For kids with autism, sights and sounds are disjoined

16 January 2014
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The world for children with autism may resemble watching a movie with the audio out of sync. New research shows these children have trouble putting together what they see with what they hear, and that these deficits may underlie their speech and communication problems. For most people, the signals arriving in the brain from the ears and the eyes within a time window of 100 to 200 milliseconds, are put together, to form one perception. For example, hearing the sound of a word and seeing the movement of lips together creates the perception of a spoken word. The new study showed that in children with...

Heavy drinking tied to faster mental decline in men

16 January 2014
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Nearly 80,000 people die as a result of drinking alcohol each year in North and Latin America, according to a new study published Tuesday in the Journal Addiction. Researchers looked at alcohol as the cause of death by examining death certificates, over a two-year period in 16 North and Latin American countries. Men accounted for 84% of alcohol-related deaths. Maristela Monteiro, study author and a senior advisor on alcohol and substance abuse at the Pan American Health Organization, says people are drinking too much and “it’s killing people before they should be dying.” “These...

How sex affects intelligence, and vice versa

15 January 2014
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macieklew/flickr/wikimedia Forget mindfulness meditation, computerized working-memory training, and learning a musical instrument; all methods recently shown by scientists to increase intelligence. There could be an easier answer. It turns out that sex might actually make you smarter. Researchers in Maryland and South Korea recently found that sexual activity in mice and rats improves mental performance and increases neurogenesis (the production of new neurons) in the hippocampus, where long-term memories are formed. In April, a team from the University of Maryland reported that middle-aged rats...

Cognitive training aids in long-term function in older people

15 January 2014
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The average age of participants in the study, which was conducted by a group of scientists from across the nation, was nearly 74 when the study began; three-quarters of the participants were white and one-quarter were African American. All participants were relatively healthy and lived in their communities as opposed to nursing homes or other institutions. Training was conducted in small groups in 10 sessions of 60 to 75 minutes each over five to six weeks, and it included exercises such as memorizing lists, detecting patterns in number series and becoming faster at using a touch-screen program....

Is sexism part of military academies’ culture?

15 January 2014
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Students at the U.S. military academies often believe they have to put up with sexist and offensive behavior, according to a Pentagon report released Friday, reflecting a culture of disrespect that permeates the schools and their sports teams and fuels reports of sexual harassment and assaults. The report points to scandals involving sports teams at all three academies during the last school year as examples of the problems, and it urges leaders to do more to improve training and prevention programs. The issue of sexual assaults has gripped the military in the last year after a series of high-profile...

Is sexism part of military academies’ culture?

14 January 2014
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Students at the U.S. military academies often believe they have to put up with sexist and offensive behavior, according to a Pentagon report released Friday, reflecting a culture of disrespect that permeates the schools and their sports teams and fuels reports of sexual harassment and assaults. The report points to scandals involving sports teams at all three academies during the last school year as examples of the problems, and it urges leaders to do more to improve training and prevention programs. The issue of sexual assaults has gripped the military in the last year after a series of high-profile...

Is sexism part of military academies’ culture?

13 January 2014
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Students at the U.S. military academies often believe they have to put up with sexist and offensive behavior, according to a Pentagon report released Friday, reflecting a culture of disrespect that permeates the schools and their sports teams and fuels reports of sexual harassment and assaults. The report points to scandals involving sports teams at all three academies during the last school year as examples of the problems, and it urges leaders to do more to improve training and prevention programs. The issue of sexual assaults has gripped the military in the last year after a series of high-profile...

Is sexism part of military academies’ culture?

13 January 2014
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Students at the U.S. military academies often believe they have to put up with sexist and offensive behavior, according to a Pentagon report released Friday, reflecting a culture of disrespect that permeates the schools and their sports teams and fuels reports of sexual harassment and assaults. The report points to scandals involving sports teams at all three academies during the last school year as examples of the problems, and it urges leaders to do more to improve training and prevention programs. The issue of sexual assaults has gripped the military in the last year after a series of high-profile...

Is sexism part of military academies’ culture?

12 January 2014
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Students at the U.S. military academies often believe they have to put up with sexist and offensive behavior, according to a Pentagon report released Friday, reflecting a culture of disrespect that permeates the schools and their sports teams and fuels reports of sexual harassment and assaults. The report points to scandals involving sports teams at all three academies during the last school year as examples of the problems, and it urges leaders to do more to improve training and prevention programs. The issue of sexual assaults has gripped the military in the last year after a series of high-profile...

Is sexism part of military academies’ culture?

11 January 2014
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Students at the U.S. military academies often believe they have to put up with sexist and offensive behavior, according to a Pentagon report released Friday, reflecting a culture of disrespect that permeates the schools and their sports teams and fuels reports of sexual harassment and assaults. The report points to scandals involving sports teams at all three academies during the last school year as examples of the problems, and it urges leaders to do more to improve training and prevention programs. The issue of sexual assaults has gripped the military in the last year after a series of high-profile...

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