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July 6, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Studying The Brain's Inner Workings When It Comes To White Lies

July 6, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience looked at how the neural representation in the medical prefrontal cortex reveals selfish motivation in white lies. “In this study, we specifically aimed to identify distinctive neural signatures of selfish and altruistic motivation for Pareto white lies,” study author Dr. Hackjin Kim told us, “particularly focusing on the distinctive functional roles of the subregions in the medial prefrontal cortex in social valuation based on the model recently proposed by our research team.” [More]

March 16, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Why People Spread Misinformation And Why People Believe It

March 16, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the British Journal of Social Psychology looked at how people who frequently try to impress or persuade others predicts receptivity to various types of misleading information. “On a basic level, it’s investigating some of the ways that misinformation is spread (intentionally and unintentionally) and evaluated by people when they encounter it,” study author Shane Littrell told us. [More]

April 28, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Just How Different Are We From Chimpanzees, Gorillas And Orangutans?

April 28, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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How different are our brains from our primate ancestors? This is the question researchers in Germany attempted to answer in a new study published in the Journal of Science Advances. The study looked at brain asymmetry in humans and great apes as seen from endocasts, casts of the inner bony brain case that approximate the size and shape of the brain. Brain asymmetry is imperative to cognition and brain function in humans and has been linked to language and the use of tools. [More]

March 3, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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A Variety Of Activities Is Good For Your Brain, Study Finds

March 3, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Stressed-out parents take heed! It would seem running after the kids, having a full time job, getting the gym, and making time for a social life all count as a diversity of activities that are actually good for your brain. Now if you can just remove the 'stress' part. A new study published in the Journal of Gerontology found that change is good for the brain and that a diversity in activities helps with cognitive function across adulthood. [More]

May 28, 2018
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can Depression Lead To Cognitive Decline In Your 70s And 80s? This New U.K. Study Says Yes It Can

May 28, 2018 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Did you know that after 70 years of age, your chances of developing a mood disorder such as depression or anxiety doubles every five years? The same is true for cognitive decline such as impaired memory. Here's another fun statistic to look forward to: By age 85, one in four of us will have the luxury of suffering from both conditions simultaneously. But researchers are trying their best to prevent this from happening. [More]

May 12, 2015
by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT

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Novel Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism Unveiled

May 12, 2015 10:43 by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT   [About the Author]

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Using three dimensional images and statistical analysis, the team has identified a way to discern specific patterns of facial features and structures which may be common to children with ASD. Once children’s faces have been scanned, the measurements of features along the actual curvature of the faces are compared to the various symptoms displayed. The results of this study have indicated correlations within subgroups based on facial traits and the severity and types of ASD. [More]

March 20, 2015
by Eric Ellis, Psy.D.

The Analog Brain and the Digital Mind (Video)

March 20, 2015 07:55 by Eric Ellis, Psy.D.  [About the Author]

We know that the mind-body connection exists because we can feel it. Tense shoulders? Stress. Butterflies? Nerves. But how do the mind and body talk to each other? Do they even speak the same language? What happens if our nervous system—the same as our caveman ancestors—misinterprets its cues? In this video, learn why fighting morning traffic can feel like fighting a lion or why a work presentation can feel like life or death. [More]