Memory and Perception News

Adults With Autism Find It Hard to Recognize Facial Clues

November 17th, 2014
A new study finds that adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often struggle when they need to use facial clues to help perform a task. Investigators from Brunel University London, found that while adults with ASD are able to recognize static faces, they ...

New Brain Disease ID’d With Similarities to Alzheimer’s

November 17th, 2014
Researchers have identified a disease that has similar symptoms as Alzheimer’s yet is biologically different. Investigators believe the ability to diagnose different forms of memory impairment will aid the development of effective treatments for brain diseases. The new neurological disease is called primary age-related ...

Using Sound to Enhance Deep Sleep, Memory

November 16th, 2014
Using sound that matches a person’s particular brain activity during sleep may be able to enhance that individual’s quality of deep sleep, and as a result, benefit metabolism and cognition, according to new research by a graduate student at Northwestern Medicine. “Sleep deprivation, ...

Overcoming Fear With Oxytocin

November 15th, 2014
Researchers at the University of Bonn Hospital have demonstrated that the bonding hormone oxytocin inhibits the fear center in the brain, allowing fear to subside more easily. The study, which appears in the journal Biological Psychiatry, could usher in a new era in ...

Weight Loss Pills Counterproductive

November 14th, 2014
American culture is dominated by quick fixes -- or “have an app for that” mentality. Similarly, we have a belief that technology can cure all ills, even obesity. Experts note that the sale and use of weight loss pills and remedies ...

Good News for Those with Social Anxiety Disorder

November 14th, 2014
New research suggests people with social anxiety disorder have an unfounded opinion that their friendships are shallow. Although it may be extremely difficult for people with social anxiety disorder to make friends, the belief that the friendship are not of the highest ...

Are Community Mental Providers Ready for Military Veterans?

November 14th, 2014
A new RAND Corporation study finds that most community-based mental health providers are not well prepared to take care of the special needs of military veterans and their families. The report was commissioned by United Health Foundation in collaboration with the Military Officers ...

Moms Better at Helping Girls Develop Emotional Skills

November 14th, 2014
New research suggests the conversations mothers have with their daughters tend to contain more emotional words and content than the conversations they have with their sons. Investigators surmise this learned emotional sensitivity will aid females as gender equity expands in the workforce. UK ...

Learning a New Language is an Excellent Mental Workout

November 14th, 2014
New research suggests learning a new language is a healthy mental challenge as brain networks are stimulated both structurally and functionally. Pennsylvania State researchers believe the brain improves with the correct amount of stress in a similar manner by which muscles improve with ...

Avatars Can Improve Self-Compassion

November 13th, 2014
A new UK study discovers self-compassion can be learned and enhanced by using avatars in an immersive virtual reality environment. Researchers believe this inventive approach can help to reduce self-criticism and increase self-compassion and feelings of contentment in naturally self-critical individuals. Investigators believe ...