014
A new study looks at how, in our hypercompetitive world, it is easy to not see the forest because of the trees when we experience a close loss or fail to achieve a company goal -- even though we may have ...

Sleep Deficits = Memory Problems

July 22nd, 2014
Americans are not receiving adequate amounts of sleep with experts stating that sleep insufficiencies are now a public health epidemic. New research adds to the list of symptoms that a lack of sleep triggers as scientist discover sleep voids can lead to ...

Neuroscience to Explain Psychotherapy Modus Operandi

July 21st, 2014
Despite tremendous advances in psychological care, researchers are still uncertain as to the mechanism by which psychotherapy influences the brain and improves a person’s condition. This knowledge gap may narrowing as a new study by University of California, Los Angeles ...

Personalized Approach and Computer Tablets Improve Autistic Care

July 21st, 2014
Emerging research shows that the communication skills of minimally verbal children with autism can be greatly improved through personalized interventions that are combined with the use of computer tablets. A three-year study by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers examined different approaches ...

Common Genes Linked to Autism

July 21st, 2014
New research sheds light on autism as scientists discover most of the genetic risk for the disorder comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous mutations. In the largest study of its kind ...

Physician Training Program Improves Care for Depression

July 21st, 2014
A new performance improvement initiative for physicians has been found to significantly increase their use of evidence-based practices in screening for and treating depression. In a new study, Dr. Michael E. Thase of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and colleagues ...

Antipsychotic Drugs Linked to Decrease in Brain Volume

July 20th, 2014
A new study has confirmed a link between antipsychotic drugs and a slight, but measurable, decrease in brain volume in patients with schizophrenia. Researchers noted they were also able to examine whether this decrease is harmful for cognitive function, reporting that over a ...

Study of Resting Brain May Help Unravel Severe Mental Illness

July 20th, 2014
The human brain operates much the same whether a person is at rest or performing a variety of tasks, according to new research from Rutgers University-Newark. This finding will make it easier to study severe mental illness, since scientists can be certain ...

Even Mild Traumatic Brain Injury May Cause Brain Damage

July 19th, 2014
Even mild traumatic brain injury may cause brain damage, including thinking and memory problems, according to a new study. For the study, 44 people with a mild traumatic brain injury and nine people with a moderate traumatic brain injury were compared to 33 ...

Weight Management Program Also Reduces Depression

July 19th, 2014
A program aimed at helping obese women maintain their weight also significantly reduced depression in nearly half the women, according to a new study from Duke University. The study was conducted with 185 low-income black women between the ages of 25 and 44, ...