Memory and Perception News

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, ...

Data-Mining Twitter Posts for Mental Health Insights

December 10th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that posts on the social media site Twitter can be a quick and inexpensive source of health information. The posts have been used to map the outbreak of flu and now, a group of Johns Hopkins computers scientists say their ...

Laughing Gas for Depression?

December 10th, 2014
A new study finds that a drug that makes people laugh may also reduce their depression. A pilot study has found that nitrous oxide, or "laughing gas," may be a potential treatment option for treatment resistant severe depression. Researchers at Washington University School of ...

Half of U.S. Kids Face Harmful Events That Can Impact Health, School

December 9th, 2014
Nearly half of all children in the United States experience an adverse event during childhood that could lead to long-term health or educational consequences, according to new research. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health say the experiences -- including ...

Work Jerks Beware – Even Good Ideas Can Be Hobbled by Attitude

December 9th, 2014
Being pushy at work can help to advance your cause -- or not, according to a new study in the Journal of Business and Psychology. While investigators found that being disagreeable sometimes helps to sell your idea to others, difficult or irritating people should ...

Bilingual Cognitive Advantage May Be Less than Advertised

December 8th, 2014
A new study challenges the idea that bilingual speakers have a cognitive advantage. The research suggests that a publication bias in favor of positive results may skew the overall literature on bilingualism and cognitive function. The research is published in Psychological Science, a journal ...

Higher Birth Weight Linked to Better School Performance

December 7th, 2014
A new study has found that the higher a child’s weight at birth, the better that child performed on reading and math tests in school. According to researchers at the University of Florida and Northwestern University, this holds true throughout elementary school and ...

Real Estate Decisions Reflect Personality

December 5th, 2014
New research suggests personality traits strongly influence real estate choices. For example, if you are conscientious person, a fixed-rate mortgage would fit the bill. If you consider yourself neurotic, then home ownership is a better match than renting. These suggestions stem from a ...

On-Line Intervention Reduces Suicide Risk in Veterans

December 5th, 2014
A new study suggests a brief online intervention may help veterans reduce the risk of suicide. In their research, psychologist from Florida State University developed a simple computer-based approach to treating anxiety sensitivity. They believe the software may provide significant benefit for veterans ...