Memory and Perception News

Fast Food Tied to Slower Academic Growth

December 26th, 2014
The amount of fast food children eat may be linked to how well they do in school, according to a new study. Researchers from Ohio State University discovered that the more frequently children reported eating fast food in fifth grade, the lower their ...

Music Training May Improve Attention, Cut Kids’ Anxiety

December 26th, 2014
Musical training may help children focus their attention, control their emotions, and lower their anxiety, according to a new study by psychiatrists at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & ...

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Improves Memory in Older Adults

December 25th, 2014
A new study has found that older adults who have greater heart and lung health also have better memory recall and cognitive capabilities. For the new study, researchers at Boston University Medical Center compared 33 young adults between the ages of 18 and ...

Targeted Brain Stimulation Helps Anxious People Control Their Thoughts

December 24th, 2014
When a certain type of brain stimulation, known as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), targets the brain’s dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (involved in the control of attention), it allows a person to more easily adjust his attention to threat, according to a new ...

Seniors’ Ability to Make Financial Decisions Bolstered by Knowledge, Experience

December 23rd, 2014
New research has found that a lifetime of acquired financial expertise and knowledge offsets older people’s declining ability to efficiently process information when making financial decisions. Using credit scores and cognitive ability tests, researchers at the University of California, Riverside, and Columbia University ...

Type I Diabetes Linked to Slower Brain Growth in Kids

December 22nd, 2014
New research has found that young children with type I diabetes (T1D) have slower brain growth compared to children without diabetes. The new study, published in Diabetes, suggests that continued exposure to hyperglycemia, or high blood sugars, may be detrimental to a child’s developing ...

Recognizing Alzheimer’s Cousin: Lewy Body Dementia

December 22nd, 2014
A new symptom comparison chart has just been issued by the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) that helps people recognize the differences between Lewy body dementia (LBD) and Alzheimer’s disease. LBD is a complex, challenging, and surprisingly common brain disease that is often ...

Brain Uses Decision-Making Time to Create Confidence Rating

December 21st, 2014
When you need to make a choice but lack sufficient evidence for a solid decision, your brain calculates how much time has elapsed to give you a confidence rating of sorts, says a team of neuroscientists at New York University (NYU). Their ...

Tooth Loss Linked to Decline in Memory & Walking Speed

December 20th, 2014
A new study has found that the memory and walking speeds of adults who have lost all of their teeth decline more rapidly than in people who still have some of their own teeth. The study, published in the Journal of the American ...

Many Have No Clue About Their Math Ability

December 20th, 2014
There is more than one way to be good (or bad) at math, and many people tend to mislabel their abilities, say psychologists at Ohio State University. In a new study, they found that one-third of people who say they are “good at ...