- Other people can tell whether your partner is cheating on you
We can identify a surprising amount of information about each other from the briefest of glimpses – including infidelity, apparently.
- Positive subliminal messages on aging improve physical functioning in elderly
Older individuals who are subliminally exposed to positive stereotypes about aging showed improved physical functioning that can last for several weeks, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health has found.
- Birth season affects your mood in later life
New research shows that the season you are born has a significant impact on your risk of developing mood disorders. People born at certain times of year may have a greater chance of developing certain types of affective temperaments, which in turn can lead to mood disorders (affective disorders).
- No sedative necessary: Scientists discover new ‘sleep node’ in the brain
A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in the primitive brainstem has revealed how we fall into deep sleep. This is only the second “sleep node” identified in the mammalian brain whose activity appears to be both necessary and sufficient to produce deep sleep.
- Near death experiences – major new study
Recollections in relation to death, so-called out-of-body experiences (OBEs) or near-death experiences (NDEs), are an often spoken about phenomenon which have frequently been considered hallucinatory or illusory in nature; however, objective studies on these experiences are limited.
- Sharing makes both good and bad experiences more intense
Undergoing an experience with another person — even if we do it in silence, with someone we met just moments ago — seems to intensify that experience
- There’s no such thing as a vaginal orgasm, review finds
The authors note that the majority of women worldwide do not have orgasms during intercourse: as a matter of fact, female sexual dysfunctions are popular because they are based on something that does not exist, i.e. the vaginal orgasm.
- Decreased ability to identify odors may predict 5-year mortality
For older adults, being unable to identify scents may be a predictor of mortality within five years, says study. For those already at high risk, lacking a sense of smell more than doubled the probability of death.
- How exercise fights stress
” Well-trained muscle produces an enzyme that purges the body of harmful substances. So in this context the muscle’s function is reminiscent of that of the kidney or the liver,” says Jorge Ruas, principal investigator at the Karolinska Institutet.
- Mice can inherit learned sensitivity to a smell
Researchers have found that when a mouse learns to become afraid of a certain odor, his or her pups will be more sensitive to that odor, even though the pups have never encountered it.
- Brain scans reveal ‘gray matter’ differences in media multitaskers
Simultaneously using mobile phones, laptops and other media devices could be changing the structure of our brains
- Relaxing in front of the TV on the couch might do you some good
There is substantial evidence that time watching TV or playing video games can have a powerful restorative effect – just what many of us need after a hard day.
- Alzheimer’s patients still feel the emotion long after the memories have vanished
Patients may not remember a recent visit by a loved one or having been neglected by staff at a nursing home, but those actions can have a lasting impact on how they feel.
- We drink more alcohol of gym days
A new study finds that on days when people exercise more — typically Thursdays to Sundays — they drink more alcohol, too.
- Stanford researchers create ‘evolved’ protein that may stop cancer from spreading
Experimental therapy stopped the metastasis of breast and ovarian cancers in lab mice, pointing toward a safe and effective alternative to chemotherapy.
- Yoga may help people with bipolar disorder
People with bipolar disorder who do yoga believe their yoga practice has significant mental health benefits, reports a survey study
- Drop the strut: Both men and women find humility more attractive
New research suggests that both men and women prefer humble to less humble partners.
- Nature of war: Chimpanzees inherently violent according to study
New research disproves theory that ‘chimpanzee wars’ are sparked by human influence
- Researchers demonstrate direct brain-to-brain communication in human subjects
In a first-of-its-kind study, an international team of neuroscientists and robotics engineers have demonstrated the …
- Social groups alleviate depression
Building a strong connection to a social group helps clinically depressed patients recover and helps prevent relapse, according to a new study.
- Is your boss a psychopath?
New research shows that there could be increased numbers of psychopaths in senior managerial positions and high levels of business
- Networking can make some feel “dirty,” new study.
If schmoozing for work leaves you with a certain “ick” factor, that’s not just awkwardness you’re feeling. Professional networking can create feelings of moral impurity and physical dirtiness, shows a new study.
- Sodium’s influence on blood pressure statistically insignificant
New research in the American Journal of Hypertension suggest sodium has less pervasive influence on health than once thought
- Chemists discover way nose perceives common class of odors
Biochemists have found an unexpected chemical strategy employed by the mammalian nose to detect chemicals known as aldehydes.
- Research finds no association between wearing a bra and breast cancer
“Our study found no evidence that wearing a bra increases a woman’s risk for breast cancer. The risk was similar no matter how many hours per day women wore a bra, whether they wore a bra with an underwire, or at what age they first began wearing a bra,” said Chen.
- WHO report on e-cigarettes misleading, say experts
World leading tobacco experts argue that a recently published WHO-commissioned review of evidence on e-cigarettes contains important errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations
- Liver injury caused by herbals, dietary supplements rises
Supplements more likely than medications to lead to death or liver transplantation
- Public trust has dwindled with rise in income inequality
Trust in others and confidence in societal institutions are at their lowest point in over three decades, analyses of national survey data reveal
- Reacting to personal setbacks: Do you bounce back or give up?
Rutgers researchers find the ability to persist may depend on how the news is delivered
- T. Rex times seven: New dinosaur species is discovered in Argentina
Scientists have discovered and described a new supermassive dinosaur species with the most complete skeleton ever found of its type.
- Tony Delroy’s NightLife story links 29 August
Tonight with Tony Delroy on ABC Radio – unlinking memory and bad emotions; how self deceivers deceive the rest of us; and gratitude winning us friends.
- Researchers change the emotional association of memories
By manipulating neural circuits in the brain of mice, scientists have altered the emotional associations of specific memories.
- The high cost of hot flashes: Millions in lost wages preventable
The steep decline in the use of hormone therapy has spawned a prevalent but preventable side effect: millions of women suffering hot flashes.
- Fighting prostate cancer with a tomato-rich diet
Men who eat over 10 portions a week of tomatoes have an 18 per cent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, new research suggests.
- Reading ‘Fifty Shades’ linked to unhealthy behaviours
Young adult women who read “Fifty Shades of Grey” are more likely to have eating disorders and have a verbally abusive partner