Memory and Perception News

Eye, Smell Tests Could Help Detect Alzheimer’s Earlier

July 13th, 2014
A decreased ability to identify odors, as well as eye examinations, could help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease earlier, according to the results of four research trials reported at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen. In two of the studies, less ability to identify ...

Study IDs Teens Prone to Emotional Problems After Concussion

July 13th, 2014
A new study has found that after a concussion, teens who are sensitive to light or noise may be more likely to have emotional symptoms such as anxiety. "While most people recover from a concussion within a week, a number of factors affect ...

24 Hours Without Sleep Can Lead to Schizophrenia-Like Symptoms

July 12th, 2014
Going 24 hours without sleep can lead to schizophrenia-like symptoms in healthy people, according to a new international study. The tired patients experienced several symptoms that would otherwise be attributed to psychosis or schizophrenia. "It was clear to us that a sleepless night ...

New Health Ed Program Reduces Dating Violence

July 11th, 2014
A new health education program significantly reduces dating violence behaviors among high school youth. Researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have shown that the “It's Your Game…Keep it Real (IYG)” intervention is particularly effective in reducing dating violence ...

Neuroscience Discovery May Accelerate Brain Research

July 11th, 2014
Researchers have determined that the human brain operates much the same whether active or at rest. Experts believe this finding will provide a better understanding of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other serious mental health conditions that afflict an estimated 13.6 million Americans. Poor ...

Study of Consciousness Increasingly Focuses on Neural Basis

July 11th, 2014
New research from Northwestern University suggests that consciousness lies well within the realm of scientific inquiry -- as improbable as that may seem. Although scientists have yet to agree on an objective measure to index consciousness, progress has been made in several labs ...

Winning Not Essential for Having Fun in Sports

July 11th, 2014
Refreshing new research finds that for kids, having fun while playing organized sports means much more than winning. Winning ranked near the bottom of 81 determinants of fun, each of which falls into one of 11 big fun factors, according to a new ...

Brain Uses Standard Code to Determine Subjective Feelings

July 10th, 2014
While emotions are personal and sensitive and unique, it turns out that our brain turns them into standard code and uses objective methods to determine our subjective experiences. Researchers believe the standard code objectively represents emotions across different senses, situations, and even people. “We ...

Imaging Shows Bipolar Link to Risk-taking

July 10th, 2014
Emerging research shows that brain circuits associated with pursuing and savoring rewarding experiences are more strongly activated in people with bipolar disorders. University of Manchester researchers believe this explains why individuals with bipolar disorder often engage in risky behavior. Researchers used brain imaging techniques ...

Perception of Exercise as Fun Helps to Control Diet

July 10th, 2014
For some, the caloric benefit of a good workout is often negated by increased consumption of calories afterward. That bowl of ice cream or chips and dip becomes a reward for the treadmill grind. New research suggests a remedy: the way you perceive the ...
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