memory and perception

Some Mind-Body Therapies May Cut Opioid Use for Pain

Some Mind-Body Therapies May Cut Opioid Use for Pain

In the first meta-analysis of scientific literature on the role of mind-body therapies in addressing opioid-treated pain, researchers have found that some of these treatments can reduce pain.
Childhood Thinking Skills May Predict Cognition at 70

Childhood Thinking Skills May Predict Cognition at 70

How well eight-year-olds perform on a cognitive test may help predict how well they score on tests of thinking and memory when they are 70 years old, according to a...
Genetic Rarity Points the Way to Eluding Alzheimer’s – Perhaps For Decades

Genetic Rarity Points the Way to Eluding Alzheimer’s – Perhaps For Decades

In a big Colombian extended family that had long suffered the terrible genetic legacy of early onset Alzheimer’s disease, one woman at high risk remained dementia-free for decades beyond
2nd Generation Dementia Patients Diagnosed Earlier Than Parents

2nd Generation Dementia Patients Diagnosed Earlier Than Parents

A new study reveals that people with dementia whose parents also had dementia tend to develop symptoms an average of six years earlier than their parents. Factors such as education,...
High-Intensity Exercise Can Improve Memory in Older Adults

High-Intensity Exercise Can Improve Memory in Older Adults

A new Canadian study shows that high-intensity workouts can improve memory in older adults. The researchers believe the study has widespread implications for preventing dementia, a catastrophic
Old Brain Injury May be Cause of Dementia, Not Alzheimer’s

Old Brain Injury May be Cause of Dementia, Not Alzheimer’s

A new study suggests MRI scans can help to determine if memory loss is caused by Alzheimer’s disease or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Researchers say the differentiation is important because...
New Method for Tracking Self-Injury and Suicide IDs Risk Factors

New Method for Tracking Self-Injury and Suicide IDs Risk Factors

New research on self-injury mortality (SIM) promotes an improved method to examine national trends for current epidemics of suicide and drug-related deaths. The SIM study compared trends among
Self-Control Not the Same as Sacrificing Pleasure

Self-Control Not the Same as Sacrificing Pleasure

A new study suggests an indulgent dietary choice does not necessarily equate to a lack of self-control. Specifically, a decision to eat chocolate cake instead of carrot sticks is not...
Similar Brain Circuits Associated with Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Similar Brain Circuits Associated with Mood and Anxiety Disorders

For the first time, researchers have found evidence that individuals with mood and anxiety disorders share the same abnormalities in regions of the brain involved in emotional and cognitive
Early Retirement Can Accelerate Cognitive Decline

Early Retirement Can Accelerate Cognitive Decline

A new study of older adults in China suggests that early retirement can accelerate cognitive decline. With a higher life expectancy and decline in fertility in developing countries, the elderly...
Genetics May Someday Predict Risk of Stress-Related Depression

Genetics May Someday Predict Risk of Stress-Related Depression

Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes a variety of severe symptoms that affect all aspects of everyday life. To complicate matters, the reason people become depressed...
Early Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease May Pose Risk of Financial Problems

Early Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease May Pose Risk of Financial Problems

People in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease before diagnosis face a greater risk of adverse financial outcomes, according to a new study published in the journal Health Economics. The...
Young Moms May Be More Likely to Have Kids with ADHD

Young Moms May Be More Likely to Have Kids with ADHD

A new study finds that young moms, particularly those under the age of 20, are more likely to have a child with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). For the study, researchers...
Breaking Up Negative Thoughts May Ward Off Relapse of Depression

Breaking Up Negative Thoughts May Ward Off Relapse of Depression

Norwegian researchers have found that a specific type of therapy – termed metacognition – significantly reduces the risk of relapse. Metacognitive therapy involves teaching patients not to respond to

Teens in Contact Sports May Not Be at Greater Risk for Future Cognitive, Mental Health Issues

Youth who play contact sports, including football, appear no more likely to experience cognitive dysfunction, depression or suicidal thoughts in early adulthood than their peers who don’t play contact
Good Heart Health Can Lead to Good Brain Health

Good Heart Health Can Lead to Good Brain Health

Emerging research suggests paying attention to cardiovascular health can provide a double benefit as good heart health is related to good brain health. Emory University researchers studied twin
Intrusive Police Stops of Youth Can Lead to Traumatic Stress, Stigma

Intrusive Police Stops of Youth Can Lead to Traumatic Stress, Stigma

New research, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, finds that young people who have been subjected to intrusive police stops are at risk of heightened emotional distress. According to...
Hope Can Aid in Recovery from Anxiety Disorders

Hope Can Aid in Recovery from Anxiety Disorders

New research suggests hope is a trait that can predict resilience and recovery from anxiety disorders. In a new study, clinical psychologist Dr. Matthew Gallager and colleagues examined the role...
Extended Hormone Therapy During Menopause Aids Cognition

Extended Hormone Therapy During Menopause Aids Cognition

Emerging research suggests a longer period of estrogen replacement therapy provides a prolonged cognitive benefit. However, investigators acknowledge that the risk-to-benefit balance of hormone
Rest After Trauma May Help Decrease PTSD Symptoms

Rest After Trauma May Help Decrease PTSD Symptoms

New research suggests a period of rest following a traumatic event can help reduce the subsequent development of involuntary “memory intrusions,” a frequent symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder.