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Mental Rest and Reflection Aid Learning

October 22nd, 2014
A new study suggests learning may be improved by the use of strategies that "prime" the brain to learn new content and allow time for the brain to rest and reflect. University of Texas at Austin researchers used brain imaging technology to show ...

Panic Attacks Linked to Fear of Bright Light

October 21st, 2014
A new European study suggests that panic attacks may be associated with an aversion to bright light. Although the finding does not imply a cause-and-effect relationship, the discovery of an association may lead to development of new therapies for panic disorder. Panic attacks occur ...

Action Video Games Improve Sensorimotor Skills

October 20th, 2014
A new study discovered people who play action video games such as "Call of Duty" or "Assassin's Creed" were able to learn a new sensorimotor skill quicker than non-gamers. University of Toronto researchers believe the study shows that action video games strengthen sensorimotor ...

Many Women Blame Poverty on Failed Relationships, Early Motherhood

October 16th, 2014
New research suggest policymakers and health authorities can help women rise out of poverty by learning the factors that women believe influenced their current social condition. Kristin Mickelson, Ph.D., of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University, and Emily ...

Neglect Hinders Brain Development, Influences ADHD

October 15th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that when infants and children are raised in a sterile environment of psychosocial neglect, cortical development is slowed, increasing the risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Over the past decades, the world has observed tragic examples where the failure of ...

Experts Debate Toddler Access to Digital Devices

October 14th, 2014
Times have changed when it comes to electronic media and the availability and use of digital devices by children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) basic policy statement, published in 1999, discouraged electronic media use by children under two. Given the proliferation of ...

For Some, Multitasking May Not Hinder Performance

October 13th, 2014
Although scientists and educators recommend focusing on a single task to aid retention and improve task proficiency, new research suggest some teen digital natives may be an exception. Presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition, researchers caution that ...

Despite Benefits, Gender Equality May Not Carry Over to Next Generation

October 13th, 2014
A study of two generations suggests improving equality within a marriage benefits family life and male careers. The Swedish study, initiated in the 1970s, emphasized share responsibility among couples for home, family, and work. A recent follow-up shows that the couples' strive for equality ...

Verbal Abuse To ‘Motivate’ Workers Can Backfire

October 10th, 2014
A new study suggests the "tough love" managerial strategy that evokes a boot camp and drill sergeant is ineffective in the workplace. In fact, employees who are verbally abused by supervisors are more likely to "act out" at work, in the form of anything from ...

For Kids, Mental Abuse Can Be Worse than Sexual, Physical Abuse

October 9th, 2014
Although childhood emotional abuse is rarely addressed by clinicians, new research suggests psychological abuse among children may lead to more problems than sexual or physical abuse. The finding that childhood emotional abuse and neglect is rarely addressed in prevention programs or in treatment ...