Brain and Behavior News

Babies’ Lack of Interest in Faces Linked to Callous Behavior in Toddlerhood

October 26th, 2014
A baby’s preference for a human face, rather than an object, is connected to lower levels of insensitive and unemotional behaviors when the baby becomes a toddler, according to scientists at King's College London, the University of Manchester, and the University of ...

Alcohol Linked to Better Memory in Those Over 60

October 26th, 2014
A new study shows that for people over 60 who do not have dementia, moderate alcohol consumption is linked to higher episodic memory, the ability to recall memories of events. According to researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, ...

Software Model Predicts Risk of Depression Relapse

October 23rd, 2014
German neuroscientists have written a software program that they believe can calculate the risk for experiencing a major depression relapse. For the project, Selver Demic, M.D., of the Ruhr University Bochum and his colleagues from the Mercator Research Group examined a variety of factors ...

Mental Rest and Reflection Aid Learning

October 22nd, 2014
A new study suggests learning may be improved by the use of strategies that "prime" the brain to learn new content and allow time for the brain to rest and reflect. University of Texas at Austin researchers used brain imaging technology to show ...

Strong Vocabulary Protects Against Cognitive Decline

October 22nd, 2014
New research suggests a robust vocabulary may reduce mild cognitive impairment and lead to a lower risk of developing dementia. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or incipient dementia is a condition that some people develop as they age. Many experts believe it is an ...

Positive Subliminal Messages Boost Elders’ Physical Performance

October 21st, 2014
A new study discovers positive subliminal messages that flip negative stereotypes of aging can improve physical functioning among the elderly. Yale School of Public Health researchers say the novel intervention method was designed to examine whether exposure to positive age stereotypes could weaken ...

Some Anti-Inflammatory Drugs May Aid Schizophrenia Treatment

October 21st, 2014
Emerging research suggests that some anti-inflammatory medicines can improve the efficacy of existing schizophrenia treatments. A group of researchers at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands discovered anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin, estrogen, and fluimucil can help improve schizophrenia symptoms. This work was ...

Panic Attacks Linked to Fear of Bright Light

October 21st, 2014
A new European study suggests that panic attacks may be associated with an aversion to bright light. Although the finding does not imply a cause-and-effect relationship, the discovery of an association may lead to development of new therapies for panic disorder. Panic attacks occur ...

Action Video Games Improve Sensorimotor Skills

October 20th, 2014
A new study discovered people who play action video games such as "Call of Duty" or "Assassin's Creed" were able to learn a new sensorimotor skill quicker than non-gamers. University of Toronto researchers believe the study shows that action video games strengthen sensorimotor ...

Women More Likely to Develop Anxiety, Depression After Heart Attack

October 19th, 2014
Women are more likely to develop anxiety and depression after a heart attack than men, according to new research. "The World Health Organization predicts that by 2020 depression will be the second leading cause of disability and mortality in the world, surpassed only ...