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Imaging Studies Distinguish Imagination from Memory

August 29th, 2014
In a new study, Brigham Young University researchers explore where and how imagination happens in the brain. Graduate student researcher Stefania Ashby and her faculty mentor developed a methodology that incorporated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology in a series of experiments that helped ...

Sincere Appreciation Leads to New Friendships

August 29th, 2014
A new Australian study suggests that the act of expressing gratitude to a new acquaintance for their help makes it more likely that they will seek an ongoing social relationship with you. Thus, the courtesy of saying “thank you” has value far beyond ...

No Easy Online Answers for Divorcing Co-Parents

August 28th, 2014
Online educational and support classes are often required for divorcing couples with children. But new research finds that standard content is often inappropriate as each parent has his or her own specific emotional needs. The concept of online education to teach parents how to ...

Mice Study Suggests Lack of Serotonin Not Behind Depression

August 28th, 2014
New evidence challenges the conventional wisdom that the brain chemical serotonin is responsible for maintaining mood balance, and that a deficit of serotonin leads to depression. In a study, scientists report that mice lacking the ability to make serotonin in their brains did not ...

Soda Tax May Be Best Bet for Reducing Obesity in Kids

August 28th, 2014
Despite public health warnings and medical concerns, childhood obesity in the U.S. remains high. A new study suggests a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) such as sodas, energy drinks, sweet teas, and sports drinks would reduce obesity in adolescents more than other policies. Researchers ...

Depression in Young Adults Tied to Hyper-Connected Brain Networks

August 28th, 2014
Imaging studies of the brain show that young adults who have suffered from depression in the past seem to have hyper-connected emotional and cognitive networks, which may lead to reduced cognitive control, and negative rumination. University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) researchers believe the discovery ...

Overconfident People Likely to be Overrated

August 28th, 2014
A new study from the UK finds that overconfident people can fool others into believing they are more talented than they actually are. Researchers discovered these self-deceived individuals are more likely to get promotions and reach influential positions in banks and other organizations. However, ...

Mindfulness Can Aid Those In Early Dementia and Caregivers

August 27th, 2014
An innovative new approach combines mindfulness training for those with early-stage dementia and their caregivers during the same class session. The new report suggests the two-for-one approach is mutually beneficial as both groups reported less depression and improved sleep and quality of life. "The ...

Team-Based Care Best for Depressed Teens

August 27th, 2014
A new study suggests a collaborative delivery approach provides the best outcome for adolescents with depression. In the model, a depression care manager is teamed with a primary care (pediatrician or family practice) physician. The care manager, usually a nurse with specialized training, ...

Eating Disorders May Hike Risk of Autoimmune Disease

August 27th, 2014
Finnish researchers have found that individuals with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder are at risk of developing specific medical problems. They discovered autoimmune illnesses including type I diabetes and inflammatory bowel diseases (such as Crohn’s disease), ...