Why women buy magazines that promote impossible body images

A new study reveals the secret of how some fashion and beauty magazines continue to attract devoted audiences, even though they glamorize super-thin models that would seem to taunt normal-sized women.

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New knowledge about human brain's plasticity

The brain's plasticity and its adaptability to new situations do not function the way researchers previously thought, according to a new study. Earlier theories are based on laboratory animals, but now researchers have studied the human brain, and ...

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Direct brain interface between humans

University of Washington researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of people as part of a scientific study following the team's initial demonstration a year ago. In the newly published study, which ...

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Can love make us mean?

Empathy is among humanity’s defining characteristics. Understanding another person’s plight can inspire gentle emotions and encourage nurturing behaviors. Yet under certain circumstances, feelings of warmth, tenderness and sympathy can in fact ...

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Thinking about the long-term impact of your food choices may help ...

A new study adds evidence to the current thinking that individuals with obesity can successfully reduce cravings using distract tasks. For this study, researchers tested the effects of three, 30-second distraction techniques to reduce cravings for ...

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Does brain training actually work?

Brain training is a hot topic. It’s a million-dollar business and its popularity is still increasing. We have been interested in increasing people’s intelligence since the study of intelligence, but computerized brain training is a relatively ...

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The unexpected effect of comfort food on bad moods

Contrary to what most people believe, comfort food does not improve a low mood, a new study finds.

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Brain anatomy differences between autistic, typically developing ...

In the largest MRI study to date, researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Carnegie Mellon University have shown that the brain anatomy in MRI scans of people with autism above age six is mostly indistinguishable from that of ...

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Short and fun exercise sessions improve class behaviour

A new Canadian study shows that brief bouts of physical activity can improve behavior in the classroom for primary school students.

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Computer game could help visually impaired children live independently

A new computer game is being test that researchers hope could hold the key to helping visually-impaired children lead independent lives. Developed by a team of neuroscientists and video game designers, the Eyelander game features exploding ...

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New tools sought to assess cognitive growth in intellectually disabled

A new initiative seeks to improve the assessment of cognitive development among people with an intellectual disability. Better methods to evaluate changes in status are critical for the development of new treatments and programs.

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The trouble with modern friendship

Few ideas from social science have burrowed their way into the public imagination like Dunbar's Number, the famous finding that we humans can't cope with a social circle much larger than 150 people. To accumulate 1,000 Facebook friends, Dunbar's ...

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People often tweak moral values in self interest

People are quick to change their moral values based on self interest and how much cash they are likely to receive, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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Conforming is uniquely human

Conforming just to fit in is a trait unique to humans and often begins in early childhood, according to new research published in the journal Psychological Science. In fact, it is nonexistent in apes.

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The type of daydreaming that makes the mind more efficient

Daydreaming and mind-wandering can have positive effects on mental performance in the right circumstances, a new study finds.

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