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2012-01-27 15:00:33

The eyes are the window into the soul–or at least the mind, according to a new paper published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Measuring the diameter of the pupil, the part of the eye that changes size to let in more light, can show what a person is paying attention to. Pupillometry, as it´s called, has been used in social psychology, clinical psychology, humans, animals, children, infants–and it should be used...

2012-01-18 00:24:33

While children who suffer from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) struggle with hyperactive-impulses and have trouble maintaining attention, a recent study found that a structured physical activity program may help to improve their muscular capacities, motor skills, behavior assessments, and the ability to process information. This new exploratory study was released in the recent issue of the Journal of Attention Disorders (published by SAGE). Authors Claudia Verret,...

2012-01-17 10:12:22

Virtual reality-enhanced exercise, or "exergames," combining physical exercise with computer-simulated environments and interactive videogame features, can yield a greater cognitive benefit for older adults than traditional exercise alone, according to a new study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "We found that for older adults, virtual-reality enhanced interactive exercise, or 'cybercycling' two to three times per week for 3 months, yielded...

2012-01-16 10:41:51

Brain circuits for visual categorization revealed by new experiments Hundreds of times during a baseball game, the home plate umpire must instantaneously categorize a fast-moving pitch as a ball or a strike. In new research from the University of Chicago, scientists have pinpointed an area in the brain where these kinds of visual categories are encoded. While monkeys played a computer game in which they had to quickly determine the category of a moving visual stimulus, neural recordings...

2012-01-12 13:29:51

Press Release from PLoS ONE The brain training computer game "Brain Age" can improve executive functions and processing speed, even with a relatively short training period, but does not affect global cognitive status or attention, according to a study published Jan. 11 in the online journal PLoS ONE. The study compared the cognitive functions for 32 elderly participants before and after four weeks of playing a computer game, either Brain Age or Tetris, for 15 minutes per day, at least...

2012-01-05 08:00:00

The Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine in southern California has applied a new neurofeedback technology in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder patients that is enabling ADHD patients to achieve more rapidly the normalization of brain wave activity. This improvement into more coherent and harmonious brainwave activity reduces ADHD symptoms, and reduces the need for medication. Irvine, California (PRWEB) January 05, 2012 The Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine...

Poverty And Diabetes Leads To Higher Risk Of ADHD
2012-01-03 14:18:02

Researchers at Queens College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that low socioeconomic status (SES) and maternal gestational diabetes may cause a 14-fold increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in six-year-olds. Researchers evaluated 212 children at age three or four and again at age six.  They compared 115 children who had low SES, maternal gestational diabetes, or both, to 97 children who had neither. They found that while maternal...

2012-01-02 23:12:01

In the first study of its kind, researchers at Queens College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that low socioeconomic status (SES) and maternal gestational diabetes together may cause a 14-fold increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in six year olds. The data are published in the January issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Led by Jeffrey M. Halperin, PhD, Distinguished Professor of...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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