Brain and Behavior News

Many Single Parents Have Active Sex Life

September 24th, 2014
New research counters the notion that a single parent of a child younger than five has a limited social life, if a social life at all. Researchers from the Kinsey Institute discovered single parents of children younger than five date and are sexually ...

Oregon Program Breaks Up School Day with Brief Exercise

September 24th, 2014
A new survey finds that an exercise DVD that adds short breaks of physical activity to the daily routine of elementary school students was very popular with both students and teachers, and offered clear advantages for overly sedentary educational programs. Called “Brain Breaks,” the DVD ...

Group Walks in Nature Can Relieve Stress, Improve Mood

September 24th, 2014
University of Michigan researchers have come up with a simple tonic for stress: Fresh air. Walk. Socialize. The recommendations reflect the findings of a new large-scale study that found group nature walks were associated with lower depression and perceived stress, and enhanced mental ...

The Future of Epilepsy Medication

September 23rd, 2014
Researchers are making progress on a new "on demand" epilepsy pill which can be taken when people feel a seizure starting. The pill has been developed by a team at University College London, UK, led by Professor Dimitri Kullmann. They explain that about ...

Blood Test Targets Psychosis Risk

September 23rd, 2014
Researchers have developed a blood test that predicts if a person with risk factors for psychosis will go on to develop psychosis. Investigators from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill believe the discovery is an important step forward in the accurate ...

Deep Brain Stimulation for Some OCD Patients OK’d in New Guidelines

September 23rd, 2014
New clinical practice guidelines recommend two specific deep brain stimulation (DBS) techniques for some patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who fail to respond to other treatments. The guidelines for bilateral DBS, which were found to reduce symptoms by nearly one-third, are endorsed by the American Association of ...

Down Syndrome Study Sheds Light on Alzheimer’s

September 22nd, 2014
New research suggests the quest to understand the mechanism by which Alzheimer’s disease impacts memory and cognition may be more complicated than previously understood. University of Wisconsin researchers, including lead study author Sigan Hartley, Ph.D., and Brad Christian, Ph.D., looked at the role of ...

Test Helps ID Alzheimer’s Risk Before Signs of Dementia

September 21st, 2014
A simple test that combines thinking and movement can help to detect a heightened risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, even before there are any signs of dementia, according to scientists at York University in Toronto. For their study, Faculty of Health Professor Lauren ...

Domestic Violence More Likely for Same-Sex Couples

September 21st, 2014
Domestic violence occurs at least as frequently -- and likely more so -- between same-sex couples, according to a review of literature conducted by researchers at Northwestern Medicine. “Evidence suggests that the minority stress model may explain these high prevalence rates,” said senior ...

Brain Scan Study Aims to One Day Personalize PTSD Treatment

September 21st, 2014
Researchers have linked a certain opioid receptor (associated with emotions) to specific trauma symptoms, including sadness, emotional detachment and listlessness. The brain imaging study, conducted by researchers at New York University Langone Medical Center, could one day aid in the development of targeted, ...