Having raised levels of inflammation in your body, which is generally caused by the immune system’s response to infection or injury, can skew your judgment to focus more on present rewards, and on instant gratification. If further research backs this up, there could be wide-ranging implications not only for understanding why some people are more impulsive than others, but even for treating substance abuse. This adds to the growing body of research demonstrating that the internal, physiological condition of the body plays an important role in modulating decision-making and behaviour.
Just 16 minutes shaved off your regular sleep routine can dramatically impact job performance the next day. A new study shows that slight dip of sleep causes workers to have poor judgement and fall off-task. Workplaces need to make more efforts to promote their employees' sleep. Good sleepers may be better performers at work due to greater ability to stay focused an on-task with fewer errors and interpersonal conflicts.
Study highlights that uninterrupted sitting should be avoided to maintain optimal cognition across the day, and that moderate-intensity exercise such as a brisk walk should be encouraged for the daily maintenance of brain health.
Study shows that how we feel in our close relationships is influenced by more than just our shared experiences with our partners over time.
Study provides a mechanism for sex-based differences in social behaviors and suggests that differences in androgen and endocannabinoid signaling may contribute to individual differences in brain development and thus behavioral differences among people.
Testosterone’s effects on human aggression are likely AR [androgen receptor] dependent.
Musical training produces lasting improvements to a cognitive mechanism that helps individuals be more attentive and less likely to be distracted by irrelevant stimuli while performing demanding tasks. Notably, the more years of training musicians have, the more efficient they are at controlling their attention.
sleep duration and satisfaction is decreased up to six years after giving birth for both parents.
The part of the brain responsible for the fight-or-flight response also plays a key role in unconsciously processing a face’s trustworthiness – in a matter of milliseconds. The amygdala is processing untrustworthiness as if it were a threat. In 33 milliseconds we decide whether or not we can trust someone. Something that someone unconsciously decides in an instant could take a long time to overcome.
We notice a voice much faster when it is considered threatening than when it is perceived as normal or happy. Our attention is more focused on threatening voices to enable us to clearly recognize the location of the potential threat.
Social status determined how individual macaques responded to a key stress hormone, glucocorticoid.
The potentially fatal effects of blows to the chest are believed to be the result of rapid strains that adversely interfere with the transmission of electrical impulses thereby causing disruption of the heartbeat. The same interactions are thought to underlie the rescue of patients in cardiac arrest by an appropriately timed thump to the chest.
Repeated exposure to the acute effects of exercise may contribute to the fight against cancer. Exercise may play a role in inhibiting the growth of colon cancer cells. After an acute bout of HIIT there were specific increases in inflammation immediately after exercise, which are hypothesised to be involved in reducing the number of cancer cells.
Humans have a ''disproportionately huge effect'' on the other species of vertebrates that share Earth's surface with us, causing more than 25 percent of the deaths among an array of species all over the globe, according to a recently published study.
The decision to have a child is primarily an emotional one and often in India, a cultural pressure to which most people succumb. But as resources are being stretched to breaking point, it is evident that the uncomfortable truth associated with overpopulation is crossing people’s minds and motivating some to not contribute further to the problems. A study published in Environmental Research Letters equates the impact of having one fewer child to reducing 58 metric tonnes of CO2 for each year of the parent’s life. Other helpful ways to reduce one’s carbon footprint pale in comparison. Going car-free saves emissions by 2.4 metric tonnes and eating a plant-based diet 0.82 metric tonnes.
Today, Bad Kissingen has rebranded itself as the world’s first ChronoCity – a place where internal time is as important as external time, and sleep is sacrosanct.
Capsaicin has been shown to alter the expression of several genes involved in cancer cell survival, growth arrest, angiogenesis and metastasis. Recently, many research groups have found that capsaicin targets multiple signaling pathways, oncogenes and tumor-suppressor genes in various types of cancer models. Capsaicin has been shown to induce apoptosis in many different types of cancer cell lines while leaving normal cells unharmed.
More than half of cancer survivors suffer from cognitive impairment from chemotherapy that lingers for months or years after the cancer is gone.
Study shows that higher levels of vitamin D are associated with better exercise capacity.
Research provides the first evidence that magnesium may play an important role in optimizing vitamin D levels and preventing conditions related to vitamin D levels.