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October 13, 2015

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October 13, 2015

Oct. 8, 2015 — Upper limb amputees, who typically struggle to learn how to use a new prosthesis, would be more successful if fellow amputees taught them, new research suggests. Most usually learn by watching a ... read more

Sex Is More Likely on Days College Students Use Marijuana or Binge Drink

Oct. 7, 2015 — Undergraduate college students were more likely to have sex on days they used marijuana or binged on alcohol than on days they didn't, new research has ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Variability, such as that seen in movement, is essential both for normal behavior and for longer-term evolution, scientists suggest. Their animal study shows sensory feedback increases the range of ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Can standardized tests, such as those created in response to the Common Core, enhance education instead of just assessing it? For standardized testing to benefit students, researchers recommend that ... read more

What Types of Video Games Improve Brain Function?

Oct. 1, 2015 — From 'brain games' designed to enhance mental fitness, to games used to improve real-world problems, to games created purely to entertain, today's video games can have a variety of ... read more

Scientists Identify Key Receptor as Potential Target for Treatment of Autism

Oct. 1, 2015 — Scientists have uncovered a significant -- and potentially treatable -- relationship between a chemical that helps transmit signals in the brain and genetic mutations present in a subset of ... read more

Relationship Quality Affects Siblings' Mental Health, Risky Behaviors

Sep. 30, 2015 — The Latino culture, more than others, places a high value on the family unit; yet, little research has examined the dynamics of Latino family relationships and how those dynamics affect children’s ... read more

Math and Me: Children Who Identify With Math Get Higher Scores

Sep. 30, 2015 — How strongly children identify with math (their math 'self-concept') can be used to predict how high they will score on a standardized test of math achievement, according to a new ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Brain scientists didn't just study how recognition of familiarity and novelty arise in the mammalian brain, they actually took control, inducing rats to behave as if images they'd seen ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Developmental psychologists long have debated whether individuals volunteer and help others because they are sympathetic or whether they are sympathetic because they are prosocial. Now, new research ... read more

Do Mothers React to More Info About Chemical Risks? The Answer May Surprise You

Sep. 28, 2015 — Mothers who are pregnant or have young children would be expected to be more concerned about protecting their offspring from environmental risks that are reported most in the news, but a new study ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Over half of all pregnant women world-wide are at risk for malaria, but little is known about possible consequences for the neurodevelopment of children exposed to malaria in pregnancy. A new study ... read more

Understanding Self-Control: Eating and Spending Are Different Public Policy Issues

Sep. 23, 2015 — You can resist buying candy while you're waiting in the checkout line, but you'll buy any pair of shoes that are on sale. Your best friend, in contrast, wouldn't dream of buying a pair ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — When faced with a change to our environment, we have to make appropriate decisions, which usually involves the orbitofrontal cortex. Yet unexpectedly, scientists have discovered that a brain region ... read more

Unemployment Takes Its Toll on Young People's Mental Health

Sep. 21, 2015 — Young people who are not in education, employment or training are committed to working but vulnerable to experiencing mental health problems, according to a new ... read more

Is It Cyberbullying? Parents' Views Differ on How Schools Should Respond

Sep. 21, 2015 — One in five parents say students who post online rumors about sex should be referred to police, a new study shows. The research highlights the differing parental views on how schools should respond ... read more

Types of Athletic Training Affect How Brain Communicates With Muscles

Sep. 18, 2015 — The brains of endurance trainers communicate with muscles differently than those of strength trainers or sedentary individuals, new research shows. While it is not immediately clear why the ... read more

Sep. 18, 2015 — Research has linked the abnormal behavior of two genes (BDNF and DTNBP1) to the underlying cause of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a devastating mental disorder that affects nearly 1 percent of the ... read more

Teens With Bulimia Recover Faster When Parents Are Included in Treatment

Sep. 18, 2015 — Involving parents in the treatment of adolescents with bulimia nervosa is more effective than treating the patient individually, according to a new ... read more

Physical Activity, Sadness, and Suicidality in Bullied U.S. Adolescents

Sep. 17, 2015 — Across the U.S., nearly 20% of students report being bullied on school property. Bullying is associated with academic struggle, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and self-harm. ... read more

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