We live in a world saturated with sensory stimulations. From our cell phones to our laptops and TVs, almost our entire day is a marathon of sights and sounds, all competing for our increasingly short attention spans. So you would think most people would enjoy the opportunity to get away from it all and gather their thoughts. But a recent study from the University of Virginia found quite the opposite. In fact, many of the participants even started giving themselves electric shocks as
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Five years ago, Robert Whelan, a former postdoctoral fellow in psychiatry at University of Vermont (UVM) and current lecturer at University College in Dublin, joined forces with Hugh Garavan, associate professor of psychiatry at UVM. The pair of psychiatric researchers wanted to see if they could determine the factors that predicted binge drinking in teens. In the largest longitudinal (long-term) adolescent brain imaging study to date, they gathered 2,400 14-year-olds from 8 regions across Europe, putting each of them through 10 hours
When you sign up for Facebook, you have to agree to a whole laundry list of fine-print terms and conditions (which almost nobody ever reads). One of the things you consent to is Facebook’s Data Use Policy, which gives Facebook the right to use your info for, “…troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.” Well, it seems that Facebook has taken full advantage of the “research” portion of that agreement. A study published two weeks ago in the Proceedings of the National Academy of
Going to war is one of the most traumatic experiences anyone could ever imagine enduring. Every year, hundreds of soldiers return home from combat with serious cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. Struggling to re-adjust back into civilian society while simultaneously trying to cope with the psychological side-effects of being exposed to combat often leads war veterans to abuse alcohol and other drugs. But a new study co-authored by Cristel Russell, a marketing professor with American University’s Kogod School of Business, and researchers from the Walter Reed
Have you ever been dealing with a particularly difficult situation and decided to take a walk to clear your head? Well, a new study from Stanford suggests that there is real scientific evidence that walking improves your creative thinking. The recently published study was co-authored by Marily Oppezzo, a Stanford doctoral graduate in the field of educational psychology, and Daniel Schwartz, a professor of education at Stanford. To test out the theory, the researchers compared levels of creative thinking under a number of different conditions:
Dr. Lance Dodes is a psychiatrist and the author of the recently released book The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry. He sat down for an interview with NPR last Sunday to talk about his book and its critiques of AA programs and the 12-step method. He started off by pointing to the extremely low success rate of 12-step programs. While the rehab industry constantly publicizes the success stories, it is also trying to draw attention
Have you ever wondered why different companies choose to use certain colors in their logos? Check out this infographic from researchomatic.com (click to enlarge): Feature image courtesy of www.behindthebrands.org.
The man, identified only as George, suffered from extreme obsessive-compulsive disorder, washing his hands hundreds of times a day and taking excessively frequent showers. At the age of 19, George shot himself in the head, hoping to end the pain of OCD for good. He succeeded, but not at all in the way he had planned. Miraculously, the bullet actually destroyed the left frontal lobe, the region of the brain that controls this obsessive behavior, without causing major damage to any
A group of 130 education experts in the UK recently signed a letter published in the major British publication The Daily Telegraph advocating delaying the start of formal learning from the age of four (where it begins now) to the age of seven. Vast amounts of data collected from anthropological, psychological, neuroscientific and educational studies have convinced these specialists that seven is a better age to begin formal schooling for a number of reason. First is the value of play.