Brain and Behavior News

Mental Exhaustion Increases Risk of Heart Disease

November 18th, 2014
New research suggests psychological factors can elevate the risk of heart disease among healthy men and women by 36 percent. Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers discovered fatigue, increased irritability, and feeling demoralized were associated with the increase in risk for first-time cardiovascular ...

Cookie Monster Helps Kids Learn Self-Control

November 17th, 2014
An innovative study has determined that watching the Sesame Street video featuring the Cookie Monster can help children improve their executive skills. Deborah Linebarger, an associate professor at the University of Iowa, discovered that when a group of preschoolers watched videos of ...

New Brain Disease ID’d With Similarities to Alzheimer’s

November 17th, 2014
Researchers have identified a disease that has similar symptoms as Alzheimer’s yet is biologically different. Investigators believe the ability to diagnose different forms of memory impairment will aid the development of effective treatments for brain diseases. The new neurological disease is called primary age-related ...

Too Much of Two Drugs May Increase Risk of Dementia

November 16th, 2014
Long-term overtreatment with the anti-clotting drug warfarin, combined with antiplatelet therapy with aspirin or clopidigrel to prevent stroke, may increase the risk of dementia in people with atrial fibrillation, according to a new research. Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm abnormality that ...

Brain Imaging Shows What Puts Teens at Risk for Substance Abuse

November 16th, 2014
A series of four experiments by neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center are helping researchers zero in on what puts teens at risk of alcohol use and abuse even before they start drinking. The experiments are part of the Adolescent Development Study, an ...

Many Obese People Don’t See Themselves That Way

November 16th, 2014
A majority of obese people in Britain do not describe themselves as obese, according to a new study. In fact, the Cancer Research UK study found that many obese people do not even describe themselves as “very overweight.” According to the study of 2,000 ...

Using Sound to Enhance Deep Sleep, Memory

November 16th, 2014
Using sound that matches a person’s particular brain activity during sleep may be able to enhance that individual’s quality of deep sleep, and as a result, benefit metabolism and cognition, according to new research by a graduate student at Northwestern Medicine. “Sleep deprivation, ...

Overcoming Fear With Oxytocin

November 15th, 2014
Researchers at the University of Bonn Hospital have demonstrated that the bonding hormone oxytocin inhibits the fear center in the brain, allowing fear to subside more easily. The study, which appears in the journal Biological Psychiatry, could usher in a new era in ...

Weight Loss Pills Counterproductive

November 14th, 2014
American culture is dominated by quick fixes -- or “have an app for that” mentality. Similarly, we have a belief that technology can cure all ills, even obesity. Experts note that the sale and use of weight loss pills and remedies ...

Good News for Those with Social Anxiety Disorder

November 14th, 2014
New research suggests people with social anxiety disorder have an unfounded opinion that their friendships are shallow. Although it may be extremely difficult for people with social anxiety disorder to make friends, the belief that the friendship are not of the highest ...