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Can Ritalin Help Adults Improve Self-Control?

April 24th, 2014
Can Ritalin Help Adults Improve Self-Control? A new study suggests methylphenidate, also known as Ritalin, may help adults maintain or improve their self-control. As most will attest, self-control is often difficult, be it sticking with ...

Prenatal Smoking + Genetics = Kids’ Aggressive Behavior

April 24th, 2014
Prenatal Smoking + Genetics = Kids' Aggressive Behavior A new study finds evidence that prenatal smoking coupled with a genetic risk for behavioral problems could increase aggressive behavior in children -- especially in girls. Researchers ...

Speed-Reading Apps May Slow You Down

April 24th, 2014
Speed-Reading Apps May Slow You Down The adage that there is an app for everything remains relevant even when the app itself may be counterproductive. The latest example is an app designed for those on the ...

Spitefulness Analyzed and Measured

April 24th, 2014
Spitefulness Analyzed and Measured Spitefulness pertains to the dark art of hurting an opponent even when it comes at a price to you. In some cases, this pertains to being intentionally mean, while in other ...

Exercise To Keep Alzheimer’s Disease Away

April 24th, 2014
Exercise To Keep Alzheimer’s Disease AwayA study of older adults finds evidence that moderate physical activity can stave off shrinkage of the brain region responsible for memory and spatial orientation -- the area that ...

Emotional Impact of Being Unfriended

April 23rd, 2014
Emotional Impact of Being UnfriendedEmerging research from the University of Colorado Denver explores the relatively new experience of being unfriended on Facebook. One study clarifies the most common type of "friend" to be unfriended while another ...

Risk of Autism Goes Up With Older Parents (Especially Moms)

April 23rd, 2014
Risk of Child Autism Goes Up With Older Parents (Especially Mothers) Swedish researchers have created a new autism model that predicts older parents are more likely to have a child who develops an autism spectrum ...

Nearly 1 in 3 Canadian Adults Reports Abuse

April 23rd, 2014
Nearly 1 in 3 Canadian Adults Reports AbuseA sobering new study finds that almost one-third of adults in Canada have experienced child abuse violence in their home. The abuse may have taken the form of ...

Neuroticism Marked by Low Motivation to Action

April 23rd, 2014
Neuroticism Characterized by Low Motivation to ActionA new study on neurotic behavior finds that individuals are often powerless to take action on their negativity. Researchers studied nearly 4,000 college students in 19 countries and uncovered new ...

Specific Sleep Disorder Associated with Brain Diseases

April 23rd, 2014
Specific Sleep Disorder Associated with Brain DiseasesA new study suggests a sleep disorder that causes people to act out their dreams is the best current predictor of brain diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Researchers at the ...