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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 …

Brain Scans Predict Who's Likely To Be A Repeat Offender

In research published in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i>, scientists found brain scans can predict with startling accuracy the likelihood that criminals will run afoul of the law again. The results require serious legal and ethical debate before being introduced into the criminal …

Google searches about mental illness follow seasonal patterns

Google searches for information across all major mental illnesses and problems followed seasonal patterns, suggesting mental illness may be more …

How chewing gum can boost your brain power

By<p>Most of us don’t think twice about it, but chewing — mastication — has implications for our health.<br>The way we chew, for instance, can alter our …

Conferences

With over 50 conferences a year the Elsevier portfolio of events provides a direct route to global researchers and industry representatives in a …

Twelve Rude Revelations About Sex

Sex, we have been led to believe, is as natural as breathing. But in fact, contends British philosopher Alain de Botton, it is "close to rocket …

Dangerous Dreamers

As the sun set in the Welsh village of Aberporth in July 2008, 59-year-old Brian Thomas sat with his wife, Christine, in a motor home overlooking the …

Sleep Disorders

The Power of Touch

You're in a crowded subway car on a Tuesday morning, or perhaps on a city bus. Still-sleepy commuters, lulled by vibrations, remain hushed, yet …

Psychology

Test-taking May Improve Learning in People of All Ages

WASHINGTON—Older adults who haven’t been in school for a while are as capable of learning from tests as younger adults and college students, …

Childhood ADHD often can linger into adulthood

Large population study finds attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in childhood lingers into adulthood for many and is linked to an increased risk for a wide range of psychiatric disorders.<p>Almost a third of kids diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder during childhood still had …

The Internet 'Narcissism Epidemic'

Don't let popularity set your standard.<p>We are in the midst of a "narcissism epidemic," concluded psychologists Jean M. Twnege and W. Keith Campbell in their 2009 book. One study they describe showed that among a group of 37,000 college students, narcissistic personality traits rose just as quickly …

Why Not Apologizing Makes You Feel Better

To err is human.<p>So is refusing to apologize for those errors.<p>From toddlers and talk show hosts to preteens and presidents, we all know people who have done stupid, silly and evil things, then squared their jaws and told the world they've done nothing wrong.<p>Parents, educators and even public …

Adaptable Leaders May Have Best Brains for the Job, Study Finds

WASHINGTON—Effective leaders’ brains may be physically “wired” to lead, offering the promise of more precise identification and training, according …

A New Way to Curb Drinking? Planting False (Bad) Memories of a Bender

Researchers are exploring the possibility that convincing drinkers they had a bad experience with liquor — even if they didn’t — could lead them to …

Would Angry Teens Chill Out If They Saw More Happy Faces?

All day long we're surrounded by faces. We see them on the subway sitting two by two, pass them on the sidewalk as we make our way to work, then nod to them in the elevator.<p>But most of those faces don't tell us much about the emotional life of the person behind the face.<p>"People don't just go around …

Inside The Brains Of People Over 80 With Exceptional Memory

Most research on memory loss in the elderly focuses on dementia, Alzheimer's disease or other brain diseases.<p>But neuroscientist Emily Rogalski from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine knew there is great variation in how good memory is in older people. Most have memory loss to …