Study shows a link between brain structure and altruism

21 July 2012

A new study from the University of Zurich in Switzerland suggests that the answer to that question may be a matter of neuroanatomy, with the brains of altruistic types having more “gray matter” in a region of the brain known as the temporoparietal junction. Read more here…

Weight gain: a worldwide problem

28 June 2012

An interesting article on the BBC website reports that Researchers say if increasing levels of fatness are replicated globally it could mean the equivalent of an extra billion people on the planet.Read more here.

The marshmallow experiment: testing emotional intelligence

27 June 2012

A video introduction to the marshmallow experiment.   TED Talk: Joachim de Posada says, Don't eat the… par TED

Mirror Neurons

26 June 2012

You can find an interesting presentation on mirror neurons on TedTalk. Ramachandran – TED talk mirror neurons par LazyPawn

People who lack sleep more likely to eat junk food

16 June 2012

According to two small studies presented sleep deprivation appears to increase activity in areas of the brain that seek out pleasure – including that provided by junk food. To make matters worse, sleepiness also may dampen activity in other brain regions that usually serve as a brake on this type of craving. Read the full article here.

Children as young as five are being referred for treatment for depression and anxiety

03 June 2012

Recent Studies in the UK show that there is a sharp increase in children and adolescents referred to specialist services as they suffer from depression and anxiety. This seems to be linked with the impact of family life stressors such as financial difficulties, unemployment, etc. Read more on the BBC website.

Make your child “bullyproof”

02 June 2012

A new way to fight bullies is emerging: make victims ‘bullyproof’ by teaching then social and emotional skills. A multitude of school based programmes are developed to teach children how to protect themselves from bullying. Read more here.

The Milgram experiment: obidience to authority

18 May 2012

It is sometimes presented as one of the most controversial experiment in social psychology, but Milgram’s study of obedience to authority remains one the most original contribution to the understanding of human relations and our relationship to power. In 2009, the experiment was replicated for a BBC documentary. If you have never seen it, it’s worth watch the video..

Can sugar make you stupid?

17 May 2012

A recent study by researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles, have demonstrated that a high fructose diet affect rats memory and cognitive abilities. They add however that daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids can counteract that effect. You can read the full article here.

Birthday influences risk of developing mental health

15 May 2012

A large study by researcher Sreeram Ramagopalan, an epidemiologist at Queen Mary University of London, seems to indicate that the season in which a baby is born apparently influences the risk of developing mental disorders later in life. Read the article here.

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