Curiosity Can Influence Decisions

Curiosity Can Influence Decisions What if you had a choice between a fortune cookie dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles or a plain fortune cookie that contained a personalized fortune, which would you eat? A new study finds that feeling curious can help people make smarter, and even sometimes healthier, decisions. Source: Medical Daily

New Scientist: Can’t stop procrastinating? Try cognitive behaviour therapy

Ever find yourself doing just about any other task to avoid doing something more urgent or important? Cognitive behavioural therapy may help. “Everybody procrastinates,” says Alexander Rozental at Stockholm University in Sweden. “It’s an everyday phenomenon. Usually it doesn’t cause more than annoyance and frustration.” (August 18, 2017) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Lasers used to detect risk of heart attack and stroke

Patients at risk of heart attacks and strokes may be spotted earlier thanks to a diagnosis tool that uses near-infrared light to identify high-risk arterial plaques, according to research carried out at WMG, University of Warwick, the Baker Institute and Monash University. The scientists observed that when they increased the wavelength of the light currently […]

Medical Daily: Why some people don’t develop bipolar disorder despite high genetic risk

Can we escape from our DNA? Evidence in recent years has led psychiatrists to conclude that bipolar disorder—a mental health disorder characterized by abnormal shifts in mood and energy level—has genetic roots, a notion that could lead us to believe it is unavoidable for those carrying the relevant genes. But new research suggests that our […]

Medical News Today: Bipolar disorder: Brain mechanism could be key for prevention

Scientists have found that many siblings of people with bipolar disorder, who should themselves be susceptible to it, are made resilient by an adaptive brain mechanism, characterized by higher levels of activity in a cerebral network linked with cognition. People with bipolar disorder are subject to extreme mood shifts, from feeling “high” to feeling absolutely […]

News-Medical: How does ADHD affect the brain?

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition characterized by an inability to control one’s attention span so as to effectively complete one activity or cognitive process before proceeding to another. This leads to impulsive decision-making and actions, and typically a hyperkinetic mode of life. (August 18, 2017) Read the full article here

Science Daily: Surprising discovery about how neurons talk to each other

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have uncovered the mechanism by which neurons keep up with the demands of repeatedly sending signals to other neurons. The new findings, made in fruit flies and mice, challenge the existing dogma about how neurons that release the chemical signal dopamine communicate, and may have important implications for many […]

OUP Blog: Is memory-decoding technology coming to the courtroom?

“What happened?” This is the first question a police officer will ask upon arriving at a crime scene. The answer to this simple question—What happened?—will determine the course of the criminal investigation. This same question will be asked by attorneys to witnesses on the stand if the case goes to trial. How those witnesses answer […]