Memory and Perception News

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 ...

Desire for Connection Fuels Ties with Inanimate Objects

September 9th, 2014
New research suggests that feeling socially disconnected is often associated with modern relationships with pets, online avatars, and even pieces of technology, such as computers, robots, and cell phones. Experts believe the void in social connections may lead us to lower our threshold ...

Little Seminary Training to Counsel Mental Illness

September 9th, 2014
Clergy is often the first line of support for people struggling with mental illness. But new research finds that seminaries do very little to train ministers on how to recognize serious psychological distress and when to refer someone to a doctor or ...

Learning of a Job Opportunity May Cause Stress

September 8th, 2014
New research finds that unsolicited job leads can increase symptoms of depression -- in some people. Vanderbilt University’s Lijun Song, Ph.D., and Wenhong Chen, Ph.D., from the University of Texas, used nationally representative data from 2004-05 to examine the effect of unsolicited job leads on ...

Middle-Aged Diabetics Twice As Likely to Suffer Mild Cognitive Impairment

September 6th, 2014
A German study has found that mild cognitive impairment (MCI) occurs twice as often in individuals diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type 2. However, the study also found that this strong association was only observed in middle-aged people — those between 50 and 65 ...

Making The Choice Between Honesty & Self-Interest

September 6th, 2014
Scientists say they have found a part of the brain that helps us decide to be honest, even when telling a lie is more beneficial. "We prefer to be honest, even if lying is beneficial," said Lusha Zhu, Ph.D., the study's lead author ...

Parent Training + Meds Shown to Help Kids with ADHD, Aggression

September 5th, 2014
A new approach that includes stimulant and antipsychotic medication, along with parent training on behavioral management techniques, has been found to reduce aggressive and serious behavioral problems in aggressive children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The approach is welcomed as finding a safe ...

Twitter Is Go-To Source for News

September 5th, 2014
Twitter appears to be the new information channel of choice for the U.S. government, especially when communicating with people in sensitive areas. The new study, co-authored by a University of Georgia researcher, looked at the U.S. State Department's use of social media to ...