Ritalin boosts learning by increasing brain plasticity
Doctors treat millions of children with Ritalin every year to improve their ability to focus on tasks, but scientists now report that Ritalin also directly enhances the speed of learning.
Gamers may not be desensitized by violent video games: study
(PhysOrg.com) -- Violent video games such as Grand Theft Auto may not desensitize players to negative situations or events, suggest psychology researchers from Ryerson University.
Highlight: The brain seconds that emotion
Smells from your childhood kitchen, the sight of friends and family in old photographs, the feel of a well-worn flannel shirt…all these sensory experiences can conjure up powerful memories.
Building Fit Minds Under Stress: Neuroscientists Examine the Protective Effects of Mindfulness Training
(PhysOrg.com) -- A University of Pennsylvania-led study in which training was provided to a high-stress U.S. military group preparing for deployment to Iraq has demonstrated a positive link between mindfulness training, or ...
To remember the good times, reach for the sky
A study published in the April issue of Cognition shows that motor actions can partly determine people's emotional memories. Moving marbles upward caused participants to remember more positive life experiences, and moving ...
Research suggests new ways to boost cognitive performance of older adults
(PhysOrg.com) -- Oscar Wilde once quipped, "The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy." Many would write this statement ...
Older adults control emotions more easily than young adults
With age comes the ability to better regulate emotions in order to not disrupt performance on a memory-intensive task, according to a study published in the March issue of the journal Psychology and Aging.
Dietary fats trigger long-term memory formation
Having strong memories of that rich, delicious dessert you ate last night? If so, you shouldn't feel like a glutton. It's only natural.
Non-invasive technique blocks a conditioned fear in humans
Scientists have for the first time selectively blocked a conditioned fear memory in humans with a behavioral manipulation. Participants remained free of the fear memory for at least a year. The research builds on emerging ...
Link Between Poor Sleep and Poor Learning in Older Adults Investigated
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are trying to decode why aging prevents sleep from enhancing memory. Rebecca Spencer, assistant professor of psychology, says she is trying to isolate ...
Adults recall negative events less accurately than children
(PhysOrg.com) -- Emotions -- particularly those provoked by negative events -- can cause distorted, inaccurate memories, but less often in children than in adults, according to a new Cornell study.
Restoring emotional memory in a rat model of major depressive disorder
Deficits in emotional memory processing associated with major depressive disorder (MDD) are shown to be reversible by distinct antidepressants, shows researchers at Karolinska Institutet in an animal study.
Negative emotion more likely to cause false memories, researchers find
Remembering negative events tends to result in more false memories than remembering neutral events, according to Cornell professor of human development Charles Brainerd.
Older adults remember the good times
Despite the aches and pains that occur in old age, many older adults maintain a positive outlook, remembering the positive experiences from their past. A new study, reported in the April 2010 issue of Elsevier's Cortex, reveal ...