Technology News

Virtual Reality Games Help ID Mild Cognitive Impairment

January 13th, 2015
Researchers have developed a virtual supermarket of cognitive training games that help to detect mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Greek investigators say that although the concept of a virtual supermarket has been used in the past to help detect cognitive functions, prior iterations could ...

What Does Your Avatar Say About You?

January 11th, 2015
Do the avatars you create for online communication reflect who you truly are? Researchers from York University conducted a study to find out which physical and personality traits we express, or suppress, through our choice of avatars. An avatar is an image you ...

iPhone Separation Linked to Anxiety, Poor Cognitive Performance

January 10th, 2015
New research has found that cell phone separation can have serious psychological and physiological effects on iPhone users, including poor performance on cognitive tests. Researchers at the University of Missouri say their findings suggest that iPhone users should avoid parting with their phones ...

Watching Television Associated with Unhealthy Behavior

January 9th, 2015
For many, the winter months and the holiday season are associated with increased hours in front of the television set and in many cases, the binge watching of TV shows, movies, or sports may lead to increased snacking. A recent University of ...

‘Machine-Learning’ Scans Genomic Database for Autism Clues

January 7th, 2015
In an effort to better analyze a huge genomic database for autism-related genes, a team of engineers have teamed up with autism researchers to develop a “machine learning” program. So far, the method has identified several genes that help scientists better understand ...

Posting of Selfies May Suggest Personality Issues

January 7th, 2015
A new study does not paint a pretty picture for guys who post a lot of selfies on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. Ohio State University researchers found that men who posted more online photos of themselves than others scored higher ...

Behavior Theory Can Predict Driving Patterns

January 5th, 2015
As technology is aiding the development of "smart cars," new research proposes behavioral theory can help systems correct dangerous steering movements before they occur. Researchers at Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology believe the theory explains the inexplicable jerkiness that occurs when we steer ...

Mapping Brain Abnormalities Tied to Teen Suicide Risk

January 4th, 2015
Researchers at Yale University have identified certain abnormalities in the prefrontal cortex and other related brain regions in young people who have attempted suicide. The findings, recently presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s annual meeting, suggest that deficits in frontal systems may ...

More Friends on Facebook Tends to Mean Less Money for Charity

January 3rd, 2015
People with fewer friends on Facebook raise more money for charity than those with lots of friends, according to a new study. For her study, Dr. Kimberley Scharf, an economist at the University of Warwick, analyzed data from JustGiving.com and found a negative correlation ...

Focused Ultrasound May Ease OCD Symptoms

January 2nd, 2015
High-intensity focused ultrasound may help relieve symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in hard-to-treat patients, according to preliminary findings of new research.  The procedure applies high-intensity focused ultrasound energy to heat and destroy diseased or damaged tissue through ablation (the removal of tissue). The study ...