A whole new way of thinking about memory consolidation theory

10 October 2012
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A recent study at the UCLA has demonstrated that there is persistent activity within the entorhinal cortex during sleep, and charted the sequence of neurone influence through differing areas of the brain.  “The big surprise here is that this kind of persistent activity is happening during sleep, pretty much all the time.” “This is a whole new way of thinking about memory consolidation theory. We found there is a new player involved in this process and it’s having an enormous impact” Mayank R. Mehta, UCLA (The whole article is available on Nature Neuroscience) Read...

Can you compete under pressure?

08 October 2012
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‘Can you compete under pressure?’ aims to be the biggest ever study of the psychology of pressure. By analysing the data from those who take part, the scientists who designed it aim to shine unprecedented light on what affects performance under pressure. In doing so, they’ll discover something new about pressure in sport and in everyday life. Click here to take part in the 20 minute online test with the BBC Click here to take part in the 10 minute Connecting Minds Network international mental heath research

Aspergers and ADHD patients to have doctors appointments over Skype

06 October 2012
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Northamptonshire NHS trust has adopted the use of Skype video calling to enable patients suffering from either Aspergers or ADHD to talk with their doctor from the comfort of their own home. It is hoped that the practice will help cut the 10% of missed NHS medical appointments and is already being adopted by other trusts. The full article can be found here.

Kids’ lack of self-control tied to extra weight

21 September 2012
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Preschoolers who had less patience and worse self-control while waiting for treats in a classic behavior study ended up weighing slightly more as adults, a new analysis shows. Read more

Childhood trauma hikes the risk of impulsive and addictive behaviour

18 September 2012
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New research from the University of Cambridge suggests a traumatic upbringing during childhood can lead to personality traits such as impulsivity or compulsiveness. Impulsivity or compulsiveness, in turn, are linked to an increased risk of addiction. In the study, Cambridge researchers aimed to identify risk factors that make a person vulnerable to developing drug dependence. They examined 50 adults with cocaine dependence together with their biological brothers and sisters who have never abused drugs. All participants underwent extensive assessments of their personalities, including their ways...

Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits

17 September 2012
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From the NYT Well-Blog: When children learn to play a musical instrument, they strengthen a range of auditory skills. Recent studies suggest that these benefits extend all through life, at least for those who continue to be engaged with music. But a study published last month is the first to show that music lessons in childhood may lead to changes in the brain that persist years after the lessons stop. Researchers at Northwestern University recorded the auditory brainstem responses of college students — that is to say, their electrical brain waves — in response to complex sounds. The group...

Study links spanking to mental illness

24 July 2012
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A recent study has shown that spanking can cause mental illness in children. Read more here…

Piaget’s developmental stages on video

03 May 2012
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1) Piaget’s stages. 2) Piaget – Stage 2 – Preoperational – Lack of Conservation. 3) Piaget egocentricism experience.

Reading Piaget

03 May 2012
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Despite a recent revival and many studies in neuroscience validating some of the fundamental Piagetian concepts, Jean Piaget has almost disappeared from undergraduate programmes. The Jean Piaget Society provides a very interesting list of publications for psychology students which we recommend. Resources for psychology students

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