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August 30, 2015

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August 30, 2015

Borderline Personality Traits Linked to Lowered Empathy

Aug. 29, 2015 — Those with borderline personality disorder, or BPD, a mental illness marked by unstable moods, often experience trouble maintaining interpersonal relationships. New research indicates that this may ... read more

Alzheimer’s Disease Thought to Be Accelerated by an Abnormal Build-Up of Fat in the Brain

Aug. 27, 2015 — People with Alzheimer’s disease have fat deposits in the brain. For the first time since the disease was described 109 years ago, researchers have discovered accumulations of fat droplets in the ... read more

Aug. 27, 2015 — Researchers have tested a new device for delivering hormone treatments for mental illness through the nose. This method was found to deliver medicine to the brain with few side ... read more

How the Mind Sharpens the Senses

Aug. 27, 2015 — A study conducted with experienced scholars of Zen-Meditation shows that mental focusing can induce learning mechanisms, similar to physical training. Researchers discovered this phenomenon during a ... read more

Suicide: Difficulty Making Good Choices Is One of the Factors That Make Certain People Vulnerable to Suicide

Aug. 27, 2015 — Few people who face challenges or live with severe depression commit suicide. Some people are clearly more vulnerable than others. A series of studies has shown that the way in which a person makes ... read more

Differences in Brain Structure and Memory Suggest Adolescents May Not ‘grow out Of’ ADHD

Aug. 27, 2015 — Young adults diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adolescence show differences in brain structure and perform poorly in memory tests compared to their peers, according to ... read more

Aug. 27, 2015 — Products labeled with a Fair Trade logo cause prospective buyers to dig deeper into their pockets. Participants were willing to pay on average 30 percent more for ethically produced goods, compared ... read more

At the Origin of Language Structure

Aug. 27, 2015 — There are languages that place the verb between the subject and the object (SVO order--Subject/ Verb/ Object) while others place it at the end of the trio (SOV order). The order of these elements, ... read more

Aug. 26, 2015 — A new study shows that childhood cancer survivors suffering one stroke have double the risk of suffering a second stroke, when compared with non-cancer stroke ... read more

Awareness of Memory Loss May Decline Two-Three Years Before Dementia Onset

Aug. 26, 2015 — People who will develop dementia may begin to lose awareness of their memory problems two to three years before the actual onset of the disease, according to a new study. The study also found that ... read more

Self-Control Saps Memory, Study Says

Aug. 26, 2015 — You're about to switch lanes on a busy road when you realize there's a car in your blind spot. You have to put a stop to your lane change -- and quickly. A new study suggests that this type ... read more

Aug. 26, 2015 — Researchers say they have discovered some of the first steps in how a very common gene mutation causes the brain damage associated with both amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal ... read more

Cannabis Use May Influence Cortical Maturation in Adolescent Males

Aug. 26, 2015 — Male teens who experiment with cannabis before age 16, and have a high genetic risk for schizophrenia, show a different brain development trajectory than low risk peers who use ... read more

Cannabis and the Brain

Aug. 26, 2015 — Two new studies examine associations between cannabis use and the ... read more

Neurobiology: Tuning of Timing in Auditory Axons

Aug. 26, 2015 — A team has shown that the axons of auditory neurons in the brainstem which respond to low and high-frequency sounds differ in their morphology, and that these variations correlate with differences in ... read more

Depression: Evidence of Serotonin Signal Transduction Disturbances

Aug. 26, 2015 — Depression and anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric disorders. Over the last few years, molecular brain imaging using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) has helped us to identify ... read more

Study Validates Monkey Model of Visual Perception

Aug. 25, 2015 — A new study shows that humans and rhesus monkeys have very similar abilities in recognizing objects "at a glance," validating the use of this animal model in the study of human visual ... read more

Genetic Study Finds Association Between Reduced Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis Risk

Aug. 25, 2015 — Genetic findings support observational evidence that lower vitamin D levels are associated with increased risk of multiple sclerosis, according to a new research ... read more

Effect of Physical Activity on Cognition

Aug. 25, 2015 — Researchers evaluated whether a 24-month physical activity program would result in better cognitive function, lower risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia, or both, compared with a ... read more

Aug. 25, 2015 — As the brain develops its preference for the dominant eye's input, it alters its connections to the weaker eye, according to a new ... read more

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