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Finnish Study Shows Emotions Affect Financial Risk

April 13th, 2014
Finnish Study Shows Emotions Affect Financial RiskA new study confirms that the willingness to take financial risks in games of chance is influenced by emotional reactions. The study led by Aalto University neurofinance researcher Dr. ...

Head Injuries Can Affect Children’s Social Lives

April 12th, 2014
Head Injuries Can Affect Children's Social LivesNew research has found that suffering a head injury can affect children’s social lives for years to come. For their study, neuroscientists at Brigham Young University (BYU) examined a ...

Watching Grandkids Helps Grandma Stay Sharp

April 9th, 2014
Watching Grandkids Helps Grandma Stay Sharp  A new Australian program finds that taking care of grandkids one day a week helps grandmothers' mental acuity. Researchers say that is good news for women after menopause, ...

Study Shows Autism Begins During Pregnancy

April 7th, 2014
Study Shows Autism Begins During Pregnancy Emerging research presents new evidence that autism begins during pregnancy. Investigators analyzed 25 genes in postmortem brain tissue of children with and without autism. These included genes that serve ...

Weight-Loss Beliefs Jeopardize Anti-Obesity Drugs

April 6th, 2014
Weight-Loss Beliefs Jeopardize Anti-Obesity DrugsPsychologists recently have gained new insights into the factors affecting the success of anti-obesity drugs. Dr. Amelia Hollywood of Surrey University, UK, explains, "Weight-loss medication is widely prescribed, but with very mixed ...

Can Obesity Influence Cognition?

April 2nd, 2014
Can Obesity Influence Cognition? A provocative new University of Illinois study finds that obese children are slower than healthy-weight children to recognize when they have made an error and correct it. Researchers say this ...

Health in Young Adulthood Influences Cognitive Health in Later Life

April 1st, 2014
Health in Young Adulthood Influences Cognitive Health in Later LifeNew research finds that young adults with high blood pressure and elevated glucose levels have significantly worse cognitive function in middle age. Researchers at University of ...

Multiple Benefits May Accrue From Limiting Kids’ Screen Time

April 1st, 2014
Multiple Benefits May Accrue From Limiting Kids' Screen Time A new study finds that limiting content and the amount of time a child spends in front of the computer does make a difference. Researchers from ...

Brain Seems to Work on 15-Second Delay

March 31st, 2014
Brain Seems to Work on 15-Second Delay New research finds the brain uses a delay mechanism that can blind us to subtle changes in movies and in the real world. In the study, published in ...

Humor Can Help Patients Better Manage Chronic Conditions

March 31st, 2014
Humor Can Help Patients Better Manage Chronic Conditions Most are familiar with the adage “laughter is the best medicine." Emerging research suggests the tactic is an underutilized tool that can help a person understand a ...