- Ancient DNA offers clues to how barnyard chickens came to be
- Birthplace of the domesticated chili pepper identified in Mexico
- Teachers’ scare tactics may lead to lower exam scores
- Ginseng can treat and prevent influenza and RSV, researcher finds
- Antibiotics improve growth in children in developing countries
- Babies prefer fairness – but only if it benefits them – in choosing a playmate
- A better way top deal with bad memories?
“But we found that instead of thinking about your emotions during a negative memory, looking away from the worst emotions and thinking about the context, like a friend who was there, what the weather was like, or anything else non-emotional that was part of the memory, will rather effortlessly take your mind away from the unwanted emotions associated with that memory.”
- More questions than answers as mystery of domestication deepens
In recent decades, research has unraveled much of what we thought we knew about this crucial event in human history
- Fish exposed to antidepressants exhibit altered behavioural changes
Fish exposed to the antidepressant Fluoxetine, an active ingredient in prescription drugs such as Prozac, exhibited a range of altered mating behaviours, repetitive behaviour and aggression towards female fish, according to new research.
- Creative activities outside work can improve job performance
Out-of-office pursuits can boost areas such as problem solving, helping others, study finds
- In funk music, rhythmic complexity influences dancing desire
Rhythmic drum patterns with a balance of rhythmic predictability and complexity may influence our desire to dance and enjoy the music, according to a study.
- Cultivating happiness often misunderstood
How do you ‘harvest happiness’? Stanford research explores the concept of maximizing happiness, and finds that pursuing concrete “giving” goals rather than abstract ones leads to greater satisfaction.
- Low-calorie restaurant menus: Are they making us fat?
Restaurants that now provide “low-calorie” labels on their menus can inadvertently cause people to eliminate healthy foods right off the bat.
- Chew on this: How does food texture impact its perceived calorie content?
People perceive foods that are either hard or have a rough texture to have fewer calories.
- Casual marijuana use linked to brain abnormalities in students
Young adults who used marijuana only recreationally showed significant abnormalities in two key brain regions that are important in emotion and motivation, scientists report.
- Study says we’re over the hill at 24
If you’re over 24 years of age you’ve already reached your peak in terms of your cognitive motor performance.
- Night owls, unlike early birds, tend to be unmarried risk-takers
“Night owls, both males and females, are more likely to be single or in short-term romantic relationships versus long-term relationships, when compared to early birds,” Maestripieri said. “In addition, male night owls reported twice as many sexual partners than male early birds.”
- A rainy day can ruin an online restaurant review
Weather helps determine whether a review will be positive or negative
- The neanderthal in us
Contemporary Europeans have as many as three times more Neanderthal variants in genes involved in lipid catabolism than Asians and Africans
- Bullying targets popular kids, not only those who are marginalized
Researchers have found that relatively popular students are targeted by bullies and may actually suffer more from a single act of social aggression.
- Computer maps 21 distinct emotional expressions — even ‘happily disgusted’
Study more than triples the number of facial expressions researchers can use to track the origins of emotions in the brain.
- Are statins good for your love life?
Popular cholesterol-lowering drugs may offer added benefit for men with erectile dysfunction
- Daylight saving impacts the timing of heart attacks
It seems moving the clock forward or backward may alter the timing of when heart attacks occur in the week following these time changes, according to research
- Brain scans link concern for justice with reason, not emotion
“Individuals who are sensitive to justice and fairness do not seem to be emotionally driven. Rather, they are cognitively driven.”
- Marriage linked to lower heart risks in study of 3.5+ million adults
People who are married have lower rates of several cardiovascular diseases compared with those who are single, divorced or widowed, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session. The relationship between marriage and lower odds of vascular diseases is especially pronounced before age 50.
- Four in 10 infants lack strong parental attachments
In a study of 14,000 U.S. children, 40 percent lack strong emotional bonds — what psychologists call “secure attachment” — with their parents that are crucial to success later in life, according to a new report. The researchers found that these children are more likely to face educational and behavioral problems.
- Study finds gaming augments players’ social lives
New research finds that online social behavior isn’t replacing offline social behavior in the gaming community. Instead, online gaming is expanding players’ social lives.
- Acupuncture enhances antidepressant effect
Acupuncture is more effective than oral antidepressants in improving depressive symptoms, and produces fewer side effects than tricyclic antidepressants.
- What psychosocial factors can help IVF patients?
The whole ‘infertility journey’ is an emotional rollercoaster and whilst IVF treatment might be successful for some, not knowing if you will be in the 25 per cent who become pregnant demands some serious coping skills.
- Eat more, die young: Why eating a diet very low in nutrients can extend lifespan
Dietary restriction, however, also leads to increased rates of cellular recycling and repair mechanisms in the body. The UNSW researchers’ new theory is that this effect evolved to help animals continue to reproduce when food is scarce; they require less food to survive because stored nutrients in the cells can be recycled and reused.
- Chronic sleep disturbance could trigger onset of Alzheimer’s
People who experience chronic sleep disturbance—either through their work, insomnia or other reasons—could face an earlier onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s, according to a new pre-clinical study by researchers at Temple University.
- Reducing anxiety with a smartphone app
The study suggests that “gamifying” a scientifically-supported intervention could offer measurable mental health and behavioral benefits for people with relatively high levels of anxiety.
- Ancient DNA shows moa were fine until humans arrived
All nine species of New Zealand moa, the largest weighing up to 250 kilograms, became extinct shortly after Polynesians arrived in the country in the late 13th century.
- Rocky Mountain wildflower season lengthens by more than a month
A 39-year study of wildflower blooms in a Colorado Rocky Mountain meadow shows that more than two-thirds of alpine flowers have changed their blooming patterns in response to climate change.
- Suppressing unwanted memories reduces their unconscious influence on behavior
Scientists have shown that contrary to what was previously assumed, suppressing unwanted memories reduces their unconscious influences on subsequent behaviour, and have shed light on how this process happens in the brain.
- Emotion detectors could make driving safer
Scientists are studying how to identify drivers’ emotions using embedded cameras that film their faces.
- Husband’s health and attitude loom large for happy long-term marriages
A husband’s agreeable personality and good health appear crucial to preventing conflict among older couples who have been together a long time, according to a study from University of Chicago researchers.
- You should be ashamed — or maybe not
Shame on you. These three simple words can temporarily — or, when used too often, permanently — destroy an individual’s sense of value and self-worth.
- When big isn’t better: How the flu bug bit Google
GFT overestimated the prevalence of flu in the 2012-2013 season, as well as the actual levels of flu in 2011-2012, by more than 50 percent, according to the research.
- ‘Love hormone’ could provide new treatment for anorexia
Oxytocin alters anorexic patients’ tendencies to fixate on images of high calorie foods, and larger body shape
- Facebook feelings are contagious
You can’t catch a cold from a friend online. But can you catch a mood? It would seem so, according to new research from the University of California, San Diego.