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Report: Defense, VA Fail to Track If PTSD Treatment Works

June 23rd, 2014
A new report from the independent, nonprofit Institute of Medicine (IOM) finds that the federal government is not measuring the effectiveness of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) -- calling into question the millions of dollars spent on mental health of service members. Moreover, researchers ...

Why Haters May Be Better at Their Jobs

June 22nd, 2014
New research shows that “haters” -- those people who dislike lots of things -- may actually be pretty good at their jobs. That’s because they spend a lot of time on a few activities, giving them the opportunity to hone their skills ...

One-Third of Suicides Involve Heavy Alcohol Consumption

June 21st, 2014
One-third of all completed suicides involve heavy use of alcohol before the attempt, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The research is the first to compare alcohol use among victims of suicide with a ...

Brain Imaging Shows How Musical Training May Affect Cognition

June 20th, 2014
A new study suggests a possible biological link between youth musical training and improved executive functioning in both children and adults. Researchers from Boston Children's Hospital used functional MRI brain imaging to show that musically trained individuals demonstrated enhanced activation of specific areas ...

Exposure to TV Violence Tied to Brain, Cognitive Abnormalities

June 19th, 2014
Emerging research discovers young adult men who watched more violence on television showed indications of less mature brain development and poorer executive functioning. The Indiana University School of Medicine study is published online in the journal Brain and Cognition. For the investigation, researchers used ...

Surfing the Web in Class Hurts Even Smart Kids

June 18th, 2014
Researchers have discovered that even the smartest college students suffer academically when they use the Internet in class for non-academic purposes. The study speaks to the contemporary college culture where professors compete for students’ attention as they are engaged with laptops and smartphones. “Students ...

Trophy Wife: Fact or Fiction?

June 18th, 2014
The term "trophy wife" pertains to a stereotype that attractive women marry rich men, with little regard for physical appearance, and that men look for pretty wives but don't care about their education or earnings. It is a stereotype often applied to spouses ...

Good Sleep in Middle Age Can Improve Cognition

June 17th, 2014
A new study finds that when middle-aged or older people receive six to nine hours of sleep they think better than those sleeping fewer or more hours. The University of Oregon-led study reaffirms numerous small-scale studies in the United States, Western Europe, and ...

Online Social Networks Can Spread Emotion, And For The Better

June 16th, 2014
Online Social Networks Can Spread Emotion, And For The BetterNew research shows that emotions expressed via online social networks, such as Facebook, influence the moods of others -- and in a good way. Investigators discovered ...

Brain’s Reward System Affects Efforts to Stop Smoking

June 15th, 2014
Brain’s Reward System Affects Efforts to Stop SmokingWhy can some smokers quit, but others can’t,  no matter what method they try or how much money they might be offered? The answer may be in how the ...