Memory and Perception News

Youngest Bone Marrow Transplant Patients at Highest Risk of Cognitive Decline

December 14th, 2014
Toddlers who undergo total body irradiation in preparation for a bone marrow transplant are at higher risk for a decline in IQ, according to a new study. Researchers at  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital tracked the IQ scores of 170 St. Jude patients ...

Obese Kids’ Brains Respond More to Sugar

December 14th, 2014
A new study has discovered that the brains of obese children literally light up differently when tasting sugar. The study, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, does not show a causal relationship between sugar hypersensitivity and ...

Memory Lapses Among Well-Educated May Signal Stroke Risk

December 13th, 2014
People with a high level of education who complain about memory lapses have a higher risk for stroke, according to new research. "Studies have shown how stroke causes memory complaints," said Arfan Ikram, M.D., associate professor of neuroepidemiology at Erasmus University Rotterdam in ...

Early Warning Signs of Cognitive Impairment Provide Opportunity to Act

December 12th, 2014
New research suggests indications of cognitive decline associated with aging may surface during midlife. Recognition of these warning signs may allow individuals to modify behavior and lower their risk of cognitive deficits later in life. As presented at American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual ...

Work-Sleep Tradeoff Leads to Sleep Deficits

December 12th, 2014
New research suggest that later starting times for work or school may help to reduce chronic sleep loss. University of Pennsylvania investigators discovered paid work time is the primary waking activity exchanged for sleep. As such, chronic sleep loss potentially could be ...

Research Fails to Support Mindfulness as Weight Loss Technique

December 12th, 2014
A new review finds that there is little documented evidence that mindfulness leads to weight loss. Ohio State University researchers analyzed 19 studies that promoted the effectiveness of mindfulness-based programs for weight loss. Although 13 of the studies documented weight loss among participants ...

Some Personality Traits Linked to Health

December 12th, 2014
Emerging research suggests some aspects of our personality appear to be associated with our immune system. The link to the immune system may influence our health and well-being. Investigators found that two key traits -- a person’s degree of extraversion and conscientiousness -- ...

Saving Data Can Prime Human Memory for New Info

December 11th, 2014
New psychological research suggests saving something, such as a file on a computer, may improve our memory for the information we encounter next. Researchers theorize that the act of unloading information helps to free up cognitive resources that can then be used to ...

Distracted to Learn?

December 10th, 2014
Surprising new research may rewrite learning theory as Brown University scientists contend that distractions do not necessarily impede the learning process of a motor task. Investigators discovered that if attention was as divided during recall of a motor task as it was during ...

Parenting Style May Worsen Toddler Aggression

December 10th, 2014
A new study dispels the theory that toddler aggression is associated with frustration caused by language problems. University of Montreal researchers now believe parental behavior may play a factor in the link between verbal frustrations and aggression. Physical aggression in toddlers includes frequent hitting, ...