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...

One quarter of the British workforce have been diagnosed as depressed

09 October 2012
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Despite the highest diagnosed rate of depression in Europe, British workers may be no more likely to suffer from the condition then those in other European countries. Do the results of this study really indicate that the NHS is just better at diagnosing patients with depression? If 26% of the population have been diagnosed, what is the real number of sufferers? “People themselves have got better at recognising it, and doctors have got better at diagnosing it and supporting patients.” Emer O’Neill, chief executive of Depression Alliance Read more in the Telegraph

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

Illuminating the mythology of the mind

08 October 2012
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Tonight is your chance to discover the truth behind the popular myths about our minds. Does listening to Mozart during infancy improve intelligence, do people behave differently during the full moon? Claudia Hammond presents Mind Myths on BBC Radio 4 at 21.00 GMT and explains all! Read more here.

Mental health workers depressed by discrimination from managers

07 October 2012
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Findings from the study, funded by the UK Department of Health, shows that mental health workers suffer higher levels of anxiety, depression and emotional exhaustion from prejudiced interaction with managers, and to a lesser extent from patient visitors, than from discrimination from patients. “Aggression from relatives and other visitors is, like aggression from managers, viewed as reflecting badly on the procedures and fairness of the organisation. However, aggression from patients is not readily attributed to failings in the organisation,”  Professor Stephen Wood, University of...

Research shows that texting and driving don’t go well together

24 August 2012
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Communications professor Zheng Wang of Ohio State University found that when subjects were hit with two visual challenges — concentrating on images on a computer screen while text messaging — their performance plummeted. Their visual capacity was, to some degree, overwhelmed. Their performance also suffered if they concentrated on the images while talking on the phone, thus using different sources of stimuli, audio and visual. But it was not nearly as difficult as when both challenges were of the same type. Read more…

Why some people leap in front of bullets?

23 August 2012
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Two researchers Selwyn Becker and Alice Eagly published in the journal American Psychologist in 2004, that the idea of heroism exists in virtually every human culture ever recorded — from cave paintings and folklore to the dawn of literature and right up to, say, “The Dark Knight Rises.” This might explain why heroism is part of human nature and explain our beahviour when faced with danger in a group situation. Read more… Or watch the video of two children heroes following an attack on their temple.

Alcohol ads target young children

21 August 2012
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Read this very interesting article on the studies carried out by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on alcohol ads. In brief, most ads contain for example sexual themes. These ads facilitated addiction behaviours. Read more…

A study in the UK links more than 1000 suicides to the recession

19 August 2012
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A study, a so-called time-trend analysis which compared the actual number of suicides with those expected if pre-recession trends had continued, reflects findings elsewhere in Europe where suicides are also on the rise. “This a grim reminder after the euphoria of the Olympics of the challenges we face and those that lie ahead,” said David Stuckler, a sociologist at Cambridge University who co-led the study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Read more…

Children lack of self-control linked to extra weight

18 August 2012
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Children 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. Does it mean emotional intelligence might be a factor in weight gaining? Read more…

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