Memory and Perception News

Weight Training Can Enhance Memory

October 2nd, 2014
A new study suggests resistance exercises can boost brain power. Georgia Tech researchers discovered that an intense workout of as little as 20 minutes can enhance episodic memory -- also known as long-term memory for events -- by about 10 percent in healthy ...

Alcohol Lets Men Respond More Easily to Smiles

October 1st, 2014
Drinking alcohol appears to foster a sort of "social bravery" among men, enabling them to be more responsive to the smiles of others. Researchers discovered that for men, alcohol increases male’s sensitivity to rewarding social behaviors like smiling. This finding may help to explain some ...

Study Implicates Depression Screens in Overprescribing Meds

October 1st, 2014
Although the general belief is that many cases of depression go untreated, new research suggests short questionnaires used to identify patients at risk for depression may lead to overprescribing of antidepressant medications. The new research from University of California, Davis Health System (UC ...

Study Finds Rise in Bodily Symptoms of Depression

October 1st, 2014
New research shows Americans now report more psychosomatic symptoms of depression, such as trouble sleeping and trouble concentrating, than their counterparts in the 1980s. San Diego State University researchers analyzed data from 6.9 million adolescents and adults from all over the country. "Previous studies ...

Study Probes Anorexia in Males

September 30th, 2014
New research suggests male anorexia is similar to female anorexia although the male disorder is associated with personality and gender identity issues. Although anorexia is traditionally associated with females, the disorder also occurs among boys and men. University of Montreal researchers embarked on a ...

After-School Exercise Can Aid Attention, Cognition in Preteens

September 30th, 2014
New research suggests an after-school physical activity program of moderate to intense exercise can improve seven, eight, and nine year-olds' attention span and cognitive abilities. For the study, researchers performed a nine-month-long, randomized controlled trial involving 221 prepubescent children. They found that those who ...

Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem for Body Image

September 30th, 2014
Researchers have discovered that self-compassion can protect girls and young women from unhealthy weight-control practices and eating disorders. University of Waterloo investigators discovered women who accept and tolerate their imperfections appear to have a more positive body image despite their body mass index ...

Kids with Autism Inactive, Yet Similar Fitness Levels to Peers

September 29th, 2014
New research discovers that children with autism are more sedentary and inactive than their developing peers. Oregon State University investigators found that children with autism averaged 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and 70 minutes more each day of ...

Study Points to Neural Basis for Social Deficits in ADHD Kids

September 29th, 2014
New research finds evidence of differences in brain function in kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that may underlie problems recognizing emotion in facial expressions. Children with ADHD frequently exhibit inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These behaviors may explain why they are often excluded from peer activities, according to ...

Lifelong Cycle Seen of Obesity, Poverty in Women

September 28th, 2014
Teen girls from poor families are at greater risk than boys for becoming overweight or obese, and, in turn, adult obesity results in further socioeconomic difficulties, suggesting a lifelong cycle, according to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin. The ...