Self-Awareness with a Simple Brain

Consciousness, most scientists would argue, is not a shared property of all matter in the universe. Rather consciousness is restricted to a subset of animals with relatively complex brains. The more scientists study animal behavior and brain ...

Dec 5

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Second Hand Smoke Linked to Children's Behavior Problems

In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing examined data from 646 mother-child pairs in China, where more than 70 percent of men smoke, and concluded that 25 percent children of whose ...

Dec 5

Categories: Addictions, Child and/or Adolescent Issues

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The Psychology of making Elevators Go

You press a button and wait for your elevator. How long before you get impatient and agitated? Theresa Christy says 20 seconds. As a mathematician steeped in the theories of vertical transportation at Otis Elevator Co., Ms. Christy, 55, has spent ...

Dec 5

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The Autism Advantage

When Thorkil Sonne and his wife, Annette, learned that their 3-year-old son, Lars, had autism, they did what any parent who has faith in reason and research would do: They started reading. At first they were relieved that so much was written on the ...

Dec 4

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Men and women explore the visual world differently

Everyone knows that men and women tend to hold different views on certain things. However, new research by scientists from the University of Bristol and published in PLoS ONE indicates that this may literally be the case. Researchers examined where ...

Dec 4

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How does drawing improve children's mood?

Watch a child draw and they can seem so absorbed, their brow furrowed in blissful concentration. It seems an ideal way for them to cope with negative emotion. But what's the best approach - should they draw about what's upsetting them ("venting"), ...

Dec 3

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Origin of intelligence and mental illness linked to ancient genetic ...

Scientists believe that the same genes that improved our mental capacity are also responsible for a number of brain disorders. "This ground breaking work has implications for how we understand the emergence of psychiatric disorders and will offer ...

Dec 3

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Laughter as a Form of Exercise

Is laughter a kind of exercise? That offbeat question is at the heart of a new study of laughing and pain that emphasizes how unexpectedly entwined our bodies and emotions can be. For the study, which was published this year in Proceedings of the ...

Dec 3

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Best Gifts for Children Don't Require Dazzling Technology

Even before the holiday tree is taken down, the child in your life begins to lose interest in the expensive electronic toys that set you back a big chunk of money and hours in long lines. Maybe you made a vow not to repeat this same gift-giving ...

Dec 1

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Grin and bear it

Have you ever been in a terrible mood, and someone tells you to smile? It usually doesn't make your mood any better to be TOLD to smile, but what if you actually DO smile? Does it help? Well, according to this paper, actually smiling may really ...

Dec 1

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Inviting customer complaints can kill business: UBC research

Giving customers a chance to complain can be a bad idea if customers believe they’re to blame for a product’s failure, a new study from the Sauder School of Business at UBC shows. “It’s commonly assumed that giving customers a chance to ...

Dec 1

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Wired S. Korea to stem digital addiction from age 3

Park Jung-in, an 11-year-old South Korean, sleeps with her Android smartphone instead of a teddy bear. When the screen beams with a morning alarm, she wakes up, picks up her glasses and scrolls through tens of unread messages from friends, shaking ...

Nov 30

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Infographics on Special Education



Interesting inforgraphics on Special Education for Children with disabilities.

Nov 30

Categories: Academic Issues, Autism spectrum disorders, Developmental Disorders ...

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Lonely elderly 'don't want to impose' on busy neighbours, study finds

The most common reasons given by elderly people for not getting to know those living close to them was that younger neighbours “always seem to be so busy” or that they did not wish to be a burden. Overall about 3.5 million people over 65 get ...

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Cell Phone Addiction Similar to Compulsive Buying and Credit Card ...

Cell phone and instant messaging addictions are driven by materialism and impulsiveness and can be compared to consumption pathologies like compulsive buying and credit card misuse, according to a Baylor University study in the Journal of Behavioral ...

Nov 29

Categories: Addictions

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