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How the brain builds panoramic memory

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) MIT neuroscientists have identified two brain regions that are involved in creating panoramic memories. These brain regions, known as the OPA and RSC, help us to merge fleeting views of our surroundings into a seamless, 360-degree panorama.

Study reveals how new experiences boost memory formation

(University of Edinburgh) Most people remember where they were when the twin towers collapsed in New York. New research reveals why that may be the case. A study led by the University of Edinburgh has shed new light on the biological mechanisms that drive the process, known as flashbulb memory.

Borderline personality disorder -- as scientific understanding increases, improved clinical management needed

(Wolters Kluwer Health) Even as researchers gain new insights into the neurobiology of borderline personality disorder (BPD), there's a pressing need to improve diagnosis and management of this devastating psychiatric condition. A scientific...Show More Summary

New suicide prevention strategies for homosexual and transgender youth

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Homosexual, bisexual, and transgender youth tend to have a higher risk for suicide-related thoughts and behaviors, but research on interventions to prevent suicide among sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth has been limited. Show More Summary

Researchers uncover new potential genetic links to common brain disorder

(University of Maryland School of Medicine) An international group of researchers has for the first time identified a set of 30 inherited recessive genes that play a role in intellectual disability, a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects as many as 213 million people around the world.

Curious travelers: Your pictures can help preserve world heritage

(University of Bradford) Archaeologists from the UK are calling on members of the public to help them preserve the legacy of some of the world's most important monuments and historic sites, including those most at risk in Syria and Libya.

'Deeply unsettling' weight discrimination in the workplace highlighted

(University of Strathclyde) Women face weight-based prejudice in the workplace -- even when their body mass index is within the healthy range, research led by a University of Strathclyde academic has found.

Hip fractures: Most elderly unlikely to fully recover

(Springer) One in every two older persons who have suffered a hip fracture will never be as physically active and independent as they were before. The odds are even lower for the very old and those with dementia or other ailments, says Victoria Tang of the University of California in the US. Show More Summary

Pet therapy can combat homesickness

(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) The expression dog is man's best friend might have more weight in the case of first-year university students suffering from homesickness, according to a new UBC study.The study shows that animal-assisted therapy can help students combat homesickness and could be a useful tool in lowering post-secondary drop-out rates.

Negative experiences on Facebook linked to increased depression risk in young adults

(Brown University) A unique new study of young adults finds that negative experiences on Facebook may increase the risk of depressive symptoms, suggesting that online social interactions have important consequences for mental health...

in defense of shameless self-promotion

To be honest, much of this blog is just a shameless exercise in self-promotion. But still, there remains the question – why self-promote at all? Should you be a shameless self-promoter? First, start with the question – do I need promotion, especially shameless self-promotion? Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. Some of us are just […]

Politics, Civility and Social Change

By Karen Sternheimer A friend of mine recently announced that she would not log onto Facebook until after the presidential election is over in November, tired of the political rhetoric from her many Facebook friends across the political spectrum. It...

Why I Voted for Jeremy Corbyn

In last year's Labour leadership contest and after much shilly-shallying, my vote went to Yvette Cooper. This year there was no hesitation: I duly ticked the box for Jeremy Corbyn. The passage from the poster woman for "sensible" managerial politics to Corbynism might be puzzling for some, so here are my reasons. Show More Summary

For arts nonprofits, attendance at events unlikely to influence donors

(University of Missouri-Columbia) New research from the University of Missouri finds no evidence to support the idea that donors are influenced by performance measures such as high attendance numbers; in fact, large audience numbers may actually lead to fewer donations.

Lengthy ER visits for psychiatric patients often result in transfer, not treatment

(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) A new study found that people who visit emergency rooms for mental health care were transferred to another facility at six times the rate of people who visit ERs for non-psychiatric conditions, and could wait almost two hours longer. Show More Summary

JNeurosci: Highlights from the Sept. 7 issue

(Society for Neuroscience) Check out these newsworthy studies from the Sept. 7, 2016, issue of JNeurosci. Media interested in obtaining the full text of the studies should contact

Posting personal experiences on social media may help you remember them in the future

(Cornell University) A new study -- the first to look at social media's effect on memory -- suggests posting personal experiences on social media makes those events much easier to recall.

Feeling they are part of a group increased preschoolers' interest, success in STEM

(University of Washington) A new study by University of Washington researchers found that preschoolers were more engaged and did better on STEM-related tasks when they felt they were part of a group, versus doing the tasks on their ...

College educated more likely to use e-cigs to quit cigarette smoking

(Georgia State University) Users of both electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and cigarettes may be more intent on quitting tobacco, but that intention seems to drop off among less educated smokers, according to a study by Georgia State University researchers published in the journal Addictive Behaviors.

Early-life language stimulation, skills may prevent childhood depression

(University of Missouri-Columbia) Researchers found that children who experience low levels of language learning stimulation beginning at three years of age are more likely to experience language delays by first grade and are three times more likely to develop depression by third grade.

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