Brain and Behavior News

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 ...

Increased Health Risks Linked to First Psychotic Episode

October 12th, 2014
New research has found that many patients experiencing their first psychotic episode have other health risks that could lead to premature death. The study found that increased risks of heart disease and metabolic issues, such as high blood sugar, in people with first episode ...

Mouse Study: Oxytocin Regulates Female Sexual Behavior

October 11th, 2014
The "cuddle" hormone oxytocin may play a particularly strong role in regulating female sexual behavior, according to a new mouse study by scientists at Rockefeller University. Oxytocin is released naturally during moments of relational bonding, such as breastfeeding, childbirth, and sex. The research, ...

Binge Drinking Can Amplify Liver Damage

October 9th, 2014
Emerging research suggests binge drinking can lead to changes in liver proteins that may result in cirrhosis and cancer. University of Missouri researchers discovered binge drinking or over-consumption of alcohol is especially dangerous among those who already drink a lot. “We know that chronic ...

Toddlers Detect Emotion, Change Behavior Accordingly

October 8th, 2014
New research discovers the capabilities of a toddler greatly exceed what many adults believe is possible. The study by researchers at the University of Washington (UW) finds that children as young as 15 months are able to detect adult emotions and use the ...

Attention Requires Balanced Brain Activity

October 6th, 2014
Psychologists have made important discoveries into attention problems in schizophrenic individuals. Tobias Bast, Ph.D., and colleagues at Nottingham University in the U.K. explain that inhibitory signals between brain neurons are crucial for healthy brain activity. But disruptions to this inhibition can cause attention ...

Pain Words Problematic for Those in Pain

October 6th, 2014
A new study finds that words related to pain -- such as discomfort, agony, and misery -- attract more attention among those suffering from chronic pain. York University researchers used state-of-the-art eye-tracking technology to determine that people in pain look longer at pain-related words. “People ...