Walking may spark creative thinking

29 April 2014
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From artists to office workers, people in all walks of life claim that going for a stroll helps them work out ideas or overcome creative blocks, and now new research finds that stretching one’s legs really does give a mental boost.  “Many people anecdotally claim they do their best thinking when walking,” study researcher Marily Oppezzo, of Santa Clara University, said in a statement. “With this study, we finally may be taking a step or two toward discovering why.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Creative types have extolled the virtues of walking for centuries. In fact,...

The inner workings of the executive brain

29 April 2014
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Viktor Koen Take much of what you know about how the best executives make decisions. Now, forget it. For instance, we all “know” that tight deadlines lead to inspiration. Except they often don’t. Instead, they typically are counterproductive—making people less creative precisely when they need to be. Or most of us assume that when we try to solve problems, we’re drawing on the logical parts of our brains. But, in fact, great strategists seem to draw on the emotional and intuitive parts of their brain much more. These are some of the insights coming from the world of neuroimaging,...

Lower-income teens aren’t getting enough sleep

24 April 2014
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African American high school students and boys in low- to middle-income families reported short, fragmented sleep, and that could play a role in their health risks, researchers reported Monday. Anyone who’s ever lived with a teenager knows they often don’t get the eight to nine hours of sleep the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. Researchers writing in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics looked at one group of young people — those in a lower socioeconomic community. A sample of 250 students from western Pennsylvania, ages 14 to 19, took part...

Retirees who use the Internet less likely to be depressed

24 April 2014
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Older Americans who regularly spent time online were about a third less likely to suffer from depression in a new study that compared them to peers who did not use the Internet. “The largest impacts on depression were actually for those people who lived alone, so it’s really suggesting that it’s about connecting with others, eliminating isolation and loneliness,” lead study author Shelia Cotten said. Depression affects nearly eight percent of Americans over the age of 50, or between 5 and 10 million people, say the authors in The Journals...

For the children’s sake, put down that smartphone

23 April 2014
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i i Katherine Streeter for NPR It’s not just kids who are overdoing screen time. Parents are often just as guilty of spending too much time checking smartphones and e-mail — and the consequences for their children can be troubling. Dr. Jenny Radesky is a pediatrician specializing in child development. When she worked at a clinic in a high-tech savvy Seattle neighborhood, Radesky started noticing how often parents ignored their kids in favor of a mobile device. She remembers a mother placing her phone in the stroller between herself and the baby. “The baby was making faces and smiling...

For the children’s sake, put down that smartphone

22 April 2014
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i i Katherine Streeter for NPR It’s not just kids who are overdoing screen time. Parents are often just as guilty of spending too much time checking smartphones and e-mail — and the consequences for their children can be troubling. Dr. Jenny Radesky is a pediatrician specializing in child development. When she worked at a clinic in a high-tech savvy Seattle neighborhood, Radesky started noticing how often parents ignored their kids in favor of a mobile device. She remembers a mother placing her phone in the stroller between herself and the baby. “The baby was making faces and smiling...

Is sexual harassment a new normal for girls?

22 April 2014
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How a hobby could help you get a promotion

22 April 2014
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hide captionPhysicist Albert Einstein found great joy in his hobby — playing the violin. Getty Images Maybe you paint, keep a journal or knit. Or maybe you play bass in a punk rock band. Whatever hobby you have, keep at it. A little study published this week suggests that having a creative outlet outside the office might help people perform better at work. Psychologists from San Francisco State University found that the more people engaged in their hobbies, the more likely they were to come up with creative solutions to problems on the job. And no matter what the hobby was, these people were...

Apathy in older folks could signal shrinking brain

18 April 2014
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Being apathetic is usually defined as showing a lack of enthusiasm or energy. Most people who experience it say they just aren’t motivated to do anything. Although anyone in any age group can become apathetic, it has been well documented that apathy tends to affect those in their golden years. Now scientists believe that an elderly person’s lack of emotion and indifference to the world could be a sign his or her brain is shrinking. A study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology, and funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Aging, found that older folks,...

Key brain networks may differ in autism

18 April 2014
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Key Brain ‘Networks’ May Differ in Autism By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Differences in brain connectivity may help explain the social impairments common in those who have autism spectrum disorders, new research suggests. The small study compared the brains of 25 teens with an autism spectrum disorder to those of 25 typically developing teens, all aged 11 to 18. The researchers found key differences between...

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