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Musical Expertise Linked to Robust Long-Term Memory

November 19th, 2014
A study of professional musicians suggests musical expertise improves long-term memory and cognitive performance. In the research, scientists from the University of Texas at Arlington measured electrical activity of neurons in the brains of 14 musicians and 15 non-musicians. Dr. Heekyeong Park, assistant professor ...

New Brain Disease ID’d With Similarities to Alzheimer’s

November 17th, 2014
Researchers have identified a disease that has similar symptoms as Alzheimer’s yet is biologically different. Investigators believe the ability to diagnose different forms of memory impairment will aid the development of effective treatments for brain diseases. The new neurological disease is called primary age-related ...

Facebook Use Not Tied to Homicides

November 17th, 2014
A new study investigated whether homicides involving social networking sites were unique and worthy of labels such as "Facebook Murder." As a component of the study, researchers studied the way in which perpetrators had used social media sites in the homicides they had ...

Computer Game Can Detect Classroom Bullies

November 15th, 2014
A new computer game has been developed by researchers at the University of Illinois that is able to identify bullies in elementary classrooms and help experts better understand peer aggression, whether it occurs online or in-person. The game has an advantage over traditional ...

Cannabis Extract, Radiation Shrink Brain Tumors in Mice

November 15th, 2014
Cannabis extract and radiation therapy have been found to be an extremely effective combination in treating brain cancer, virtually shrinking the tumors to nothing, according to a new mouse study by researchers at St. George’s, University of London. For the study, researchers experimented ...

Learning a New Language is an Excellent Mental Workout

November 14th, 2014
New research suggests learning a new language is a healthy mental challenge as brain networks are stimulated both structurally and functionally. Pennsylvania State researchers believe the brain improves with the correct amount of stress in a similar manner by which muscles improve with ...

Avatars Can Improve Self-Compassion

November 13th, 2014
A new UK study discovers self-compassion can be learned and enhanced by using avatars in an immersive virtual reality environment. Researchers believe this inventive approach can help to reduce self-criticism and increase self-compassion and feelings of contentment in naturally self-critical individuals. Investigators believe ...

Brain’s Threat Response Calmed by Seeing Love & Support

November 10th, 2014
New research suggests that being reminded of being loved and cared for can reduce the brain's hypervigilant response to stress. University of Exeter (U.K.) investigators found that observing pictures of others being loved and cared for reduces the brain's response to threat. The findings ...

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 ...