Cognition News

Most People Pay Double to Spare Stranger from Pain

December 2nd, 2014
A new study shows that people are typically willing to sacrifice twice as much money to spare a stranger from pain, compared to the amount they would pay to spare themselves, even when their decision is anonymous. The study, conducted by researchers from ...

Mice Study Suggests Cancer Drug May Combat Fragile X Autism

December 1st, 2014
New research suggests people affected by a common inherited form of autism may be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer. The most common genetic cause of autism spectrum disorders is Fragile X Syndrome, a condition that ...

Paranoia Explored in Cannabis Study

November 30th, 2014
Recent findings are helping to explain cannabis's paranoia-inducing effects. The main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. It is well known that THC impairs cognitive functioning. But studies of other effects on the brain have yielded conflicting results. Professor Daniel Freeman of ...

Complex Job May Lead to Better Long-Term Memory, Thinking Skills

November 30th, 2014
If you work at a job that requires complex work with other people (such as a social worker or lawyer) or with data (architect or graphic designer), you may end up having a better long-term memory and thinking skills compared to people ...

Most Seniors With Signs of Dementia Don’t Get Tested

November 29th, 2014
A new study finds that more than half of people over the age of 70 with signs of dementia haven’t seen a doctor about it. Researchers from the University of Michigan say their findings suggest that as many as 1.8 million Americans over ...

Older Brains Can Still Learn — Maybe Too Much

November 29th, 2014
Older people can actually take in and learn from visual information more readily than younger people, according to a new study. This surprising discovery is explained by a decline in the ability to filter out irrelevant information as we get older, according to ...

Vulnerable Brain Spot Tied to Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s

November 28th, 2014
Oxford researchers have discovered a specific network in the brain that is the first to degenerate with age and also the most vulnerable spot for the development of schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy ...

Positive Emotions Affect Baby Memories

November 27th, 2014
While developmental experts strongly recommend for parents to play and talk to their five-month old baby, many wonder if the child remembers any of it a day later. Now, a new Brigham Young University study suggests the infant remembers the good times, if ...

People with Autism See Faces Differently

November 27th, 2014
New research suggests the way people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gather information could explain why they gain different perceptions from peoples' faces. Investigators from the University of Montreal, however, say this difference in gathering of information is different from the judgment process ...

Arterial Plaque Can Lead to Cognitive Impairment

November 27th, 2014
While it is well known that plaque buildup in the arteries can increase the risk of heart disease, new research discovers the condition can also compromise mental acuity. In a study of nearly 2,000 adults, researchers found that a buildup of plaque in ...