Memory and Perception News

Role of Stress in Heart Disease Varies by Gender

October 14th, 2014
New research suggests we still have a lot to learn on the way mental stress influences heart disease. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, was a part of a larger review on the impact of escitalopram (Lexapro) ...

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 ...

Nerve Block Eases Worst PTSD in Vets

October 13th, 2014
A small pilot study demonstrated that a common anesthetic procedure significantly helped veterans suffering from chronic, extreme post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting, researchers followed 12 patients with PTSD who had undergone a simple anesthetic procedure called ...

Gender Impacts Art Appraisals

October 10th, 2014
The value given to a work of art may depend more on the gender of the appraiser than the beauty of the work, according to a new study. Men seem to focus more on the artist’s background and authenticity, while women pay more ...

Stress May Underlie Teen Girls’ Risk of Depression

October 10th, 2014
While adolescence often brings a mixed bag of emotional events, new research suggests girls have more interpersonal challenges, increasing their risk for depression. Temple University researchers believe frequent exposure to stressful events causes girls to ruminate, or overly contemplate their emotional affairs, which ...

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 ...

For Seniors, It’s Sleep Quality Not Quantity That Counts

October 9th, 2014
A new study from the University of Chicago finds that older adults' insomnia may stem from the quality of rest and other health concerns more than the overall amount of sleep that patients get. Insomnia is defined as trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the ...

Do Online Poker Players Need a Poker-Face?

October 8th, 2014
A successful poker player is usually a skillful decision-maker, possessing a detailed knowledge of the game along with strong statistical acumen. But perhaps even more important than the quantitative skills is the ability to control one’s emotions. A new Finnish study compared personality ...

Toddlers Detect Emotion, Change Behavior Accordingly

October 8th, 2014
New research discovers the capabilities of a toddler greatly exceed what many adults believe is possible. The study by researchers at the University of Washington (UW) finds that children as young as 15 months are able to detect adult emotions and use the ...

Sharing Experiences Can Intensify Emotion

October 8th, 2014
New research suggests that enjoying an experience with another person results in more intense feelings about the encounter. In fact, psychological researchers discovered undergoing an experience with another person -- even if we do it in silence, with someone we met just moments ...