memory and perception

Sharing Your Goals is Fine – With The Right Person

Sharing Your Goals is Fine – With The Right Person

In a new series of studies, investigators discovered people showed greater goal commitment and performance when they told their goal to someone they believed had higher status than themselves. Ohio...
Happy Couples May Just Argue Smarter

Happy Couples May Just Argue Smarter

Even the happiest couples argue, and new research suggests those couples judiciously pick their fights, choosing issues that have clear solutions. A focus on more solvable problems may serve as...
Blood Pressure Drug May Improve Brain Function in Autism

Blood Pressure Drug May Improve Brain Function in Autism

A new pilot study finds that propranolol — a beta-blocker drug commonly prescribed to lower heart rate, control blood pressure and/or reduce physical anxiety could provide cognitive and social
Advice For Introverts: Faking Extraversion Could Make You Happier

Advice For Introverts: Faking Extraversion Could Make You Happier

Emerging research may provide sage advice for introverts as investigators discovered “forced extraversion” for a prolonged time period improves well-being. So, for introverts, faking it as an

Life Helper: Don’t Make Major Decisions When Hungry

New research from Scotland supports the notion that hunger can influence our thoughts — and suggesting that we delay making important decisions when we are hungry. Researchers from the University...
Smartphone Games Used to Detect Cognitive Decline

Smartphone Games Used to Detect Cognitive Decline

A new study from the U.K. finds that popular cellphones games could provide a new tool to help doctors spot early signs of cognitive decline. Cognitive decline refers to the...
Drinking Tea May Improve Brain Health

Drinking Tea May Improve Brain Health

Regular tea drinkers have better organized brain regions compared to non-tea drinkers, according to a new study led by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS). In particular,
Routine Sparring in Boxing Tied to Short-Term Cognitive Problems

Routine Sparring in Boxing Tied to Short-Term Cognitive Problems

Routine sparring in boxing can lead to short-term impairments in brain-to-muscle communication and decreased memory performance, according to a new study from the University of Stirling in Scotland.
Distractions Can Change Perceptions of What is Real

Distractions Can Change Perceptions of What is Real

A new study shows that distractions might change our perception of what’s real, making us believe we saw something different from what we actually saw. “We wanted to find out...
Teen Fun-Seeking Has Social Risks and Benefits

Teen Fun-Seeking Has Social Risks and Benefits

A new study finds that participation in risky behavior during adolescence can lead to more risk taking, but it may also lead to an enhanced concern for the rights, feelings...
Parent Burnout Not Good for Parent or Child

Parent Burnout Not Good for Parent or Child

For most people, the term “burnout” is associated with a job or career, but new research now suggests individuals can become burnt out when the daily stress of parenting becomes...
Political Extremism Tied to Low Levels of Cognitive Flexibility

Political Extremism Tied to Low Levels of Cognitive Flexibility

People who identify more strongly with a political group or ideology tend to share an underlying psychological trait: mental rigidity, or low levels of cognitive flexibility, according to a new...
How Adults Deal With Success & Failure Can Help Foster Kids’ Persistence

How Adults Deal With Success & Failure Can Help Foster Kids’ Persistence

A new study explores ways in which parents and educators can help foster persistence in children before they begin formal schooling. Researchers looked at the interactions of preschool-age children
For Most People, Narcissism Declines with Age

For Most People, Narcissism Declines with Age

Narcissism is a personality trait associated with the belief that one is smarter, better looking, more successful and more deserving than others. New research finds that in most cases, this...
Lemon Scent May Bolster Body Image

Lemon Scent May Bolster Body Image

The scent of a lemon may improve a person’s body image, according to a new study led by the University of Sussex in England. The findings, presented at the 17th...
Mindfulness Training Improves Middle School Academic Performance

Mindfulness Training Improves Middle School Academic Performance

Emerging research suggests mindfulness training can improve academic performance, decrease incidence of school conduct disorders and relieve stress among adolescents. In two new studies, MIT
Diet Friendly to Gut Microbiome May Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

Diet Friendly to Gut Microbiome May Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

A small pilot study suggests that Alzheimer’s disease is linked to specific changes in gut bacteria, and that a type of ketogenic-Mediterranean diet can affect the gut microbiome in ways...
Autism Study Finds Extra Speech Exposure Helpful for All Kids

Autism Study Finds Extra Speech Exposure Helpful for All Kids

New research on language skills development suggests that all children can benefit from exposure to more speech from their caregivers. The study is the first to extend research about the...
Posting a ‘Posie’ Rather than ‘Selfie’ Is Best for Impression Management

Posting a ‘Posie’ Rather than ‘Selfie’ Is Best for Impression Management

If the way others perceive you is important, then you may want to rethink the way you visually present yourself on social media. At least, that is the lesson learned...
Teen Use of The Pill May Hike Risk of Depression

Teen Use of The Pill May Hike Risk of Depression

A new study suggests women who used oral contraceptives during adolescence are more likely to develop depression as adults. Researchers from the University of British Columbia found teenage birth