Researchers discover why cocaine is so addictive
Mount Sinai researchers have discovered how cocaine corrupts the brain and becomes addictive. These findings -- the first to connect activation of specific neurons to alterations in cocaine reward -- were published in Science on Oct ...
Reward-driven people win more, even when no reward at stake
Whether it's for money, marbles or chalk, the brains of reward-driven people keep their game faces on, helping them win at every step of the way, even when there is no reward at stake, suggests a surprising ...
Psychopaths' brains wired to seek rewards, no matter the consequences
The brains of psychopaths appear to be wired to keep seeking a reward at any cost, new research from Vanderbilt University finds. The research uncovers the role of the brain's reward system in psychopathy ...
Scientists find first physiological evidence of brain's response to inequality
The human brain is a big believer in equality -- and a team of scientists from the California Institute of Technology and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, has become the first to gather the images to prove ...
Carrots are better than sticks for building human cooperation
Rewards go further than punishment in building human cooperation and benefiting the common good, according to research published this week in the journal Science by researchers at Harvard University and the Stockholm School ...
Brain-behavior disconnect in cocaine addiction
(PhysOrg.com) -- Parts of the brain involved in monitoring behaviors and emotions show different levels of activity in cocaine users relative to non-drug users, even when both groups perform equally well on ...
Monkeys found to wonder what might have been
(PhysOrg.com) -- Monkeys playing a game similar to "Let's Make A Deal" have revealed that their brains register missed opportunities and learn from their mistakes.
Researchers find that the unexpected is a key to human learning
The human brain's sensitivity to unexpected outcomes plays a fundamental role in the ability to adapt and learn new behaviors, according to a new study by a team of psychologists and neuroscientists from the University of ...
Study finds dogs experience runner's high similar to humans
Crowdfunding gaining momentum, study says
Crowdfunding, a practice which allows startup firms to raise money from small investors over the Internet, picked up steam in 2012 with some $2.7 billion invested, a study showed Monday.
Nothing to sneeze at: Scientists find cheating ragweed behaves better with its kin
Cheating. Conflict. Competition. It may sound like a soap opera but this is the complex life of the despised ragweed plant.
Parasitic wasps remember better if reward is greater
Two parasitic wasp species show similar memory consolidation patterns in response to rewards of different quality, providing evidence that the reward value affects the type of memory that is consolidated. ...
Immediate rewards for good scores can boost student performance
Test performance can improve dramatically if students are offered rewards just before they are given standardized tests and if they receive the incentive immediately afterward, new research at the University of Chicago shows.
Revamped Foursquare tells you where to check in
Foursquare, a location-based social media service, unveiled a revamped app Thursday that helps people find things nearby even before they ask.