Psychology

The mechanisms underlying a genetic mutation that results in certain autistic behaviors in mice, as well as therapeutic strategies to restore normal behaviors, have been identified by scientists at the University at Buffalo. The paper looks at the loss of a gene called Shank3, an important risk factor for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The researchers… Read more

At some point in their lives, about 5 percent of the general population experience either hearing voices or seeing things that nobody else sees, according to a new study. Hallucinations and delusions are more common than previously thought, the study suggests. The most comprehensive ever completed, the study involved more than 31,000 people from 19… Read more

Brain stimulation using gentle electricity may boost short-term memory in people with schizophrenia, suggests a new study. The procedure is referred to as transcranial direct current stimulation, and it involves locating electrodes on the head and passing a weak electrical current between them. It is regarded as safe by researchers. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)… Read more

Even when you aren’t talking, the grammar of your native language may influence how you perceive motion events, a new study from the Max Planck Institute shows. In a phenomenon known as linguistic relativity, different languages can have tenuosly different effects on how we think about and apprehend our experience. Languages diverge in how they… Read more

The need for authenticity, living in accordance with our sense of self, emotions, and values, may be so fundamental that we actually feel immoral and impure when we violate our true sense of self, new research suggests The sense of impurity, in turn, may lead us to act in cleansing or charitable ways as a… Read more