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Study Shows No Influence of Media Violence on Societal Violence

November 6th, 2014
A new report suggests societal violence is not influenced by violence depicted over media and movies or video games. The finding is sure to spark controversy as some scholars and politicians have long blamed violence in movies and other media as a contributing ...

Difficult for ‘Regular Folks’ to Gain Popularity on Twitter

November 3rd, 2014
A new study from Spain provides rather sobering recommendations for Twitter users who desire to increase their popularity. Investigators found that the imbalanced structure of Twitter, where some users have many followers and the vast majority barely have a few dozen followers, means ...

Changes in Speech Patterns Could Be Used to Monitor Mental Health

November 2nd, 2014
New research may lead to a smartphone app that analyzes your speech to monitor your mental health. It’s based on research from the University of Maryland that shows that certain vocal features change as feelings of depression worsen. Researchers envision the day when those ...

Sleep Apnea Affects REM Sleep and Memory

October 31st, 2014
New research suggests sleep apnea may disrupt the formation of new spatial memories. Spatial memories are used every day and act as our internal compass to keep us from getting lost, remember where we left the keys, or parked the car. Sleep ...

Brain Response to Repulsive Images Predicts Political Affiliation

October 31st, 2014
A new study suggests the way a person's brain responds to a single disgusting image can be used to predict whether he or she identifies as a liberal or conservative. Still, investigators say that while a particular reaction or leaning may be ...

Brain Study Suggests Biomarker for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

October 30th, 2014
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a perplexing condition characterized by extreme fatigue that can worsen with physical or mental activity, but doesn't improve with rest. While the cause remains unknown, a new imaging study has found distinct differences between the brains of CFS patients ...

Walking Workstations Can Improve Mental & Physical Health

October 30th, 2014
Going to work is often associated with high stress and low physical activity. For many, work is characterized by long hours of sitting, which is linked to poor health. Emerging research has shown that sitting is very bad for our mental health, increases ...

Adult Kids Like It When Parents Can Check In On Multiple Platforms

October 27th, 2014
New research suggests young adults report enhanced satisfaction when their parents can connect with them over multiple communication channels. Communication methods include landlines and cell phones, email, social networking sites, etc. Jennifer Schon, a doctoral student in communication studies at the University of Kansas ...

Study Probes Biochemical Basis for Seasonal Depression

October 27th, 2014
As the days get shorter, for many the risk of depression increases. New research from the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology conference in Berlin confirms why some people suffer from the winter blues while others get through the winter without any problems. The new study ...

Software Model Predicts Risk of Depression Relapse

October 23rd, 2014
German neuroscientists have written a software program that they believe can calculate the risk for experiencing a major depression relapse. For the project, Selver Demic, M.D., of the Ruhr University Bochum and his colleagues from the Mercator Research Group examined a variety of factors ...