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Ignoring cues for alcohol and fast food is hard -- but is it out of our control?
A UNSW psychology experiment has shown why it can be so hard to direct our attention away from cues that might lead to behavior we'd like to avoid, like drinking alcohol and eating unhealthy food. (2019-07-08)
Cartoons are appropriate for developing children's narrative skills and values
A study by the UPV/EHU's Department of Evolutionary Psychology and Education has explored the validity of narrative and non-narrative cartoons for developing narrative skills, moral reasoning and values and countervalues in children in mainstream and non-mainstream education. (2019-07-08)
Seeing the doctor? Relax, you'll remember more
Some patients feel shame, anxiety or fear immediately before seeing their doctor, making them tense. (2019-06-24)
No evidence for increased egg predation in the Arctic
Climate and ecosystems are changing, but predation on shorebird nests has changed little across the globe over the past 60 years, finds an international team of 60 researchers. (2019-06-14)
How we tune out distractions
MIT neuroscientists have identified a brain circuit that helps us to filter out unwanted background noise or other distracting sensory stimuli. (2019-06-12)
Exposure to air pollution before and after birth may affect fundamental cognitive abilities
A study finds that exposure to fine particulate matter in the first years of life is associated with poorer performance in working memory and executive attention. (2019-05-23)
Infants later diagnosed with autism seldom initiate joint attention
A new study published in Biological Psychiatry shows that infants who are later diagnosed with autism react adequately when others initiate joint attention, but seldom actively seek to establish such episodes themselves. (2019-05-22)
Bad marketing encourages consumers to opt for lower quality products
A new framework to enable retailers to better position their products to consumers has been devised by Tamer Boyaci and Frank Huettner at ESMT Berlin together with Yalcin Akcay from Melbourne Business School. (2019-05-21)
Optical illusions reveal regular waves of brain activity enable visual feature integration
Rhythmic waves of brain activity cause us to see or not see complex images that flash before our eyes. (2019-05-21)
Abundance of information narrows our collective attention span
New study in Nature Communications finds increasingly narrow peaks of collective attention over time, supporting a 'social acceleration' occurring across different domains. (2019-04-15)
Unique patterns of brain activity predict treatment responses in patients with PTSD
A neuroimaging study of 184 patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has identified unique patterns of brain activity that predict poorer responses to talk therapy (or psychotherapy), the current gold standard and only effective treatment for addressing PTSD. (2019-04-03)
Dopamine conducts prefrontal cortex ensembles
New research in rodents reveals for the first time how dopamine changes the function of the brain's prefrontal cortex. (2019-04-02)
Study examines how high altitude affects memory
Oxygen is essential for maintaining normal human brain function, and living at high altitudes can lead to deficits in cognition such as attention and memory. (2019-03-20)
How attention helps the brain perceive an object
The ability of the brain to ignore extraneous visual information is critical to how we work and function, but the processes governing perception and attention are not fully understood. (2019-03-19)
Big stats, human stories change attitudes about global issues
New research from Cornell University sheds light on the types of statistical and narrative evidence that are most effective at persuading people to pay attention to global issues. (2019-03-13)
Note taking jurors influence verdicts, study finds
New University of Liverpool research, published in PLOS One, highlights the positive impact jurors' note taking has on evidence recall and, crucially, trial verdicts. (2019-03-11)
Remembering to forget
Discarding information from the brain is associated with more mental effort than keeping it, finds a human neuroimaging study published in JNeurosci. (2019-03-11)
Forgetting uses more brain power than remembering
Choosing to forget something might take more mental effort than trying to remember it, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin discovered through neuroimaging. (2019-03-11)
You recognize your face even when you don't 'see' it
Given the limited capacity of our attention, we only process a small amount of the sights, sounds, and sensations that reach our senses at any given moment -- what happens to the stimuli that reach our senses but don't enter awareness? (2019-02-26)
ADHD drug Ritalin has no effect on primate prefrontal cortex
In contrast to studies of mice and rats, new research published in eNeuro investigating the effect of methylphenidate (Ritalin) on neuronal activity in monkeys has found no effect of the drug on the prefrontal cortex. (2019-02-25)
Brain training app improves users' concentration, study shows
A new 'brain training' game designed by researchers at the University of Cambridge improves users' concentration, according to new research published today. (2019-01-20)
How the human brain works during simultaneous interpretation
Researchers at the Centre for Bioelectric Interfaces and the Centre for Cognition & Decision Making of the Higher School of Economics utilized electroencephalogram (EEG) and the event-related potential (ERP) technique to study neural activity during simultaneous interpretation of continuous prose. (2019-01-17)
B-group vitamins can improve concentration among people with first episode psychosis
The study, led by Dr Colin O'Donnell, now at Letterkenny University Hospital, and Dr Kelly Allott from Orygen, explored the impact of increasing a person's intake of vitamins B12, B6, and folic acid [vitamin B9] after studies in people with schizophrenia revealed that increased intake of these vitamins could decrease patients' levels of an amino acid called homocysteine and improve their symptoms. (2019-01-14)
Human brain allocates attention based on known size of objects
Researchers at the George Washington University gained important insights into how the human brain processes information and allocates attention. (2019-01-07)
What are you looking at? How attention affects decision-making
Scientists using eye-tracking technology have found that what we look at helps guide our decisions when faced with two visible choices, such as snack food options. (2018-12-19)
Parents' brain activity 'echoes' their infant's brain activity when they play together
Research shows for the first time that when adults are engaged in joint play together with their infant, the parents' brains show bursts of high-frequency activity, which are linked to their baby's attention patterns and not their own. (2018-12-13)
Attention training improves intelligence and functioning of children's brain
the study shows that the beneficial effects of training in the brain and intelligence are greater when an educator implement a coaching strategy design in order to help the child to understand their training process (2018-12-11)
Being yelled at: Our brain on alert in a flash
What happens within the brain when it perceives a threatening signal, such as an aggressive voice? (2018-12-07)
Owls help JHU scientists unlock secret of how the brain pays attention
Studying barn owls, scientists believe they've taken an important step toward solving the longstanding mystery of how the brain chooses what most deserves attention. (2018-10-30)
Abnormal vision in childhood can affect brain functions
A research team has discovered that abnormal vision in childhood can affect the development of higher-level brain areas responsible for things such as attention. (2018-10-12)
Going viral: Investors pay more attention to social media stocks
What is the value of a social media firm? Paying attention to what investors tune into keeps a finger on the pulse of market fluctuations. (2018-09-19)
How attention orchestrates groups of nerve cells to enrich the brain's symphony
Study on rhesus monkeys shows how our brain processes complex signals. (2018-09-06)
Pay attention to the 'noise' in your brain
Researchers find that the 'noise' in the brain can be attributed to fluctuations in internally generated signals such as attention. (2018-08-23)
The spotlight of attention is more like a strobe
Despite the 'illusion' of continuity, human perception pulses in and out four times per second, say researchers, a rate that is identical in human and monkey brains. (2018-08-22)
Adolescents' concern over societal discrimination associated with worse behavioral health
Many southern California high school students report being concerned that discrimination is increasing in society and that concern appears to be associated with behavioral health problems a year later, including more frequent substance use and higher odds of depression and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms. (2018-08-20)
Risk-taking, antisocial teens 5 times more likely to die young
Adolescents with serious conduct and substance use problems are five times more likely to die prematurely than their peers, with roughly one in 20 dying by their 30s, according to new CU Boulder research. (2018-08-10)
More than half of drivers don't look for cyclists and pedestrians before turning right
U of T Engineering researchers studied the eye movements of drivers at busy Toronto intersections and found that more than half failed to make necessary scans for pedestrians or cyclists at right turns. (2018-08-09)
Checking phones in lectures can cost students half a grade in exams
Students perform less well in end-of-term exams if they are allowed access to an electronic device, such as a phone or tablet, for non-academic purposes in lectures, a new study in Educational Psychology finds. (2018-07-27)
Study shows how the brain controls food cravings
A newly published study from the University of Waterloo shows that when activity in a specific part of the brain is suppressed, our desire for high-calorie foods increases. (2018-07-23)
Did public education campaign improve patient response to TIA, minor stroke?
A study of more than 2,200 patients in the United Kingdom examined the association of a public education campaign with delays and failure to seek medical attention after a minor stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). (2018-07-02)
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