- Friends know how long you’ll live, study finds
Peer estimates of your personality can predict longevity
- Is your busy schedule affecting your health? Time might not be the problem
The modern schedule is infamously frantic, leaving many of us feeling constantly pressed for time. But that feeling may not have much to do with time itself, according to a new study
- Blockbusters: Can EEGs predict a movie’s success better than surveys?
Brain activity visible through EEG measures may be a much cheaper and more accurate way to predict the commercial success of movies.
- Basic personality changes linked to unemployment, study finds
Unemployment can change peoples’ core personalities, making some less conscientious, agreeable and open, which may make it difficult for them to find new jobs, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.
- The growing evidence on standardized packaging of tobacco products
Plain packaging may reduce smoking rates in current smokers by reducing the extent to which the package acts as an unconscious trigger for smoking urges.
- Protein linked to longevity and enhanced cognition protects against Alzheimer’s symptoms
“It’s remarkable that we can improve cognition in a diseased brain despite the fact that it’s riddled with toxins,” says lead author Dena Dubal
- Can you judge a man by his fingers?
Men with short index fingers and long ring fingers are on average nicer towards women, and this unexpected phenomenon stems from the hormones these men have been exposed to in their mother’s womb, according to a new study by researchers at McGill University.
- Sauna use associated with reduced risk of cardiac, all-cause mortality
A new study suggests men who engaged in frequent sauna use had reduced risks of fatal cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality
- The sound of intellect: Job seeker’s voice reveals intelligence
A résumé highlighting stellar professional credentials and experience could pique the interest of a prospective employer, but it’s your voice that may actually help you land the job.
- ‘Virological penicillin': Plant MIR2911 directly targets influenza A viruses
A plant microRNA, MIR2911, which is enriched in honeysuckle, directly targets influenza A viruses. Drinking of honeysuckle soup can prevent IAV infection and reduce H5N1-induced mice death.
- One mood keeps coming through all human language
Movie subtitles in Arabic, Twitter feeds in Korean, the famously dark literature of Russia, websites in Chinese, music lyrics in English, and even the war-torn pages of the New York Times–the researchers found that these, and probably all human language¬, skews toward the use of happy words.
- Love online is about being real, not perfect
Researchers find people prefer online profiles that present potential love interests who are successful, humble, and real
- A simple intervention can make your brain more receptive to health advice
A new discovery shows how a simple intervention–self-affirmation – can open our brains to accept advice that is hard to hear.
- Napping reverses health effects of poor sleep
A short nap can help relieve stress and bolster the immune systems of men who slept only two hours the previous night, according to a new study
- Women to take control on binge drinking
RWR is the first study designed to describe and explain midlife women’s recovery change processes (mental, emotional, physical and spiritual), so that the findings can be used to help other women with AUDs, healthcare practitioners, peers in recovery, community services, supporters, educators and policy makers.
- Acute psychological stress reduces ability to withstand physical pain
A new study by Prof. Ruth Defrin finds that acute psychosocial stress has a dramatically deleterious effect on the body’s ability to modulate pain
- Forever young: Meditation might slow the age-related loss of gray matter in the brain
The scientists looked specifically at the association between age and gray matter. They compared 50 people who had mediated for years and 50 who didn’t. People in both groups showed a loss of gray matter as they aged. But the researchers found among those who meditated, the volume of gray matter did not decline as much as it did among those who didn’t.
- Power psychs people up about… themselves
A new paper suggests that what separates such people from the rest of us is their perceived sense of power: Powerful people, researchers found, draw inspiration from themselves rather than others.
- Imagining walking through a doorway triggers increased forgetting
We’ve all had that experience of going purposefully from one room to another, only to get there and forget why we made the journey. Four years ago, researcher Gabriel Radvansky and his colleagues stripped this effect down, showing that the simple act of passing through a doorway induces forgetting. Now psychologists at Knox College, USA, have taken things further, demonstrating that merely imagining walking through a doorway is enough to trigger increased forgetfulness
- Beer compound could help fend off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
One compound found in hops, called xanthohumol, has gotten the attention of researchers for its potential benefits, including antioxidation, cardiovascular protection and anticancer properties.
- Psychopathic violent offenders’ brains can’t understand punishment
“Psychopathic offenders are different from regular criminals in many ways. Regular criminals are hyper-responsive to threat, quick-tempered and aggressive, while psychopaths have a very low response to threats, are cold, and their aggressively is premeditated,” added Dr. Nigel Blackwood, who is affiliated with King’s College London. “Evidence is now accumulating to show that both types of offenders present abnormal, but distinctive, brain development from a young age.”
- Higher dementia risk linked to more use of common drugs
A large study links a significantly increased risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, to taking commonly used medications.
- Scientists discover ‘dimmer switch’ for mood disorders
Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a control mechanism for an area of the brain that processes sensory and emotive information that humans experience as “disappointment.” The discovery of what may effectively be a neurochemical antidote for feeling let-down is reported in the online edition of Science.
- How creative are you? Depends where you’re from
With the “creative class” on the rise, many businesses are trying to capitalize on imagination and innovation. But when it comes to creative juices, some societies have a faster flow than others. That’s because, as new research from Concordia University suggests, creativity is tied to culture.
- Things smell good for a reason
Odors that are exclusively derived from antioxidants attract flies, increase feeding behavior and trigger oviposition in female flies.
- Researchers finds hormone that increases the sex drive of mice
In the study, the researchers show that when mice receive a supplement of ghrelin, they increase their sexual activity and their efforts to find a partner.
- Neuroscience researchers believe in quitting smoking gradually
The brain’s oxygen uptake and blood flow decreases by up to 17% immediately after people stop smoking: Regular smokers experience an almost dementia-like condition in the early hours after quitting, as suggested by brain scans.
- Hostile boss? Study finds advantages to giving it right back
In a result that surprised researchers, a new study found that employees who had hostile bosses were better off on several measures if they returned the hostility.
- Stress may increase desire for reward but not pleasure, research finds
Feeling stressed may prompt you to go to great lengths to satisfy an urge for a drink or sweets, but you’re not likely to enjoy the indulgence any more than someone who is not stressed and has the same treat just for pleasure
- Expressing anger linked with better health in some cultures
In the US and many Western countries, people are urged to manage feelings of anger …
- Was Beethoven’s music literally heartfelt?
The striking rhythms found in some of Beethoven’s most famous works may have been inspired by his own heartbeat, says a team of researchers from the University of Michigan and University of Washington that includes a cardiologist, medical historian, and musicologist.
- Withdrawal or expecting your lover to mind-read hurts relationships, but in different ways
“Withdrawal is the most problematic for relationships,” Sanford said. “It’s a defensive tactic that people use when they feel they are being attacked, and there’s a direct association between withdrawal and lower satisfaction overall with the relationship.”
Meanwhile, “passive immobility” — expecting your partner to be a mind-reader — is a tactic people use when they feel anxious in a relationship, and it makes it especially difficult for couples to make progress toward resolving conflicts. But it may not be as harmful down the line as withdrawal, he said.
- Humans erode soil 100 times faster than nature
A new study shows that removing native forest and starting intensive agriculture can accelerate erosion so dramatically that in a few decades as much soil is lost as would naturally occur over thousands of years.
- Researchers find significant link to daily physical activity, vascular health
The researchers found that reducing daily physical activity for even a few days leads to decreases in the function of the inner lining of blood vessels in the legs of young, healthy subjects causing vascular dysfunction that can have prolonged effects.
- Finding the simple patterns in a complex world
An ANU mathematician has developed a new way to uncover simple patterns that might underlie apparently complex systems, such as clouds, cracks in materials or the movement of the stockmarket.