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Research team sheds light on 'rightie' or 'leftie' behavior in a scale-eating cichlid
Nagoya University-based scientists demonstrate the development of behavioral laterality (left-/right-handedness) in a scale-eating cichlid from Africa's Lake Tanganyika, Perissodus microlepis. (2016-02-26)

Alcohol intervention programs ineffective on fraternity members
Interventions designed to reduce alcohol use among fraternity members are no more effective than no intervention at all, according to an analysis of 25 years of research involving over 6,000 university students published by the American Psychological Association. (2016-05-19)

Teenagers gamble away their education
The odds are stacked against teenagers who regularly gamble. A new study in Springer's Journal of Gambling Studies shows that a 14-year-old who gambles is more likely to struggle at school. The study was led by Frank Vitaro of the University of Montreal, Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Center and the Research Unit on Children's Psychosocial Maladjustment in Canada. (2018-01-11)

Counseling in primary care clinics helps speed recovery for depressed teens
Depressed teenagers who received cognitive behavioral therapy in their primary care clinic recovered faster, and were also more likely to recover, than teens who did not receive the primary care-based counseling, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Pediatrics. (2016-04-20)

New NIH Big Data to Knowledge center of excellence
National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins today announced a new national initiative, the National Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge, focused on developing computational tools to facilitate the collection and analysis of large-scale health data generated by mobile and wearable sensors. Computer scientists Deepak Ganesan and Benjamin Marlin will co-lead the center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, one of 12 institutions sharing $10.8 million over four years. (2014-10-09)

Dysfunctional families and bad neighborhoods may worsen asthma in children and adolescents
A lack of family support and problems in one's neighborhood are associated with greater asthma symptoms in children and adolescents, according to researchers in Vancouver, Canada. (2007-09-28)

Indoor tanning: Women say no to total ban, yes to stricter policies
Most young adult women who regularly visit indoor tanning salons support the introduction of policies to make it safer, but are against a total ban. This is according to a study┬╣ led by Darren Mays of Georgetown University Medical Center, in the journal Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research┬▓, published by Springer. The findings are good news for regulators finalizing stricter regulations aimed at highlighting the skin cancer risks associated with artificial tanning. (2016-08-15)

Online tool to quit smoking
StopAdvisor is a new Web-based smoking cessation program, which takes smokers from preparation for the target quit date to the quit date itself. In their study Robert West and Susan Michie from University College London and collaborators describe the development process of the StopAdvisor intervention. Their work appears online in Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research, published by Springer. (2012-06-01)

UNC expands brain imaging study of infants at risk for autism
A study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers using brain imaging of infants to examine changes in their brains and behavior that may mark the onset of autistic symptoms is being substantially expanded after receiving an additional $3.25 million in funding. (2008-11-26)

Girls' mathematics performance more likely to suffer than boys' as a result of mathematics anxiety
A new study published today in BioMed Central's open-access journal Behavioral and Brain Functions reports that a number of school-age children suffer from mathematics anxiety and, although both genders' performance is likely to be affected as a result, girls' math performance is more likely to suffer than boys'. (2012-07-08)

New American Chemical Society podcast: Toward a vaccine for methamphetamine abuse
Scientists are reporting development of three promising formulations that could be used in a vaccine to treat methamphetamine addiction -- one of the most serious drug abuse problems in the United States. That's the topic of the latest episode in the American Chemical Society's (ACS) award-winning 'Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions' podcast series. (2011-09-14)

Training course for chronic fatigue syndrome or ME is effective for children alongside specialist care
A training course that aims to ease symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome is effective and probably cost-effective when provided alongside specialist care for children with mild to moderate illness, finds a trial published by the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2017-09-20)

The hormone that could be making your dog aggressive
Thousands of people are hospitalized every year for dog bites, and aggressive behavior is a major reason dogs end up in shelters. University of Arizona researcher Evan MacLean studied the biology behind canine aggression, specifically the role of the hormones vasopressin and oxytocin. (2017-09-27)

Nearly 1 in 5 teenagers admit eating problems, but anxiety is a bigger problem than appearance
Eighteen percent of teenagers who took part in a survey of 15-17-year-olds admitted eating problems. Students who reported suffering from anxiety earlier in adolescence were 20 times more likely to report problems. Anxiety was a bigger problem than dissatisfaction with appearance. The survey included 372 students; 57 percent were girls. (2008-06-04)

Tackling test anxiety may help prevent more severe problems
Showing students how to cope with test anxiety might also help them to handle their built-up angst and fretfulness about other issues. The results of a new study by Carl Weems of the University of New Orleans show that anxiety intervention programs that focus on academic matters fit well into the demands of the school routine, and do not carry the same stigma among youth as general anxiety programs do. (2014-05-08)

Behavior and demographics associated with divorce may have greater effect on children than actual divorce, study says
New research suggests that divorce, in and of itself, does not necessarily lead to children's problem behavior. Rather, mothers' delinquency prior to marriage predicts divorce 14 years in the future and accounts for many of the behavior problems found among children after divorce. (1999-12-18)

Juvenile detainees push envelope on HIV/AIDS risk behaviors
Nearly all juvenile jail detainees -- even those as young as 10 years -- engage in dangerous HIV and AIDS risk behaviors, a finding that poses serious public health problems and presents additional challenges to the juvenile justice system, Northwestern researchers report. (2003-05-28)

Friendships, vaccines, and impressions: Upcoming studies in SPPS
While many scientists explore what people have in common, several studies publishing online to Social Psychological and Personality Science show us how differences help us understand individuals. (2016-08-30)

Infant pain may have long-term effects
Newborn infants who are exposed to a series of painful and stressful treatments display a variety of long-term effects as older children, including an altered response to pain and an exaggerated physiological response to stress, new research shows. (1999-08-13)

Mouse Model For Huntington's Disease Developed By NIH, Vanderbilt
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health, in colaboration with a VUMC neuropathologist, have genetically engineered and studied mice that mimic the behavioral and pathological changes of Huntington's disease. (1998-10-01)

Athletes In Training Cautioned: Learn To Relax
Heavy training takes a toll on even the toughest athletes -- illness, depression, fatigue -- but new research points to a solution far removed from sweaty locker-rooms: a collection of quiet, gentle stress management techniques such as relaxation tapes and journal writing. (1998-10-27)

Scientists explore new link between genetics, alcoholism and the brain
Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System have uncovered a new link between genetic variations associated with alcoholism, impulsive behavior and a region of the brain involved in craving and anxiety. (2011-04-12)

Stanford imaging study reveals differences in brain function for children with math anxiety
Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have shown for the first time how brain function differs in people who have math anxiety from those who don't. A series of scans conducted while second- and third-grade students did addition and subtraction revealed that those who feel panicky about doing math had increased activity in brain regions associated with fear, which caused decreased activity in parts of the brain involved in problem-solving. (2012-03-21)

USC study examines effects of caregiving
Two new USC studies overturn myths about caregiving. The first shows caregiving is not necessarily harmful to one's mental and physical health. The second shows that lower education levels, rather than cultural factors, are behind caregivers who compromise their health by putting the needs of family over themselves. (2007-10-17)

OHSU studies of technology for healthy aging get boost
Oregon Health & Science University, with help from Intel Corp., is moving into the next phase of a research program developing new technologies to address the challenge of aging successfully. Worth $1 million over the next year for OHSU's Oregon Center for Aging & Technology, the alliance will initiated and accelerate research into behavioral markers of disease, such as changes in walking and performance on computer games, that eventually translate into health-related products and services. (2007-01-26)

Genetic differences across species guide vocal learning in juvenile songbirds
Juvenile birds discriminate and selectively learn their own species' songs even when primarily exposed to the songs of other species, but the underlying mechanism has remained unknown. A new study, by researchers at Uppsala University, shows that song discrimination arises due to genetic differences between species, rather than early learning or other mechanisms. The results are published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. (2017-06-12)

Sleep breathing machine shows clear benefits in children with sleep apnea
Children and adolescents with obstructive sleep apnea had substantial improvements in attention, anxiety and quality of life after treatment with positive airway pressure -- a nighttime therapy in which a machine delivers a stream of air through a mask into the nose. While commonly used in adults with obstructive sleep apnea, this therapy has seldom been studied in children. (2012-02-10)

Young drivers with autism spectrum disorder may need more time to learn basic driving skills
When first learning to drive, young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have more difficulty with basic driving skills compared to those with typical development (TD), reports a study in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer. (2018-06-12)

Scientists find that neurological changes can happen due to social status
Researchers at Georgia State University have discovered that in one species of freshwater crustaceans, social status can affect the configuration of neural circuitry. (2012-04-19)

Achieving patient-centered care across the spectrum
Providing patient-centered care consistently in clinical practice requires practitioners who are able to recognize that different clinical situations require different approaches and are skilled enough to adapt. Dr. Glyn Elwyn of the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science is the principal investigator of a study in the current issue of Annals of Family Medicine. Elwyn said that practitioners could use or integrate two methods: shared decision making and motivational interviewing when discussing options for treatment with patients. (2014-05-13)

Juvenile Courts May Face Higher Caseload Due To Welfare Reform
Federal welfare reform may end up burdening the country's already-stressed juvenile justice system, according to an expert at Ohio State University. She said reforms that force people from the welfare rolls will have a disproportionate effect on children because they make up the majority of welfare beneficiaries. (1999-04-28)

Understanding biological foundation of human behavior critical to improving laws
Laws and public policy will often miss their mark until they incorporate an understanding of why, biologically, humans behave as they do, scholars from Vanderbilt and Yale universities argue in the March issue of Columbia Law Review. (2005-03-14)

Citizens versus the internet: Confronting digital challenges with cognitive tools
In the latest issue of Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a team of researchers recommend ways that psychological and behavioral sciences can help decrease the negative consequences of Internet use. These recommendations emphasize helping people gain greater control over their digital environments. (2020-12-21)

Children with autism need intervention over a long period of time
Nine out of 10 preschool children with autism still have major difficulties within the autism field at school age, despite having received early intervention. A majority of the parents stated that the children do not receive sufficient support at school. A new doctoral thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy explored these issues in a study where children who had received an autism diagnosis between the ages of 2 and 4.5 years of age were followed up after 8 years. (2016-03-24)

Insomnia symptoms linked with medical complaints in young school-aged children
A study in the Dec. 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine indicates that significant associations exist between parent-reported insomnia symptoms and medical complaints of gastrointestinal regurgitation and headaches in young school-aged children. (2009-12-15)

CWRU social work researchers create easier, accurate way to analyze TSCC trauma results
A Case Western Reserve University social work research team, led by Fredrick Butcher, Ph.D., a research associate at the Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, has proposed and tested an alternative method to using the Trauma Symptoms Checklist for Children in assessing trauma in children -- especially those in the juvenile justice system. (2015-05-29)

Research shows gene defect's role in autism-like behavior
Scientists affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute have discovered how a defective gene causes brain changes that lead to the atypical social behavior characteristic of autism. The research offers a potential target for drugs to treat the condition. (2012-08-10)

Mailed nicotine patches with no behavioral support associated with cessation
Mailing free nicotine patches to smokers without providing behavioral support was associated with higher rates of tobacco cessation than not offering the patches, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. (2016-01-25)

Depression, behavioral changes may precede memory loss in Alzheimer's
Depression and behavioral changes may occur before memory declines in people who will go on to develop Alzheimer's disease, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. (2015-01-14)

Hearts that drum together beat together
Researchers from Bar-Ilan University found that in a structured group drumming task aspects of participants' heart function synchronized. In a subsequent improvisational drumming task, groups with high physiological synchrony in the structured task showed more coordination in drumming. The data show that behavioral synchronization and enhanced physiological synchronization while drumming each uniquely predicts a heightened experience of group cohesion. Additionally, higher physiological synchrony predicts enhanced group performance in a subsequent, different group task. (2020-05-21)

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