Memory and Perception News

Youth May Use Marijuana to Self-Medicate Negative Moods

September 16th, 2014
A new study finds that adolescents and young adults who smoke marijuana frequently may be attempting to manage negative moods by using the drug. Researchers say users may feel better temporarily, but then they tend to feel worse. Also, using marijuana as a ...

Mindfulness Can Help Adults Overcome Childhood Trauma

September 15th, 2014
The first study to examine the relationship between childhood adversity, mindfulness, and health suggests adults who are mindful in the moment have better health. The finding is important as adults who were abused or neglected as children are known to have poorer health. Researchers ...

Breathing-Based Meditation Helps Vets with PTSD

September 15th, 2014
A new study from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers hope for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers there have shown that a breathing-based meditation practice called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga can be an effective ...

Walking or Cycling to Work Boosts Mental Well-Being

September 14th, 2014
Walking or cycling to work is better for people's mental health than driving to work, according to a new study. Research by health economists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) in the United ...

‘Neural Workaround’ May Help Stave Off Dementia

September 14th, 2014
Researchers have discovered a “neural workaround” in the human brain that can compensate for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer's disease. According to researchers at the University of California-Berkeley, the findings could help explain why some people with beta-amyloid ...

Why Parents Shouldn’t Play Favorites

September 13th, 2014
New research from Brigham Young University shows that perceived preferential treatment of one child by parents can lead to alcohol, cigarette, and drug use by the less-favored children. That’s in families that aren’t very close to each other -- what researcher Alex Jensen, ...

Youth Find it Hard to Resist Immediate Rewards

September 12th, 2014
University of Iowa investigators found teenagers are far more sensitive than adults to the immediate effect or reward of their behaviors. Thus, when a teen performs an action then pleads that they could not keep themselves from doing the deed, they may be correct. ...

Collective Pain Can Have a Benefit

September 12th, 2014
The anniversary of 9/11 reminds us that even the most horrific circumstances can have a positive effect, in some cases by bringing together a community, a city, or an entire nation. New research suggests that, despite its unpleasantness, pain may actually have positive social ...

Stress Can Hasten Death in Older Men

September 11th, 2014
New research suggests that high stress is associated with an earlier death than average for older men. Investigators determined the stress could come from chronic everyday hassles or a series of significant life events. “We’re looking at long-term patterns of stress -- if your stress ...

Pilot Program Finds Early Autism Intervention Beneficial

September 10th, 2014
Provocative new research suggests treatment for autism during infancy can significantly reduce symptoms so that by age three, most who received the therapy had neither autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) nor developmental delay. Researchers from the University of California, Davis MIND Institute developed the ...