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Brain = Computer? No, according to new study

Brain = Computer? No, according to new study

The theory that the mind works like a computer, in a series of distinct stages, was an important steppingstone in cognitive science, but it has outlived its usefulness, concludes a new Cornell University study. Instead, the mind should be thought of more as working the way biological organisms do: as a dynamic continuum, cascading through shades of grey.

In a new study published online this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (June 27-July 1),...
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Teen Mental Health Declining in the United States

Teen Mental Health Declining in the United States

Adolescents in the United States are more likely to suffer from a mental health disorder than ever before, but getting these teens diagnosed and cared for is a challenge that is not being met, a new book warns.
These findings are detailed in Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders: What We Know and What We Don't Know - A Research Agenda for Improving the Mental Health of Our Youth (Oxford University Press), in which 150...
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Study: Dads can suffer postnatal depression too

Study: Dads can suffer postnatal depression too

Although it occurs most often in mothers, fathers can also suffer postnatal depression and it can influence their children's early behavior, British researchers said on Friday. Baby boys seem to be particularly affected by depressed dads and have twice as many behavioral problems in their early years as other children.

"Our findings indicate that paternal depression has a specific and persisting detrimental effect on their children's early behavioral and emotional development," said Dr. Paul Ramchandani of the University...
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Patients’ Diversity Is Often Discounted

Patients' Diversity Is Often Discounted

When UCLA researchers reviewed the best available studies of psychiatric drugs for depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and attention deficit disorder, they found that the trials had involved 9,327 patients over the years. When the team looked to see how many patients were Native Americans, the answer was . . .

Zero.

"I don't know of a single trial in the last 10 to 15 years that has been published regarding the efficacy of a pharmacological agent in treating a serious mental...
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Female orgasms, redux

Back on June 11, 2005, New Scientist let us know about this amazing scientific breakthrough:


Genes blamed for fickle female orgasm

Only 14 per cent of the women reported always experiencing orgasm during intercourse. Another 32 per cent of the women reported that they were unable to achieve orgasm more than a quarter of the time, while 16 per cent never achieved it at all. Comparing the results from identical and non-identical twins suggests that 34 per cent of this variation in ability to orgasm...
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I can't believe summer is here, and June is almost gone. The time flies!!! It flies, I tell you, flaps its wings and swoops over my head and out the window. Almost as if it had wings made of fire.

It's Friday afternoon, I must...
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Combination of diabetes, depression ups death risk

Combination of diabetes, depression ups death risk

The combination of diabetes and depression increases a person's risk of dying early, beyond that linked to either condition alone, a new study suggests.

The implication, according to researchers, is that patients with diabetes should be routinely screened for depression.

They found that among more than 10,000 adults in a national health survey, those who had both diabetes and depression were more likely than those with either disorder alone to die over the next 8 years. They were...
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Electronic connectivity isn’t all that great, warns computer guru at NJIT talk

Electronic connectivity isn't all that great, warns computer guru at NJIT talk

"Although sophisticated electronics gadgets are making the world appear smaller, distance should not die," said computer guru Darl Kolb earlier this week at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Kolb, a visiting professor from the University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand, championed redefining the notion of distance as the electronic world changes lives. UPS Information Services, Mahwah, funded the lecture series sponsored by NJIT's College of Computing Sciences.

"Certainly, technological connectivity has...
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Multitasking: You can’t pay full attention to both sights and sounds

Multitasking: You can't pay full attention to both sights and sounds

The reason talking on a cell phone makes drivers less safe may be that the brain can't simultaneously give full attention to both the visual task of driving and the auditory task of listening, a study by a Johns Hopkins University psychologist suggests.

The study, published in a recent issue of "The Journal of Neuroscience," reinforces earlier behavioral research on the danger of mixing mobile phones and motoring.

"Our research helps explain why talking on...
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How do I love thee? Which of the nine ways?

How do I love thee? Which of the nine ways?

UK researchers in the British Journal of Social Psychology in early June claimed to have identified nine varieties of love. Only 9? It sounds all so scientific (after all, it was published in a journal!). But dig a little deeper and you see the study had only 50 subjects answering a questionnaire of 60 questions. Take a different group of 50 subjects, and you likely would've come up with a completely different result. Studies...
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