People given accurate statistics on a controversial issue tended to misremember those numbers to fit commonly held beliefs, a study from Ohio State University reports[1]. “People can self-generate their own misinformation. It doesn’t all come from external sources. They may not be doing it purposely, but their own biases can lead them astray. And the… Read more

Ketamine, or related drugs, may be a useful treatment for Autism and Tourette’s, Lancaster University researchers report[1]. The also found for the first time, how a genetic alteration that increases the risk of developing both these disorders impacts on the brain. Autism affects an estimated 2.8 million people in the UK while Tourette’s Syndrome —… Read more

“Clingy” spouses — whether spending every waking moment with their partners or constantly telephoning when they’re not together — are at greater risk for heart problems and poor mental health after their spouses die, according to new research from psychologists at Rice University. “Based on our previous work, we know that there is a link… Read more

Human behavior is typically elucidated in terms of unseen entities such as motivation, curiosity, anxiety and confidence. What has been unclear is whether these mental entities are coded by specific neurons in specific areas of the brain. Professor Adam Kepecs at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has answered some of these questions in new research. The… Read more

Intensive crisis intervention (ICI) is a promising alternative to lengthy hospitalization, new research shows. The findings[1] also revealed significant reductions in suicidal ideation at the three-month follow-up. When an adolescent is acutely suicidal and cannot safely remain in the community, inpatient psychiatric hospitalization is the traditional intervention. But a lack of appropriate facilities across the… Read more