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July 2, 2015

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July 2, 2015

Resiliency Training Program Helps Teens Deal With Today's Stresses

June 22, 2015 — Amid reports that rank today's teens as the most stressed generation in the country, a new study offers hope for helping them effectively manage stress and build long-term resiliency. A pilot ... read more

If You Demonstrate That 'Black Lives Matter,' Others Will Too

June 22, 2015 — New research finds observing a white American engage in small nonverbal acts such as smiling more often, making eye contact for longer periods of time, and standing in closer proximity to a black ... read more

June 19, 2015 — Low-energy activities that involve sitting down are associated with an increased risk of anxiety, according to new research. These activities, which include watching TV, working at a computer or ... read more

Brain Receptor Found to Significantly Affect Cocaine Addiction

June 18, 2015 — By manipulating the activity of Activin receptors in the brain, researchers report that they were able to increase or decrease cocaine-taking and relapse behavior in animal models. The study focused ... read more

Men Get Ahead by Chatting Before Negotiations

June 17, 2015 — Small talk in negotiations has a stronger, more consistent effect for men, new research shows. According to the researchers, it comes down to expected gender behaviors and stereotypes. Because women ... read more

Stronger Working Memory, Reduced Sexual Risk-Taking in Adolescents

June 17, 2015 — A study of adolescents has found that individual differences in working memory, a function of the brain that helps us make decisions, can predict early sexual risk-taking. The findings suggest ... read more

June 16, 2015 — The cooperative or integrative aspects of insect colonies, such as information sharing among colony mates, can reduce the need for individual cognition in these societies, a new study suggests. ... read more

June 16, 2015 — Preschoolers with oppositional defiant behavior are more likely to have shorter telomeres, a hallmark of cellular aging, which in adults is associated with increased risk for chronic diseases and ... read more

No Evidence That Children of Same Sex Couples Negatively Impacted, Study Shows

June 15, 2015 — Scientists agree that children of same-sex parents experience 'no difference' on a range of social and behavioral outcomes compared to children of heterosexual or single parents, a new ... read more

Major Health Consequences for Individuals With Severe Dental Anxiety

June 12, 2015 — Adults who suffer from severe dental anxiety (DA) are often dissatisfied with their appearance. The dissatisfaction may be associated with poorer oral health, depression and anxiety. Cognitive ... read more

Neuroscience and Psychology Paint More Complete Picture of Sleep and Memory

June 11, 2015 — A new study integrates neuroscience and psychological research to reveal how sleep suppresses certain nerve cell activity that promotes forgetting, insuring that at least some memories will ... read more

Understanding 'Defense Cascade' May Help in Treating Victims of Trauma

June 11, 2015 — The well-known "fight or flight" response is part of the inborn series of defense/fear responses activated in reaction to threats. Understanding the steps of the defense cascade can help in ... read more

June 10, 2015 — Double-blind clinical trials for new drugs are considered the 'gold standard' of medical research but one effect these trials fail to measure is how a medication's performance can vary ... read more

Youth on the Autism Spectrum Overly Sensitive to Sensory Stimuli Have Brains That React Differently

June 10, 2015 — Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, a team of researchers has shown for the first time that children with autism spectrum disorder who are overly sensitive to sensory stimuli have brains ... read more

Study Links Brain Inflammation Triggered by Chronic Pain to Anxiety and Depression

June 9, 2015 — Brain inflammation caused by chronic nerve pain alters activity in regions that regulate mood and motivation, suggesting for the first time that a direct biophysical link exists between long-term ... read more

June 9, 2015 — Scientists have -- for the first time -- documented the formation of a newly learned concept inside the brain and show that it occurs in the same brain areas for everyone. The results from this study ... read more

Computer Game Reduces Issues Associated With ADHD in Children

June 9, 2015 — Children diagnosed with ADHD can improve their behavior and social interactions in the classroom by playing a computer game that exercises their concentration, finds new ... read more

Sex Differences Aren't Specific to Autism

June 8, 2015 — Behaviors relevant to autism are more frequently observed in boys than in girls, whether they're at risk of autism or not, new research concludes. The study followed a large sample of boys and ... read more

Everyone Has a Bias Blind Spot, Researchers Find

June 8, 2015 — Researchers have developed a tool to measure the bias blind spot, which reveals that believing that you are less biased than your peers has detrimental consequences on judgments and behaviors, such ... read more

Study Examines Psychotropic Medication Use in Children, Teens With Down Syndrome

June 8, 2015 — A new study gives insight into the mental health of children and teens with Down syndrome and the behavioral medications that medical caregivers sometimes prescribe for ... read more

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