Emotion News

Autistic Kids Have Different Brain Activity during Play

January 27th, 2015
A first of its-kind-study shows that brain activation patterns and stress levels in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are significantly different as compared with typically developing children. Researchers from Vanderbilt University examined social play exchanges on multiple levels, revealing associations among brain ...

When Do We Turn to Superstition and Charms?

January 25th, 2015
Many people seem to have a lucky charm, maybe a lucky pair of socks or a piece of jewelry. New research shows that we are more likely to turn to superstitions or a lucky charm to achieve a performance goal rather than a ...

Lucid Dreamers are More Self-Reflective

January 25th, 2015
A new study has discovered that the area of the brain that enables self-reflection is larger in lucid dreamers — those people who can control their dreams. According to researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and the Max Planck ...

How The Mundane Can Become Meaningful — And Remembered

January 24th, 2015
It’s no surprise that memories of highly emotional events, such as the birth of a child, are strong. But a new study shows that these meaningful events can actually strengthen older, more mundane memories. "We're continuously monitoring our environment, and, in the process, ...

Meditation Shown to Alter Gray Matter in Brain

January 24th, 2015
Meditating for just eight weeks has been shown to alter the brain’s gray matter, which may be at least part of the reason why practitioners experience significant improvements in memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress, according to a new study led ...

Losing Weight — And New Friends — In Support Group

January 22nd, 2015
New research suggests that while being in a support group may help you lose weight, you may lose your new friends as you approach your weight goals. Investigators reviewed popular weight loss groups and discovered that while the group setting is an ideal ...

Female Emotional Processing Tied to Memory Boost

January 22nd, 2015
When women view emotionally stimulating images, they tend to "feel" them more intensely than men, and are therefore more likely to remember them, according to a new large-scale study by researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland. As far as neutral images ...

Sometimes it is Okay to Ignore Your Boss

January 21st, 2015
While most of us have been trained to never retaliate against a supervisor, a new study suggests a passive-aggressive response may be beneficial for some circumstances. Ohio State researchers found that employees who had hostile bosses were better off ...

Loving Pet Owners Score High in Neuroticism

January 19th, 2015
A new study shows that the most affectionate pet owners also rate the highest in traits of neuroticism and conscientiousness, suggesting that the qualities that make for overbearing parents might actually work for pets, who tend to require lifelong parenting. While prior research ...

Eczema Woes More Than Skin Deep

January 18th, 2015
A new study finds that eczema, a chronic itchy skin disease that often starts in childhood, wreaks havoc on patients’ lives. The study from Northwestern University discovered that adults suffering from eczema have higher rates of smoking, drinking and obesity and are less ...