Mind & Brain

  • A diet of essential amino acids could keep dementia at bay
    on October 22, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Protein intake is known to be vital for maintaining brain function in older individuals. Now, using a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers have shown that the intake of a specific set of amino acids can inhibit the death of brain cells, protect the connections between them, and reduce inflammation, preserving brain function. Their research suggests that this amino acid combination called Amino LP7 can hinder the development of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

  • VR experiment with rats offers new insights about how neurons enable learning
    on October 22, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    A new study provides deep insights into how the brain’s hippocampus works, involving networks of millions of neurons. That knowledge could be an important step toward the development of treatments for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and epilepsy, all of which are related to dysfunction in the hippocampus.

  • Researchers map neurons in the brain involved with social interactions with others in groups
    on October 21, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    In social experiments, three monkeys sat around a rotary table and took turns offering food to one of the other two monkeys. Certain neurons in the brain responded to the actions of other monkeys in the group and influenced an animal’s upcoming decisions to reciprocate or retaliate.

  • Bat study reveals secrets of the social brain
    on October 21, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Neuroscientists used wireless devices to record the neural activity of freely interacting Egyptian fruit bats, providing researchers with the first glimpse into how the brains of social mammals process complex group interactions.

  • Scientists look beyond the individual brain to study the collective mind
    on October 21, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Scientists argue that efforts to understand human cognition should expand beyond the study of individual brains. They call on neuroscientists to incorporate evidence from social science disciplines to better understand how people think.

  • Workplace interruptions may actually make people feel like more valued employees
    by John Anderer on October 25, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    CINCINNATI, Ohio — If you’ve ever worked in an office, you probably know the occasional interruption from a colleague is unavoidable. Maybe it’s to ask for your opinion, or to simply share an anecdote from the past weekend. Whatever the reason, most have heard “hey, do you have a second?” at least a handful of… The post Workplace interruptions may actually make people feel like more valued employees appeared first on Study Finds.

  • 46% of adults would listen to same song on repeat for 3 days — just for more ‘me time’
    by Chris Melore on October 25, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    NEW YORK — With the holiday season around the corner, a majority of Americans are pumping the brakes on their frantic schedules to get some much-needed “me-time.” A survey of 2,000 people finds that for 77 percent, alone time is necessary for them to decompress. More than two-thirds (68%) are willing to say “no” to social… The post 46% of adults would listen to same song on repeat for 3 days — just for more ‘me time’ appeared first on Study Finds.

  • ‘Mind blindness’ makes some people harder to scare
    by Terra Marquette on October 21, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    KENSINGTON, Australia — Ever wonder why some people don’t even flinch when they hear a scary ghost story? For some, a recent study finds they may have a case of aphantasia — the inability to visualize imagery. Researchers in Australia say, for people with “mind blindness,” reading a scary story may be no different emotionally… The post ‘Mind blindness’ makes some people harder to scare appeared first on Study Finds.

  • Mid-30s crisis: Americans feel most stressed in their lives at age 36
    by Chris Melore on October 21, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    NEW YORK — Are you nearing your mid-30s? You may want to think about a vacation. A new study finds the average American feels the most stressed at 36 years-old. Despite this — fear not — a recent survey of 2,000 Americans over the age of 30 reveals the average respondent is better at managing stress… The post Mid-30s crisis: Americans feel most stressed in their lives at age 36 appeared first on Study Finds.

  • Boys don’t cry? Survey finds men actually weep more than women — 4 times a month!
    by Chris Melore on October 21, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    NEW YORK — The myth that “boys don’t cry” just got another nail in its coffin. You may be surprised by the results of a new survey that show men tend to cry more often than women. Are 21st century men more sensitive than generations past? According to the poll of 2,004 Americans, men cry on… The post Boys don’t cry? Survey finds men actually weep more than women — 4 times a month! appeared first on Study Finds.

  • People with lower-pitched voices more dominating, outgoing, open to casual hookups
    by Allarium on October 20, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    GÖTTINGEN, Germany — Does your voice reveal more about your lifestyle and character than you realize? People appear to convey at least a few parts of their personality through speech, according to a study out of Germany. Researchers say that those with a lower-pitched voice are more dominating, outgoing, and are more open to casual… The post People with lower-pitched voices more dominating, outgoing, open to casual hookups appeared first on Study Finds.

  • ‘Forest bathing’ improves mood and positivity, decreases anxiety
    by John Anderer on October 9, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    YORK, United Kingdom — Feeling blue? New research suggests adding some more greenery to your life. Scientists at the University of York say that consistently engaging in more “nature-based activities” can improve mental health among adults – even those already struggling with a pre-existing mental health condition. A “nature-based activity” is pretty much anything that gets… The post ‘Forest bathing’ improves mood and positivity, decreases anxiety appeared first on Study Finds.