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Mobile Tablets Aid Perinatal Depression Assessments

Mobile Tablets Aid Perinatal Depression Assessments

March 20th, 2015
A new project levers the ubiquity of mobile technology to improve depression screening among pregnant and new mothers. Researchers from the University of Illinois believe the use of tablet computers will foster universal screening for perinatal depression at public health clinics. Investigators call ...
Empathy Influenced by Brain Chemistry

Empathy Influenced by Brain Chemistry

March 20th, 2015
Provocative new research suggests the neurochemical balance in a part of the brain influences our sensitivity to inequality. Conceptually, this finding could lead to development of a pill that could make a person more compassionate. University of California, Berkeley scientists believe they have taken ...
Social Media Provides Support for Medical Care

Social Media Provides Support for Medical Care

March 19th, 2015
A new study suggest people are turning to online social networks for support and advice prior to serious medical interventions. Despite the popularity of social networking sites like Facebook, scientists are only beginning to learn how they affect human interaction and influence human ...
Eye Movements Influence Moral Decisions

Eye Movements Influence Moral Decisions

March 19th, 2015
Emerging research has discovered that a person’s eye movements are critical in helping us make moral decisions. That is, our opinions are affected by what our eyes are focusing on in the same instant we make moral decisions. Researchers at Sweden's Lund University have ...
On Social Media, Teens Take Risks First, Seek Help Later

On Social Media, Teens Take Risks First, Seek Help Later

March 18th, 2015
Teens tend to approach privacy on social media in a significantly different way than adults, according to a new study. While most adults think first and then ask questions, teens tend to take the risk and then seek help. Teens are typically exposed ...
Student-Athletes Need Training on Social Media

Student-Athletes Need Training on Social Media

March 18th, 2015
A combined research effort among prominent U.S. universities has led to the conclusion that student-athletes should receive formal education on using social media. Investigators recommend placing less reliance on monitoring software and suggest modifying instructional curriculum on media training. Researchers say training programs that ...
Has ‘Sharenting’ Gone Too Far?

Has ‘Sharenting’ Gone Too Far?

March 17th, 2015
The ubiquity of social media has made broadcast stars of children who are not old enough to tweet. Pictures of kids playing dress up, having meltdowns, and even in the bathtub populate Facebook walls. Diaper-donning toddlers dancing to the likes of Beyonce and ...
Hospital Ratings on Social Media May Reflect True Quality of Care

Hospital Ratings on Social Media May Reflect True Quality of Care

March 14th, 2015
A new study has found a correlation between how hospitals are rated on Facebook's five-star system and how well they performed on a widely-used measure of quality care. Late in 2013, Facebook began providing organizations the option of allowing users to post ratings ...
Abusing Pot in Teenage Years May Damage Adult Memory

Abusing Pot in Teenage Years May Damage Adult Memory

March 13th, 2015
A new study has found that teens who were heavy marijuana users have abnormal brain structure and perform poorly on memory tests. Northwestern University researchers found that teens who had smoked marijuana daily for around three years had an abnormally shaped hippocampus. The ...
Trusting People Show Distinctive Brain Development

Trusting People Show Distinctive Brain Development

March 9th, 2015
New research shows that trusting people have two areas of the brain that are more enlarged than people who are not as trusting. University of Georgia researchers believe the research may have implications for future treatments of psychological conditions such as autism. Each autism ...