Memory and Perception News

Down Syndrome Study Sheds Light on Alzheimer’s

September 22nd, 2014
New research suggests the quest to understand the mechanism by which Alzheimer’s disease impacts memory and cognition may be more complicated than previously understood. University of Wisconsin researchers, including lead study author Sigan Hartley, Ph.D., and Brad Christian, Ph.D., looked at the role of ...

Family Dinners Remain the Norm

September 22nd, 2014
Despite the hectic pace of living in the United States in the 21st century, a new study finds that even without kids in the house, most adults continue to sit down and have dinner with a spouse or another family member on ...

Test Helps ID Alzheimer’s Risk Before Signs of Dementia

September 21st, 2014
A simple test that combines thinking and movement can help to detect a heightened risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, even before there are any signs of dementia, according to scientists at York University in Toronto. For their study, Faculty of Health Professor Lauren ...

Single Dose of Antidepressant Changes the Brain

September 20th, 2014
Just one dose of an antidepressant is enough to produce dramatic changes in the brain, according to a new study. According to researchers, brain scans taken of people before and after one dose of escitalopram, a commonly prescribed serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), revealed ...

Telecommuting Can Aid Employee Moral without Productivity Loss

September 19th, 2014
Despite the fact that we live in a hyperconnected world, employers are still concerned that productivity will be negatively impacted by telecommuting, A new study may quell concerns as University of Illinois researchers discovered telecommuting yields positive effects for two important measures of ...

Older Girls in Middle School Can Contribute to Body Image Issues

September 19th, 2014
New research finds middle schools that include fifth through eighth grades may set the stage for dissatisfied body image among younger girls. Researchers found that although the media is highly criticized for contributing to body image issues in adolescents, the source for body ...

Fighting Parents Harm Child’s Emotional Balance

September 19th, 2014
New research suggests combative parents may impair a child’s ability to recognize and control emotions. Investigators discovered the effect of protracted household tension is cumulative as prolonged exposure to marital aggression takes a substantial toll on the emotional adjustment of young children. Moreover, ...

New App Monitors Students’ Mental Health

September 19th, 2014
Researchers have developed a smartphone application that passively monitors a student’s mental health and compares their mental status to academic performance and recent behavior. Dartmouth researchers say the StudentLife app, compares students' happiness, stress, depression, and loneliness to their academic performance. They say the ...

Smart Teen Peers May Make College More Likely

September 18th, 2014
Hanging out, playing sports, or joining clubs with smart friends, intelligent teammates, or brainy group members can double a high school student’s odds of going to college, according to new research. The new study of high school activities bears this message for incoming high ...

Blood Tests Can ID Depression, Predict Best Therapy Approach

September 18th, 2014
For years, researchers have been trying to find a reliable "biomarker" for diagnosing depression. That quest may now be a reality, with the development of a blood test that provides the first objective, scientific diagnosis for depression -- and who may benefit from a ...