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2010-09-14 09:09:28

A new University of Colorado at Boulder study sheds light on the brain mechanisms that allow us to make choices and ultimately could be helpful in improving treatments for the millions of people who suffer from the effects of anxiety disorders. In the study, CU-Boulder psychology Professor Yuko Munakata and her research colleagues found that "neural inhibition," a process that occurs when one nerve cell suppresses activity in another, is a critical aspect in our ability to make choices. "The...

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2010-09-13 19:15:00

Study suggests that video games could be training tool for quicker reactionsCognitive scientists from the University of Rochester have discovered that playing action video games trains people to make the right decisions faster. The researchers found that video game players develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, and this benefit doesn't just make them better at playing video games, but improves a wide variety of general skills that can help with everyday activities...

2010-09-10 09:41:32

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A new study finds drunk drivers don't just make bad decisions; they may struggle to make any decisions at all. The findings show people who drove under the influence several times have subtle deficits in their decision making abilities that tend to go undetected though conventional neuropsychological testing. "Not only was DUI reported to account for nearly 40 percent of fatal motor crashes in North America," which Muzaffer Kasar, resident in psychiatry at the Bakirkoy...

2010-08-25 14:56:10

Humans and other animals use this circuitry to make basic decisions about things like food, discounting the involvement of a specific 'moral sense' Scientists at Harvard University have found that humans can make difficult moral decisions using the same brain circuits as those used in more mundane choices related to money and food. These circuits, also found in other animals, put together two critical pieces of information: How good or bad are the things that might happen? What are the odds...

2010-07-01 11:36:00

CHICAGO, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Draftfcb, one of the world's leading marketing communications agencies, announced today further steps to enhance its ability to influence consumer behavior by launching the Draftfcb Institute of Decision Making. This global team aims to apply emerging fields such as behavioral economics and neuroscience to marketing communications. In forming the Institute, the agency established partnerships with scientific thought leaders from leading academic...

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2010-06-30 12:20:00

Many people believe that getting older means losing a mental edge, leading to poor decision-making. But a new study from North Carolina State University shows that when it comes to making intuitive decisions "“ using your "gut instincts" "“ older adults fare as well as their juniors. The researchers tested groups of young adults (aged 17-28) and community-dwelling older adults (aged 60-86) "“ meaning they live in the community, rather than in a nursing home "“ to see...

2010-06-02 15:41:10

Just because your mother has turned 85, you shouldn't assume you'll have to take over her financial matters. She may be just as good or better than you at making quick, sound, money-making decisions, according to researchers at Duke University. "It's not age, it's cognition that makes the difference in decision-making," said Scott Huettel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of psychology and neuroscience and director of the Duke Center for Neuroeconomic Studies. He recently led a laboratory study in...

2010-03-25 14:48:44

Decision making within families is an important way for young people to gain independence and responsibility, and adolescence is a time of increasing autonomy. A longitudinal study by Penn State researchers in the College of Health and Human Development concludes that teens have more say in certain areas than in others, and that some teens have more autonomy than others. Over a span of nine years, the researchers annually canvassed parents in about 200 White, European-American families about...

2010-03-15 15:57:43

The more difficult the decision we face, the more likely we are not to act, according to new research by UCL scientists that examines the neural pathways involved in 'status quo bias' in the human brain. The study, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), looked at the decision-making of participants taking part in a tennis 'line judgement' game while their brains were scanned using functional MRI (fMRI). First author Stephen Fleming, Wellcome Trust Centre...

2010-02-09 15:28:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- (http://www.myprgenie.com) -- "Doctor, what would you do?" - A question that almost every pregnant woman has asked their doctor when facing a health decision and challenge. For the first time they will have their answer, thanks to Wiser Pregnancy, who has now made available the results of hundreds of interviews with OB/GYN and general practitioner-moms about their pregnancy experiences and decisions, organized in an easy to use decision-help engine....


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.