Technology News

Is Sexting Normal?

October 7th, 2014
Provocative new research suggests sexting may be a new "normal" part of adolescent sexual development and is not strictly limited to at-risk teens. Researchers have published their findings on teenage sexting and future sexual activity in the journal Pediatrics. Sexting is sending sexually explicit ...

Most Experts, Parents, Pediatricians Agree Violent Media Fuel Aggression in Kids

October 7th, 2014
A national study finds that a sizable majority of media researchers and parents, and the vast majority of pediatricians, generally agree that exposure to violent media can increase aggression in children. Ohio State University researchers found a broad consensus in the belief that ...

Seeing Double: Brain Blends Faces to Reduce Visual Chaos

October 6th, 2014
New research helps explain why we accept Hollywood stunt doubles as the identified actor, even when they do not look alike. University of California, Berkeley researchers have identified a unique brain mechanism by which we latch on to a particular face even when it changes. Investigators say ...

Can Social Media Help You Out of a Bad Mood ?

October 3rd, 2014
A new study suggests that when people are in a bad mood they often turn to social networks sites to find friends who are in the same or even worse state of mind. Although use of social media is generally associated with ...

Weight Training Can Enhance Memory

October 2nd, 2014
A new study suggests resistance exercises can boost brain power. Georgia Tech researchers discovered that an intense workout of as little as 20 minutes can enhance episodic memory -- also known as long-term memory for events -- by about 10 percent in healthy ...

Caffeine Beats Music for Driving Alertness

September 30th, 2014
For many, drowsiness or fatigue when behind the wheel is combated by drinking caffeinated beverages or by listening to music. New research evaluates which method, if either, can successfully combat driver fatigue. Human factors/ergonomics researchers ShiXu Liu, Shengji Yao, Ph.D., and Allan Spence, Ph.D., designed a ...

Does Looking for Love Online Stand Test of Time?

September 26th, 2014
Online dating sites, social media and specific apps have significantly changed the way singles meet, date, develop relationships, and even marry. A new study looks at this practice and compares online and offline meeting venues and if the setting of the initial meeting ...

The Future of Epilepsy Medication

September 23rd, 2014
Researchers are making progress on a new "on demand" epilepsy pill which can be taken when people feel a seizure starting. The pill has been developed by a team at University College London, UK, led by Professor Dimitri Kullmann. They explain that about ...

Blood Test Targets Psychosis Risk

September 23rd, 2014
Researchers have developed a blood test that predicts if a person with risk factors for psychosis will go on to develop psychosis. Investigators from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill believe the discovery is an important step forward in the accurate ...

Deep Brain Stimulation for Some OCD Patients OK’d in New Guidelines

September 23rd, 2014
New clinical practice guidelines recommend two specific deep brain stimulation (DBS) techniques for some patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who fail to respond to other treatments. The guidelines for bilateral DBS, which were found to reduce symptoms by nearly one-third, are endorsed by the American Association of ...