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How multi-sensory therapy helps people with dementia reclaim their identities

A new arts programme that uses birdsong and the smell of flowers is improving wellbeing for older people with dementia<p>Eyes downcast, head bowed, hands clasped and legs crossed; Eddie, an introverted wheelchair user, had been in a dementia care home for a decade when he began sessions with arts …

Scientists Link Common Personality Trait To Musical Ability

Having a more "open" personality is linked to being pretty sophisticated when it comes to music, new research shows.<p>Psychologists have long known that some people are unusually curious and adventurous, and more willing than others to try new things.<p>Now there's new research suggesting that these …

Emotional Abuse May Harm Kids Just As Much As Other Kinds

A new Canadian study finds that emotional abuse may be as harmful as physical abuse and neglect.<p>Researchers from McGill University say their findings …

Science: Women Can't Handle the Stress of Jobs We Make Women Do

Women: a liability to the smooth functioning of the patriarchal labor system? I didn’t say it—science did.<p>A new study of thousands of workers all …

Research

Psychologists conducted a survey to find out exactly what makes 'creepy' people creepy — and they had a few things in common

A recent study currently under review for publication by Knox College social psychologist Francis McAndrew and his student Sara Koehnke takes a stab at unpacking exactly what creepiness is.<p>Feeling creeped out is a "universal human response," McAndrew writes, that developed in response to an …

11 Hidden Hazards of Sleep Deprivation - Page 11 of 11

<b>1. Heightened Occurrences of Unhealthy Cravings</b><p>Image Credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/34832597093248025/<p>Sleep is not only important to keep us …

That All-Nighter is not without Neuroconsequences

<b>By Emilie Reas</b>, PLOS Neuroscience Community Editor<p>As you put the finishing touches on your paper, you notice the sun rising and fantasize about …

How the Syrian crisis is particularly deadly for women and children

Since 2012, the No. 1 cause of death in Syria has been the country's gruesome civil war. A report last year from the United Nations' high commissioner for human rights put the minimum number of conflict-related violent deaths -- including combatants and civilians -- at 191,136.<p>The war in Syria is …

Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks

A new study finds an algorithmic word analysis is flawless at determining whether a person will have a psychotic episode.<p>Although the language of thinking is deliberate—<i>let me think, I have to do some thinking</i>—the actual experience of having thoughts is often passive. Ideas pop up like dandelions; …

A Point of View: Is it ever right to try to create a superior human being?

<b>People have long dreamed of improving humanity through science, but what results might no longer be human, argues the philosopher John Gray.</b><p>More than 70 years ago, the Oxford linguist, writer of fantasy fiction and theologian CS Lewis wrote:<p><i>Man's conquest of nature, if the dreams of some scientific</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

Why music has a hotline to our emotions

In the first of our new series answering your questions, we explore why music can be so emotionally charged.<p><b>Q: Why does music have a hotline to our emotions? What is the evolutionary advantage of this? <br>Philip Le Riche, via email</b><p><b>David Robson, BBC Future feature writer, answers:</b> <br>Who hasn’t ever felt …

Google is offering its virtual reality classroom system to schools for free

Google wants students everywhere to begin experiencing the world in virtual reality, specifically by using its low-cost Cardboard headsets and a free field-trip simulation software known as Expeditions. The search giant announced today that it's offering Expeditions, which comes with a box of …

What Did You Say?

A new study shows that people everywhere navigate potential misunderstandings in roughly the same three ways.<p>Two years ago, the linguists Mark Dingemanse and Nick Enfield found that the word “Huh?” is universal across 31 languages. That is, nearly every language has a short, one-syllable sound …

Emma Watson Used Hard-Hitting Numbers to Explain How Sexism Works In Hollywood

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Feminism

Age of menopause 'controllers' found

<b>Sections of DNA that control when women go through the menopause have been identified by scientists.</b><p>Their report, in the journal Nature Genetics, identified genes involved in how the body repairs itself.<p>Ultimately the findings could contribute to a fertility or menopause test, or lead to new …

Born that way? ‘Scientific’ racism is creeping back into our thinking. Here’s what to watch out for.

This month, Jennifer Cramblett lost her “wrongful birth” lawsuit, which centered on a troubling ideology that has been creeping into mainstream discussions in ways not seen in decades. Cramblett claimed that the sperm used to inseminate her came from the wrong donor, leading to a biracial child, …

Copyright and Fair Use in the Digital Age

According to the U.S. Copyright Office, "It is a principle of American law that an author of a work may reap the fruits of his or her intellectual …

Bill Clinton

What if the Constitution No Longer Applied?

What if the whole purpose of the Constitution was to limit the government? What if Congress’ enumerated powers in the Constitution no longer limited …

How Patent Law Can Block Even Lifesaving Drugs

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s prescription drug policy proposal, released last week, would hold drug manufacturers accountable to their level of investment in research. But there are some potentially valuable drugs we’ll never get drug companies to invest in — those that cannot be patented.<p>By granting …

Why directors love Shakespeare's Measure for Measure so much

Shakespeare plays apparently being like proverbial buses, the third major production of Measure for Measure in 2015 is about to open at the Young Vic …

6 Mental Habits That Will Wear You Down

Do you struggle with self-doubt and self-defeating habits?<p>Do you want to feel more confident about yourself and what you have to offer?<p>Do you focus …

The repugnant myth of the poor’s unhealthy eating habits

We are told — over and over again — the lower class is our greatest consumer of fast food. It simply isn’t true<p>In a country where it is a national pastime to find new ways to blame poor people for the crime of being poor, even food choice becomes a site of class warfare. Consider the popularized …

Meet Scarlet and Bon Qui Qui, Legendary Row Mascots for The Ohio State University Marching Band

We like to consider ourselves knowledgable fans of The Ohio State University Marching Band, or TBDBITL as it's affectionately known. We ooh and ahh …

Ohio State University

Body image: MPs to consider ban on ultra-thin catwalk models

MPs are to investigate whether very thin models should be banned from British catwalks, after a petition calling for fashion week health checks reached 30,000 signatures.<p>Caroline Nokes MP, who heads the all parliamentary group on body image, is to invite senior members of the fashion industry to …

World Health Organization

Poetry's Place in the History of Banned Books

For as long as there have been writers, there have been texts that have been challenged, censored, burned, and banned. The stories of banned …

Literature