Blame Your Brain When You Cave To The Craving

Blame Your Brain When You Cave To The Craving

Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you have ever succumbed to a craving for high-calorie snacks, and most of us surely have, you may not feel quite so bad after reading a study by the School of Public Health and Health...

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Chronic Dieters Exhibit Brain Imbalance
2013-11-12 09:48:28

Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many people fall prey to the vicious cycle of chronic dieting. Oftentimes willpower waxes and wanes leading to limited dieting success. A new study from Dartmouth using neuroimaging suggests that a brain imbalance may be responsible for overeating in chronic dieters. This imbalance occurs when the region that controls impulse behavior and self-control becomes disrupted, which decreases the ability to resist temptation. This study...

2013-09-24 10:23:38

Informed consent became key part of procedures following organ retention scandals in England Active informed consent became a key tenet of post mortem exam procedures following the organ retention scandals at Bristol Royal Infirmary and The Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, which prompted the enactment of the 2004 Human Tissue Act. The Act stipulates that consent must be actively sought from either the individual while alive, or when this is not possible, from a nominated...

2013-08-19 14:03:20

Getting kids to share their toys is a never-ending battle, and compelling them to do so never seems to help. New research suggests that allowing children to make a choice to sacrifice their own toys in order to share with someone else makes them share more in the future. The new findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. These experiments, conducted by psychological scientists Nadia Chernyak and Tamar Kushnir of Cornell...

All-Terrain Robot Can Go Anywhere
2013-08-14 04:38:50

[ Watch the Video: University of Pennsylvania Unveils Acrobatic Robot ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) have created a new all-terrain, six-legged walking robot that has been specially designed with jumping and climbing capabilities that could help it complete military reconnaissance, rescue or supply transportation missions. The robot is named RHex (pronounced “Rex” and short for “robot...

Self-Control Through Precommitment More Effective Than Willpower
2013-07-25 08:38:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The key to losing weight, or saving for the future, is avoiding temptation all together, according to a new study from the Universities of Cambridge and Dusseldorf. The study on self-control suggests avoidance is a better strategy than depending on will power alone. The study, published in Neuron, compared the effectiveness of willpower versus voluntarily restricting access to temptations, called 'precommitment'. For example,...

Study Finds That Impulsive People More Likely To Sacrifice For Others
2013-06-29 08:23:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While the general perception of people who are impulsive in nature is that they are self-centered, new research appearing in the journal Psychological Science suggests that the reality is actually quite different. In fact, the study authors report that when impetuous individuals are faced with a decision that involves either giving up their own time and energy to help a loved one or worrying more about themselves, they are more...

Strong Friendship Network Can Help Boost Self-Control
2013-04-10 10:20:12

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Self-control is a trait too many people lack. Whether it is summoning the strength to get to the gym for a workout or abstaining from snacks between meals, the drive to simply satisfy a basic desire is too strong in too many. However, new research out of Duke University shows surrounding one´s self with friends and intimates who possess a stronger sense of self-control can aid in strengthening the trait in themselves. The...

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