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New Research Emphasizes Gaming's Positive Impact on Psychological Development

As video games become the straw man in a battle against gun violence, it is good to see that some researchers are looking at the positive side of gaming. Paul J. C. Adachi and Teena Willoughby recently published a study in the <i>Journal of Adolescent Research</i> entitled “Do Video Games Promote Positive …

15 Rules Your Toddler Follows

Participation in modern-day civilization requires familiarity with some basic unwritten rules, such as the generally accepted social taboo on using certain parts of your body as storage areas. If you suddenly find yourself preaching the enforcement of those common-knowledge rules with great …

Reprogramming the Mind for Evolution

For a long time we’ve been taught that evolution is a process that is happening to us. Thankfully we’re living in times where the human race is …

Fact or Myth: Can the Placebo Effect Work?

This is a FACT.<p>A placebo is a chemically inactive, harmless substance that has absolutely no physiological effect on the body…supposedly. Here’s …

Toddlers regulate behavior to avoid making adults angry

When kids say “the darnedest things,” it’s often in response to something they heard or saw. This sponge-like learning starts at birth, as infants …

Psychology: the man who studies everyday evil

Why are some people extraordinarily selfish, manipulative, and unkind? David Robson asks the scientist delving into the darkest sides of the human mind.<p>If you had the opportunity to feed harmless bugs into a coffee grinder, would you enjoy the experience? Even if the bugs had names, and you could …

Psychology

Children paralysed in Ukraine polio outbreak

<b>Two children have been paralysed in the first polio outbreak in Europe for five years, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).</b><p>Both cases were in Ukraine where only half the children are fully immunised.<p>It is likely large numbers of other children have also been infected without developing …

Public Health

Diabetes drug may help in leukaemia

<b>A drug used to treat diabetes could help in the fight against blood cancer, early research in the journal Nature suggests.</b><p>An international team of scientists gave the drug to patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia, alongside standard treatment.<p>Those who received the combination therapy were more …

Cancer

How a history of eating human brains protected this tribe from brain disease

The sickness spread at funerals.<p>The Fore people, a once-isolated tribe in eastern Papua New Guinea, had a long-standing tradition of mortuary feasts — eating the dead from their own community at funerals. Men consumed the flesh of their deceased relatives, while women and children ate the brain. It …

Biology

Brain game 'improves lives of schizophrenia patients'

<b>A computer-based brain-training game could improve the daily lives of people with schizophrenia, say University of Cambridge researchers.</b><p>Tests on a small number of patients who played the game over four weeks found improvements in memory and learning.<p>This could help people to get back to work or …

The Brain

Drug restores cells that are missing in MS patients | Ars Technica

New cells can restore the missing insulation around nerve cells.<p>Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system destroys …