Memory and Perception News

Pain Words Problematic for Those in Pain

October 6th, 2014
A new study finds that words related to pain -- such as discomfort, agony, and misery -- attract more attention among those suffering from chronic pain. York University researchers used state-of-the-art eye-tracking technology to determine that people in pain look longer at pain-related words. “People ...

Seeing Double: Brain Blends Faces to Reduce Visual Chaos

October 6th, 2014
New research helps explain why we accept Hollywood stunt doubles as the identified actor, even when they do not look alike. University of California, Berkeley researchers have identified a unique brain mechanism by which we latch on to a particular face even when it changes. Investigators say ...

Curiosity Primes Brain for Learning

October 5th, 2014
The more our curiosity is piqued, the easier all learning becomes within a certain period of time, according to new research published in the journal Neuron. The findings could highlight ways to enhance overall learning and memory in both healthy individuals and in ...

Depression Linked to Abnormal Pain Processing in IBS Patients

October 4th, 2014
Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) process pain signals from the gut abnormally, according to new research. These disturbed brain responses to pain are especially severe in patients with more depression symptoms. "Our study has shown that patients with IBS are less able ...

More than Meets the Eye in Making Judgments

October 4th, 2014
A new study has found that people make immediate judgments about images they are shown -- which could have an impact on their decisions -- even before their brains have had time to consciously process the information. The study shows it is possible ...

Strong Attention Skills Can Help Some Teens Avoid Substance Use Problems

October 3rd, 2014
New research suggests teens with strong executive attention skills -- the ability to focus on task and ignore distractions -- are more likely to avoid substance abuse issues after early drug experimentation. University of Oregon researchers say that the positive traits are components of a ...

Boys Who Don’t Feel Accepted at Greater Risk of Self-Harm

October 3rd, 2014
New research suggests that when boys feel they are not accepted by peers or family they are at high risk for committing future harm or suicide. Brown University researchers studied 99 teens hospitalized out of concern for suicide risk and found that a ...

Can Social Media Help You Out of a Bad Mood ?

October 3rd, 2014
A new study suggests that when people are in a bad mood they often turn to social networks sites to find friends who are in the same or even worse state of mind. Although use of social media is generally associated with ...

Personality Traits May Impact Alzheimer’s Risk in Women

October 2nd, 2014
A long-term study suggests a woman’s disposition during middle age may influence her risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Researchers discovered women who are anxious, jealous, or moody and distressed may be at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. The study has ...

Full-Court Press Aims to Tame Mean Teen Girls

October 2nd, 2014
Relational aggression by adolescent girls can include gossiping, rumor spreading, exclusion, and rejection. Recent media coverage of this behavior -- sometimes known as “mean girl” bullying -- has shown that this form of aggression can lead to tragic and sometimes fatal outcomes. University of Missouri researchers ...