How and why humans punish is a fascinating behavioral question, and a vital one in as punishment-happy a society as the United States. Even though we tend to see punishment as meted out by the state, it’s the result of individual choices – whether it’s jurors deciding to convict someone or voters voting for tough-on-crime […]
Eating baked or broiled fish once a week is good for the brain, regardless of how much omega-3 fatty acid it contains, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The findings, published online recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, add to growing evidence that lifestyle factors contribute to brain […]
For hundreds of years, healers in São Tomé e Príncipe — an island off the western coast of Africa — have prescribed cata-manginga leaves and bark to their patients. These pickings from the Voacanga africana tree are said to decrease inflammation and ease the symptoms of mental disorders. Now, scientists at the Salk Institute for […]
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In Afghanistan, a new therapist is talking with soldiers. Her name is Ellie, she is the face of a computer program and she could be the key to identifying PTSD in America’s military. Equipped with a Microsoft Kinect motion sensor, she nods at the right time, urges patients on with a well-timed “uh-huh,” and knows […]
Considering a promotion? Consider this first: As you get more powerful, physical changes in your brain will make you less and less empathetic towards the people around you. It’s no surprise that powerful people care less about others, yet this is one of the first times scientists have been able to see exactly what happens […]
Risk drinking before pregnancy can increase the risk of the development behavioral problems in toddlers. This comes from a new study using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). Early intervention to help and support mothers and their children could help to prevent these problems from developing into long-term behavioral problems. In […]
Neuromarketing firms claim that brain scanning technology can be used to evaluate consumers’ responses to products and predict which ones they prefer, but so far most of these claims are hugely exaggerated. New research published in the journal Nature Communications adding some hope to the neuromarketing hype, by showing that the brain activity shared by […]
Integrated Reasoning: Transform habitual thinking and acting by constantly synthesizing and constructing abstracted meanings that are useful – not random.
By studying the injuries and aptitudes of Vietnam War veterans who suffered penetrating head wounds during the war, scientists are tackling – and beginning to answer – longstanding questions about how the brain works. The researchers found that brain regions that contribute to optimal social functioning are also vital to general and emotional intelligence. This […]