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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]

August 30, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Gendered Equity And Justice In The Planning Of Parks

August 30, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the National Library of Medicine looked at gender and sex differences in urban greenness’ mental health benefits. “Our study examines articles that investigate the relationship between mental health outcomes and urban greenness with a deeper look into gender and sex differences associated with them as well as how gender and sex are used in environmental health literature,” study author Marta-Beatriz Fernandez Nunez told us. [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]

January 25, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Looking Deeper Into The Brain For Answers That Can Help Us Understand ADHD And Other Sensory Conditions

January 25, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience looked at visual processes in the brain. “We were focusing particularly in the older part of the brain or mid-brain, which is important for lower-order animals such as frogs, lizards, and birds,” study author Masatoshi Kasai told us. “The superior colliculus is the center for sensory integration and sensory-motor transformation.” [More]

November 30, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Finds Students Learn Five Times More With AI-Supported Hands-On Interactions

November 30, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Science looked at active learning. “The notion of active learning has been receiving a lot of attention recently,” study author Nesra Yannier told us. "Especially with COVID-19, the importance of engaging students with novel ways of learning has become even more apparent. While schools and teachers are trying to adapt by incorporating new techniques and technologies, quarantine has also been having psychological effects on students such as social isolation, restlessness and attention problems.” [More]

November 19, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Negative Mental Health Impact From Ignoring Friends for Your Phone

November 19, 2021 08:12 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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A recent study found a link between depression and social anxiety on increased phubbing. It also showed that smartphone usage during face-to-face interactions can be problematic and harmful in friendships. “Results showed that those with higher levels of depression, social anxiety, and neuroticism were significantly related to greater friend phubbing while agreeableness was negatively related to friend phubbing.” [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]

October 5, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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The Neural Mechanisms Behind The Highly Desired State Of Team Flow

October 5, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in eNeuro examined team flow and how it is a unique brain state associated with enhanced information integration and neural synchrony. “The study is about Team flow; a psychological state experienced when a team gets ‘in the zone’ during their performance,” study author Dr. Mohammad Shehata told us. “Successful teams and their coaches or supervisors strive to reach this state. We were hoping to detect brain signals specific to team flow and understand the neural mechanisms behind this state.” [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]

September 24, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Google Assistant Wants To Be Your Friend

September 24, 2021 07:53 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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In recent news on Google’s blog, they announced that, in addition to being your personal assistant, Google is taking another step to becoming an integral part of your life. LaMDA, a conversation technology, is intended to have conversations about any topic without giving the same answer twice. [More]