Why Things We Choose Seem Better Than The Rest

Most people value rewards they choose themselves more than rewards they just receive, even when the rewards are actually equal. A new study suggests that this quirk arises from how the brain reinforces learning from reward. So, the next time a friend raves about the movie he chose and is…Continue readingWhy Things We Choose Seem Better Than The Rest

What is Psychometric Testing?

Psychometric testing is a tool used in several different ways in both the employment industry and the medical industry. It is primarily used as a recruitment process, and recognized as a way of gaining insight into an individual’s personality and psychological thinking. In other words it helps a potential employer…Continue readingWhat is Psychometric Testing?

What Sleeping Brains Can Tell Us About Schizophrenia

Our brain operates much the same whether active or at rest. Scientists now say studying resting brains could make it easier to identify the underlying causes of mental conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Michael Cole, assistant professor at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers, who…Continue readingWhat Sleeping Brains Can Tell Us About Schizophrenia

Highly Sensitive People React Strongly To Happy Faces

The way your brain responds to happy and sad faces may be an indicator of how innately empathic you are, new research finds. Previous studies have suggested that sensory processing sensitivity (SPS) is an innate trait associated with greater sensitivity, or responsiveness, to environmental and social stimuli. Stony Brook University…Continue readingHighly Sensitive People React Strongly To Happy Faces

Depression, MicroRNA and Serotonin

The role of microRNA molecules, the small, non-coding RNA molecules which regulate various cellular activities, in the nerve cells that secrete serotonin was investigated recently by researchers at Weizmann Institute The serotonin system in the brain, when misregulated, is implicated in depression and anxiety disorders. The team successfully identified, for…Continue readingDepression, MicroRNA and Serotonin

Does Background TV Harm Toddlers’ Language Development?

It is already known how important parent input is in developing children’s language skills, and that a reduction in child-directed language could have a negative impact on their language development. New research suggests that the presence of background TV is a significant factor in reducing this vital input, affecting both…Continue readingDoes Background TV Harm Toddlers’ Language Development?

Learning Keeps Cells Alive In Young Brains

That the neurons in adult rats could be saved with learning has been known by scientists for years. What they didn’t know was if this would be the case for young rats, which produce two to four times more neurons than adult animals. When scientists looked at the hippocampus, a…Continue readingLearning Keeps Cells Alive In Young Brains