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2009-11-16 10:17:00

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- With health care reform taking the national spotlight, the sole point of agreement by all parties is that some form of change is necessary. Many health care industry experts believe that now is the worst time for government-mandated change because innovation has already begun to occur organically from within the industry. One Franklin Tennessee-based software company is defining that innovation and garnering attention in the industry. Health Mason...

2009-10-26 15:26:00

For women just diagnosed with breast cancer, one of the important decisions confronting them is whether to have a lumpectomy or mastectomy. A diagnosis of breast cancer will affect one in every eight women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society, causing them to have to decide quickly about treatment. Most studies investigating how women make this choice have surveyed women months and sometimes even years after their decision was made. Recently, however, the publication...

2009-09-16 08:31:02

We are faced with making decisions all the time. Often, we carefully deliberate the pros and cons of our choices, taking into consideration past experiences in similar situations before making a final decision. However, a new study suggests that cognitive stress, such as distraction, can influence this balanced, logical approach to decision making. Psychologists Jane Raymond and Jennifer L. O'Brien of Bangor University in the United Kingdom wanted to investigate how cognitive stress affects...

2009-06-10 13:30:20

A new study uncovers a pivotal role for the human frontal lobe in the promotion of behavioral flexibility during voluntary choice. The work, published by Cell Press in the June 11th issue of the journal Neuron, presents a critical new neural mechanism that supports the decision to adapt or maintain behavior when change is not explicitly instructed by the external environment.Previous work has shown that the frontopolar cortex (FPC) is involved in memory and multitasking and is active when...

2009-05-28 10:51:44

A new study demonstrates that when faced with a difficult decision, the human brain calls upon multiple neural systems that code for different sorts of behaviors and strategies. The research, published by Cell Press in the May 28th issue of the journal Neuron, provides intriguing insight into the mechanisms that help the human brain rise to the formidable challenge of adaptive decision making in the real world."When faced with a complex decision, many individuals engage in simplifying...

2009-05-28 07:37:28

Your brain activity can reveal how you make big decisions, according to a new study. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center studied the brain as people handled a set of decision making problems and found brain regions associated with rational processing, such as the lateral prefrontal cortex, were most active when participants used a strategy not consistent with traditional rational choices. The findings also strongly argue against the commonly held the notion that there are rational...

2009-05-08 09:36:02

Pattern of firing in nerve cells may show degree of confidence in choiceCountless times a day people judge their confidence in a choice they are about to make -- that they now can safely turn left at this intersection, that they aren't sure of their answer on a quiz, that their hot coffee has cooled enough to drink.University of Washington (UW) researchers who study how the brain makes decisions are uncovering the biological mechanisms behind the belief that a choice is likely to be correct....

2009-04-13 12:59:00

Initiative to Identify What Triggers Racial Bias and Political Consequences WASHINGTON, April 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The election of President Obama shows how far America has progressed in overcoming the racial divides that for so long scarred this country. But while overt racism is less and less acceptable in America, unconscious racial bias still plays a large role in our politics and society, as a new project launched today by the Institute for America's Future seeks to explore....

2009-04-02 10:53:40

It is not surprising that as our economy continues its freefall, we are feeling increasingly more stressed and worried. Many of us are feeling extreme unease about the security of our jobs and being able to make our next mortgage payment. However, according to a new report in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, stress could make our financial troubles even worse.The study, conducted by psychologists Anthony J. Porcelli and Mauricio R. Delgado of...

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2009-03-31 07:25:00

In the midst of life-threatening situations requiring split-second decisions, police officers with a higher ability to multitask are less likely to shoot unarmed persons when feeling threatened during video simulations, a new Georgia State University study suggests. Heather Kleider, Dominic Parrott and Tricia King, assistant professors of psychology at Georgia State, have taken a unique look at officer-involved shooting situations, signs of negative emotions and working memory capacity...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'