Researchers found that our brains may solidify the memories of new skills we just practiced a few seconds earlier by taking a short rest. The results highlight the critically important role rest may play in learning.
It turns out that the processes of both creating art and experiencing beauty net neural benefits.
Researchers are finding that brain changes that occur after a single workout are predictive of what happens with sustained physical training over time.
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.
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.
A study published recently in Current Biology has found that most of the improvement while learning a motor task comes not while actually practicing, but instead during the breaks between practice sessions.
Sensitivity to facial cues for fear and anger decrease as people age, but the ability to detect happiness cues stays the same.
The decisions of those scoring high in smartphone addiction are guided more by the search for rewards than the avoidance of punishments. This could help to maintain and even worsen their addiction, and contribute to sliding academic performance and deteriorating social relationships.
Our attitudes can be influenced not only by what we actually experience but also by what we imagine.
Researchers found that even if people weren't good at it, drawing, as a method to help retain new information, was better than re-writing notes, visualization exercises or passively looking at images.
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.
Researchers have found bees can do basic mathematics, in a discovery that expands our understanding of the relationship between brain size and brain power. The revelation that even the miniature brain of a honeybee can grasp basic mathematical operations has implications for the future development of Artificial Intelligence, particularly in improving rapid learning.
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.
More than half of cancer survivors suffer from cognitive impairment from chemotherapy that lingers for months or years after the cancer is gone.
Education can be leveraged to help enhance an individual's economic decision-making quality or economic rationality.
Individuals with a higher amygdala volume may be more anxious about the negative consequences of an action -- they tend to hesitate and put off things.
Study finds that people who live in areas with high levels of air pollution also report higher levels of psychological distress.
Research shows that using the legs, particularly in weight-bearing exercise, sends signals to the brain that are vital for the production of healthy neural cells, essential for the brain and nervous system.