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July 9, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At How Often Moms Use Their Phones Around Their Kids

July 9, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Child Development looked at how mothers speak less to infants during detected real-world phone use. “Our study looks at how phone use affects parental speech around their children,” study author Kaya de Barbara told us. “We expected that when parents use their phones they would speak less around their kids.” [More]

March 19, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks To Add Insight Into Gut-Brain Connection

March 19, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Cell and Tissue Research looked at the identification of vagal afferent nerve endings in the mouse colon and their spatial relationship with enterochromaffin cells. “The purpose of this study was to identify for the first time, the sensory nerve endings of the vagus nerve in the inner lining (called the mucosa) of the colon,” study author Nick Spencer told us. [More]

September 12, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Finds Children Can Recognize When Others Are Sick

September 12, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Development looked at infection detection in faces and children's development of pathogen avoidance. “We were interested in understanding whether children ages four to nine years old can avoid and recognize sick faces,” study author Tiffany S. Leung told us. “Previous studies have reported that adults can use faces to recognize when someone is sick and make judgements about whether to approach or avoid them." [More]

August 8, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Reveals People With Ongoing COVID-19 Symptoms Show Bigger Cognitive Deficits

August 8, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Lancet looked at the effects of COVID-19 on cognitive performance in a community-based cohort. “Many people report ongoing symptoms after COVID-19, including brain fog and problems with concentration, memory and attention,” study author Dr. Rose Penfold told us. “Previous research has shown that some of these people perform worse on cognitive testing. However, most of this research has been done in hospitalized patients who had more severe infection.” [More]

September 27, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can Stress Enhance Cognitive Functioning?

September 27, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Psychiatry Research looked at whether perceived stress can be linked to enhanced cognitive functioning and a reduced risk for psychopathology. “Our study tested whether low to moderate levels of perceived stress are associated with benefits in cognitive functions and mental health,” study author Assaf Oshri told us. “We relied on the Hormesis model, which is from the field of toxicology- assuming that not all stress is bad for the organism and that there is a threshold of stress from which stress is bad for you.” [More]

May 31, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can A Child's Adventurous Play Keep Anxiety At Bay?

May 31, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Human Development looked at the association between time spent playing and child mental health. “In January 2021, we published a paper explaining why we thought adventurous play might help to prevent anxiety in children,” study author Helen F. Dodd told us. “We explained how, when children play adventurously, they have opportunities to learn about uncertainty, coping and physiological arousal (heart beating fast, butterflies in your tummy etc.). These learning opportunities should target some of the risk factors that we know exist for child anxiety.” [More]

November 16, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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What Makes People Engage In Small Talk Rather Than Deep Conversation?

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

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A new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology looked at miscalibrated expectations and how they create a barrier to deeper conversation. “In this research, we wanted to understand why people often engage in small talk in everyday life rather than initiate deeper and more intimate conversations that might strengthen their social relationships,” study author Michael Kardas told us. “We reasoned that people's decisions about what topics to discuss in conversation are guided by their expectations about the likely outcomes of the conversation.” [More]

September 28, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Fine-Tuning Tools To Examine The Brain In Order To Alleviate Common Mental Disorders

September 28, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry looked at how genetically encoded sensors enable micro and nano-scopic decoding of transmission in healthy and diseased brains. “Our study looked at developing a method to visualize neuromodulatory communication between neurons at the nanoscale,” study author Li Lin told us. “Neuromodulatory communication is important for many high cognitive behaviors and its deficit is responsible various psychiatric, mental and neurology disorders.” [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]

October 8, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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This Type Of Therapy Improves The Communication Skills Of Children With Autism

October 8, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children is 1 in 59 and boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. Research has shown that early intervention can help improve communication skills and the most well known autism therapy is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). A new study looked at a type of ABA which is showing great promise in helping children with autism. [More]